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Contact information
Use the Forestry Assistance Locator to find cooperating foresters, DNR service foresters or tax law forestry specialists for your county.
View the current Directory of Foresters [PDF].

Establishing your woods

Tree planting can be one of the most rewarding forestry projects. Given soil, moisture, sun and a caring owner, tree seedlings can shape the landscape for generations to come. Planning is needed, however, to assure that your seedlings survive and grow. Design a personalized tree planting plan and order tree and shrub seedlings. For recommendations on what to plant, contact a forester.

Forester examining oak seedling.
Forester examining oak seedling.

Caring for your woods

Forests, both natural woodlands and planted trees, will often benefit from care:

  • trees can become too crowded and need thinning;
  • woodlands can be invaded by undesirable plants that kill what you want to grow;
  • trees may need pruning and shaping to grow straight and tall;
  • you may want to grow trees for special products such as maple syrup;
  • forests may have erosion problems that need attention;
  • streams, wetlands or prairies that are part of your woodland may need improvement or protection;
  • forest health may be a concern if pests or weather cause damage;
  • wildlife needs for food, water and nesting sites may require work;
  • rare or endangered species on your site may require special protection; and
  • water quality needs to be protected using Best Management Practices.

The Wisconsin forest management guidelines (FMG) is a great source for things to consider when managing your forest. This publication was written to provide basic, sensible concepts that outline responsible resource management at the site-level. A companion publication 10 Ways to Protect Your Woodland Property [PDF] was written as an introduction for woodland owners about the value and benefits that woodlands provide.


Last revised: Wednesday May 23 2018