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Wisconsin's private woodlands

Wisconsin's 16 million acres of forestland cover nearly half of the state. You might be surprised to learn that individuals and families hold the largest portion (57 percent). About 360,000 private, non-industrial landowners care for 10.4 million acres of woodland in Wisconsin.

Privately owned forests enrich all of our lives:

  • Environmentally, they provide clean water, clean air, erosion control, wildlife habitat and sanctuaries for hundreds of species of rare plants and animals and natural communities.
  • Socially, they provide places for work, recreation, scenic beauty and solitude.
  • Economically, they provide the raw materials for homes, offices, furniture, paper, medicines, paints, plastics and many products you might not realize come from trees. In Wisconsin, more than 1,850 wood-using companies produce nearly $20 billion of forest products every year. Over 64 percent of their raw material needs are supplied from private land and over 300,000 jobs in the state rely on the forest products industry.
  • More on the benefits of managing your private lands [PDF]

Your land, your legacy

The management decisions made by small private woodland owners collectively shape the forested landscape of Wisconsin. Due to the large impact that individual woodland owners have on the landscape, management of private woodlands has become increasingly important.

As a private woodland owner, the decisions that you make about managing your land will impact the quality of its resources for future generations. By making sustainable management decisions that meet your objectives for your land, you are also helping to conserve resources into the future.

Sustainable forestry

Sustainable Forestry is the practice of managing dynamic forest ecosystems to provide ecological, economic, social and cultural benefits for present and future generations. In order for Wisconsin’s forests to continue to support existing and emerging industries, and provide the ecosystem services essential to all citizens, its forests need to be protected and sustainably managed.

Last revised: Monday March 18 2019