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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].

Financial forestry help

Wisconsin offers landowners two important types of financial incentives to help reduce the expenses of owning and caring for woodlands: cost sharing programs and forest tax incentives.

Cost sharing programs

State and federal cost sharing programs are available to help private forest landowners manage their land. The Wisconsin Forest Landowner Grant Program (WFLGP) is designed to help landowners protect their forest resources, and allows qualified landowners to be reimbursed up to 50 percent of the eligible cost of eligible practices. Several federal cost sharing programs are also available to landowners.

Forest tax laws

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The Forest Tax and Stewardship News is now electronic! Sign up to receive news and information regarding the Managed Forest Law and Forest Crop Law programs.

Wisconsin's forest tax laws encourage sustainable forest management on private lands by providing a property tax incentive to landowners. Two different forest tax law programs currently exist: the Managed Forest Law (MFL) and the Forest Crop Law (FCL).

Both programs encourage proper management of woodlands not only in their purposes and policies, but through a written management plan for a landowner's property. The management plan incorporates landowner objectives, timber management, wildlife management, water quality and the environment as a whole to create a healthy and productive forest. In exchange for following a written management plan and program rules, landowners pay forest tax law program rates in lieu of regular property taxes.

There are many rules and regulations for each program, so please use this website and other resources to gather information and make informed decisions. For more specific information or inquiries, refer to the local DNR forester for guidance.

Last revised: Friday July 28 2017