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Wisconsin stewardship demonstration forests

Wisconsin has 12 stewardship demonstration forests (SDF) scattered across the state. These forests demonstrate sustainable forest management and responsible stewardship while also using these lands as educational tools for students, private woodland owners and professional foresters. The SDF program also provides an opportunity to demonstrate active timber management and sustainable forest management.

Shelterwood research plot

Shelterwood research plot.


Originally named "Timber Harvest Demonstration Forests," these areas were established in the 1940s to demonstrate growing timber and woodlot management to farmers. Over the years, the emphasis changed to include total ecosystem management and education, and in 1990 they were renamed "Stewardship Demonstration Forests" to reflect their use to educate the general public about managing land for multiple benefits.

Landowner education and general public awareness about sustainable forestry may be more important now than it was in the 1940s when the SDF program first began. The number of private woodland owners has at least doubled, so the value of these forests as educational tools is immense.

Forest management

The stewardship demonstration forests are maintained by local DNR foresters who use accepted DNR silvicultural management techniques to manage the forests

Forest locations

Wisconsin demonstration forest locationsThere are now 12 stewardship demonstration forests for a total of 1,054 acres in Wisconsin. They vary in size from 32 to 437 acres. View larger map for further details [PDF].

Forest County Year Established Acres Management Plan Contact Information
Apple River Polk 1947 46 Management Plan [PDF] Paul Heimstead
941 Mallard Lane Rm 104
Balsam Lake, WI 54810
Cairns-Ellsworth Pierce 1948-49 41 (non-DNR property)  
Carlin* Jefferson 1949 80 Management plan [PDF] Michael Sieger
S91 W39091 Highway 59
Eagle, WI 53119
Champion Valley Vernon 1947 52 Management plan [PDF] Dennis Hutchison
220 Airport Road
Viroqua, WI 54665
Chilsen Lincoln 1947 40 Management plan [PDF] Richard LaValley
101 Eagle Dr.
Merrill, WI 54452
Dundee** Fond du Lac 1947 64 Management plan [PDF] DNR Forester
1155 Pilgrim Rd.
Plymouth, WI 53073
Hallock Grant 1984 437 Management plan [PDF] Allen King
150 West Alona Lane, #3
Lancaster, WI 53813
Hardies Creek Trempealeau 1950 53 Management plan [PDF] Scott Laurie
PO Box 645
Whitehall, WI 54773
Rule Iowa 1968 80 Management plan [PDF] Tom Hill
1500 N. Johns Street
Dodgeville, WI 53533
Uhrenholdt Sawyer 1952 54 Management plan [PDF] James Kujala
10220 State Road 27
DNR Service Center
Hayward, WI 54843
715-634-9658 ext. 3502
Wausaukee Marinette 1948 32 Management plan [PDF] Dan Mertz
PO Box 199
1025 Co. Hwy. C
Wausaukee, WI 54177
Wild Rose Waushara 1969 75 Not available Joseph Tucker
427 E. Tower Dr. #100
Wautoma, WI 54982
* - located in Kettle Moraine State Forest-Southern Unit
** - located in Kettle Moraine State Forest-Northern Unit
Last revised: Tuesday August 25 2015