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2020 Forest Action Plan

The Forest Action Plan is a 10-year strategic plan for Wisconsin’s forestry community. The purpose of the Forest Action Plan is to provide long‐term, comprehensive, coordinated strategies to help the forestry community refine how it collectively invests state, federal and leveraged partner resources to address major management and landscape priorities.

The plan is comprised of two parts: the Statewide Forest Assessment, a data-rich description of the forests and analysis of trends; and the Statewide Forest Strategy, a set of practical, long-term strategies for investing resources where they can be most effective. Each state must submit a Forest Action Plan approved by the chief state forester every 10 years to qualify for federal funding under the Farm Bill. Wisconsin’s next plan is due June 2020.

Updates

If you would like to get updates on the process and progress of the 2020 Forest Action Plan, please sign up for the Forest Action Plan GovDelivery list.

Drafts

Assessment

Earlier this year, technical experts and practitioners from Wisconsin's forestry community collaborated to develop a draft assessment for Wisconsin's 2020 Statewide Forest Action Plan. The first phase of the 2020 Forest Action Plan process is to assess relevant data, information and trends impacting Wisconsin's forests and identify conditions and trends that the forestry community will collectively face. The result of the assessment is the basis for developing strategies.

The information detailed in the assessment is broad in scope – it aims to assess a large amount of statewide data to paint a broad-scale picture of Wisconsin's forests and the factors affecting them. Perspectives and ideas on how to address conditions and trends identified in the assessment will be addressed by the next step of the planning process, as we shift to identifying strategies.

A public review period was held from September 10 through October 1, 2019. We are currently working on incorporating the input we received. Please contact Amanda Koch (amandaakoch@wisconsin.gov) if you have any questions. You can find a copy of the assessment that was posted for the review period here: draft of the assessment portion [PDF]

Strategy and Priority Development

The following documents were developed in collaboration with Operational Partner groups as preliminary drafts for the strategy portion of the 2020 Forest Action Plan. Comments are welcome and should be sent to Amanda Koch by January 29, 2020, to be reviewed and incorporated into the next draft of the State Forest Action Plan.

Background Documents

Goals and Strategies

Priority Landscapes and Issues

Contact information
For information on the Forest Action Plan, contact:
Amanda Koch
Division of Forestry planner
608-576-8146
Last revised: Thursday January 09 2020