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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.

Draft assessment review period open through October 1

Technical experts and practitioners from Wisconsin's forestry community have collaborated to develop a draft of the assessment portion [PDF] of Wisconsin's 2020 Statewide Forest Action Plan. The purpose of the Forest Action Plan is to develop long-term, comprehensive and coordinated strategies for addressing issues that will impact the forest resource in the coming years. 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 that assessment will be 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, when we shift to identifying strategies.

At this time, we are requesting input from the larger forestry community on the assessment [PDF].

This review period will be open for 3 weeks. Please return all comments to Tricia Hillner by October 1.

We thank you for your time and greatly appreciate your contributions to the 2020 Forest Action Plan.


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Contact information
For information on the Forest Action Plan, contact:
Amanda Koch
Division of Forestry planner
Last revised: Thursday September 12 2019