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state forest timber sale bid packages and results.
DNR managed lands (fisheries, parks and wildlife properties) timber sale bid packages and results.
Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest timber sale bid packages and results.
Wisconsin DNR forestry news

Read all of the latest forestry news from the Wisconsin DNR.

Contact information
For more information about GNA timber sales, please consult the following list:
GNA staff directory

Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest timber sales

Staff posing for a photo at the first GNA timber sale

Mike Martin, District Ranger of USFS Great Divide Ranger District (left) and Jim Kujala, DNR Forester-Hayward (right) pose for a photo at the Weasel Creek timber sale—the first sale harvested under the Good Neighbor Authority in Wisconsin.

Timber sales established under a Good Neighbor Authority (GNA) agreement are posted on the DNR website for public advertising purposes. The sales are organized for advertising based on their location within the state.

Program revenue information

Information will be posted in November 2019 describing GNA revenue projects.

Timber sale information

View specific information for individual timber sales being offered for bid and for past bidding results for each USFS District.

Bidding resources

Get more information on bid requirements, bid forms and other general bidding information.

General information

The State of Wisconsin DNR has entered into a Good Neighbor Authority agreement [PDF] with the one national forest located within the state, the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest (CNNF). Under the GNA Agreement, forest and watershed restoration work is completed by a combination of DNR staff, participating interested county staff, private forestry consultants and contractors. The focus of Wisconsin’s GNA Program is to assist in implementation of the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest Forest Plan, which provides:

  • forest products to the local economy;
  • collaboration between federal, state and county forest managers; and
  • improved health and resiliency of forestlands and watersheds within Wisconsin

Included in the forest restoration services that the State of Wisconsin will provide under a GNA agreement are commercial timber harvests. The CNNF manages the national forest lands for multiple uses, following the principles of sustainable forestry. Sustainable forestry is a holistic approach that aims to maintain forests as healthy ecosystems that will provide economic, ecological and social benefits for years to come. Learn more about the benefits of timber harvesting. Forest and watershed restoration services conducted under a GNA agreement are conducted in accordance with the CNNF Forest Plan and comply with all necessary National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requirements.

For Good Neighbor Authority timber sales on both the east and west portions, a bid package is available about three weeks prior to the bid opening. This package includes:

  • a map of each timber sale area;
  • a legal description of the sale area;
  • an estimated volume by species to be cut;
  • a minimum acceptable bid;
  • a description or map of the cutting boundary;
  • general harvesting guidelines; and
  • specific contract requirements including contract length.

This timber sale prospectus also highlights the date, time and location of the bid opening, and states the requirements for performance bond, stumpage payments, worker's compensation insurance and logger training as required by the DNR.

Additional information

Additional information on commercial timber harvests on CNNF lands that are not being completed under the Good Neighbor Authority can be found on the CNNF Resource Management webpage [exit DNR].

The Department of Natural Resources Timber Sale Handbook outlines many DNR policies and procedures for conducting timber sales on public lands, including GNA timber sales. The DNR-Division of Forestry Silviculture Handbook describes the science-based and systematic approaches used by forest managers to implement management recommendations and decisions for each major timber type found in Wisconsin.

The United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service is authorized to enter into cooperative agreements with states to carry out authorized forest, rangeland and watershed restoration services, including timber sales, on federal national forest lands under the authority of the federal Agricultural Act of 2014, P.L. 113-79, section 8206, (Good Neighbor Authority). Under a cooperative agreement between the Forest Service and DNR, the DNR may conduct forest management activities on federal lands as permitted by federal law and pursuant to Wis. Stats. ss. 20.370 (1) (cz), 20.370 (1) (mv), and 28.15 (National forests).

Last revised: Friday October 11 2019