Timber harvesting resources for landowners

Considering a timber sale? Don’t know where to start? Here are some resources for you to consider. Publications Conducting a successful timber sale — A primer for landowners (pdf) Understanding the Sample Timber Sale Contract (includes sample contract and language) (pdf) Hiring a consulting forester (pdf) How to Hire a Contractor for Land Management Activities (pdf) DNR Timber harvesting […]

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SB161 — proposed changes to MFL referred to Senate Committee

The proposed changes to the MFL have entered the Wisconsin State Senate as Senate Bill 161 [link broken] (includes progress and link to full text). The progress of the Bill can also be tracked by an rss feed  [link broken]. At this point, the bill is in the Senate Agriculture, Forestry, and Higher Education committee [link broken] with no […]

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Proposed MFL changes — Implications for landowners

The proposed changes* to the Managed Forest Law (MFL), if passed as is (unlikely), would offer landowners new tools, higher taxes for new participants, and greater flexibility. Below I describe the likely effects for both existing and new/renewing participants of the proposed changes. PLEASE RECALL THAT THESE HAVE YET TO PASS–just felt I needed to […]

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Legislative Council moves proposed MFL changes to the Legislature

Yesterday morning, the Legislative Council met regarding the proposed changes to the MFL. The Council voted to allow full consideration by the Assembly and Senate as a single bill. That is, instead of seven different changes moving through the legislative process, the changes will be combined into one. When I know more about committee assignments […]

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Some thoughts on peer-to-peer learning from the Woodland Owner Network

Eli Sagor, University of Minnesota, recently posted on the Woodland Owner Network a summary of a peer-to-peer learning conference earlier this month. He outlined four directions that were important moving forward: Defining peer-to-peer learning, Identifying extension’s role in it, Determining appropriate metrics, and Assessing the role of technology. Given some other recent conversations, I posted […]

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Presentation(s) on proposed changes to the MFL

UPDATED Mar 23–There are lots of changes packed into the Legislative Council Special Committee recommendations on the MFL (see this post and this other one). The path to passage is unclear (given everything else), but folks with an interest in private lands, forest management, local government, and economic development should pay attention and, more importantly, […]

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