MFL changes signed into Law

This afternoon the Governor signed SB434, which made several significant changes to the Managed Forest Law that will affect landowners, local government, industry, DNR, and others. The description at the preceding link covers many of the notable changes, though landowners will need to be more attentive in overseeing management on their land as certain DNR […]

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Governor’s budget and implications for Wisconsin forestry

In his 2015-2017 proposed budget, the governor proposes numerous changes to the way state government should work in the future. Certain items have made headlines (e.g., public authority for the UW System), but the forestry budget has not yet received much attention. A recent e-mail from Paul DeLong, Chief State Forester and DNR Division of […]

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MFL Redux: Council on Forestry recommended changes

At the last Council on Forestry meeting (14 May), the Council finalized its recommendations for the Legislature to consider in revising the Managed Forest Law. For those familiar with recent efforts to change, update, re-envision, etc. the MFL, you’ll find ideas both old and new.There are 24 specific recommendations for the Legislature and others to […]

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SB161 (MFL changes) Passes Senate Committee

Senate Bill 161 passed unanimously out of the Senate Agriculture, Forestry, and Higher Education Committee on Thursday. Further action or, at least, enactment, though, is unlikely in this legislative session. The session is supposed to end on March 15 and no action on the Assembly version of the bill is planned (at least at this […]

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Cooperating Foresters Meeting Presentation

Yesterday, I presented at the Wisconsin Cooperating Foresters Statewide Meeting in Stevens Point. In addition to the more extensive materials posted yesterday, here is a pdf of my presentation. The meeting is co-sponsored by the WNDR-Forestry and Wisconsin Consulting Foresters.

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Resources on the proposed MFL changes

I will be presenting at the Statewide Cooperating Foresters Meeting tomorrow in Stevens Point on the proposed changes to the MFL. Here are some addtional resources. LEGISLATIVE Senate Bill 161* — updated as bill proceeds Assembly Bill 402* — updated as bill proceeds Legislative Council Study Committee to Review the Managed Forest Land Program [link broken] — […]

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Written testimony on SB161

As noted previously, the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Forestry, and Higher Education met yesterday. A sprained ankle prevented me providing oral testimony, but I did submit some thoughts in writing (pdf).

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Senate Hearing on Proposed MFL changes scheduled for Feb 9 at 1 PM

Next week, the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Forestry, and Higher Education [link broken] will hold a public hearing on Senate Bill 161 [link broken]. This bill reflects the work of the Legislative Council Special Committee. The meeting will be at the State Capitol (411 South). If you live far away, it might be covered by WisconsinEye.

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Senate Hearing on Proposed MFL changes scheduled for Feb 9 at 1 PM

Next week, the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Forestry, and Higher Education will hold a public hearing on Senate Bill 161. This bill reflects the work of the Legislative Council Special Committee. The meeting will be at the State Capitol (411 South). If you live far away, it might be covered by WisconsinEye.

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