Implications of MFL changes — DNR interim guidance and FAQs

Last week shortly after the Governor signed the MFL change bill (now Act 358), the DNR sent an e-mail to the forestry community highlighting the changes and their implications. The two attached referenced in the e-mail are linked in the text.   Council Members and Interested Parties, Yesterday Governor Walker signed into law ACT 358 […]

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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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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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New article on co-benefits of the MFL by Locke & Rissman

(copied from Web of Science alert) Unexpected co-benefits: Forest connectivity and property tax incentives Author(s): Locke, CM (Locke, Christina M.); Rissman, AR (Rissman, Adena R.)1 Source: LANDSCAPE AND URBAN PLANNING  Volume: 104   Issue: 3-4   Pages: 418-425   DOI: 10.1016/j.landurbplan.2011.11.022   Published: MAR 15 2012 Abstract: Forest property tax incentives were developed in the early 1900s to enhance onsite forest management and ensure predictable timber supplies, but their ongoing contributions to landscape connectivity between […]

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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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