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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Payments for Ecosystem Services: Will they grow the choir?

In Wisconsin, there are over 300,000 woodland owners. Only 30,000 or so are enrolled in the Managed Forest Law program. The MFL has a timber focus, which might make it unappealing to some. Also, society values other forest benefits, often called “ecosystem services”. To study this, we surveyed non-MFL enrolled landowners to assess their willingness […]

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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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Council on Forestry priority goals and invitation

(text of email distributed yesterday) To Those Interested in the Forestry Industry in Wisconsin, At their meeting last week the Council on Forestry (Council) identified four priority goals (see background below) as a result of input received from Forestry Economic Summit participants.  The Council will work with interested parties to develop an action plan for […]

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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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Wisconsin Council on Forestry supports Silviculture Exemption Consistency Act

The Wisconsin Council on Forestry sent letters to the Wisconsin’s congressional delegation in support of pending federal legislation entitled, the Silviculture Exemption Consistency Act (HR2541 and SB1369), which would continue the existing policy that forestry operations are non-point source pollution and that forestry best management practices are an appropriate policy tool for protecting water quality […]

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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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