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Wisconsin Forest Landowner Grant Program (WFLGP)

The WFLGP program assists private landowners in protecting and enhancing their forested lands, prairies and waters. The program allows qualified landowners to be reimbursed up to 50% of the eligible cost of eligible practices.

Who can apply

Private landowners in Wisconsin are eligible for WFLGP funding if they own at least 10 contiguous acres of non-industrial private forest but not more than 500 acres within Wisconsin.

Eligibility

Important: Successful applicants will receive an award letter from the WFLGP coordinator indicating that eligible grant work may begin. Costs incurred prior to receiving the award letter are not eligible for WFLGP cost-sharing grant reimbursement.

The DNR is required to report the grant payment you received to the Internal Revenue Service as income using the information provided on your W-9 form. The taxability of this income may vary depending on your situation. Consult with a tax advisor for more information on this topic.

Applicants must have a forest stewardship plan in place on their land or be applying to have one prepared through the WFLGP Program. Landowners granted WFLGP funding can only be cost-shared for non-commercial practices. Examples of non-commercial practices include the following activities.

Priority 1 Practices

  1. Stewardship plan development
  2. Tree planting/regeneration
  3. Forest health and improvement
  4. Soil and water protection and improvement

Priority 2 Practices

  1. Wetland and riparian protection
  2. Wildlife habitat enhancement
  3. Endangered or threatened resources, rare natural community, historic, cultural and archaeological protection, restoration, enhancement and maintenance

Currently, there is no funding available for Priority 2 practices.

Deadlines

Applications may be submitted at any time. Funding is awarded on a first-in-first-out basis.

Award dates are Aug. 1, Nov. 1, Feb. 1 and May 1.

Applying

Application materials

For assistance filling out the application, please contact your local DNR forester. Applications must be submitted to the local DNR forester for approval.

Reimbursement

Submit proof of payment to your local forester for payment. The forester will schedule a site visit if needed to confirm the completion of the project.

Note: Successful applicants will receive an award letter from the WFL grant manager indicating that eligible grant work may begin. Costs incurred prior to receiving the award letter are not eligible for cost-sharing grant reimbursement.

Address change procedure

The Department of Administration (DOA) requires additional forms when a grant recipient requests that a payment be sent to an address other than the address that was originally submitted on their W-9 form. This most commonly occurs if a landowner moves during the duration of their WFL grant, or if they applied using an address other than their primary mailing address (e.g. a winter residence).

In these cases, the landowner must submit a Change of Address form (DOA-6457) with the desired mailing address. The form must be filled out, signed by the landowner and submitted with the payment request. Checks will not be sent to a new address without this form. Contact your local forester for the form.

Grant related statutes and administrative codes