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Step 5: Filling Out the Cutting Notice

MFL and FCL Harvesting

Approximate time to complete step #5: One day.

The fifth step of the harvesting process is filling out the cutting notice, form 2450-032 [PDF]. It is critical that Step 2 has occurred before filling out the cutting notice.

The cutting notice must be submitted to the DNR forester at least 30 days prior to the timber harvest. It must be filled out accurately, with detail and a map must be attached.

Browse the following resources to see the forms and supporting documents used:

Please review the instructions below, including informational videos, to learn how to complete each section of the cutting notice.

Cutting notice section Video Length Narrative [PDF]
Cutting prescription
The proposed cutting should be described in detail, including the current timber type, silvicultural system (even-aged, uneven-aged, etc.), target stand condition, forest pest concerns and the marking paint colors used and what they represent.
Cutting Prescription Guidelines (part 1) Watch 5:05 Read
Cutting Prescription Guidelines (part 2) Watch 12:08 Read
BMPs for water quality prescription
Describe how water quality concerns will be mitigated.
Water Quality BMPs (part 1) Watch 4:28 Read
Water Quality BMPs (part 2) Watch 7:38 Read
BMPs for invasive species prescription
Describe how invasive species concerns will be mitigated.
Invasive BMPs (part 1) Watch 5:50 Read
Invasive BMPs (part 2) Watch 10:05 Read
Natural Heritage Inventory (NHI) prescription
Describe how impacts to NHI concerns will be mitigated.
NHI Prescription (part 1) Watch 7:54 Read
NHI Prescription (part 2) Watch 5:28 Read
Archaeological, historical, cultural prescription
Describe how archaeological, historical and cultural resources will be protected.
Archaeological, Historical, Cultural Prescription (part 1) Watch 9:09 Read
Archaeological, Historical, Cultural Prescription (part 2) Watch 3:40 Read
The Cutting Notice and Report form asks for the signature of the landowner. However, there are times when other people have the legal authority to sign forms for the landowner. Learn more! Watch 3:26  
Reporting estimated timber volumes
Part of filling out the cutting notice involves providing an estimate of the volume of timber that will be harvested on page 2 of the Cutting Notice and Report, form 2450-032 [PDF].
Determining Timber Volumes Watch 3:08 Read
Reporting Estimated Timber Volumes Watch 11:49 Read