Step 8: Submitting the Cutting Report
MFL and FCL Harvesting
Now that the timber harvest has been completed, a cutting report is required to be submitted within 30 days to the DNR forester for approval. The cutting report lists the specific information about the number and/or volume of trees that were harvested.
Submitting the cutting report
The Managed Forest Law (MFL) and Forest Crop Law (FCL) require that only the landowner has the ultimate responsibility for submitting the cutting report.
Within 30 days after cutting is complete, a cutting report must be submitted to the DNR forester for approval.
Managed Forest Law landowners
Managed Forest Law (MFL) landowners must submit the cutting report within 30 days of sale completion. Landowners must submit the cutting report one year after receiving a DNR-approved cutting notice even if the sale is not complete. This is known as a "partial cutting report." If a partial cutting report is filed, the landowner must submit a new cutting notice for the trees that still need to be harvested in order to complete the timber harvest.
Forest Crop Law landowners
Forest Crop Law (FCL) landowners must submit the cutting report within 30 days of harvest completion or within one year of receiving a DNR-approved cutting notice, whichever comes first. If cutting is not completed within that time frame, the landowner must submit a new cutting notice for the trees that still need to be harvested in order to complete the timber harvest.
The cutting report lists the specific information about the number and/or volume of trees that were harvested.
One of the most important things to help with filling out the cutting report is if the landowner had a system for tracking timber that was harvested during the sale. It may be helpful for the landowner to request assistance from a forester or logger in completing the cutting report.
The DNR forester would have returned the cutting notice and report form to the landowner and/or their representative after the cutting notice portion was submitted prior to the harvest. The landowner should use that form and complete page two which is the cutting report. The cutting report must include the following information:
- actual volumes cut by species, product and description including fine woody material;
- if no cutting was done, indicate "No Cut"; and
- landowner(s) signature(s).
DNR forester review
Once the cutting report has been submitted, the DNR forester will review it to determine if it can be approved. As part of their review, the DNR forester may:
- inspect the harvest area to verify that the cutting was conducted according to the landowner’s management plan and consistent with sound forestry practices;
- inspect the harvest area to ensure BMPs for water quality were implemented correctly; and
- confirm that the NHI, archaeological, historical and cultural prescriptions were carried out as prescribed on the cutting notice.
The DNR forester will then approve the cutting report. If the DNR forester determines that additional work is needed to fulfill what was prescribed in the cutting notice, the DNR forester will prescribe additional steps to be completed before approval.
Once the cutting report is approved, the DNR forester will update the landowner’s management plan, including verifying or modifying the next harvest date.
There can be consequences to landowners for the items listed below. The consequence can include citations or withdrawal from the MFL or FCL program with a withdrawal tax assessed to the landowner. The DNR forester's main goal is to keep landowners in compliance with the MFL and FCL programs and to avoid these situations. For additional information, please contact the DNR forester.
- Failure to submit the cutting report.
- Submitting a cutting report with false information on it.
- Harvesting in a manner inconsistent with sound forestry or the landowner's management plan.