Wisconsin Stewardship Demonstration Forests
Wisconsin has 12 stewardship demonstration forests (SDF) scattered across the state. These forests demonstrate sustainable forest management and responsible stewardship while also using these lands as educational tools for students, private woodland owners and professional foresters. The SDF program also provides an opportunity to demonstrate active timber management and sustainable forest management.
The stewardship demonstration forests are maintained by local DNR foresters who use accepted DNR silvicultural management techniques to manage the forests.
Originally named "Timber Harvest Demonstration Forests," these areas were established in the 1940s to demonstrate growing timber and woodlot management to farmers. Over the years, the emphasis changed to include total ecosystem management and education, and in 1990 they were renamed "Stewardship Demonstration Forests" to reflect their use to educate the general public about managing land for multiple benefits.
Landowner education and general public awareness about sustainable forestry may be more important now than it was in the 1940s when the SDF program first began. The number of private woodland owners has at least doubled, so the value of these forests as educational tools is immense.
There are now 12 stewardship demonstration forests for a total of 1,054 acres in Wisconsin. They vary in size from 32 to 437 acres. View a large map for further details .
|Forest||County||Year Established||Acres||Management Plan||Contact Information|
|Apple River||Polk||1947||46||Management Plan||Paul Heimstead
941 Mallard Lane Rm 104
Balsam Lake, WI 54810
|Carlin*||Jefferson||1949||80||Management plan||Michael Sieger
S91 W39091 Highway 59
Eagle, WI 53119
|Champion Valley||Vernon||1947||52||Management plan||Dennis Hutchison
220 Airport Road
Viroqua, WI 54665
|Chilsen||Lincoln||1947||40||Management plan||Richard LaValley
101 Eagle Dr.
Merrill, WI 54452
|Dundee**||Fond du Lac||1947||64||Management plan||DNR Forester
1155 Pilgrim Rd.
Plymouth, WI 53073
|Hallock||Grant||1984||437||Management plan||Allen King
150 West Alona Lane, #3
Lancaster, WI 53813
|Hardies Creek||Trempealeau||1950||53||Management plan||Scott Laurie
PO Box 645
Whitehall, WI 54773
|Rule||Iowa||1968||80||Management plan||Tom Hill
1500 N. Johns Street
Dodgeville, WI 53533
|Uhrenholdt||Sawyer||1952||54||Management plan||James Kujala
10220 State Road 27
DNR Service Center
Hayward, WI 54843
715-634-9658 ext. 3502
|Wausaukee||Marinette||1948||32||Management plan||Dan Mertz
PO Box 199
1025 Co. Hwy. C
Wausaukee, WI 54177
|Wild Rose||Waushara||1969||75||Not available||Joseph Tucker
427 E. Tower Dr. #100
Wautoma, WI 54982
* - located in Kettle Moraine State Forest-Southern Unit
** - located in Kettle Moraine State Forest-Northern Unit