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2020 Statewide Forest Action Plan

The Statewide Forest Action Plan is a 10‐year strategic plan for the forestry community that spans 2020-2030. The document shares long‐term, comprehensive goals and strategies to help the forestry community refine how it will collectively invest state, federal and partner resources to address major management and landscape priorities. This plan fulfills a requirement of the Cooperative Forestry Assistance Act as amended by the 2008 and 2014 Farm Bills. While the plan does not prescribe the work of any member within the forestry community, it is a tool that can be used to:

  • share forest-relevant data, information and trends,
  • define and explore emerging threats to Wisconsin forests,
  • identify specific regions or issues that would benefit most from increased attention,
  • focus the state towards the work that is most important during the plan's timeframe, and
  • assist partners within the forestry community to determine their niche in addressing the plan's goals and strategies.
Current Status: The 2020 State Forest Action Plan was submitted to the USDA Forest Service in June and is pending approval by the USDA.

2020 Forest Action Plan

Wisconsin’s 2020 Forest Action Plan is organized by subject area and theme in order to present the material in a way that resonates with the forestry community and allows for easy use of the document. Each subject area contains a background assessment; a description of priority landscapes and issues when applicable; and goals and strategies.

The full plan:

To access individual subject areas of the plan, see the adjacent tabs.

Important excerpts:

Resources and Ecosystems

The Forest Resources and Ecosystems [PDF] chapter includes background on Ecological Landscapes and geological features of Wisconsin, as well as the background assessment, priority landscape, and goals and strategies for:

  • Forest Characteristics, Ecology and Management
  • Fire Management
  • Forest Health

In many cases, goals and strategies overlap multiple subject areas. See the Summary of Goals and Strategies [PDF] for a complete table of goals and strategies.

Climate Change

The Climate Change [PDF] chapter includes the background assessment, priority landscape, and goals and strategies for:

  • Climate change in Wisconsin's forests
  • Mitigation and adaptation

In many cases, goals and strategies overlap multiple subject areas. See the Summary of Goals and Strategies [PDF] for a complete table of goals and strategies.

Socioeconomics

The Forest Socioeconomics [PDF] chapter includes the background assessment, priority landscape, and goals and strategies for:

  • Forest economic contributions
  • Forest products
  • Workforce needs and pathways
  • Forest certification
  • Forest recreation
  • Cultural resources and values

In many cases, goals and strategies overlap multiple subject areas. See the Summary of Goals and Strategies [PDF] for a complete table of goals and strategies.

Ownership

The Forest Ownership [PDF] chapter includes the background assessment, priority landscape, and goals and strategies for:

  • Private Forest Lands
  • Public Forest Lands
  • Urban and Community Forestry

In many cases, goals and strategies overlap multiple subject areas. See the Summary of Goals and Strategies [PDF] for a complete table of goals and strategies.