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Stakeholder Input Opportunities for Forestry Documents

The DNR Division of Forestry prioritizes soliciting stakeholder input on division documents. As a division, we are committed to informing and involving our stakeholders in the development and review of materials that guide our programs.

Inviting stakeholders to provide input is not only good customer service. It also creates opportunities to identify potential concerns and unforeseen impacts, understand diverse perspectives and determine the level of stakeholder support for division documents.

To provide feedback on a document, email the staff member listed in the "Contact Person" column. Clicking on their name will take you to the staff directory, where you'll find their contact information.

Documents available for stakeholder input

Document Title Contact Person Due Date for Comments Description of Document and Changes

Timber Sale Handbook, 2461 [PDF]

Stakeholder Comment and Response Summary [PDF]

Doug Brown 05/24/2022
  • This was an update to a subset of contents of the Timber Sale Handbook (2460). The handbook was posted to DNR Division of Forestry’s “Stakeholder Input Opportunities for Forestry Documents” webpage for a 21-day period, beginning May 3, 2022 and closing on May 24, 2022.
  • Individuals signed up for the gov delivery received notification of the posting. Additionally, an email was sent notifying pertinent stakeholders that the handbook was open for public comment. DNR staff were notified through the Department’s internal newsletter and more specifically through the Division of Forestry’s internal newsletter. A total of twenty-five comments were received.
Private Forestry Handbook, Chapter 1 [PDF] Kristin Lambert Stakeholder input period was 3/15/2022 - 4/4/2022
  • The primary reason Chapter 1 was updated was to establish a property walk-through policy since one did not previously exist. Very few revisions to the chapter occurred, the majority of the update was new content.
  • A total of four individuals/organizations provided comments on the draft Chapter. A summary of the comments is available in the PDF linked to the left. A complete list of all comments can be made available upon request.

Draft Strategic Direction FY23-27 [PDF]

Response to Comments [PDF]

Amanda Koch 02/25/2022
  • The Division of Forestry’s Strategic Direction is a five-year plan that builds off of the Wisconsin forestry community’s 10-year Statewide Forest Action Plan, allowing us to connect our vision for the future using tangible strategies and actions.
  • The Division of Forestry requested stakeholders, the public and staff to review and provide input on its Draft Strategic Direction from January 25 - February 25, 2022.
  • We will update the Strategic Direction and share a polished final document in July 2022. In the meantime, we are sharing a Response to Comments document [PDF] that includes summaries of the comments received and descriptions of changes to the FY23-27 Strategic Direction based on the feedback.
Forest Tax Law Handbook HB2450.5 [PDF] Skya Rose Murphy 01/19/2022
  • No changes were made as a result of comments received.
  • Fifteen written comments were received from 14 individuals. Most of the comments (13 of 15) received were on the changes to the Mandatory Practice Compliance Procedures in Chapter 601 focusing on the introduction of a 3-year limit for practices to be in services accepted status and why it might be problematic due to difficult harvests and lack of markets. Nevertheless, the comments received described instances and provided examples of Tax Law’s flexibility despite difficult sales and lack of markets. Tax Law is consistently flexible in maintaining communicative and cooperative landowners in compliance. While there is a limit on how long services accepted status can be used to keep mandatory practices in a compliant status, there is no limit on how long practices can be compliant with an active cutting notice. The department will renew cutting notices as long as the landowner is in communication with the department and has a credible plan to complete the practice in a reasonable amount of time.