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Division of Forestry's Strategic Direction

The Division of Forestry's Strategic Direction [PDF] is a 5-year strategic plan that guides our work from July 2022 through June 2027. The purpose of the document is to:

  1. describe the division of Forestry's niche within the broader forestry community in addressing priority issues; and
  2. clearly state our intent for how we plan to achieve those objectives in the next five years.

This is the division’s third strategic plan. Much of the Strategic Direction advances work we do now and, in many cases, have done for years. This reflects our belief that these functions have been – and remain – an appropriate and valued role for the division. There are also several changes outlined in the Strategic Direction, identified as strategies and tactics, to address the changing needs of the forestry community and citizens of Wisconsin.

If you are interested in learning more about the Strategic Direction development process, please read our Direction Development [PDF] sheet.

Relationship to the Statewide Forest Action Plan

The major issues and threats affecting the forests of Wisconsin cannot be tackled by one group, organization or agency. The Statewide Forest Action Plan, finalized in 2020, is the 10-year strategic plan that guides the work of Wisconsin's forestry community. It includes multiple ideas on how the forestry community as a whole can address major issues and priority topics over the next 10 years. The Division of Forestry reviewed each strategy and possible action, assessed which actions we could play a role in and what our niche should be, and used this analysis to craft our Strategic Direction.

Past strategic plans