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DNR Lands Certification

In January 2009, 1 million acres of state-owned land received recognition as being responsibly managed by both the Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) [exit DNR] and the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®) [exit DNR], nonprofit organizations devoted to encouraging the responsible management of the world’s forests. That brings the number of certified state-owned lands to 1.5 million acres–a threefold increase–and adds state parks, wildlife areas and natural areas to the 10 state forests that were first endorsed in 2004.

Forest certification does not imply these lands will be managed more intensively for commercial forest products. Certification requires continual improvement on property master plans, habitat for diverse wildlife, facilities management, public involvement and other work of great importance to all Wisconsin citizens. Forest certification audits help to assure focus on these important tasks.

DNR land forest certification audit reports and certificates are available below.

The Forest Stewardship Council logo.

Wisconsin State Forest Certificate [PDF]
Certification means that the forest is managed according to strict environmental, social and economic standards.

Sustainable Forestry Initiative logo.

Wisconsin State Lands Certificate [PDF]
Wisconsin DNR is a participant in the Sustainable Forestry Initiative program [exit DNR].

2009 - Current: DNR Lands Forest Certification Audit Reports

2004 - 2008: State Forest Certification Audit Reports

Original 2004 Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) report

Original 2004 Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) report

State forest certification documentation