Return of the Canadian Softwood Lumber Tariff

The Trump administration is slapping duties on billions of dollars of lumber imported from Canada, marking an escalation of trade tensions. The Commerce Department said that countervailing duties ranging from 3% to 24% would be applied retroactively on five Canadian lumber exporters. Overall the duties average about 20% and could amount to $1 billion. Additional penalties could be levied if Commerce determines Canadian lumber is being dumped into U.S. markets.  (read more...)

Wisconsin celebrates Forest Appreciation Week leading up to Arbor Day on April 28

Weekly News - April 25, 2017 - Wisconsin DNR

MADISON - Celebrations across the state are taking place to celebrate Forest Appreciation Week, which is capped off by Arbor Day on Friday, April 28. Governor Scott Walker issued a proclamation recognizing Forest Appreciation Week and Arbor Day. Wisconsin has celebrated Arbor Day since 1883. (read more..)

New native plant list helps landowners boost wildlife habitat

Weekly News - April 11, 2017 - Wisconsin DNR

MADISON - Wisconsin landowners who want to boost wildlife habitat on their property -- whether a city lot or hundreds of acres -- have a new resource to help them choose native plants that can thrive where they live, benefit a wide variety of wildlife and promote water quality. (read more...)

Landowners encouraged to look for and control garlic mustard

Weekly News - April 18, 2017 - Wisconsin DNR

MADISON - Early spring is the best time to check gardens, yards and woodlands for garlic mustard and take measures to control this rapidly spreading invasive plant, state invasive plant experts say. (read more)

Public meetings set on changes to northern forests master plans

MADISON -- The public will have an opportunity to review and comment on the final proposal from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources for a master plan variance that will classify 75 percent of the state's northern forests as forest production areas. - Read Full Article

DNR Proposes Major Changes in Field Forester Operations that Affect Private Landowners

At its January meeting, the Council on Forestry was briefed on the DNR’s Division of Forestry reorganization plans.  In her presentation, Carmen Harden, Forest Management Bureau Director, described how the Forestry Division intends to change how field foresters will interact with private woodland owners.  READ MORE

How To Prevent Timber Theft

By Jodi Henke

There is tremendous value in timber. It can fund your dreams or become a legacy for your grandchildren. It can also bring out thieves. Jesse Randall, Extension forester with Iowa State University, says timber prices have been high, which means an uptick in thefts.  “Every week we get calls that say, ‘I’m missing trees. I know the neighbor logged, but now my trees are missing,’ ” he says. “That’s active theft when someone crosses the fence line and steals your trees. (read more)

Timber Tax Tips for 2016

This report provides up-to-date federal income tax information affecting timber transactions.  It assists woodland owners, logging professionals, foresters and their tax accountants in filing the 2016 tax returns.

The information presented here is for educational purpose only and is not intended for legal or accounting advice. It is current as of September 30, 2016 Click here for the Tax Year 2016 updates.

Some Loggers Holding off on Timber Harvests

Larger mills don’t have as much need for wood since they have full inventories, said Forrest Gibeault, analysis and investment operations director with the forestry consulting firm Steigerwaldt Land Services out of Tomahawk. He said several factors are driving that. To read the entire article click here Some loggers holding off on Timber Harvests

Hunters! Know your Zones

Know your zones! Use the new interactive map to determine which rules apply where you hunt MADISON - Before heading into the woods this deer season, hunters should be sure to check out the online deer zone and management unit map to see which counties are classified as split Deer Management Units (DMU) in 2016. - Read Full Article
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