Annual Forest Tax Law Program Harvest Tax Rates

Annually, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Division of Forestry Tax Law Section gathers stumpage values paid on privately-owned timber sales from lands enrolled in the Managed Forest Law and the Forest Crop Law programs throughout Wisconsin. Stumpage values are reported mainly by private-sector Cooperating Foresters with additional values reported by DNR Foresters. The stumpage values gathered indicate the value of standing timber on those specific stands at time of harvest.

With the passage of Act 358, the collection of yield taxes on MFL timber sales, and severance taxes on FCL timber sales was abolished.
The Department will continue to calculate annual stumpage values for use in the assessment of MFL withdrawal taxes in some limited circumstances and for determining penalty amounts for cutting merchantable timber in violation of s. 77.86 (and s. 77.06) Wis. Stats.

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Governor announces location of WI DNR State Forestry Headquarters

MADISON – Governor Scott Walker announced today that the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources state forestry headquarters will be relocating to the DNR Rhinelander Service Center by the first of next year.

As outlined in the 2017-2019 state budget, signed by the Governor September 21st, the Chief State Forester will move to the DNR-owned facility north of Highway 29 by January 1, 2018.  Over the next year, other forestry positions, currently located in Madison, will move to Rhinelander or locations north of State Highway 29 in phases.

“This move will put the Division of Forestry and its leadership in a better position to work with the primary forest industries in the state,” said Governor Walker in making the announcement today in Rhinelander. “We will also be able to work more closely with our forestry industry partners in growing the state’s $24.7 billion forest industry that already generates nearly 65,000 jobs.”

Following the Chief State Forester’s move, other members of the forestry leadership team will also be in the Rhinelander headquarters by the first of next year.

“The DNR is looking forward to the opportunity of better serving the area where most of the state’s timber industry is located,” said DNR Secretary Dan Meyer. “Together with partners such as the U.S. Forest Service, Great Lakes Timber Professionals Association and the Wisconsin County Forest Association, we can better support and serve a thriving industry that is so important to our state’s economy.”

Every million dollars of output in the forestry industry creates $731,000 of output in other sectors. Every job in forestry supports 1.7 additional jobs in the state. Forestry is the number one employer in 10 counties.

County Deer Advisory Council (CDAC) Meetings

Contact: Kevin Wallenfang, 608-261-7589
Detailed information: County Deer Advisory Councils will review public input and form final deer herd population objectives and zone/deer management unit (DMU) boundary changes for their county that will be in effect through the 2020 deer hunting seasons.

Monday, October 2

Pepin County – 5 p.m., Pepin County Government Center, 740 7th Ave. W, Durand
Sauk County – 7 p.m., Sauk County Human Services West Square Building B30, 505 Broadway, Baraboo
St. Croix County – 7 p.m., Baldwin DNR Service Center, 890 Spruce St., Baldwin

Tuesday October 3

Crawford County – 6:30 p.m., Prairie Du Chien City Hall Conference Room, 214 East Blackhawk Ave., Prairie Du Chien
Dane County – 7 p.m., Fitchburg DNR Service Center, 3911 Fish Hatchery Road, Fitchburg
Green Lake County – 7 p.m., Green Lake Government Center, Training Room, 571 Count Road. A, Green Lake
Iowa County – 6:30 p.m., DNR Service Center, 1500 North Johns St., Dodgeville
Iron County – 6 p.m., Iron County Courthouse, 300 Taconite Street, Hurley
Jefferson County – 7 p.m., UW-Extension Office, Rm. 8 & 9, 864 Collins Rd., Jefferson
La Crosse County – 7 p.m., La Crosse DNR Service Center, 3550 Mormon Coulee Road, La Crosse
Langlade County – 6 p.m., Resource Center Wolf River Room, 837 Clairmont St., Antigo
Marathon County – 6 p.m., Marathon County Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department, 212 River Dr., Wausau
Richland County – 7 p.m., East Hall, UW-Richland Rm. 713, Hwy 14, Richland Center
Rusk County – 7 p.m., J.S. Supper Club, W9594 U.S. Highway 8, Ladysmith
Shawano County – 7 p.m., Shawano Community Middle School, 1050 South Union St., Shawano
Waupaca County – 6:30 p.m., Municipal Building (City Hall), 500 S. Bridge St.., Manawa

Wednesday October 4

Ashland County – 6:30 p.m., Morse Town Hall, 402 2nd Ave., Mellen
Barron County – 6 p.m., Barron County Government Center, 335 E Monroe Ave., Barron
Burnett County – 7 p.m., Burnett County Government Center, 7410 County Road K, Siren
Calumet County – 7 p.m., Hilbert Community Center, 45 N. 5th St., Hilbert
Chippewa County – 7 p.m., Chippewa County Court House, 711 N. Bridge St., Chippewa Falls
Dunn County – 6 p.m., Dunn County Fish & Game Association Clubhouse, 1600 Pine Ave. E., Menomonie
Grant County – 7 p.m., Lancaster High School , 808 E. Elm St., Room: Auditorium, Lancaster
Kenosha County – 7 p.m., Richard Bong Recreation Area, 26313 Burlington Rd. (HWY 142), Kansasville
Kewaunee County – 7 p.m., Muskrat City Sportsmans Club, E4879 First Road, Kewaunee
Marquette County – 7 p.m., Marquette County Service Center, 480 Underwood Ave., Montello
Menominee County – 6 p.m., Menominee County Courthouse (lower level boardroom), W3269 Courthouse Ln., Keshena
Milwaukee County – 7 p.m., Milwaukee DNR Service Center, 2300 N. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr., Milwaukee
Pierce County – 7 p.m., Ellsworth High School Library, 323 Hillcrest St., Ellsworth
Sheboygan County – 7 p.m., Mead Public Library: 710 N. 8th St. Sheboygan
Taylor County – 7 p.m., Medford High School (Red and White Room), 1015 W. Broadway, Medford
Trempealeau County – 7 p.m., Independence City Hall, 23688 Adams St., Independence
Vernon County – 6 p.m., Kickapoo Valley Reserve Visitor Center, S3661 S. 131., La Farge

Thursday. October 5

Adams County – 7 p.m., Adams County Community Center, 569 N. Cedar St., Adams
Eau Claire County – 6 p.m., DNR Service Center, 1300 W. Clairemont Ave., Eau Claire
Oneida County – 6:30 p.m., Woodruff Town Hall, 1418 1st Ave, Woodruff
Polk County – 6 p.m., Polk County Government Center, 100 Polk County Plaza, Balsam Lake
Price County – 7 p.m., Price County Courthouse, 126 Cherry St., Room: County Board Room, Phillips
Sawyer County – 6 p.m., Hayward DNR Service Center (Large Conference Room), 10220 State HWY 27, Hayward
Washington County – 6:30 p.m., Cabela’s, 1 Cabela Way, Richfield
Winnebago County – 7 p.m., Coughlin Center, 625 E. Cty Rd. Y, Oshkosh

 

DNR Invites Public to Participate in Bat Habitat Conservation Efforts

Cave-dwelling bat populations in Wisconsin are rapidly declining due to a fungal disease known as white-nose syndrome.  Some species may soon be listed as endangered under the federal Endangered Species Act (ESA). In preparation for this listing, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is teaming up with the Michigan and Minnesota DNRs to develop a large-scale Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP). The purpose of this HCP is to obtain a federal incidental take permit under ESA section 10 requesting authorization for the incidental take of bats during forest management activities. The goal of this project is the protection of federally endangered bat species and the continuation of forest management activities in the Lake States. [Read more…]

Become a Tree Seed Collector

The WI DNR Reforestation Program continues to purchase seed from private collectors. Over the years, our seedling demands have changed; thus, so does our need for seed.  In 2017, WI DNR will be purchasing seeds for the following species: american hazelnut, american plum, black cherry, bitternut hickory, black walnut, butternut, shagbark hickory, sugar (hard) maple, and the following oaks – bur, red, swamp white, white.

Please read the following information carefully to understand changes in 2017.  Before collecting any seed, please contact the nursery first to ensure purchasing is still open for species you intend to collect. Nursery staff can assist with species identification.  If you have any questions, call the nursery before you begin to collect seed!

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New DNR Tax Law Section for MFL and FCL

From: WI DNR Forestry News

As part of the DNR Strategic Alignment, the Division of Forestry has consolidated the tax law programs (Managed Forest Law and Forest Crop Law) and associated work into fewer positions under a new Tax Law section.  This section will focus on the tax law programs, allowing us to better meet our customers’ needs. 

Within the new section, six staff are located in Madison:  Tax Law Section Chief, Tax Law Administration Specialist, Tax Law Enforcement Specialist (vacant), Tax Law Operations Specialist, Tax Law Policy Specialist, and Tax Law WisFIRS Data Specialist (vacant).  There are also four teams of tax law specialists located throughout the state.  Each team consists of a team leader, 8 or 9 forestry specialists (field foresters working on tax law) and 1 or 2 administration specialists  (similar to administrative positions previously located in Madison) assigned to cover specific counties.

To find contact information for the tax law specialists that serve your area, visit dnr.wi.gov, keyword “Forester” and select “DNR tax law specialists.”  There you’ll also find a description of the specialist’s roles and services offered.

You can find the new staff assigned to your area and their contact information directly in the Tax Law Directory.

Thanks for your patience through this transition and into the future as we continue our commitment to work together to sustainably manage and protect Wisconsin’s forest resources.

Contact:  R.J. Wickham, Forest Tax Section Chief, 920-369-6248 (mobile phone), Richard.Wickham@Wisconsin.gov

Wisconsin Council of Forestry Announces Strong Support for Funding the Mill Tax

The Governor’s Council on Forestry has announced it’s support for the continued funding of the Forestry Mill Tax. Read the full letter here.

Others in the Forestry Community Now Join WWOA’s Efforts on the Forestry Mill Tax

Lake States Lumber Association, Great Lakes Timber Professionals Association, and Wisconsin Consulting Foresters released their letter to the Joint Committee on Finance opposing the defunding of the forestry mill tax. Read the full letter here.

LAST CHANCE to speak out on the Forestry Mill Tax

VERY SOON the Joint Committee on Finance (JCF) will be taking up the Forestry Mill Tax (or as legislators have been calling it the State Property Tax) issue.  The Committee is split on this issue and needs to hear from WWOA members and citizens about the benefits of the Forestry Mill Tax. Your voice and a few minutes of your time CAN make a difference on this very important issue!

HOW TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE:

  1. WWOA members are encouraged to call Joint Committee on Finance members to express their opinion on the Forestry Mill Tax or WI Property Tax on Wednesday, May 24 or Tuesday, May 30, if possible.  
  2. If you are a constituent (a voter in the district) of a member of the Joint Committee on Finance, try to meet in person with your legislator either at their office in Madison as soon as possible or when they are home in their district over Memorial Day Weekend.
  3. Email or send letters to members of JCF with your thoughts on this issue.
  4. Share your thoughts with your State Legislators in addition to members of JCF.

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Joint Committee on Finance Members

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