County Deer Advisory Council (CDAC) Meetings

Contact: Maggie Stewart608-261-7588
Detailed information: County Deer Advisory Council will review data and form preliminary 2017 antlerless harvest quota, permit level and season structure recommendations. County contacts

Monday, March 12

Douglas County – 6 p.m., Douglas County Government Center (Courthouse), 1316 N 14th St.,Superior
Vernon County – 6 p.m., Kickapoo Valley Reserve Visitor Center, S3661 S. 131, La Farge
Walworth County – 7 p.m., Advia Credit Union, 837 N. Wisconsin St., Elkhorn
Door County – 7 p.m., Door County Courthouse, 421 Nebraska St., Sturgeon Bay
Fond du Lac County – 7 p.m., City County Government Building, Rooms G and H, 160 S. Macy St., Fond du Lac
Forest County – 7 p.m., Crandon Fire House, 910 N, Lake Ave., Crandon
Green County – 7 p.m., Green County Justice Center, 2841 6th St., Room: Lower level conference rooms, Monroe
Lafayette County – 7 p.m., Darlington Elementary School, 11630 Center Hill Road, Darlington
Racine County – 7 p.m., Sturtevant Government Building, 9531 Rayne Rd., Sturtevant
St. Croix County – 7 p.m., Baldwin DNR Service Center, 890 Spruce St., Baldwin

Tuesday, March 13

Manitowoc County – 6 p.m., Viking Bow and Gun Club, 13431 Rusch Rd., Valders
Iron County – 6 p.m., Mercer Town Hall, 2657 Railroad St., Mercer
Menominee County – 6 p.m., Menominee County Courthouse (lower level boardroom), W3269 Courthouse Ln., Keshena
Ashland County – 6:30 p.m., Ashland DNR Service Center, 2501 Golf Course Road, Ashland
Crawford County – 6:30 p.m., Prairie Du Chien City Hall Conference Room, 214 East Blackhawk Ave., Prairie Du Chien
Juneau County – 6:30 p.m., Mauston Library, 111 W. State St.Mauston
Brown County – 7 p.m., Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary, 1600 E Shore Drive., Green Bay
Dane County – 7 p.m., Fitchburg DNR Service Center, 3911 Fish hatchery Road, Fitchburg
Dodge County  – 7 p.m., Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center, N7725 Hwy 28, Horicon
Iowa County – 7 p.m., DNR Service Center, 1500 North Johns St., Dodgeville
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
Marathon County – 7 p.m., Marathon County Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department, 212 River Dr., Wausau
Price County – 7 p.m., Price County Courthouse, County Board Room, 126 Cherry St., Phillips
Richland County – 7 p.m., East Hall, UW-Richland, 1200 Hwy 14, Richland Center
Trempealeau County – 7 p.m., Independence City Hall, 23688 Adams St.Independence
Waushara County – 7 p.m., Waushara County Courthouse Room 263, 209 S. St. Marie St.,Wautoma

Wednesday, March 14

Rock County – 7 p.m., Janesville DNR Service Center, DNR Conference Room, 2514 Morse St.,Janesville
Sheboygan County – 7 p.m., Camp Y-Koda, W3340 Sunset Rd., Sheboygan Falls
Vilas County – 7 p.m., Boulder Junction Community Center, 5392 Park St. (HWY M), Boulder Junction
Washburn County – 7 p.m., Spooner High School, 801 Cty Hwy A, Spooner
Waukesha County – 7 p.m., DNR Service Center Rm. 151, 141 NW Barstow St., Waukesha
Wood County – 7 p.m., Sand Hill Wildlife Area Skills Center, 1715 County Hwy X, Babcock

Thursday, March 15

Bayfield County – 6 p.m., Bayfield County Courthouse, 117 E. Fifth St., Washburn
Pepin County – 6 p.m., Pepin County Government Center, 740 7th Ave. W, Durand
Outagamie County – 7 p.m., Outagamie Conservation Club, N3502 Mayflower Road, Hortonville
Pierce County – 7 p.m., Ellsworth High School Library, 323 Hillcrest St.Ellsworth

2018 Spring Fish and Wildlife Rules Hearings

Contact(s): Kari Lee-Zimmermann – 608-266-0580

MADISON – The questionnaire package for the 2018 Department of Natural Resources spring fish and wildlife public hearing and annual Conservation Congress county meeting and the list of meeting locations is now available for review on the Department of Natural Resources website.

On Monday, April 9, there will be 72 public hearings, one in each Wisconsin county starting at 7 p.m. where people interested in natural resources management have an opportunity to provide their input by non-binding vote and testimony to the DNR and the Conservation Congress on proposed natural resource related advisory questions that may impact future rule changes.

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2015-2016 Wisconsin Council on Forestry Biennial Report

The Wisconsin Council on Forestry Biennial Report for 2015-2016 can now be viewed. The Council is a board composed of individuals that represent all areas of forestry in Wisconsin. They advise the Governor, the Legislature, Department of Natural Resources, and other state agencies on aspects of forestry in the state.

The 34-page report covers accomplishments of the board, items the Council advised the Division of Forestry on, statistics about Wisconsin’s forests (including forested area, species composition, age class, volume, growth, the urban forest, forest health, ownership, incentives, etc.), economic opportunities and development, effects of state and local government laws, recommendations on staffing and funding for forestry programs, and raising the public’s knowledge and awareness of forestry issues.

It is a great snapshot of forestry in the state. You can find past biennial reports here

Updated Forest Tax Rates

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has released the new tax rates for use in 2018 through 2022 for land in the Managed Forest Law (MFL). These new tax rates are effective January 1, 2018.

The updated MFL tax rates saw an all around decrease. Open land entered before 2005 saw a decrease of 5¢ to $0.74 per acre. Closed land entered before 2005 dropped 12¢ to $1.75 per acre. Open land entered after 2004 decreased 10¢ to $2.04 per acre. Lastly, closed land entered after 2004 saw a reduction of 38¢ to $10.68 per acre.

Land in Forest Crop Law (FCL) will have the same tax rates in 2018. The current FCL tax rates were recalculated in 2012 and are effective until 2022. They are scheduled to be recalculated in 2022.

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