Do You Value WI DNR Resources? Share Your Story – Dec 2 at 6 pm

WWOA encourages members to participate in the next virtual budget listening session covering the Environment, Infrastructure, and the Economy.
Gov. Tony Evers and Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes will hold a virtual budget listening session on Environment, Infrastructure, and the Economy on Wednesday, December 2, 2020, at 6 p.m.
Register NOW to attend.

This event will be streamed live at WisconsinEye.

Wisconsin is known as a leader in sustainable forestry because of the long-term commitments the state and its citizens have made in the past to care for our future woods and forests. It is important to budget and plan for continuing these commitments to ensure Wisconsin’s woodlands continue to be healthy and sustainable. As WWOA members know, forests don’t grow overnight and decisions made now will have significant impacts on our future woodlands.

In Wisconsin, woodlands cover 49% of the land area. Wisconsin’s private woodlands are owned by more than 414,000 landowners consisting of 11.9 million acres. Privately owned woodlands play a significant and vital role in creating a healthy living environment including breathable air and clean water, carbon sequestration, wildlife habitat, recreational opportunities, local jobs and renewable products that contribute to the state’s economy. Without a healthy forest products industry providing access to markets for our trees, our ability to care for and manage our woods sustainably will be challenging if not impossible.

The Wisconsin Woodland Owners Association supports maintaining the current law provision that directs “an amount equal to 0.1697 mills for each dollar of the assessed valuation of the property in the state to be transferred from the general fund to the conservation fund for the purpose of acquiring, preserving and developing the forests of the state and for other specified forestry purposes”. In 2017, legislators promised to maintain forestry funding from General Purpose Revenue (GPR) when the budget committee voted to end the forestry mill tax. We respectfully request that this promise be honored for the good of our woodlands and the state.

The Forestry Fund provides support for WI DNR programs for private woodlands through forest health programs including monitoring insects, diseases and invasives, tree nurseries, wildland fire control, technical assistance for private woodland owners, administration of the Managed Forest Law program, Wisconsin Forest Landowner Grant program and debt service on the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship fund. Have you benefitted from these programs? Join the virtual listening session to share your story.

Register NOW to participate virtually in the Governor’s budget listening session on Environment, Infrastructure, and the Economy on Wednesday, December 2, 2020, at 6 p.m.
A full schedule of the listening sessionsis available on the governor’s website. Wisconsinites are welcome to submit comments to the Governor’s office at any time.