Public Hearings on Forest Tax Law Administrative Code

WI DNR has announced public hearings on proposed permanent rules to revise administrative code chapter NR 46 relating to the forest tax law programs – Forest Crop Law and Managed Forest Law.  Administrative codes are used by the WI DNR to interpret state statutes and set policies in administering the laws.

These proposed language changes are a result of 2015 Act 358 which made numerous changes to WI State Statute chapter 77 subchapters I (Forest Cropland) and VI (Managed Forest Lands).

To review the proposed administrative code changes and overview summary by WI DNR, read FR-23-16

Proposed changes include:

  • changes in how forest productivity is determined
  • definitions of buildings, hunting blinds, grazing, material changes to the MFL program, restoration, productivity, utilities
  • eligibility for renewals and additions to MFL
  • requirements under mandatory practices
  • when you can enter into leases or agreements
  • public access requirements for open MFL lands
  • how DNR can amend your MFL contract
  • determines when restoration efforts are needed to regain productivity and what the landowner will have to pay
  • how withdrawals and voluntary withdrawals will be handled

The WWOA Board of Directors is reviewing these changes.  The WWOA Board’s testimony for the public hearings will be posted here once the document is finalized.

Public hearings:

Tuesday, Feb 12  from 3-6 pm at the Dane County Courthouse – Room 351, 215 Hamilton St, Madison

Wednesday, Feb 13 from 3-6 pm at the WI DNR office, 107 Sutliff Ave, Rhinelander

Written comments may also be submitted by February 15, 2019 to:
Or to: Amanda Koch
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Division of Forestry
101 South Webster Street, P.O. Box 7921, Madison, WI 53707-7921