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Wisconsin Managed Forest Law Details:  MFL is a landowner incentive program that encourages sustainable forestry on private woodlands in Wisconsin. Together with landowner objectives, the law incorporates timber harvesting, wildlife management, water quality and recreation to maintain a healthy and productive forest. Sustainable forest management benefits Wisconsin’s economy, hunting, fishing, wildlife, recreation, soils, waterways, and air quality, and renews our beautiful forests for everyone to enjoy.
WDNR  Division of Forestry: Links to the Wisconsin DNR forest news and information concerning the sustainable management and protection of this precious resource so that it continues to provide a host of ecological, economic and social benefits for years to come. These resources are available to help landowners, loggers and natural resource managers understand and implement forestry best management practices (BMPs).

Best Management Practices Landowner Guides:  These resources are available to help landowners, loggers and natural resource managers understand and implement forestry best management practices (BMPs).
Wisconsin Forest Management Guidelines - WDNR:  The Wisconsin Forest Management Guidelines (FMG) celebrates the wealth of our forest resources and emphasizes our responsibility to care for them. It outlines practical, site-specific considerations that land managers need to take into account when they plan and carry out forestry operations.
University of Wisconsin Forestry Facts:  University of Wisconsin has issued over 100 fact sheets documenting forestry practices.  Sample subjects are: Best practices; Hiring a consulting Forester; How to manage red pine; Understanding the sample timber sale contract; Filling out a cutting Notice (MFL).
University of Wisconsin Forestry  Extension Programs
Information is provided on a variety of topics from hands-on information to successfully manage for recreation, wildlife, and timber harvest to the history of Wisconsin’s forests. A very comprehensive web site offering detailed information on forest management and a series of educational opportunities for the woodland owner.
Forest* A *Syst: Tools to Manage your Private Forest Land: 
Trees take a long time to grow, so today's decisions have long-term impacts on forests and water quality. Forest*A*Syst helps you plan what you want your forest and wooded acreage to be and set out the steps you need to take to get there.
Forest ImagesImage categories: Forest Pests: Trees, Plants, and Stand Types; Silvicultural Practices; Urban Forestry; Wildlife; People, Places and Scenes.
Wisconsin private forestland owner offspring study
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources retained the Pinchot Institute for Conservation to conduct a survey of offspring of non-industrial forestland owners in Wisconsin.  Researcher Catherine Mater and her team spoke with 260 children of forest owners in 2007 (all of these "children" were adults and some were well into retirement) and asked about their attitudes regarding a wide range of topics relating to their family's woodlands.
Caring for Wisconsin Woodlands:  Current woodland topics, Learn About Your Land classes, webinars, publications and information that will help you meet your goals.
Internet Foresty Links:  THE INTERNET: Your Woodland Management Research Library.
Sign up for Wisconsin Forestry Newsletters:  Sign up for Wisconsin Division of Forestry Newsletters
through e-mail by clicking here.
Wisconsin Wood Marketing Bulletin:  Published every three months, it serves the timber producing and wood using industries of Wisconsin by listing items: For sale - forest products, equipment and services, wanted - forest products, equipment and services; employment opportunities.
Urban Forest Newsletter:  An electronic bulletin of breaking news and valuable information for the Urban Forest

Forest Health News Updates:  Wisconsin's forests are generally in good health, yet numerous native and exotic insects and diseases and extreme weather events threaten their health annually.  The Forest Health Protection staff provides insect and disease management assistance on 16 million acres of state, private, industrial and county forest lands.

DNR Northern Region News Releases Official DNR news releases impacting each DNR region.

Forest Fire Danger and Burning Permits It is important to have your written and signed annual burning permit available while burning and follow all restrictions listed on both sides of the permit.

Livin' by the Lake Melanie B. Fullman, District Ranger, US Forest Service, Ottawa NF, discusses important shoreline standards and guidelines for a natural shoreline that minimizes pollution, provides greater protection from erosion, and supports a greater number and diversity of wildlife.

DNR Division of Forestry Strategic Direction May 2011 This is the culmination of three years worth of work we have undertaken with our partners to assess and plan how to address major issues, threats and opportunities involving the forests of Wisconsin.  This document outlines what the Division of Forestry’s niche and role will be to address major issues and priority topics over the next 5 years and beyond.

DNR Division of Forestry Operations Plan and Strategic Direction  The Operations Plan allocates staff and fiscal resources to produce the intent of the Division's Strategic Direction.   

Wisconsin Woodland Owners Association WWOA has many publications, references and website links available to woodland owners.  

Woodland StewardshipThis site is designed to help woodland owners in Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin manage their woodlands.

Argonne Experimental Forest: The Argonne was one of the locations where experiments were done to evaluate the impacts of forest management activities on growth and yield and this data was used to create growth and yield models for most northern hardwood timber types in Wisconsin and it was these models and these experiments that gave us the stocking charts we use to guide management. It is located just south of Three Lakes on highway 32 and has a very nice interpretive trail that takes about two hours to walk.

Forest Stewardship Council: The Forest Stewardship Council sets standards for responsible forest management. A voluntary program, FSC uses the power of the marketplace to protect forests for future generations. Some people feel the best way to prevent deforestation is to stop using forest products. In reality, people use forest products every day. For example, the average American uses nearly six trees worth of paper each year. So FSC harnesses market demand to ensure forests are responsibly managed. Because FSC is the gold standard in forest certification, it is the only system supported by groups such as WWF, Sierra Club, Greenpeace, Natural Resources Defense Council and National Wildlife Federation.



Manage Forest Species


Red Pine Pocket Mortality:  Red pine pocket mortality, caused by a complex of insects and the fungi Leptographium terrebrantis and L. procerum was first identified in Wisconsin in 1975. National distribution of this syndrome is unknown. Thinned, plantation-grown red pines between the ages of 30-45 are most likely to show symptoms of this syndrome.

Heterobasidion root rot:  Planning to cut pine trees on your property? Then you need to know how to protect your woodlands against the “circles of death” of Heterobasidion root rot, the most damaging disease in temperate conifer forests of the world which has become an epidemic in Wisconsin. Thinning of pine plantations or cutting of conifer trees can expose your woodland to this deadly disease. Failure to aggressively respond to the discovery of this lethal pathogen has threatened sustainable management of Wisconsin's pines and other conifers in commercial forests, and also endangers trees in recreational woodlands and in wooded residential and vacation properties.

Jack Pine Budworm:  There has recently been incidence of the jack pine budworm, a cyclic insect pine pest, in many parts of PIF’s membership area.  Jack pine is the preferred host of this pest, which attacks primarily those trees 20 years and older, but budworm will also spread into stands of red pine in areas that are heavily infested.

Armillaria Root Rot:  This fungus is common throughout the Lake States in red pine plantations. Damage is especially severe on trees under stress and trees growing in cutover hard-wood stands. Armillaria causes a decay, seldom extending more than a few feet above ground. It kills trees by girdling at the root collar.


Oak Wilt tree disease found in Oneida county forests: Read the latest Northern Wisconsin New release. For other news releases, visit the DNR Northern Region News Release website.

How to  Identify, Prevent and Control Oak Wilt: Oak wilt is an aggressive disease that affects many species of oak (Quercus spp.). It is one of the most serious tree diseases in the United States, killing thousands of oaks each year in forests, woodlots, and home landscapes. (USDA)

Oak Wilt Management - What are the Options: Thousands of Oaks in woodlands and urban settings die from oak wilt every year. Widespread in Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Michigan, the disease is caused by the fungus Ceratocystis fagacearum. Because trees in the red oak group fall prey to the disease most often, the publication focuses on the red oak group.

Oak Wilt in Wisconsin: Biology and Management: Oak wilt has probably been a part of our forests in Wisconsin for 100 years. Oak wilt is caused by a fungus, that invades water-conducting vessels and induces the formation of balloon-like projections called tyloses which also plug the vessels. As water movement within the tree is slowed, the leaves wilt and drop off the tree.

Twolined chestnut borer: Adult twolined chestnut borers primarily attack oaks that are damaged by drought or trees that are suppressed or declining. Urban oaks that suffer stress from trunk and root injury, soil compaction, and changes in soil depth are equally vulnerable to attack by this pest.


Spruce decline in Wisconsin:  Spruce decline has been advancing in Northcentral Wisconsin since about 1988, with symptoms progressing from the ground up, and from the inside of the crown outward.  Symptoms included very poor live crown ratios and loss of needles throughout the crown, but significantly worse on the lower portions of the crown.


Sugar Maples Trouble?: As many readers know, sugar maple is one of the most important timber species in the North Woods.Unfortunately, for the past several years, reports of dieback have been coming from multiple locations across the UP, northern Minnesota, and northern Wisconsin.


Emerald Ash Borer: Emerald ash borer was found in southeast Wisconsin in August of 2008. The purpose of this website is to provide clear and timely information about EAB to those affected by, or potentially affected by, the insect's presence in our state.


Woolly Adelgid: The two hemlock species found in eastern North America, eastern hemlock (Tsuga canadensis) and Carolina hemlock (Tsuga caroliniana), are susceptible and seem to have little resistance to hemlock woolly adelgid damage. Heavy infestations can lead to the death of the tree within 4 - 10 years, and trees are also weakened and made vulnerable to attack by other insects and diseases.

   Balsam Fir

Dead Foliage: Symptoms: wilting (wilted) new foliage, mostly in the lower 1/2 of crown (looks like frost damage; or dead mature foliage on branches that are oftentimes still with green cambium, mostly in the lower 3/4 of crown; or dead tips (only distal few inches) scattered around crown; or tied foliage with pupal cases and lots of moths fluttering.

   Butternut (Black Walnut) Fir

Butternut Canker: Butternut is being killed throughout its range by Sirococcus clavigignentijuglandacearum, a fungus most likely introduced from outside of North America. The fungus initially infects trees through buds, leaf scars, and possibly insect wounds and other openings in the bark, rapidly killing small branches.


Basswood Thrips: Defoliation of basswood trees caused by introduced basswood thrips. The introduced basswood thrips, thrips calcaratus, is a recently recognized defoliator of American basswood in the Lake States.

   Birch (help us provide more detail)


Forest Soils

NRCS Soils:  Soils and Moisture are fundamental elements in having a healthy forest. Soils is part of the National Cooperative Soil Survey, an effort of Federal and State agencies, universities, and professional societies to deliver science-based soil information.