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Here you will find the information that will help you achieve the goals you have identified for your forest from the planting of trees to the harvesting of timber and just about everything in between.

Timber Harvests and Sales

Management for Specific Species

Roads, Trails, Recreation and Aesthetics

Herbicides

BMPs for water quality and invasive plants

Working with a Forester

Firewood

Managed Forest Law

 

Planning

10 Ways to Protect Your Woodland Property
Produced by: WI Department of Natural Resources, 2005
Publication number: FR-313 2005
Keywords: fire, trespass, boundaries, safety, wildlife damage, timber harvests, invasives, water quality, soil, forest health, scenic beauty

Best Management Practices for Water Quality: Planning For Forest Management
Produced by: UW-Madison Dept of Forest Ecology and Management, 1995
Publication number: Forestry Fact 3
Keywords: water quality, forest operations, planning, BMP

Caring for Your Woods: A 10-Step Plan For Landowners
Produced by: UW-Madison Dept of Forest Ecology and Management, 2016
Publication number: Forestry Fact 87
Keywords: management planning, goal, assistance

Country Acres: A Guide to Buying and Managing Rural Property
Produced by: UWEX Cooperative Extension
Publication number: G3309
Keywords: land purchase, ownership, rural living, property improvement

Directory of Cooperating Foresters 
Produced by: WI Department of Natural Resources, current version
Keywords: forester, directory, assistance

DNR Webview is an interactive, online map viewing tool for creating customized maps that include land and water information including waterways, land features, roads, and much more. Here is a tutorial on how to utilize this tool.

Farmer’s Guide to Woodland Management
Produced by: WI Department of Natural Resources
Publication number: FR-322
Keywords: forester, timber harvest, chainsaw

Getting the Help You Need
Produced by: WI Department of Natural Resources
Publication number: WM-219
Keywords: wildlife habitat, assistance, management planning, dollars, funding, organizations, maps, plants, nurseries, native

Getting the Most from Your Woodland
Produced by: UW-Madison Dept of Forest Ecology and Management, 1990
Publication number: Forestry Fact 48
Keywords: management planning, goals

How to Hire a Contractor for Land Management Activities
Produced by: UW-Extension and the Aldo Leopold Foundation
Publication number: Forestry Fact 105
Keywords: contractor, forester, logger, forest management, wildlife management, vegetation management, online resources, estate planning

Multiple Benefits from Forest Management
Produced by: WI Department of Natural Resources
Publication number: FR-104
Keywords: management planning, assistance, goals

Private Forestry Assistance in Wisconsin
Produced by: WI Department of Natural Resources
Publication number: FR-068
Keywords:assistance, foresters, timber sale

Woodland Visions - Appreciating and Managing Forests for Scenic Beauty
Produced by: UWEX Cooperative Extension
Publication number: G3762
Keywords: silviculture, forest operations, aesthetics, scenic beauty, management planning

Woods Words
Produced by: UWEX Cooperative Extension- Environmental Resources Center
Publication number: ERC1
Keywords: resources, foresters, loggers

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Timber Harvests and Sales

Best Management Practices for Water Quality: Do I Need A Permit?
Produced by: UW-Madison Dept of Forest Ecology and Management, 1995
Publication number: Forestry Fact 2
Keywords: water quality, forest operations, BMP, permit, grading, stream crossings, wetlands

Best Management Practices for Water Quality: Timber Harvesting
Produced by: UW-Madison Dept of Forest Ecology and Management, 1995
Publication number: Forestry Fact 7
Keywords: water quality, forest operations, silviculture, harvesting, BMP

Conducting a Successful Timber Sale
Produced by: WI Department of Natural Resources, 2003
Publication number: FR-254
Keywords: harvesting, timber sale, forest operations, BMP, marketing

Contracting with a Consulting Forester
Produced by: UW-Madison Department of Forest Ecology and Management, 2016
Publication number: Forestry Fact 110
Keywords: agreement, timber sales, forester

Determine Your Basis And Keep More Timber Income
Produced by: UW-Madison Dept of Forest Ecology and Management, 1994
Publication number: Forestry Fact 71
Keywords: tax, management, planning, value, loss, expense

Do I Need a Permit for Harvesting Timber?
Produced by: WI Department of Natural Resources, 2007
Publication number: FR-379
Keywords: timber harvest, logging, permits, cutting notices, zoning, burning, riparian areas, rivers, streams, lakes

Estimating and Interpreting Site Index
Produced by: UWEX Cooperative Extension, 1996
Publication number: G3361
Keywords: measurement, site quality, potential, investment, management, capacity, productivity

Estimating Stocking Conditions
Produced by: UWEX Cooperative Extension, 1996
Publication number: G3362
Keywords: measurement, stand, stocking, basal area, density, management, yield, volume, growth

Factors Influencing Timber Prices for Landowners
Produced by: UW-Madison Dept of Forest Ecology and Management, 2015 
Publication number: Forestry Fact 106
Keywords: timber sale, prices, harvesting

Forest Practices for Water Quality in Wisconsin
Produced by: WI Department of Natural Resources, 2003
Publication number: FR-109
Keywords: BMP, forest operations, water quality, permits, spills, RMZ, roads, harvesting, site prep, tree planting, wetlands, methods, chemicals, wildlife

Harvesting and Forest Management
Produced by: UWEX Cooperative Extension
Publication number: G3424
Keywords: harvesting systems, forest operations, regeneration

Harvesting Firewood From Your Woods
Produced by: UWEX Cooperative Extension
Publication number: GWQ060
Keywords: selecting trees, heat value, tree growth, order of removal, splitting, stacking, drying, tolerance

Herbicides for Forest Management
Produced by: WI Department of Natural Resources
Keywords: herbicide, weed control, forest management, planting

Intermediate Cuttings in Forest Management
Produced by: UWEX Cooperative Extension, 1996
Publication number: G3398
Keywords: forest management, thinning, forest operations, crop tree release, improvement cuts, salvage cuts, sanitation cuts

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Lake States Woodlands: Marketing Timber
Produced by: UWEX Cooperative Extension
Publication number: G3297
Keywords: marketing, forest operations, value, sale, stumpage, contract

Logging Methods for Wisconsin Woodlands
Produced by: UWEX Cooperative Extension, 2011
Publication number: GWQ059
Keywords: logging equipment, harvesting systems, harvesting methods, harvesting prescriptions

Measuring Trees and Estimating Volume
Produced by: UWEX Cooperative Extension
Publication number: G3332
Keywords: measurement, volume, height, diameter, inventory

Private Forestry Assistance in Wisconsin
Produced by: WI Department of Natural Resources
Publication number: FR-068
Keywords:assistance, foresters, timber sale

Provisions in a Timber Sale Contract
Produced by: UWEX Regional Natural Resources Program
Publication number: UWEX-1
Keywords: compaction, residuals, slash, decking

Safe Tree Harvesting
Produced by: UWEX Cooperative Extension, 1991
Publication number: G3205
Keywords: forest operations, chainsaw, safety, protection, sawing, cutting, saw maintenance

Sample Prospectus that Advertises a Timber Sale
Produced by: UWEX Regional Natural Resources Program
Publication number: UWEX-2
Keywords: sale, terms, bidding, payment

Silvics Manual
Produced by: USDA Forest Service
Publication number: Agriculture Handbook 654
Keywords: identification, tree species, silviculture

Timber Harvest Effects on Nongame Birds
Produced by: UW-Madison Dept of Forest Ecology and Management, 1994
Publication number: Forestry Fact 77
Keywords: forest operations, wildlife habitat, birds

To Cut Or Not To Cut?
Produced by: WI Department of Natural Resources
Publication number: WM-224
Keywords: wildlife habitat, timber harvesting, silviculture

Understanding the Sample Timber Sale Contract
Produced by: UW-Madison Dept of Forest Ecology and Management, 2009
Publication number: Forestry Fact 94
Keywords: forest operations, assistance, marketing, contract, timber harvest

What Will A Forest Tree Earn?
Produced by: UW-Madison Dept of Forest Ecology and Management, 1988
Publication number: Forestry Fact 38
Keywords: income, forest operations, economics, inventory, management planning, timber harvest

What's A Forest Tree Worth?
Produced by: UW-Madison Dept of Forest Ecology and Management, 1988
Publication number: Forestry Fact 39
Keywords: income, forest operations, economics, timber harvest, management planning

What’s My Timber Worth? And Why?
Produced by: UW-Madison Dept of Forest Ecology and Management, 2003
Publication number: Forestry Fact 97
Keywords: timber harvest, timber sale, logs, marketing, selling, stumpage prices

When To Harvest Timber: Now Or Later?
Produced by: UW-Madison Dept of Forest Ecology and Management, 1991
Publication number: Forestry Fact 53
Keywords: forest operations, income, value, management planning, economics, timber harvest

Wisconsin Voluntary Site-level Forest Management Guidelines Note: this is a large document
Produced by: WI Department of Natural Resources, 2011
Publication number: FR-226
Keywords: forest management, forest operations, harvesting, silviculture, water quality, BMP, planning

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Management for Specific Species

Black Walnut
Produced by: Virginia Tech
Publication number:  VT-3
Keywords: marketing, harvesting, storage, processing

How to Manage Aspen
Produced by: UW-Madison Dept of Forest Ecology and Management, 1997
Publication number: Forestry Fact 84
Keywords: aspen, forest management

How to Manage Jack Pine
Produced by: UW-Madison Dept of Forest Ecology and Management, 1997
Publication number: Forestry Fact 85
Keywords: jack pine, forest management

How to Manage Northern Hardwoods
Produced by: UW-Madison Dept of Forest Ecology and Management, 1996
Publication number: Forestry Fact 81
Keywords: northern hardwood, forest management

How to Manage Red Pine
Produced by: UW-Madison Dept of Forest Ecology and Management, 1996
Publication number: Forestry Fact 82
Keywords: red pine, forest management

How to Manage White Pine
Produced by: UW-Madison Dept of Forest Ecology and Management, 1997
Publication number: Forestry Fact 86
Keywords: white pine, forest management

How to Prune Trees
Produced by: United States Dept of Agriculture, Northeastern Area State and Private Forestry
Publication number: NA-FR-01-09
Keywords: pruning tools, thinning, forest management, wounds, cuts

Pine Plantation Management
Produced by: UWEX Cooperative Extension
Publication number: G1983
Keywords: planting, seedling, plantation, pine, silviculture, management

Proper Tree Pruning
Produced by: WI Department of Natural Resources
Publication number: FR-256
Keywords: tree pruning how-to, pruning tools

Walnut Tips--Choosing the Right Seed for Your Woodland
Produced by: UW-Madison Dept of Forest Ecology and Management, 1998
Publication number: Forestry Fact 90
Keywords: walnut, seed, planting

Walnut Tips--Retired Cropland Plantings
Produced by: UW-Madison Dept of Forest Ecology and Management, 1992
Publication number: Forestry Fact 57
Keywords: walnut, planting, cropland

Walnut Tips--Soil and Site Selection
Produced by: UW-Madison Dept of Forest Ecology and Management, 1992
Publication number: Forestry Fact 58
Keywords: walnut, planting, site selection

Walnut Tips--Top Pruning
Produced by: UW-Madison Dept of Forest Ecology and Management, 1990
Publication number: Forestry Fact 51
Keywords: walnut, pruning, forest operations

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Roads, Trails, Recreation and Aesthetics

A Landowner's Guide to Building Forest Access Roads
Produced by: USDA Forest Service
Publication number: NA-TP-06-98
Keywords: planning, location, road access, stream crossings, culverts, construction, drainage, water bars, soil erosion

Best Management Practices for Water Quality: Forest Roads
Produced by: UW-Madison Dept of Forest Ecology and Management, 1995
Publication number: Forestry Fact 6
Keywords: water quality, forest operations, BMP, road access, stream crossings, culverts, construction, drainage, water bars, soil erosion

Do I need a Permit for Building a Forest Road?
Produced by: WI Department of Natural Resources, 2007
Publication number: FR-380
Keywords: forest road, permits, zoning, stormwater, wetlands, waterways, rivers, streams, BMPs

Forest Practices for Water Quality in Wisconsin
Produced by: WI Department of Natural Resources, 2003
Publication number: FR-109
Keywords: BMP, forest operations, water quality, permits, spills, RMZ, roads, harvesting, site prep, tree planting, wetlands, methods, chemicals, wildlife

Recreational Forest Trails: Plan for Success
Produced by: North Carolina Cooperative Extension Services
Publication number: NCCES-1
Keywords: trail type, specifications, construction, accessibility

Trail Design for Small Properties
Produced by: University of MN Extension Services
Publication number: UMES-3
Keywords: trail use, design standards, trail design, trail installation, trail signs

Wisconsin's Recreational Use Statute: Limiting the Injury Liability of Private Landowners
Produced by: UWEX Cooperative Extension
Publication number: G3326
Keywords: recreation, liability, public use, legal aspects

Woodland Visions - Appreciating and Managing Forests for Scenic Beauty
Produced by: UWEX Cooperative Extension
Publication number: G3762
Keywords: silviculture, forest operations, aesthetics, scenic beauty, management planning

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Herbicides

Best Management Practices for Water Quality: Using Forestry Chemicals
Produced by: UW-Madison Dept of Forest Ecology and Management, 1995
Publication number: Forestry Fact 10
Keywords: herbicides, pesticides, silviculture, planting, BMP, water quality

Herbicides for Forest Management
Produced by: WI Department of Natural Resources
Keywords: herbicide, weed control, forest management, planting

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Best Management Practices (BMPs)

Best Management Practices for Water Quality: Do I Need A Permit?
Produced by: UW-Madison Department of Forest Ecology and Management, 1995
Publication number: Forestry Fact 2
Keywords: water quality, forest operations, BMP, permit, grading, stream crossings, wetlands

Best Management Practices for Water Quality: Forest Roads
Produced by: UW-Madison Department of Forest Ecology and Management, 1995
Publication number: Forestry Fact 6
Keywords: water quality, forest operations, BMP, road access, stream crossings, culverts, construction, drainage, water bars, soil erosion

Best Management Practices for Water Quality: Fuels, Lubricants, Waste And Spills
Produced by: UW-Madison Department of Forest Ecology and Management, 1995
Publication number: Forestry Fact 4
Keywords: water quality, forest operations, BMP, fuel, toxin, spill, chemicals, waste

Best Management Practices for Water Quality: Planning For Forest Management
Produced by: UW-Madison Department of Forest Ecology and Management, 1995
Publication number: Forestry Fact 3
Keywords: water quality, forest operations, planning, BMP

Best Management Practices for Water Quality: Prescribed Burning And Wildfire
Produced by: UW-Madison Department of Forest Ecology and Management, 1995
Publication number: Forestry Fact 9
Keywords: water quality, forest operations, BMPs, fire, burning

Best Management Practices for Water Quality: Riparian Management Zones RMZs
Produced by: UW-Madison Department of Forest Ecology and Management, 1995
Publication number: Forestry Fact 5
Keywords: water quality, forest operations, BMP, riparian areas

Best Management Practices for Water Quality: Site Preparation And Tree Planting
Produced by: UW-Madison Department of Forest Ecology and Management, 1995
Publication number: Forestry Fact 8
Keywords: water quality, forest operations, site preparation, planting, BMP

Best Management Practices for Water Quality: Timber Harvesting
Produced by: UW-Madison Department of Forest Ecology and Management, 1995
Publication number: Forestry Fact 7
Keywords: water quality, forest operations, silviculture, harvesting, BMP

Best Management Practices for Water Quality: Using Forestry Chemicals
Produced by: UW-Madison Department of Forest Ecology and Management, 1995
Publication number: Forestry Fact 10
Keywords: herbicides, pesticides, silviculture, planting, BMP, water quality

Best Management Practices for Water Quality: Wetlands
Produced by: UW-Madison Department of Forest Ecology and Management, 1995
Publication number: Forestry Fact 11
Keywords: water quality, forest operations, wetlands, BMP, soils

Best Management Practices for Water Quality: Why Do We Need BMPs?
Produced by: UW-Madison Department of Forest Ecology and Management, 1995
Publication number: Forestry Fact 1
Keywords: water quality, forest operations, BMP

BMP Field Guide (Best Management Practices for Water Quality)
Produced by: WI Department of Natural Resources, 2010
Publication number: FR-093
Keywords: Best Management Practices, water quality, roads, logging, culverts, timber harvest, permits, riparian areas

Forest Practices for Water Quality in Wisconsin
Produced by: WI Department of Natural Resources, 2003
Publication number: FR-109
Keywords: BMP, forest operations, water quality, permits, spills, RMZ, roads, harvesting, site prep, tree planting, wetlands, methods, chemicals, wildlife

Wisconsin Voluntary Site-level Forest Management Guidelines Note: this is a large document
Produced by: WI Department of Natural Resources, 2011
Publication number: FR-226
Keywords: forest management, forest operations, harvesting, silviculture, water quality, BMP, planning

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Working with a Forester

Caring for Your Woods: A 10-Step Plan For Landowners
Produced by: UW-Madison Dept of Forest Ecology and Management, 2016
Publication number: Forestry Fact 87
Keywords: management planning, goal, assistance

Contracting with a Consulting Forester
Produced by: UW-Madison Department of Forest Ecology and Management, 2016
Publication number: Forestry Fact 110
Keywords: agreement, timber sales, forester

Directory of Cooperating Foresters 
Produced by: WI Department of Natural Resources, current version
Keywords: forester, directory, assistance

Getting the Most from Your Woodland
Produced by: UW-Madison Dept of Forest Ecology and Management, 1990
Publication number: Forestry Fact 48
Keywords: management planning, goals

Hiring A Consulting Forester
Produced by: UW-Madison Dept of Forest Ecology and Management, 1994
Publication number: Forestry Fact 75
Keywords: forester, assistance, services, cost, finding

How to Hire a Contractor for Land Management Activities
Produced by: UW-Extension and the Aldo Leopold Foundation
Publication number: Forestry Fact 105
Keywords: contractor, forester, logger, forest management, wildlife management, vegetation management, online resources, estate planning

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Firewood 

EPA-Certified Wood Burning
Produced by: Hearth, Patio, and Barbeque Association
Publication number: HPBA-1
Keywords: benefits, regulations, upgrading, combustion 

Harvesting Firewood From Your Woods
Produced by: UWEX Cooperative Extension
Publication number: GWQ060
Keywords: selecting trees, heat value, tree growth, order of removal, splitting, stacking, drying, tolerance 

Heating with Wood: Principles of Combustion
Produced by: Montana State University Extension
Publication number:  MT198405HR
Keywords: combustion, stages, fuel, heat, air

How To Choose Firewood Trees
Produced by: Cornell Cooperative Extension
Publication number: CUCE-1
Keywords: selecting trees, splitting logs, transporting, firewood problems 

Managing Your Woodland for Firewood
Produced by: Kansas State University Cooperative Extension
Publication number:  MF-773
Keywords: yield, heat value, growth rate, tolerance, harvesting regeneration, wildlife 

Wood Heating Appliances for Homes and Businesses
Produced by: UWEX Cooperative Extension
Publication number: GWQ066
Keywords: heat value, fuel types, economics

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Managed Forest Law (MFL) 

The Managed Forest Law program is time sensitive. For that reason, please follow the link to the Wisconsin DNR to get the latest info and applications for the MFL program.

Forms for the MFL program can be found here 

Managed Forest Law Tax Program
Produced by: UW-Madison Department of Forest Ecology and Management, 2010
Publication number: Forestry Fact 50
Keywords: tax, MFL, management planning

Managed Forest Law: Filling Out a Cutting Notice
Produced by: UW-Madison Department of Forest Ecology and Management, 2005
Publication number: Forestry Fact 100
Keywords: MFL, timber harvest

Managed Forest Law: How Does the Program Impact Existing and Future Structures?
Produced by: UW-Madison Department of Forest Ecology and Management, 2015
Publication number: Forestry Fact 101
Keywords: MFL, buildings, structures

Managed Forest Law: Transferring Land
Produced by: UW-Madison Department of Forest Ecology and Management, 2010
Publication number: Forestry Fact 102
Keywords: MFL, land transfer

Managed Forest Law: What Constitutes a Mandatory Practice?
Produced by: UW-Madison Department of Forest Ecology and Management, 2008
Publication number: Forestry Fact 99
Keywords: MFL, timber harvests, mandatory practices 

Proposed Legislative Changes to the MFL: Focus on Local Government
Produced by: UW-Madison Department of Forest Ecology and Management, 2011
Publication number: Forestry Fact 107
Keywords: MFL, timber harvests, mandatory practices, fiscal impacts, taxation

Proposed Legislative Changes to the MFL: Implications for Current, New, & Renewing Landowners
Produced by: UW-Madison Department of Forest Ecology and Management, 2011
Publication number: Forestry Fact 108
Keywords: MFL, timber harvests, mandatory practices, leasing, forest enterprize areas, annual allowable cut
 

Wisconsin's Recreational Use Statute: Limiting the Injury Liability of Private Landowners
Produced by: UWEX Cooperative Extension
Publication number: G3326
Keywords: recreation, liability, public use, legal aspects