Forest policies in Wisconsin have been evolving rapidly in recent decades. There has been much debate regarding the effects that changing policies have on current forest-based operations and potential future growth in Wisconsin’s forest products industry. Large, important information gaps exist regarding the costs and benefits of forest policies, regulations and guidelines in Wisconsin.
The Wisconsin FY2014-2015 Budget included funding for a study of Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) forestry and forest fire prevention practices. The Wisconsin Forestry Practices Study is intended to obtain research results that will help guide decisions and policy development for long-term capital investment in forest-based manufacturing industries while ensuring the conservation of biodiversity.