Managing our dynamic forest resource in partnership with others for present and future generations


Conserving and managing of working forest landscapes for multiple values and uses


Protecting forests from threats from invasive and native insects, diseases and pests, and wildfire impacts


Enhancing public benefits through community assistance and wildfire planning, biomass and carbon assessments, wood production, recreation, and education

Keeping forests a vital part of Wisconsin life

Wisconsin’s Statewide Forest Strategy is a statement of intent by those most involved in the protection and sustainable management of Wisconsin’s forests regarding how to address the trends and issues that have the potential to significantly impact Wisconsin’s forests over the next decade. It provides a long-term, comprehensive, coordinated approach for investing resources to address the management and landscape priorities identified in the Statewide Forest Assessment.

Fragmentation & Parcelization: The amount of forest land in Wisconsin has increased, but the landscape patterns have changed due to fragmentation of forest patches, parcelization of forest ownerships, and urbanization. Our strategies seek to increase the amount of sustainably managed forest land, reduce parcelization, maintain and increase large blocks of forests, and manage at landscape scale levels.

Forest Composition & Structure: Wisconsin’s forests are unquestionably of tremendous environmental significance and partners are continually working to conserve biodiversity, help forests adapt to change and recover from disturbances. Our strategies seek to improve all forest communities, plan more at landscape scales, promote deer management that protects forest ecosystem functions, diversify urban tree species and increase canopy, and minimize ecosystem loss due to invasive species.

Forests as Economic Contributors: Forests are ingrained in the history and cultural heritage of Wisconsin and have been an important economic contributor to the state – past and present. Our strategies seek to realize economic values from ecosystem services, make Wisconsin a hub of green forest product markets, increase the capacity of forest management/protection providers, and provide diverse recreational opportunities

Agency Information

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
Division of Forestry
P.O. Box 7921
Madison, WI 53707

Paul DeLong, State Forester