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.
Conserving and managing of working forest landscapes for multiple values and uses
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.
Protecting forests from threats from invasive and native insects, diseases and pests, and wildfire impacts
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.
Enhancing public benefits through community assistance and wildfire planning, biomass and carbon assessments, wood production, recreation, and education
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.
Fred Souba Jr.
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
PO BOX 7921, Madison, WI 53707-7921