Forestry Policies (Wisconsin)

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Place Wisconsin

Applies to States or Provinces Wisconsin
Name Forestry Policies (Wisconsin)
Policy Category Other Policy
Policy Type Environmental Regulations
Affected Technologies Biomass/Biogas
Active Policy Yes

Implementing Sector State/Province

Primary Website

Last Review 2014-06-20
Last Substantive Modification
to Summary

Information Source Statewide Forestry Strategy:, Forestland Woody Biomass Harveseting Guidelines:


The State of Wisconsin has nearly 16 million acres of forested lands in the state. The Statewide Forest Plan, completed in 2004, is carried out by the Wisconsin Council on Forestry together with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Division of Forestry. This Plan has been augmented with the Statewide Forest Strategy and Statewide Forest Assessment, both completed in 2010. The Statewide Forestry Strategy includes goals with respect to Energy and Climate Change, in terms of both use of forestry residues for energy as well as the use of forests in mitigation of the impacts of climate change.

In addition to these resources, the Wisconsin Council on Forestry issued "Wisconsin's Forestland Woody Biomass Harvesting Guidelines" in 2008 and reviewed in 2013. This document offers specific recommendations for the harvesting of woody biomass from forest land based on best available information.

The State Energy Division issued in 2006 the report "Bioenergy in Wisconsin: The Potential Supply of Forest Biomass and Its Relationship to Biodiversity", discussing the potential for forestry residues in renewable energy generation:

Policy regarding public forests is governed by Wisconsin Statute Chapter 28:

Financial incentives for the harvesting of forest residues are available in the form of both a corporate and personal tax credit. These credits apply to expenses for harvesting and processing equipment for woody biomass used as fuel.

The State Energy Office has launched the Biomass Market Development Initiative, to contribute to the success of the State's Gigawatt Scale Clean Energy Capacity efforts:

Policy Contact

Department Wisconsin Forestry Council


Authorities (Please contact the if there are any file problems.)

Authority 1: Wisconsin Statute Chapter 28