Managed Forest Law

Autumn Forest MuralManaged Forest Law

The Managed Forest Law, administered by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, is a landowner incentive program designed to encourage sustainable forestry on private woodlands in Wisconsin. The law, through a written forest management plan, couples landowner objectives and timber harvesting, wildlife management, water quality and recreation to maintain a healthy and productive forest.


To be eligible, a landowner must own a minimum of 10 contiguous acres of forestland with a minimum of 80% of the land in forest cover. Currently, the Managed Forest Law reduces property taxes to $1.74 per acre if the land is closed to public access. Up to 80 acres may be closed to public access by the landowner. Forest land taxes can be further reduced to $0.74 if an acre is designated "open" to the public.