A new program for resolving disputes within the forest tax law programs is currently being launched. Steigerwaldt Land Services has been awarded the contract with the Wisconsin DNR to be the program Administrator.
The Wisconsin Forest Tax Law DRP was developed to provide an alternative to the existing binding processes outlined in statute for challenging forestry-related decisions on private lands enrolled in the MFL and Forest Crop Law (FCL) programs. The DRP is a voluntary process that can be used when disagreements on private lands enrolled in MFL and FCL cannot be readily resolved between DNR foresters and private sector foresters (cooperators and others), loggers, or landowners. The disagreements can result from differences in professional opinion regarding silvicultural prescriptions, forest health and disease restrictions, and best management practices (BMPs) and/or logging practices, and their adherence to the principles of sound forestry for land enrolled in MFL and FCL. The DRP was developed by a committee consisting of representatives from the Division of Forestry, non-industrial private forest landowners, large block forestland managers, the Society of American Foresters, consulting foresters, and the logging, lumber, and pulp and paper industries.
An overview of the process can be found in the informational flyer.
For more information on the DRP, please see Chapter 31 of the Forest Tax Law Handbook.