The Wisconsin Council on Forestry was created by State Statute 26.02 in July 2002 to advise the governor, legislature, the Department of Natural Resources, the Department of Commerce, and other state agencies, as determined appropriate by the council, on all of the following topics as they affect forests located in the state:
- The protection of forests from fire, insects, and disease.
- The practice of sustainable forestry, as defined in s. 28.04 (1) (e).
- Reforestation and forestry genetics.
- Management and protection of urban forests.
- Increasing the public's knowledge and awareness of forestry issues.
- Forestry research.
- Increasing the economic development of the forestry industry and employment in the forestry industry.
- Marketing and use of forest products.
- Legislation that impacts on the management of forest lands in this state.
- Staffing and funding needs for forestry programs conducted by the state.
Governor Doyle announced his appointments to the Wisconsin Council on Forestry in July 2003. Current Council members are as follows:
Breske, Roger||Senate rep||State Senate|
Brown, Dennis||Represents the interests of persons who are members of an organization of timber producers||WI Professional Loggers Assn.|
Brown, Troy||Lumber industry representative||Kretz Lumber Co., Inc.|
Church, Leon||Represents the interests of persons engaged in an industry that uses secondary wood||Sweetwood Builders|
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|Clark, Fred||A forester engaged in providing consultation services on forestry issues||Clark Forestry, Inc.|
Decker, Russ||Senate rep||State Senate|
DeLong, Paul||Chief State Forester||WI Dept. of Natural Resources|
Friske, Donald||Assembly rep||State Assembly|
Geenen, Jon||Represents the interests of persons who are members of labor unions affiliated with the foresry industry||PACE International Union|
Heerey, James||Represents the interests of persons engaged in conservation education||President, Barron County Woodland Owners Assn.|
Horvath, William||Represents non-industrial, private forest land||Wisc. Woodland Owners Assn.|
Hubler, Mary||Assembly rep||State Assembly|
Huston, Mary||Represents nonprofit conservation organizations||The Nature Conservancy|
Ottman, Kenneth||Represents the interests of persons engaged in urban and community forestry||City of Milwaukee|
Rogers, Robert||Represents the interests of persons who are members of the Society of American Foresters||Society of American Foresters|
Souba, Jr., Frederic||Represents forest products company||STORA ENSO|
Stier, Jeffrey||Represents the interests of schools of forestry within the state||UW Madison|
Dept. of Forest Ecology & Mgmt.
Ward, William||Represents the paper and pulp industry||Proctor & Gamble|
Matthews, Colette||Represents the interests of counties with forests||Wisconsin County Forests Association|
The Wisconsin Council on Forestry meets four times each year on the third Thursday of March, June, September and December or on the call of the Chairperson or of the majority of its members. Following are minutes of past meetings and the announcement of the next meeting.
- September 26, 2003
- December 17, 2003
- June 17, 2004
- September 16, 2004
- December 16, 2004
- March 17, 2005
- June 21, 2005 and photos from the Council Field Tour
- September 15, 2005
- Next Meeting: Thursday, December 15, 2005 Agenda
The Wisconsin State Statute also charged the Council on Forestry with preparing a biennial report on the status of the state's forest resources and forestry industry in each odd-numbered year for distribution to the governor and to the appropriate standing committees of the legislature. The report covers the 24-month period ending on the December 31 immediately preceding the date of the report.
The Council invites you to read the cover letter to Governor Doyle presenting the 2003-2004 Report.