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Council Charge

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.

Council Members

Governor Doyle announced his appointments to the Wisconsin Council on Forestry in July 2003. Current Council members are as follows:

NameMember TypeOrganization
Breske, RogerSenate repState Senate
Brown, DennisRepresents the interests of persons who are members of an organization of timber producersWI Professional Loggers Assn.
Brown, TroyLumber industry representativeKretz Lumber Co., Inc.
Church, LeonRepresents the interests of persons engaged in an industry that uses secondary woodSweetwood Builders
2324 W. Spencer
Appleton, WI 54914
Clark, FredA forester engaged in providing consultation services on forestry issuesClark Forestry, Inc.
Decker, RussSenate repState Senate
DeLong, PaulChief State ForesterWI Dept. of Natural Resources
Friske, DonaldAssembly repState Assembly
Geenen, JonRepresents the interests of persons who are members of labor unions affiliated with the foresry industryPACE International Union
Heerey, JamesRepresents the interests of persons engaged in conservation educationPresident, Barron County Woodland Owners Assn.
Horvath, WilliamRepresents non-industrial, private forest landWisc. Woodland Owners Assn.
Hubler, MaryAssembly repState Assembly
Huston, MaryRepresents nonprofit conservation organizationsThe Nature Conservancy
Ottman, KennethRepresents the interests of persons engaged in urban and community forestryCity of Milwaukee
Rogers, RobertRepresents the interests of persons who are members of the Society of American ForestersSociety of American Foresters
UW-Stevens Pt.
Souba, Jr., FredericRepresents forest products companySTORA ENSO
Stier, JeffreyRepresents the interests of schools of forestry within the stateUW Madison
Dept. of Forest Ecology & Mgmt.
Ward, WilliamRepresents the paper and pulp industryProctor & Gamble
Matthews, ColetteRepresents the interests of counties with forestsWisconsin County Forests Association

Council Meetings

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.

Biennial Report

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.

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