There is one more week to review and comment on interim plans guiding the management of forest resources on a number of state-owned properties.
The DNR says the interim plans will guide forest management on the properties until formal master plans are completed. One of the seven properties included on that list is the Prairie River Fishery Area in Lincoln and Langlande Counties.
The Interim Forest Management Plans allow timber taken off these lands to continue to be certified as sustainably managed, a “seal of approval” that gives the public confidence these properties are well managed. That, in turn, benefits sawmills and other companies using timber from those properties,
Forest certification is a process that assures consumers that timber (and products made from certified wood) has been grown and harvested in a way that meets strict environmental and social standards. The Wisconsin forest products industry is a $16 billion per year business that directly supports more than 56,000 jobs and generates $228 million in state and local tax revenues.
Information and links to individual interim plans for these properties, as well as directions on how to submit comments, can be found online on the DNR website dnr.wi.gov by searching keyword “IFMP.”
People can fill out an electronic survey to submit comments, or can download the form and mail it in. Comments, either electronic or written, are due by 4:30 p.m. Feb. 21, 2014.