2001 - 2002 LEGISLATURE
February 7, 2002 - Introduced by Representatives Gard, Ainsworth, Seratti,
Krawczyk, Hines, Hahn, Musser, McCormick, Ott, Grothman, Friske, Sykora

and Albers, cosponsored by Senators Breske, Schultz and Welch. Referred
to Committee on Rural Affairs and Forestry.
AB785,1,3 1An Act to amend 28.11 (6) (b) 4.; and to create 28.11 (6) (c) of the statutes;
2relating to: reporting requirements on wood products that are cut from county
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
Under current law, moneys are appropriated to the department of natural
resources (DNR) for two types of noninterest bearing loans for county forests. The
counties pay back both of these types of loans by paying to DNR an amount equal to
at least 20% of the stumpage sales value of the timber cut from the county's forests.
Under current law, counties must transmit to DNR certain cutting reports
regarding the cutting of merchantable wood products from these county forests.
Under current law, the county must submit a final report on the cut wood products
within 90 days after the cutting is completed or, for ongoing cutting operations, the
county must submit an interim report on the cutwood products at two-year intervals
until the cutting is completed.
This bill exempts a county from the interim reporting requirement if the county
does not have a balance due the state on the county's noninterest bearing loans.
For further information see the state and local fiscal estimate, which will be
printed as an appendix to this bill.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
AB785, s. 1
1Section 1. 28.11 (6) (b) 4. of the statutes is amended to read:
AB785,2,82 28.11 (6) (b) 4. Within 90 days after completion of any cutting operation
3(including timber trespass) but not more than 2 years after filing the cutting notice,
4the county shall transmit to the department on forms furnished by the department,
5a report of merchantable wood products cut.
The department may conduct such
6investigations on of timber cutting operations as it deems determines to be advisable,
7including the holding of public hearings thereon, and may assess severance share
8payments accordingly.
AB785, s. 2 9Section 2. 28.11 (6) (c) of the statutes is created to read:
AB785,2,1310 28.11 (6) (c) Cutting reports. 1. A county shall transmit to the department a
11final cutting report of merchantable wood products cut, including those cut as a
12result of timber trespass, within 90 days after the date on which any cutting
13operation is completed.
AB785,2,2114 2. For a cutting operation of merchantable wood products that lasts more than
152 years from the date on which the cutting notice is filed under par. (b) 3., a county
16shall transmit to the department an interim cutting report of the products cut,
17including those cut as a result of timber trespass, no later than 2 years after the
18cutting notice is filed and shall continue to file interim reports at intervals that are
19no longer than 2 years until the cutting operation is completed. A county is exempt
20from preparing an interim report if there is no balance due in the forestry account
21of the county on the date on which the report is due.
AB785,2,2322 3. The department shall furnish the forms to be used for the cutting reports
23required under subds. 1. and 2.
AB785,2,2424 (End)