2003 - 2004 LEGISLATURE
January 30, 2003 - Introduced by Representatives Friske, Ainsworth, Seratti, M.
Williams, Vrakas, Freese, Ott, Loeffelholz, Hahn, Bies, Krawczyk, Owens,
Jeskewitz, Powers, M. Lehman, J. Wood, Albers, Petrowski, Jensen and
Black, cosponsored by Senators Kedzie, Breske, Welch, Schultz and
Hansen. Referred to Committee on Forestry.
1An Act to amend
28.05 (1); and to create
28.045 of the statutes; relating to:
2educational requirements for foresters employed by the Department of Natural
3Resources and persons authorized to designate trees for cutting in state forests.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
This bill requires every forester who is employed by the Department of Natural
Resources (DNR) to have received a bachelor's or higher degree in forestry from a
school of forestry with a curriculum accredited by the Society of American Foresters
or an equivalent degree from a school located in another country. The educational
requirements of this bill only apply to newly hired foresters. Current statutes do not
require foresters employed by DNR to satisfy specified educational requirements.
Under current law, before a tree may be cut in a state forest, it must be marked
by a forester who is in the professional series of the state classified civil service or by
a DNR employee who is equally qualified due to having long, practical experience in
marking trees for cutting. Under the bill, the marking must be done either by a
forester employed by DNR or an individual who DNR determines to be qualified and
who is under the oversight of a DNR forester.
For further information see the state 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:
AB12, s. 1
28.045 of the statutes is created to read:
228.045 Educational requirements for foresters. (1)
Every person hired 3
as a forester by the department on or after the effective date of this subsection .... 4
[revisor inserts date], shall have received a bachelor's or higher degree in forestry 5
from a school of forestry with a curriculum accredited by the Society of American 6
Foresters or an equivalent degree from a school located in another country, as 7
determined by the chief state forester.
Notwithstanding s. 230.14 (3m), the department may require as a condition 9
of application that an applicant for the position of forester has met the educational 10
requirements specified under sub. (1).
AB12, s. 2
28.05 (1) of the statutes is amended to read:
28.05 (1) Limitations.
Cutting shall be limited to trees marked or designated 13
for cutting by a forester in the professional series of the state classified civil service 14employed by the department
or by a department-designated employee equally
15qualified by reason of long, practical experience an individual determined by the
16department to be qualified to do such marking or designating and who is under the
17oversight of a forester employed by the department
. The department may sell 18
products removed in cultural or salvage cuttings and standing timber designated in 19
timber sale contracts, but all sales shall be based on tree scale or on the scale, 20
measure or count of the cut products. The department may require that a person 21
purchasing products or standing timber under a timber sale contract provide surety 22
for the proper performance of the contract either directly or through a bond furnished 23
by a surety company authorized to do business in this state.