2003 - 2004 LEGISLATURE
October 29, 2003 - Introduced by Representatives Ainsworth, Friske, Gard,
Gronemus, Hines, Hundertmark, LeMahieu, Lothian, McCormick,
Montgomery, Musser, Olsen, Ott, Owens
and Seratti, cosponsored by
Senators Cowles, Lassa, Schultz and Welch. Referred to Committee on
AB629,1,2 1An Act to amend 28.11 (5) (a) of the statutes; relating to: the plan period for
2county forest land use plans.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
Under current law, a county board may enact an ordinance designating a
committee to manage lands designated as county forests in that county. A
comprehensive county forest land use plan must be prepared for the county forest
land by that committee. The plan must include land use designations, land
acquisition, forest protection, annual allowable timber harvests, recreational
developments, projects to be undertaken during the plan period, and other
information. The plan must be prepared for a 10-year period.
This bill requires that each county forest land use plan be prepared for a
15-year period rather than a 10-year period.
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:
AB629, s. 1 3Section 1. 28.11 (5) (a) of the statutes is amended to read:
AB629,2,144 28.11 (5) (a) A comprehensive county forest land use plan shall be prepared for
5a 10-year 15-year period by the county forestry committee with the assistance of

1technical personnel from the department and other interested agencies, and shall be
2approved by the county board and the department. The plan shall include land use
3designations, land acquisition, forest protection, annual allowable timber harvests,
4recreational developments, fish and wildlife management activities, roads,
5silvicultural operations and operating policies and procedures; it shall include a
6complete inventory of the county forest and shall be documented with maps, records
7and priorities showing in detail the various projects to be undertaken during the plan
8period. The plan may include an application for aids under s. 23.09 (17m). The
9application will be considered an annual application for these aids during the
1010-year 15-year period of the plan. The initial plan shall be completed within 2
11years from October 2, 1963 and
may be revised as changing conditions require and
12shall be revised upon expiration of the plan period
. Upon the expiration of the initial
1315-year plan period, and upon expiration of each subsequent 15-year plan period,
14the plan shall be revised and shall be in effect for another 15-year period
AB629, s. 2 15Section 2. Initial applicability.
AB629,2,1716 (1) This act first applies to county forest land use plans prepared or revised on
17the effective date of this subsection.
AB629,2,1818 (End)