26.37(1)(e) (e) Require the implementation committee to identify an organization that can administer and award the grants and oversee the grant program.
26.37(1)(f) (f) Require the consortium to actively pursue funding from the states of Michigan and Minnesota of $200,000 annually from each state for 3 years.
26.37(1)(g) (g) Require the consortium to actively pursue federal and other funding sources.
26.37(2) (2) The department of natural resources may not expend moneys from the appropriations under s. 20.370 (5) (ax) or (6) (bt), 1997 stats., unless the department of natural resources and the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation first submit to the joint committee on finance the plan required under sub. (1). If the cochairpersons of the joint committee on finance do not notify the department of natural resources within 14 working days after the date of the submittal of the plan that the committee has scheduled a meeting to review the plan, the plan may be implemented and moneys may be expended as proposed by the department of natural resources. If, within 14 days after the date of the submittal of the plan, the cochairpersons of the committee notify the department of natural resources that the committee has scheduled a meeting to review the plan, moneys may be expended only after the plan has been approved by the committee.
26.37 History History: 1995 a. 27 ss. 1430m, 9116 (5); 1999 a. 185; 2011 a. 32.
26.38 26.38 Forest grant program.
26.38(1) (1) In this section:
26.38(1)(a) (a) "Community" has the meaning given in s. 28.04 (1) (b).
26.38(1)(ag) (ag) "Forest stewardship management plan" means a plan describing forest stewardship measures to be used on a particular site to achieve multiple natural resource goals.
26.38(1)(ar) (ar) "Nonindustrial private forest land" means rural land that has existing tree cover or that is suitable for growing trees.
26.38(1)(b) (b) "Sustainable forestry" has the meaning given in s. 28.04 (1) (e).
26.38(2m) (2m)
26.38(2m)(a)(a) The department shall establish a program to award grants for developing and implementing forest stewardship management plans by owners of nonindustrial private forest land and to award grants to groups of interested parties for projects to control invasive plants in weed management areas. The department shall award the grants only to persons owning 500 acres or less of nonindustrial private forest land in this state or to groups in which each person participating owns 500 acres or less of nonindustrial private forest land in this state.
26.38(2m)(am) (am) Beginning with fiscal year 2008-09, from the appropriation under s. 20.370 (5) (av), the department shall allocate for each fiscal year at least $60,000 for grants for projects to control invasive plants in weed management areas. From the amount allocated, the department shall award grants to all eligible applicants for grants for such projects before awarding any balance of the allocated amount for grants for stewardship management plans.
26.38(2m)(b) (b) Each recipient of a grant under this section shall provide a matching contribution in an amount to be determined by the department for that particular grant based on criteria promulgated by rule under sub. (3). The matching contribution may be in the form of money or in-kind goods or services or both.
26.38(2m)(c) (c) A forest stewardship management plan developed or implemented with a grant under this section shall meet minimum standards that are promulgated by rule under sub. (3) and shall contain practices that protect and enhance all of the following:
26.38(2m)(c)1. 1. Soil and water quality.
26.38(2m)(c)2. 2. Endangered, threatened or rare forest communities.
26.38(2m)(c)3m. 3m. Sustainable forestry.
26.38(2m)(c)4. 4. Habitat for fish and wildlife.
26.38(2m)(c)5. 5. The recreational, aesthetic and environmental benefits that the forest land provides.
26.38(3) (3) The department shall promulgate rules to implement and administer this program, including all of the following:
26.38(3)(a) (a) The criteria for determining the amount of a matching contribution under sub. (2m) (b).
26.38(3)(b) (b) The minimum standards required under sub. (2m) (c).
26.38(3)(c) (c) Eligibility requirements for groups receiving grants for weed management areas, requirements for the grants, and requirements for establishing weed management areas.
26.38 History History: 1997 a. 27; 2007 a. 20.
26.38 Cross-reference Cross-reference: See also ch. NR 47, Wis. adm. code.
26.39 26.39 Forestry education and training.
26.39(1) (1) Definitions. In this section:
26.39(1)(a) (a) "School forest" means a community forest that is owned or operated by a school as provided in s. 28.20.
26.39(1)(b) (b) "Sustainable forestry" has the meaning given in s. 28.04 (1) (e).
26.39(2) (2)Forestry education curriculum; schools. Using the moneys appropriated under s. 20.370 (1) (cu), the department, in cooperation with the Center for Environmental Education in the College of Natural Resources at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, shall develop a forestry education curriculum for grades kindergarten to 12.
26.39(5) (5)Funding for school forests. The department shall use the moneys allocated under s. 28.085 to provide funding to school districts that have school forests for the purposes of maintaining the school forests and for transporting pupils to and from the school forests. The department shall promulgate rules to implement and administer this subsection, including educational and forest management requirements that school districts must meet to receive funding under this subsection.
26.39(6) (6)Forestry internships. The department shall use the moneys allocated under s. 28.085 to provide internships to University of Wisconsin System students who are enrolled in a course of study that will result in a bachelor's or higher degree in forestry. The department shall promulgate rules establishing the application process and the criteria for receipt of an internship under this subsection.
26.39(7) (7)Logging certification scholarships.
26.39(7)(a)(a) From the appropriation under s. 20.370 (5) (ax), the department shall establish a scholarship grant program to assist individuals who are seeking certification by the Great Lakes Timber Professionals Association as master loggers or who are seeking logger safety training certified by the Great Lakes Timber Professionals Association. A scholarship grant under the program may not exceed 50 percent of the total cost of receiving the certification or training. The department shall promulgate rules that establish criteria for the program.
26.39(7)(b) (b) The department shall allocate $50,000 for fiscal year 2005-06 and $150,000 for each subsequent fiscal year for scholarship grants under this program.
26.39 History History: 2001 a. 16, 109; 2005 a. 25; 2009 a. 28, 181; 2011 a. 32, 258.
26.40 26.40 Forestry education grant program.
26.40(1c) (1c) In this section, "nonprofit organization" means a nonprofit corporation, as defined in s. 181.0103 (17), and any organization described in section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code that is exempt from federal income tax under section 501 (a) of the Internal Revenue Code.
26.40(1m) (1m) The department may award grants to nonprofit organizations to develop forestry educational programs and instructional materials for use in the public schools. The department may not award a grant unless it enters into a memorandum of understanding with the grant recipient and the director of the timber management program at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point regarding the use of the funds.
26.40(2) (2) The recipient of a grant under sub. (1m) shall submit the programs and materials developed with the funds to the department and the director of the timber management program at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point College of Natural Resources for approval. Upon request, the grant recipient shall provide approved programs and materials to school districts free of charge.
26.40 History History: 1997 a. 27; 2001 a. 109; 2005 a. 25 s. 2361m; Stats. 2005 s. 26.40.
26.42 26.42 Forestry diversification.
26.42(1) (1) The department shall establish a forestry diversification program and shall promote and assist the development and use of industrial and commercial products from forestry products, including all of the following:
26.42(1)(a) (a) Alternative fuels, including fuels that are considered to be renewable fuels under the renewable fuel program under 42 USC 7545 (o).
26.42(1)(b) (b) Heat.
26.42(1)(c) (c) Electricity, including electricity that satisfies the requirements in s. 196.378 (2).
26.42(1)(d) (d) Marketable credits for reducing emissions of greenhouse gases, as defined in s. 285.78 (1) (c), derived from appropriate management practices used in the production of timber.
26.42(2) (2) The department shall promote and assist the development and use of the products identified in sub. (1) (a) to (d) in cooperation with and with the assistance of the department of agriculture, trade and consumer protection and the University of Wisconsin-Extension.
26.42 History History: 2009 a. 401.
26.97 26.97 Law enforcement and police power. A state forest ranger, town chairperson, conservation warden or other duly appointed deputy may do any of the following:
26.97(1) (1) Arrest a person, with or without a warrant, when the person is detected actually committing a violation of this chapter, subch. VI of ch. 77, or s. 167.10 (3), 941.10 (1), 941.11, 941.12, 941.13, 943.02 (1), 943.03, 943.04, 943.05 or 943.06 (2).
26.97(2) (2) Arrest a person, with or without a warrant, whom the ranger, chairperson, warden or deputy has reason to believe is committing or has committed a violation of a statutory provision specified under sub. (1).
26.97(3) (3) Take the arrested person before the circuit court for the county where the violation occurred and make a proper complaint.
26.97(4) (4) Execute and serve any warrant or process in the same manner as any constable.
26.97 History History: 1989 a. 79; 2003 a. 228.
26.98 26.98 General penalty. Any person who violates a provision of this chapter for which no penalty is provided shall forfeit not more than $50.
26.98 History History: 1975 c. 365; 1983 a. 27 s. 643m; Stats. 1983 s. 26.98.
26.985 26.985 Penalties, repeaters.
26.985(1) (1) In this section, "violation" means any violation under this chapter or any violation of a department order punishable under this chapter.
26.985(2) (2) Except as provided in subs. (3) and (4), if a person is convicted of a violation and has one or more convictions, within the 5 years prior to the current conviction, for one or more violations, the person shall be fined not more than $100 or imprisoned for not more than 6 months or both. The prosecution shall allege and prove the prior convictions in the manner specified in s. 29.974.
26.985(3) (3) Except as provided in sub. (4), if a person is convicted of a violation and has 3 or more convictions, within the 3 years prior to the current conviction, for one or more violations, the person shall be fined not more than $2,000 or imprisoned for not more than 9 months or both. The prosecution shall allege and prove the prior convictions in the manner specified in s. 29.974.
26.985(4) (4)
26.985(4)(a)(a) A person under this section is subject to a fine not to exceed the fine under this section or the fine or forfeiture for the underlying offense, whichever is greater.
26.985(4)(b) (b) A person under this section is subject to imprisonment for a term not to exceed the amount provided under this section or the amount provided for the underlying offense, whichever is greater.
26.985 History History: 1989 a. 79; 1997 a. 248.
26.99 26.99 Parties to a violation.
26.99(1) (1) Whoever is concerned in the commission of a violation of this chapter for which a forfeiture is imposed is a principal and may be charged with and convicted of the violation although he or she did not directly commit it and although the person who directly committed it has not been convicted of the violation.
26.99(2) (2) A person is concerned in the commission of the violation if the person:
26.99(2)(a) (a) Directly commits the violation;
26.99(2)(b) (b) Aids and abets the commission of it; or
26.99(2)(c) (c) Is a party to a conspiracy with another to commit it or advises, hires or counsels or otherwise procures another to commit it.
26.99 History History: 1975 c. 365.
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2013-14 Wisconsin Statutes updated through 2013 Wis. Act 380 and all Supreme Court Orders entered before Jan. 1, 2015. Published and certified under s. 35.18. Changes effective after Jan. 1, 2015 are designated by NOTES. (Published 1-1-15)