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CHAPTER 26
PROTECTION OF FOREST LANDS AND FOREST PRODUCTIVITY
26.01   Definitions.
26.02   Council on forestry.
26.03   Harvest of raw forest products.
26.05   Timber theft.
26.06   Enforcement, seizure and sale of materials.
26.07   Money, how disposed of.
26.08   Leases and licenses.
26.09   Civil liability for unauthorized cutting, removal or transportation of raw forest products.
26.10   Reports by the department to the board of commissioners of public lands.
26.105   Forestry and fire prevention study.
26.11   Forest fires; department jurisdiction; procedure.
26.12   Forest protection areas, organization, emergency fire wardens, county cooperation, setting fire.
26.13   Town fire wardens; duties, expenses.
26.14   Forest fires, authority of fire fighters, compensation, penalties, civil liability.
26.145   Fire suppression aids.
26.15   Responsibility of wardens and citizens.
26.18   District attorneys to prosecute.
26.19   Destruction of forest protection equipment or notices.
26.20   Fire protection devices.
26.205   Tractors, spark arresters.
26.21   Civil liability for forest fires.
26.22   Sales, etc.
26.30   Forest insects and diseases; department jurisdiction; procedure.
26.35   Forest productivity.
26.36   Forest energy resources.
26.37   Lake states wood utilization consortium.
26.38   Forest grant program.
26.39   Forestry education and training.
26.40   Forestry education grant program.
26.42   Forestry diversification.
26.97   Law enforcement and police power.
26.98   General penalty.
26.985   Penalties, repeaters.
26.99   Parties to a violation.
Ch. 26 Cross-reference Cross-reference: See definitions in s. 24.01.
26.01 26.01 Definitions. In this chapter:
26.01(1) (1)Unless the context requires otherwise, “ department" means the department of natural resources.
26.01(2) (2)“Forest fire" means uncontrolled, wild, or running fires occurring on forest, marsh, field, cutover, or other lands or involving farm, city, or village property and improvements incidental to the uncontrolled, wild, or running fires occurring on forest, marsh, field, cutover, or other lands.
26.01 History History: 2001 a. 103 ss. 40, 42.
26.02 26.02 Council on forestry.
26.02(1)(1)Duties. The council on forestry shall advise the governor, the legislature, the department of natural resources, and other state agencies, as determined to be appropriate by the council, on all of the following topics as they affect forests located in this state:
26.02(1)(a) (a) The protection of forests from fire, insects, and disease.
26.02(1)(b) (b) The practice of sustainable forestry, as defined in s. 28.04 (1) (e).
26.02(1)(c) (c) Reforestation and forestry genetics.
26.02(1)(d) (d) Management and protection of urban forests.
26.02(1)(e) (e) Increasing the public's knowledge and awareness of forestry issues.
26.02(1)(f) (f) Forestry research.
26.02(1)(g) (g) Increasing the economic development of the forestry industry and employment in the forestry industry.
26.02(1)(h) (h) Marketing and use of forest products.
26.02(1)(i) (i) Legislation that impacts on the management of forest lands in this state.
26.02(1)(j) (j) Staffing and funding needs for forestry programs conducted by the state.
26.02(2) (2)Report.
26.02(2)(a) (a) The council on forestry shall prepare a biennial report on the status of the state's forest resources and forestry industry. The report shall include a summary of each of the following:
26.02(2)(a)1. 1. The magnitude, nature, and extent of the forest resources in this state.
26.02(2)(a)2. 2. The current use in this state for forest products and the benefits that these forest products provide to the state.
26.02(2)(a)3. 3. The projected future demand for forest products and the projected benefits that these forest products will provide to the state in the future.
26.02(2)(a)4. 4. The types of owners and forms of ownership that apply to forests in this state, including the reasons why persons own forest land.
26.02(2)(a)5. 5. The success of existing incentives that are offered to stimulate the development of forest resources.
26.02(2)(a)6. 6. The possible economic opportunities in this state that may result if improved forest-product marketing, and increased business dealing in or use of forest products, occurs in this state.
26.02(2)(a)7. 7. Recommendations for increasing the economic development of the forestry industry and employment in the forestry industry.
26.02(2)(a)8. 8. The effect of state and local governmental laws and policy on forestry management and the location of markets for forest products.
26.02(2)(a)9. 9. Recommendations as to staffing and funding needs for forestry programs and other conservation programs related to forestry that are conducted by the state to support and enhance the development of forest resources.
26.02(2)(a)10. 10. Recommendations as to the need to increase the public's knowledge and awareness of forestry issues.
26.02(2)(b) (b) The council on forestry shall submit the report under this subsection no later than June 1 of each odd-numbered year for distribution to the governor and to the appropriate standing committees of the legislature under s. 13.172 (3). The first report shall be submitted no later than June 1, 2005. Each report shall cover the 24-month period ending on the December 31 immediately preceding the date of the report.
26.02 History History: 2001 a. 109; 2011 a. 32.
26.03 26.03 Harvest of raw forest products.
26.03(1b)(1b)Definitions. In this section:
26.03(1b)(a) (a) “Harvest" means to cut, remove or transport.
26.03(1b)(b) (b) “Harvesting" means cutting, removing or transporting.
26.03(1b)(c) (c) “Raw forest products" has the meaning given in s. 26.05 (1).
26.03(1g) (1g)Prohibition; delinquent taxes. No person may harvest any raw forest products, or direct the harvest of any raw forest products, from any land for which taxes are delinquent.
26.03(1m) (1m)Harvesting upon notification.
26.03(1m)(a)1.1. Unless otherwise authorized to do so by the county, no person may harvest any raw forest products, or direct the harvesting of any raw forest products, from any land until 14 days after the clerk of the county in which the land is located is notified of the person's proposal to harvest. The person shall notify the county clerk each year and may do so in any manner acceptable to the county. Each time the person notifies the county, the person shall describe the land upon which the harvesting will occur by quarter-quarter section, government lot or fractional lot, unless the county requires a different method for describing the land. Notification under this subdivision expires on the December 31 immediately following the notification, and no person may harvest, or direct the harvesting of, any additional raw forest products from the land until further notification that complies with this subdivision is provided to the county.
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