MADISON — The state
Senate has approved a bill that would re-shape Wisconsin's
managed forest program.
Program participants get
property tax breaks if they keep their land open to the
public and follow timber management plans. Participants
can close their land but get a smaller tax break and must
pay a fee.
The bill would cap closed
land at 320 acres, reduce the fee for withdrawing early
from the program and allow property owners to lease their
land. It also would eliminate local taxes on timber
harvested from program land but allow local governments to
keep 80 percent of closed acreage fees. Right now 100
percent of those fees go to the state forestry account.
The Senate approved the
measure 20-11 Tuesday. The proposal goes next to the state