Division of Forestry Might Eventually Move To Northwoods
The possibility of moving the state Division of Forestry to northern Wisconsin is still on the table says the author of the idea.
State Senator Tom Tiffany of Hazelhurst brought up the idea a few years ago.
Tiffany says even though there is a good deal of forestry in other parts of the state, much of the forestry activity happens in the north...
".....I think there would be a greater chance to tap into that talent pool if we had the Division of Forestry here in northern Wisconsin. Many people that are involved in county forest departments, that are involved in Forestry in a variety of ways, they don't want to live in Madison...."
The current budget directs the DNR to develop a plan to move the Division of Forestry headquarters to a northern Wisconsin location, including a description of the costs of relocation, a timeline for implementation, and a list of location options.
The plan would be considered by the Governor for inclusion in the next two-year budget.