Is state helping owners abuse woodland tax break?
A state forestry tax break gives property owners big breaks on taxes—as much as 95 percent of a parcel’s value. It was designed to encourage timber production while preserving wildlife and expanding opportunities for the public to enjoy hunting, fishing, hiking, cross-country skiing and sightseeing.
Yet the state Department of Natural Resources doesn’t offer maps pinpointing the properties. The DNR only provides legal descriptions that don’t include borders, roads leading to the lands or even access points. In the meantime, hunters often decry the lack of lands available to enjoy their sport.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel offered an extensive report on this program last Sunday. We’ll share our perspectives in our editorial Saturday.