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North Central Research Station

 

North Central Research Station
1992 Folwell Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55108

(651) 649-5000

United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service.



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Introducing the Northern Research Station

The North Central Research Station and the Northeastern Research Station have joined to form the Northern Research Station. Our 20-state region spans the Midwest from Minnesota to Missouri and the Northeast from Maine to Maryland.

Wisconsin has 16 million acres of timberland, which:
Bulleted item Makes up 45 percent of the state area
Bulleted item Ranks 14th out of 50 states
Bulleted item Comprises 29 percent public ownership

Hardwoods account for 84 percent of the total timberland area.

Map of the State of Wisconsin.  Also Shows the Distribution of Forested Land.  The Northern One-Thrid of Wisconsin is Heavily Forested, as well as Much of the Remainder of the State
Growing stock volume in Wisconsin is increasing.
Graph of the Timber Volume in Wisconsin Over Time.  It is Increasing The growing stock volume has increased by 19 percent since 1983, rising to 18.5 billion cubic feet..
For all species, volume harvested is 69 percent of current annual net growth.

More than half of the timberland (57 percent) in Wisconsin is privately owned.
That private ownership is spread among 230,600 individuals.
National Forests comprise 10 percent of timberland and forest industry ownership is 7 percent.
Ownership by timber tract size

Bulleted item 66 percent own 10 acres or more
Bulleted item 8 percent own 100 acres or more

The forest-related industries contribute $19 billion annually to Wisconsin's economy.
The state's forest products industry includes

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Bulleted item 15 veneer mills
Bulleted item 17 pulp mills
Bulleted item 4 particleboard mills
Bulleted item 2 cooperage/stave mills
Bulleted item 2 post, pole, and piling mills
Bulleted item 28 other mills

 

Among state in the North Central region, Wisconsin is second only to Michigan in total volume of timber. Wisconsin has more pulp mills (17) than any other state in the region.

 

More than half of the timberland (57 percent) in Wisconsin is privately owned.
That private ownership is spread among 230,600 individuals.
National Forests comprise 10 percent of timberland and forest industry ownership is 7 percent.
Ownership by timber tract size

Bulleted item 66 percent own 10 acres or more
Bulleted item 8 percent own 100 acres or more

The forest-related industries contribute $19 billion annually to Wisconsin's economy.
The state's forest products industry includes

Bulleted item 355 sawmills
Bulleted item 15 veneer mills
Bulleted item 17 pulp mills
Bulleted item 4 particleboard mills
Bulleted item 2 cooperage/stave mills
Bulleted item 2 post, pole, and piling mills
Bulleted item 28 other mills

 

Among state in the North Central region, Wisconsin is second only to Michigan in total volume of timber. Wisconsin has more pulp mills (17) than any other state in the region.

 

Issues and Opportunities for Wisconsin Forests
Wisconsin's aspen forests are undergoing significant change. Removals exceeded growth during the most recent inventory. However, such harvesting can encourage natural regeneration of aspen which would not otherwise occur. Industrial pressure on the shrinking aspen resource could be offset by wider use of an increasing soft maple volume.

Urban and suburban development is decreasing timberland area in southern Wisconsin.

Harvest of mature oak in southwestern Wisconsin has raised public concern about oak regeneration and harvesting.

Exotic insect pests are threatening Wisconsin's forests. Gypsy moth, a tree defoliator, has arrived in the eastern part of the state. Asian long-horned beetle, a boring insect that kills hardwoods, has been found in Chicago and would be a serious threat if it spread to Wisconsin's forests.

The increasing dominance of the maple-beech-birch forest type is increasing the opportunities to managed Winconsin's timberland for the production of high-quality hardwoods.

Our Contributions
Every year, the North Central Research Station's field crews inventory sample plots on public and private lands in Wisconsin. That information feeds our annual report of forest conditions and timber product outputs. Additional information about Wisconsin's forests is available in the following North Central publications.

Wisconsin Forest Statistics, 1996 (Resource Bulletin NC-183)

North Central Partners in Wisconsin
In addition to forest inventory and analysis, we engage in research with an array of partners in Wisconsin. A sample of those partners is listed below.

Bulleted item Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
Bulleted item University of Wisconsin
Bulleted item Applied Population Laboratory
Bulleted item Department of Forest Ecology and Management
Bulleted item Department of Rural Sociology
Bulleted item Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest
Bulleted item University of Wisconsin-Extension Walworth County
Bulleted item Walworth County, WI
Bulleted item 1000 Friends of Wisconsin
Bulleted item Central Lake Superior Watershed Partnership
Bulleted item Central Lake Superior Land Conservancy·

USDA Forest Service - North Central Research Station
Last Modified: Tuesday, 08 April 2003

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