Timber is the most important crop in Wisconsin, yet our forests are mostly neglected or actively mis-managed - despite decades of efforts and millions of dollars in taxpayer subsidies. Over-harvesting and high-grading (taking the best and leaving the worst for the future) continue to degrade our woodlands today.
Traditional forestry programs are based on two principles:
- Timber prices are too low and harvests are too infrequent to justify forest management on private lands, so the government must provide subsidies to encourage people to manage their woodlots.
Traditional programs are also designed to put large quantities of cheap wood on the market for the profit of the industry.
- Private forest owners and consulting foresters can not be trusted with the long term responsibilities of proper forest management so the government must control the resource.
W- Tree is based on different principles:
- Timber prices have risen 1,000% in the past twenty years and timber management is now an excellent investment for private woodlot owners.
- Informed landowners in a competitive marketplace can and will make good long term management decisions when given accurate information on the business of forestry. next