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Programs help preserve privately owned forests

9:19 AM, Feb. 3, 2013
Snow blankets a forest in southern Brown County, an area where several wooded properties are under stewardhsip agreements January 31, 2013. Jim Matthews/Press-Gazette Media
Snow blankets a forest in southern Brown County, an area where several wooded properties are under stewardhsip agreements January 31, 2013. Jim Matthews/Press-Gazette Media
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William Schuster isn't sure he'd be able to afford to keep his 16 acres of woods in southern Brown County if it weren't for the state's Managed Forest Law.

The program provides tax breaks to people like him who own forests and maintain good forestry practices for a contracted period.

It's similar to an older program called the Forest Crop Law program, and it is designed to maintain privately owned forestland in the state and protect it from being converted to more lucrative development or agriculture property. About 3.4 million acres are enrolled in both programs. ...

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