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Mission / Purpose: The Forestry / Recreation Committee shall have the responsibility to manage and protect the County forests on a sustainable basis for the ecological, economic, educational, recreational, and research needs of present and future generations.

Statutory Responsibilities: The Marathon County Forestry and Recreation Committee will follow Chapters 26, 28, 29, 59, and 77 of the Wis. Statutes.

Membership: Total of three (3) members consisting of three (3) County Board Supervisors.

Term: All members are appointed for a two year term to coincide with the biennial organization of the County Board - appointed by the County Board Chair and confirmed by the County Board. Committee vacancies will be filled according to County Board Rule 13.

Reporting Relationship: The Forestry / Recreation Committee is a subcommittee which reports to the Marathon County Environmental Resources Standing Committee.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Oversee the County forests program according to Chapters 26, 28, 29, 59 and 77, Wisconsin Statutes.
  2. Implement the County Forest Comprehensive Land Use Plan, prepare amendments, and update as required.
  3. Implement the forestry sections contained within the County Comprehensive Plan.
  4. Recommend policy for the management of the County forests.
  5. Negotiate and recommend the acquisition of land within County forests acquisition zones by purchase, gift or bequest, or by exchange of County owned lands outside such areas.
  6. Review and recommend for approval to the County Board the annual forestry division work plan and budget for the ensuing calendar year.
  7. Revew, approve, and close timber sales of the County forests.
  8. Review and / or recommend to the Environmental Resources Standing Committee of the County Board all proposed CIP projects of the County forests.
  9. Make rules and recommend ordinances for the regulation and use of County forests.
  10. Direct the monitoring and protection of the County forests from fire, insects, disease, trespass, invasive species, or from damage by animals or person, or from other causes, in cooperation with the Department of Natural Resources.
  11. Support the creation and maintenance of valuable habitat types to sustain a variety of wildlife species.
  12. Cooperate with the Department of Natural Resources on all matters pertaining to natural resources management of the County forests.
  13. Direct the preparation of and present an annual report of activities to the Environmental Resources Standing Committee and the County Board.
  14. Additional duties as assigned by the Environmental Resources Committee.

Other Organizational Relationships: Work with the Marathon County Park Commission. Encourage work with other County Board committees as the need arises.

Committee Members:

Arnold Schlei, Chair
Rick Seefeldt, Vice Chair
Jim Bove



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