More than one million private acres classified as open for public use under a landowner-incentive program are easier for outdoor enthusiasts to find thanks to a new online state mapping tool unveiled by Gov. Scott Walker.
Earlier this year, the Governor directed the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to develop a mapping system as a short-term solution, while a more comprehensive mapping application is developed by the department.
Created by the DNR, the web-based mapping tool will help users find privately owned land open for specific recreational activities under the Managed Forest Law.
This law is a landowner-incentive program that incorporates sustainable forest practices, such as timber harvesting, wildlife management, water quality and recreation - while improving public access to these lands.
To access the mapping tool which also includes lands enrolled under the Forest Crop Law, visit the DNR web site at dnr.wi.gov,
and type "MFL open land" in the Search or Keywords field.