DNR moving state forestry HQ to Rhinelander
RHINELANDER - The Wisconsin Department Natural of Resources will move its state forestry headquarters to Rhinelander.
The headquarters will shift to the DNR's existing service center in Rhinelander, according to a news release from Gov. Scott Walker. The chief state forester and three leadership positions will relocate by Jan. 1, DNR spokesman Jim Dick said in an email.
After that, other Madison-based forestry positions will move in phases to Rhinelander or other DNR locations north of State 29, Dick said. The goal is to have 90 percent of forestry staff up north by February 2019, he said.
"This move will put the Division of Forestry and its leadership in a better position to work with the primary forest industries in the state," Walker said. "We will also be able to work more closely with our forestry industry partners in growing the state’s $24.7 billion forest industry that already generates nearly 65,000 jobs."
The state budget tasked the department with finding a new home for the division in an existing state facility north of State 29, Dick said.
"After looking at several locations, the Rhinelander Service Center seemed like the best fit," he said.