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Land Use Planning Around Military Installations, Communication and Notification
Wisconsin requires the planning and zoning entities of political subdivisions to include, as a non-voting member, a representative of a military installation that is located in the political subdivision and that has at least 200 assigned military personnel or at least 2000 acres, if the commanding officer appoints such a representative. Additionally, when a zoning or planning entity of a political subdivision holds a public hearing on a zoning ordinance or development or master plan change, it must consider any comments of the commanding officer, or the officer’s designee, of a military installation that is located in or near the political subdivision. If a zoning or land use ordinance or plan is enacted, a copy must be sent to the commanding officer. The intergovernmental cooperation element of a comprehensive plan must consider, to the greatest extent possible, the maps and plans of a military installation with which the political subdivision or regional planning commission shares common territory. 

Wisconsin Statutes, Chapters 59, 60, 62 and 66
Act 26 of 2005

Council on Military and State Relations
The Council on Military and State Relations was created by Wisconsin Act 26 of 2005 (A.B. 399 of 2005) to assist the Governor by working with the state's military installations, commands and communities, state agencies, and economic development professionals to develop and implement strategies designed to enhance those military installations.  The Council is tasked with:

•  Advising and assisting the Governor on issues related to the location of military installations in the state;
•  Assisting and cooperating with state agencies to determine how those agencies can better serve military communities and military families; and
•  Assisting the efforts of military families and their support groups regarding quality-of-life issues for service men and women, their spouses, and their dependents.

The Council is attached to the Office of the Governor for administrative purposes.

Wisconsin Statutes, Section 14.017
Act 26 of 2005

Contact:
Senator Jerry Petrowski
Room 123 South, State Capitol
P.O. Box 7882
Madison, Wisconsin 53707
(608) 266-2502
sen.petrowski@legis.wisconsin.gov


Open Space/Conservation

Uniform Conservation Easement Act
Wisconsin Statutes 700.40 provide for the state’s Uniform Conservation Easement Act, which authorizes the creation of permanent easements on real property for conservation and historic preservation purposes.
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Managed Forest Law
The Managed Forest Law (MFL)(Wisconsin Statutes, Sections 77.80 to 77.91) is a landowner incentive program that encourages sustainable forestry on private woodland. It was enacted in 1985 and replaced the Woodland Tax Law and the Forest Crop Law. Landowners commit to a sustainable forest management plan. In exchange, landowners pay reduced taxes. 

Contact:
Chris Martin
Department of Natural Resources
P.O. Box 7921
Madison, Wisconsin 53707
(608) 264-6039
christopher.martin@wisconsin.gov 

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Forest Legacy Program
The Forest Legacy Program is a US Forest Service program for protecting and conserving important forests that are threatened by conversion to non-forest uses, such as development. The Department of Natural Resources is the lead agency for the Forest Legacy Program in the state. The program achieves its goals through voluntary easements and fee simple purchases.

Forest Legacy Program

Contact:
Amy Singh
Department of Natural Resources, Division of Forestry
P.O. Box 7921
Madison, Wisconsin 53707
(608) 266-9805
amy.singh@wisconsin.gov


State Contact Information

Military Liaison POC
Julio Barron, Legislative Liaison
Department of Military Affairs
2400 Wright Street
Madison, Wisconsin 53704
(608) 242-3026
julio.barron2@us.army.mil

Adjutant General (also serves as Governor’s Military Advisor)
Brigadier General Donald Dunbar, Adjutant General
Department of Military Affairs
P.O. Box 8111
Madison, Wisconsin  53708-8111
(608) 242-3001
(608) 242-3003
(608) 242-3111 fax
donald.p.dunbar@us.army.mil

Legislative Process Regarding Military POCs
The Senate Committee Economic Development and Veterans and Military Affairs, Biotechnology and Financial Institutions along with the Assembly Committee on Veterans and Military Affairs maintain jurisdiction over military issues in Wisconsin.  Committee staff defer to the office of the Adjutant General as its primary point of reference for issues pertaining to the military and the National Guard.     

Committees of Primary Jurisdiction/Legislative Contact
Senate Committee Transportation, Public Safety, and Veterans and Military Affairs 
Senator Jerry Petrowski, Chair
Room 123 South, State Capitol
P.O. Box 7882
Madison, Wisconsin 53707
(608) 266-2502
sen.petrowski@legis.wisconsin.gov

Assembly Committee on Veterans
Representative Warren Petryk, Chair
Room 103 West, State Capitol
P.O. Box 8953
Madison, Wisconsin 53708
(608) 266-0660
rep.petryk@legis.wisconsin.gov