Forestry, Parks & Recreation

**Douglas County Forest Current Status**

Due to excessive flooding and infrastructure damage, much ofthe Douglas County Forest is inaccessible.

Please refer to the Douglas County Emergency Alert page for up-to-date information on road closures affecting the county and other information relating to the travel alert.

For information on State Highways, please refer to 511wi.gov for up-to-date information.

Continue to monitor this page for up-to-date information as it relates to the County Forest and County Parks system, including information on County Forest Roads, Trails, Campgrounds and infrastructure.

Responsibilities
The primary responsibilities of the Douglas County Forestry Department are, on behalf of Douglas County residents, to:
  • Provide stewardship to forest resources
  • Develop and maintain recreational opportunities
  • Serve as an informational resource to the public

Management must balance local needs with broader State, national, and global concerns by integrating sound forestry and practices related to wildlife, fisheries, endangered resources, water quality, soil, and recreation.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Douglas County Forestry Department is to enhance the quality of life in the county by ensuring long-term health, viability and productivity of County Forest lands, and providing many diverse recreational opportunities to our residents and visitors that meet the needs of current and future generations.


Protecting Resources


County forest resources should be protected from natural catastrophes such as fire, insect, and disease outbreaks, and human threats such as encroachment, over-utilization, environmental degradation, and excessive development. 

Forest resources are managed for environmental needs such as the protection of watersheds and rare plant and animal communities as well as the maintenance of plant and animal diversity. These same resources, however, also must provide for societal needs including recreational opportunities and production of raw materials for wood-using industries.

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