Entry of lands under the County Forest Crop Law will be done according to the procedures laid out in the Ten-Year County Forest Land Use Plan.
No lands entered as County forest land shall be sold unless recommended by the Committee and subsequently authorized by resolution of the County Board. Notice of withdrawal of lands entered under the County Forest Law shall be filed with the D.N.R. pursuant to § 28.11(11), Wis. Stats., or any amendment thereto and as laid out in the County Forest Ten-Year Plan.
State Allotments. All allotments from the D.N.R to the County under § 28.11(8)(b), Wis. Stats., or any amendment thereto, for the purchase, development, preservation, management, and maintenance of the County forest lands shall be deposited in the State forestry aid fund. If any lands purchased from such funds are sold, the County shall restore the purchase price to the State forestry aid fund. All unexpended State forestry aid funds shall be nonlapsing.
General Fund. All monies received from the sale of timber stumpage, cut forest products, fees and use permits, sale of building materials, sale of surplus materials and equipment, fire and other damage collections, forfeited timber sale deposits or other revenue received by the Committee shall be deposited in the County General Fund, except income specified as follows:
Of the stumpage money received, the amount as set forth in § 28.11(9), Wis. Stats., will be placed in Oneida County State Severance Payment Account for payment to the State. Money will be placed in Oneida County Town Severance Payment Account in the amount as set forth in § 28.11(9)(d), Wis. Stats., for payment to the towns. In addition money will be placed in Oneida County Land Purchase Account as set forth in the County Forest Ten-Year Plan.
Payments received from mineral lease activities will be placed in the Mineral Revenue Account.
[Amended by Ord. No. 107-2005]
Commercial Cutting. Commercial cuttings shall be set up as timber sales with cooperation of the D.N.R and in compliance with provisions of § 28.11(6), Wis. Stats.
Terms governing these timber sales will be stated in written contracts between the County, with the Committee as its agent, and the contractor.
In timber sales where the "lock box-haul permit system" is designated in the contract, the transportation of wood or wood products past a lock box without depositing in the lock box the proper documentation in the proper manner, as designated in the timber sale contract, is prohibited.
Miscellaneous Forest Products. Treaty Rights Participants.
Any treaty rights participant interested in gathering firewood as defined on the County's permit, tree bark, maple sap, lodge poles, boughs, marsh hay or berries not enumerated in County ordinances, from County land shall obtain a County gathering permit from the Department's Courthouse Office. The County shall respond to the gathering permit request no later than 14 days after receipt of the request. The gathering permit shall indicate the location of the material to be gathered, the volume of material to be gathered and conditions on the gathering of the material necessary for conservation of the timber and miscellaneous forest products on the County land or for public health or safety.
The County may not deny a request to gather miscellaneous forest products on County property under this subparagraph unless the gathering is inconsistent with the management plan for that property; the gathering will conflict with the pre-existing rights of a permittee or other person possessing an approval to conduct an activity on the property, including a contractor of the County; or is otherwise inconsistent with conservation or public health or safety.
[Amended by Ord. No. 53-2008]
Noncommercial wood such as dead or naturally fallen trees or logging residue from completed timber sales may be made available to the public under a fuel wood permit system.
The cutting and/or removal of trees or wood products including, but not limited to, branches, tree tops, logging residue, firewood, pulpwood, boltwood or sawlogs from County-owned land is prohibited unless the person doing the cutting or removal is the holder of a valid written permit that has been issued by the Department, except registered campers staying at a designated campground may collect dead and down woody material for use as firewood during their registered stay at the campground.
The cutting and/or removal of trees or wood products including but not limited to firewood, pulpwood, boltwood or sawlogs while holding a valid written permit but in violation of any term of that permit is prohibited.
The cutting of merchantable trees or the seedlings and saplings of merchantable trees to create shooting lanes is prohibited.
Defacement of County Property Prohibited. No person shall scar, deface, remove or destroy any archaeological or geological features, drive nails, screws or other metal into trees or remove, destroy or deface any signs, gates, fences, survey markers, buildings or other County property.
Collection of Materials Prohibited. Collection or removal of materials, such as but not limited to, nuts, fruits, berries, driftwood, wild flowers, ground pines, mosses or mushrooms for resale or for commercial purposes is prohibited. Conifer cones may be collected for resale to nurseries for reforestation purposes.
Cutting or Tapping Trees Prohibited. Cutting or removal of Christmas trees or the tapping of trees for sap collection is prohibited except as allowed under § 14.07(1)(a)3 of this Code.
[Amended by Res. No. 89-2014]
Removal of Materials Prohibited. Removal of materials such as rocks, sand, gravel, topsoil, or clay from the County forest, except as provided in § 14.01(2)(f) of this Code is prohibited.
Balsam boughs may be collected upon purchasing a permit from the County Forest Office.
[Added by Res. No. 89-2014]
No person may cut, root up, or gather wild ginseng located on County forest land.
[Added by Res. No. 89-2014]
[Amended by Ord. No. 53-2008]
No overnight camping including tents, trailers, cars, trucks, portable hunting or fishing cabins is permitted in the County forests or its developed recreation areas. They are to be considered day use facilities. Except as follows:
Temporary residence of logging crews.
During the deer rifle hunting season camping will be allowed in the County forest from the Thursday prior to the opening weekend until the Sunday following Thanksgiving Day. Campers staying in areas other than a designated campground must register with the Department's Courthouse Office.
Registered Campers Staying at a Designated Campground. See § 14.18 of this Code for regulations related to designated campgrounds.
All motorized vehicles are prohibited from traversing any forest road or trail which has been designated as closed, except those vehicles which are authorized by the Department.
Any damage to, manipulation of, or attempt to circumvent, a gate, sign, rocks, or earthen berm is prohibited.
All motorized vehicles, except those which are authorized by the Department, are prohibited from traveling off-road, off-trail, or cross-country in the County forest and must remain on roads or trails open to them.
The dumping of litter, rubbish, debris, dirt, stone, lawn clippings, or brush any other materials shall be prohibited on all County forest lands. All forest users, including berry pickers, hunters, fishermen, loggers, and all others who visit or work in County forests are forbidden to leave litter anywhere in the forest or in its lakes or streams. No posting of unauthorized signs, handbills, markers, marking material or advertising matter will be permitted.
For the purpose of proper and complete identification, all County owned forest lands now held and entered under the State County Forest Law by the County or hereafter acquired for forestry purposes and located within the existing County forest boundaries, are established and designated as County forests, and such lands shall be shown on the official County forest map on file in the County Forestry office in the Courthouse in Rhinelander, and according to the records in the office of the Register of Deeds.
It is the intent of the County Board to consolidate County forest holdings as lands are acquired by the County within the above mentioned boundaries.