U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin visited Forest County today to learn about the economic importance of the logging industry.
Baldwin has supported higher levels of cutting in the Chequamegon Nicolet National Forest, saying she wants the forest to meet its harvest goals.
“When I hear how a well-vetted plan about how the forests in this area would be managed over the years – when I see that they haven’t even gotten close to achieving those goals, when they’ve been put together with a lot of stakeholder involvement, that’s disappointing and I want to know why.”
Some Northwoods school districts could be getting a financial boost next year, thanks to a proposal included the state budget.
The version of the budget passed by the joint finance committee would send 25 percent of timber sales from the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest to local schools. School districts would receive different amounts based on how much forest acreage falls within their district. Republican State Representative Rob Swearingin describes the proposal as a shot in the arm for rural schools.