Cooperating for Woods and Wildlife
Connecting Neighbors for Cooperative Management

Program Benefits

  • Membership into the Deer Management Assistance Program (DMAP)

    • Learn about the health of your property's deer herd and about property management by attending workshops, signing up for emails and participating in site visits​

***​​Reduced price antlerless tags are available to landowners affected by deer browse. 

  • Receive site visits from a wildlife biologist and forester and connect with local conservationists

    • If you already have a forest management plan the forester and biologist conducting the site visit can provide recommendations to modify the plan to enhance wildlife habitat!

    • If you don't have a forest management plan, this low cost non-regulatory program is a great way to start learning about property management.

  • Receive property habitat evaluations.

  • Optional benefits through Golden Sands RC&D include:

    • Discounted forest management plans

    • Assistance with collaborative invasive species removal and joint timber sales 

    • Updates on habitat restoration funding opportunities and assistance with the application process.

Additional Program Information

Deer Management Assistance Program (DMAP)

DMAP is the foundation of these cooperatives. DMAP provides landowners in cooperatives with technical assistance and management opportunities. Learn more from the videos below or from the DNR website.

Forest Stewardship Program

Many landowners who participate in DMAP already have written plans and supplement them using DMAP.  A popular plan throughout Wisconsin is the Managed Forest Law (MFL) plan which reduces property taxes, qualifies timber for the sustainable certified marketplace and lays out strategies to improve woodland productivity. For more information on MFL forest plans click here.

A non -regulatory alternative is the Forest Stewardship Program (FSP) which provides sustainable forest management recommendations for property owners. Unlike MFL, these plans do not provide you the tax benefit. For more information on FSP click here

**Landowners within cooperatives are eligible to receive discounts on their forest management plans.

To learn about funding sources for habitat managment click here.


Current DMAP Cooperatives by County

If you want to join a DMAP cooperative contact Hannah Butkiewicz using the adjacent form, by phone at 715-343-6215 ext. 709 or by email at

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