AuthorWilson, Fred G.
TitleZoning for Forestry and Recreation: Wisconsin's Pioneer Role
SeriesWisconsin Magazine of History, 41:2, 1957-1958
PublisherWisconsin Historical Society
CommentsThe author, a veteran Wisconsin forester, opens by explaining local government zoning and then reviews the fate of cutover lands in Northern Wisconsin, ca. 1910-1930. He describes conservation legislation that he helped to draft and enforce that shifted authority to counties, the creation of the first county forests in 1929, and the first use of zoning to preserve forests in 1933. He also gives vivid anecdotes of isolated rural residents who tried to farm the cutover, and summarizes forest statistics in 1956 to show four decades of improvement in Wisconsin forestry. (5 pages)