Contains this text: "The area of forestland in Wisconsin has steadily increased in recent decades and currently stands at approximately 17 million acres up by 500,000 acres since 2016 (Figure 3). This is an increase of 1.3 million acres since 1996 and 2.3 million acres since 1983. Wisconsin now has more forested area than at any time since the first forest inventory was conducted in 1936. Over 46% of the state’s land area is forested, primarily in the northern and western areas of the state." NOTE: The DNR website, under Forest Health, has the latest of these Annual Reports. Previous reports are archived and available by request from the DNR Forest Health staffe.