Forestry, Parks & Recreation

To protect the health and safety of our community and employees from covid-19, the Douglas county forestry department office is closed to the public as of 
4:30pm, march 20th.

most staff are still working and we are here for you.
at this time we will continue to provide services and handle requests as best possible while prioritizing health and safety as our top priority. 

Please call the office or use this website for all service requests:

​(715) 378-2219

Monday-Friday (8:00AM-4:30PM)

Individual staff are available to communicate be email or phone. please refer to our directory for full staff contact information

This continues to be a very fluid situation, and as changes occur, we will continue to adapt and communicate updates on department operations.

thank you for your understanding and stay well

Douglas County Forestry Staff directory


The primary responsibilities of the Douglas County Forestry Department are, on behalf of Douglas County residents, to:
  • Provide stewardship to forest resources
  • Develop and maintain recreational opportunities
  • Serve as an informational resource to the public

Management must balance local needs with broader State, national, and global concerns by integrating sound forestry and practices related to wildlife, fisheries, endangered resources, water quality, soil, and recreation.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Douglas County Forestry Department is to enhance the quality of life in the county by ensuring long-term health, viability and productivity of County Forest lands, and providing many diverse recreational opportunities to our residents and visitors that meet the needs of current and future generations.

Protecting Resources

County forest resources should be protected from natural catastrophes such as fire, insect, and disease outbreaks, and human threats such as encroachment, over-utilization, environmental degradation, and excessive development. 

Forest resources are managed for environmental needs such as the protection of watersheds and rare plant and animal communities as well as the maintenance of plant and animal diversity. These same resources, however, also must provide for societal needs including recreational opportunities and production of raw materials for wood-using industries.