Forestry and Outdoor Recreation

Department HeadJohn Bilogan
AddressCourthouse Building 
P.O. Box 400, 1 S. Oneida Ave. 
Rhinelander, Wisconsin  54501
Phone Number715-369-6140
Fax Number715-369-6318
Office HoursMonday – Friday, 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM; 2nd Floor
Committee Of JurisdictionForestry, Land & Recreation Committee

Documents & Links

Services & Duties

Maps and information on recreational facilities, aerial photographs for viewing purposes, seasonal firewood gathering permits, group picnic facility reservations, and camping opportunities on the County Forest.

The Forestry Department manages 82,000 acres Oneida County Forest, including timber harvesting, forest protection (fire and disease), reforestation, and wild life habitat. Recreational trails – snowmobile, all terrain vehicle (ATV), cross-county skiing, mountain bike, hunter/hiking, and nature. Maintain 37-mile forest road network. Parks, picnic areas, swimming beaches, boat landings, fishing bridge, scientific areas.

Department Plans

2017 Annual Report

2014-2018 Outdoor Recreation Plan

The Outdoor Recreation Plan (ORP) focuses upon FLORD managed outdoor recreation facilities, but will also list projects within the towns. All listed projects become eligible for competitive federal and state outdoor recreation grant money when this plan is adopted by the local municipality. Once the county adopts the plan, then it may apply for project funding.

This Outdoor Recreation Plan:
1) Assesses the existing recreation system in Oneida County;
2) Identifies recreation needs based upon public input, past plans, and recreation standards; and 
3) Establishes recommendations for improving the recreation system over the next five years.

Submission of this report to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) establishes eligibility for the County and local units of government for a variety of Federal and State Aids to purchase land and to add facilities to existing outdoor recreation lands. The Oneida County Outdoor Recreation Plan is required to apply for Federal Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), and Wisconsin Stewardship Grant funding.

Non-profit groups, foundations, and the general public may also use this document to coordinate their own private efforts for developing outdoor recreation facilities.

Towns may choose to adopt this plan too.

15 Year Comprehensive Land Use Plan

The Oneida County Forest’s 15 Year Comprehensive Land Use Plan covers the period from 2006 until 2020.  This plan outlines the management of all aspects of the County Forest and Outdoor Recreation programs.

Copies of this plan are available at the Oneida County Forestry Office, Rm 28B, Oneida County Courthouse, Rhinelander, WI 54501
Phone (715)369-6140.

To comment on this plan please call or write the Oneida County Forestry Office or email

2007 Work Plan
2008 Work Plan
2010 Work Plan
2011 Work Plan
2012 Work Plan
2013 Work Plan
2014 Work Plan
2015 Work Plan
2016 Work Plan
2017 Work Plan
2018 Work Plan
2019 Work Plan


NamePositionPhone NumberEmail
Bilogan,  JohnCounty Forest
Fiene,  PaulAssistant Forest
Nehls,  ChrisForestry Maintenance Technician715-362-9283
Rady,  EricCounty Forester / Recreation
Renik,  JosephForester
Tischendorf,  TanyaAccount Clerk