my brothers and I went through the program to lower costs and it was worth it by a mile. We were fortunate, however, in that our plan stated simply "don't do anything for 35 years."
Here's the key, in my opinion: You can get a tentative plan written by a certified forestry management person (use somebody from the DNR's list), and if you don't like it, you simply don't enter the program.
So the plan precedes entry to the program. Now you would be out the money for the plan, and they are several hundred dollars, but worst-case scenario, you have paid a forestry expert for their advice regarding your property, and how to protect and nurture it for the next 50 years, not exactly a waste of money.
In my estimation, based on the people I've spoken with literally 80-90% of the time, the MFL program winds up being a win-win (and only the local taxation district loses). but again, worst case is you pay for a plan, the plan says "you need to do X, Y and Z" and you hate Y, and you don't do it.
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