Annual Meeting

 2018 Annual Meeting

As the temperature drops and the snow starts to fall, we are already looking forward to the 2018 Annual Meeting!  Mark your 2018 calendars now for September 20-23 for the Annual Meeting! We will be at the Potawatomi Carter Casino and Conference Center, located just south of  Wabeno on Highway 32 (NE Wisconsin). More information on special hotel rates, tours, and meeting activities will be posted as it becomes available.


WWOA has negotiated a special hotel rate of $83 plus tax per night during the convention at Potawatomi Carter Hotel. You can make your reservation today by calling (715) 473-6785 or toll free at (800) 487-9522. Remember to mention you are with WWOA to receive the special rate. Every hotel room includes a 47″ TV, Simmons™ Beautyrest Recharge Pillow Top bed, extra firm MicroLoft™ Gel Pillows, Keurig™ coffee machine, compact refrigerator, microwave, in-room safe, iron & ironing board, hair dryer, complimentary Wi-Fi, and bottled water. They also have a pool area, whirlpool, sauna, and fitness room. 

The casino also offers electric campsites on a first-come, first-serve basis in their parking lot.

WWOA will also block rooms at another facility in the area. Please contact the WWOA office after New Year’s if you are interested in this option.

Tentative Schedule & Events -New Info! 

  • TOUR #1: Rustic road bike tour with Karen and Randy Cooper. They are considering a leisurely bike ride down Old 64 Road near Mountain (Forest Service Road 2308). After lunch, the day may also include climbing the Cooper’s rock outcropping to get a panoramic view of the surrounding landscape.
  • TOUR #2: Another possible tour will visit Governor Thompson State Park with stops at a certified organic maple syrup operation, Veterans Park waterfalls, or possibly a Wisconsin Public Service hydroelectric power plant.
  • Evening gathering to hear member’s Sharing Experiences presentations. Ross Prior will share his experiences with white pine management or small-scale logging. Tom Jacobs will talk about replacing a bridge at his Waupee Pines Tree Farm over Little Waupee Creek. Kurt Schuh will cover the history of their land and passing it through the generations.
  • Four different tours that highlight the diverse landscape of the area. Highlights include the Peshtigo Fire Museum, U.S. Forest Service timber sales, and member tree farms.
  • TOUR #1: For the history buff, there will be a full-day tour including the Peshtigo Fire Museum and Stephenson Island Logging Museum in Marinette. The Peshtigo Fire was a massive forest fire that took place in and around Peshtigo on October 8, 1871.  It was the deadliest wildfire in American history, with an estimated 1,500 to 2,500 people dying. The tour group will have lunch at Harmony Gardens Arboretum, a 460-acre conservation and horticulture education and demonstration area. The arboretum has winding walking trails, a restored prairie and demonstration gardens created and maintained by the Northern Lights Master Gardeners.
  • TOUR #2: Last year, many attended the presentation on the Good Neighbor Authority (GNA). This partnership between the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest and Wisconsin DNR lets the state administer timber harvests on federal lands. This tour will visit a few GNA timber sales near Wabeno to learn how this program works on the ground.
  • TOUR #3: The third full-day tour will include members’ tree farms. Members can tour Waupee Pines Tree Farm in Mountain with hosts Tom and Leslyn Jacobs, who will show off their bridge over Little Waupee Creek, prairie, completed harvests, and remnants of an old logging camp. Eat lunch at Randy and Karen Cooper’s Mountain Tree Farm, followed by a tour of their fourth red pine thinning and aspen harvest with Wild Rivers Forestry.
  • TOUR #4: TBD. Check back here for updates or for more information in our summer issue of Wisconsin Woodlands.
  • Evening reception put on WWOA Board and Chapter Chairs to welcome new meeting attendees
  • The keynote speaker will be John Rajala Jr., of Minnesota, who will provide an inspirational story about his family, their woodlands, and Rajala companies.
  • Tentative break out session topics will include Attorney Andrew Schmidt talking about boundaries, easements, and wood roads; Family Nurse Practitioner Rebecca Keith talking about tick-borne diseases; Bill McNee of the WDNR discussing emerald ash borer (EAB) and updated silvicultural guidance; and Brad Pagels of Pukall Lumber talking about the area’s historic logging and rail network.
  • The evening award banquet kicks off with the drawing of the Annual Fundraiser prizes followed by the chapter basket raffle.
  • End the night by helping us recognize the 2018 Wisconsin Tree Farmers of the year and fellow WWOA members who have given so much of their time to educate the next generation or to better the WWOA organization.
  • Field day options TBD. Check back here for updates or for more information in our summer issue of Wisconsin Woodlands. 

Registration Packets

NEW this year, annual meeting packets will be emailed out to members in early July. Please make sure WWOA has your current email address on file. If you do not have an email address, you will receive a packet in the mail. If you prefer a packet mailed to you, contact the WWOA office and let us know. 

Help Plan!

Join our local Planning Committee – check our Calendar of Events for upcoming meetings. Next meeting: TBD, sometime in May 

The Phoenix Falls Chapter and WWOA Executive Director Nancy Bozek have already met three times to plan for our return to Northeast Wisconsin.


Annual Meeting Fun! 

Deciding if you want to attend the 2018 Annual Meeting? Hopefully looking at some of these 2017 Annual Meeting highlights will make that answer a definite YES!

Why should you consider attending if you’ve never come before? Hear what our members have to say:

  • “Wealth of information in speakers, members, and exhibitors. They will learn something new.”
  • “Meet new friends, old friends, & see other parts of the state.”
  • “To get ideas to improve your woodland & meet people or organizations to help you.”
  • “To broaden their knowledge of the value of good management & especially meet members with experience and also camaraderie.”
  • “We have attended many annual meetings and still learn new things at every one.”


Thursday & Friday Tours

Paddling down the Namekagon River 

Members spent the day out on the water on part of the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway. The river flows through a variety of community types including black ash swamps and marshy grasslands, making it ideal for wildlife sightings.

Madeline Island 

Madeline Island (Mooningwanekaaning in Ojibwe) is a spiritual home to many Ojibwe (Chippewa) people. Members visited the Historical Museum to learn more about the island and visited Big Bay State Park.

Forest Industry Tour

Members felt the aftermath of Wisconsin’s sometime unpredictable weather as they had to deal with flooding and power outages on their tour. They did, however, get to see lovely managed white pine stands at the Uhrenholdt Memorial Forest.

The Ojibwa Way – Then & Now Tour 

On this cultural tour Members visited the Lac Courte Oreille (LCO) Tribe, Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians to learn about their long and rich heritage.  In the evening members were treated to a special cultural expedience with Ojibwa singers, dancers, and a drummer. Members witnessed different dances and even joined in on the action. A thank you to the Marion Mycynek Memorial for making this possible.

Regeneration at Bayfield County Forest 

A rainy morning didn’t stop these members from learning about forest regeneration! They heard about site preparation for plantings, seeding of areas, and planting of containerized seedlings under shelterwoods, and shelterwood harvests when it comes to oak regeneration.

While at the forest, members also talked about the effects deer can have on regeneration and saw first hand at a deer exclosure just what an impact they can make.

The afternoon was spent at the Cable Natural History Museum.

Every year members try to plant a tree on a public piece of land so all can enjoy the new addition. This year’s tree was planted at the natural playground at Natural History Museum.


Natural History Tour

Members spent the day at Copper Falls State Park learning about the history, forestry, and geology of the park.  They also saw part of Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, and gained insight into the elk reintroduction program from Wisconsin DNR employees.


Sunday Field Day

Our Sunday Field day was spent at Forest Lodge. Members could choose from a wide variety of topics to participate in including: oak wilt, wildlife habitat, basic forest measurements, wetland buffer strips, riparian management zone, water in your woodlands, forests & climate change adaptations, forest types & forest composition, and other landowner resources.

Forest Lodge  

At one station, members were also able to learn about the beautiful property we spent the day at. The property was originally developed as a logging camp in 1884. In 1902, the land was purchased by a wealthy businessman whose family turned it into their summer home in the following decades. In 1998/9 the family donated the property to the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest through the Trust for Public Land. The property is divided into four management areas: the historic buildings and surrounding grounds, a botanical area of unique plan communities, an area of old growth hemlocks, and a stretch of undeveloped lake shoreline.


Forest Types and Forest Composition 

Dr. John Kotar, emeritus professor of forestry at UW-Madison, shared how different climatic regimes, geology, and soils help determine which plants grow where. 

Wildlife Habitat 

Valerie Johnson, Forest Wildlife Specialist with the Ruffed Grouse Society, NRSC & Wisconsin DNR, educated landowners on how to createor/enhance wildlife habitats on their woodlands for the critters that interested them the most. 

Wisconsin Forests and Climate Change Adaptation 

Stephen Handler with the USDA Forest Service and Nothern Institute of Applied Climate Science talked about climate change and what it means for the future of trees in Wisconsin. Members flagged tree species that were likely to disappear from the area with warmer temperatures in red and species that were likely to still be found in green.

Sunday Funday 

The Annual Meeting is great way to meet other members and to share about your land.


 Meeting Business 

Raffle, silent auction, WWOA store, speakers, and more! 

There’s always a lot to see and do during the conference in addition to all the tours! Members can attend presentations, talk with professionals at the Landowner Café, peruse items in the silent auction, visit the WWOA gift shop, chat with exhibitors, and befriend other members.

Distinguished Service Award 

Past President Paul Kienitz was this year’s recipient of the Distinguished Service Award. WWOA Treasurer Arlene Roehl, far left, presented Kienitz, center, with the award. From left are Kienitz’s wife, Christine; Kienitz; and Kienitz’s daughter and son-in-law, Ashley & Zach Deering.

Next Generation Award

Chuck Wagner, Luxemburg, and Aerica Bjurstrom, Kewaunee County UW-Extension, received WWOA’s Next Generation Award. (Photo Credit: Warren Bluhm/Kewaunee County Comet)