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 in Wabeno (NE Wisconsin). More information on special hotel rates, tours, and meeting activities will be posted as it becomes available.

Hotels -New Info! 

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. 

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.

Help Plan!

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

The first meeting happened Saturday, November 4, 2017 in Crivitz. We “brainstormed” tour ideas, tour and field day locations, and possible topics to highlight. 


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)