Annual Meeting

We are looking forward to seeing everyone at the 2017 WWOA Annual Meeting to be held at Lakewoods Resort right on the shores of the beautiful Lake Namakagon near Cable.  lakewoods

The 2017 Annual Meeting is being held September 21-24.

***Early bird registration ended on August 26, 2017.

WWOA members are encouraged to take advantage of the opportunities your membership provides by attending the Annual Meeting, where you will meet fellow members, learn more about caring for your woods, and become more familiar with this special area of the state.

Last year’s meeting attendees encourage your participation in the meeting because you will “learn from each other”, “learn new information on a variety of topics”, “network with like-minded people”, and “see what WWOA is all about!

Lakewoods Resort – Copywrite Lakewoods Resort

Members who have never attended an Annual Meeting are especially encouraged to participate.  The Annual Meeting is a fun fall weekend where members can learn about an array of woodland related topics while also meeting and sharing experiences with other woodland owners. Many natural resource professionals are available during the event, so bring your questions and come ready to learn something new.

Learn more about the meeting from articles in the March and June issues of Wisconsin Woodlands magazine. A variety of registration options are available for the meeting allowing you to register for individual events, single days, weekend, or the whole four-day meeting.  Whether you have to drive halfway across the state or this year’s meeting is being held in your neck of the woods, we encourage you to join us in the northwest corner of the state for this very special and fun event.


Take a glance at the 2017 Annual Meeting Program for more information.


Host Facility Accommodation Information

WWOA’s Northwest Chapter is planning a wonderful event with special tours, wonderful food, and plenty of time for


sharing your experiences and learning from natural resource professionals. More details are to come.

Lakewoods Resort accommodations consists of a variety of condominium configurations. Take a closer look at the individual rooms and offerings you’re interested in through their online photo gallery.

Lakewoods is offering a special condo bedroom flat-rate of $85/night plus tax through August 21, 2017.   If you have special needs, please contact the WWOA office for help prior to booking your accommodations. Accommodations can be booked by talking to Heidi at 800-255-5937 or 715-794-2561.

Now is the time to contact your favorite WWOA couple(s) or friends so that you can book your condo together or meet new friends by allowing the resort to assign you to a condo. Most condos offer multiple bathrooms, individual locking bedrooms, and common living areas.condo1

Lakewoods Resort offers an onsite bar and restaurant, lakefront views, private sandy beach, indoor swimming pool, hot tub, sauna, a variety of motorized and nonmotorized boat rentals, 18-hole golf course, tennis and volleyball courts. Visit to learn more.

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Annual Meeting Tours

The Northwest Chapter has been busy planning a number of exciting tours for your visit. Plan to come early to take advantage of these unique tours and the amenities of Lakewoods Resort.  While tour arrangements are still tentative, we wanted to give you a taste of what we are working on to showcase the northwest.

Thursday, September 21 options will include a canoeing adventure on the Namekagon River or a trip to Madeline Island in Lake Superior.

Photo credit: Geary Searfoss

Canoeing down the Namekagon River. Photo by Geary Searfoss

If you are looking for a physically active tour, join members Geary Searfoss and Randy Schacht for an adventure on the Namekagon River.  The Namekagon River (pronounced NAM-uh-Kah-gun) is a 95-mile long river, which is a tributary to the St. Croix River. The Namekagon River was one of the eight original rivers designated as a protected area by the National Wild and Scenic Rivers Act of 1968, making the Namekagon part of the St Croix National Scenic Riverway. It is one of Wisconsin’s premier canoeing rivers flowing through hardwood forests, black ash swamps, alder bush and marshy grasslands with a few rapids along the way.  See waterfowl, bald eagles, beaver, deer and possibly an otter or bear.  Enjoy a day of paddling surrounded by beautiful fall colors.  Plan to bring your canoe otherwise rentals will be available. The trip will include lunch.

Madeline Island Fery Copyright Madeline Island Chamber of Commerce

Madeline Island Ferry – Copyright Madeline Island Chamber of Commerce



The trip to Madeline Island (Mooningwanekaaning in Ojibwe) is a short ferryboat ride across Lake Superior from Bayfield.  This historical island was named for Madeleine Cadotte, daughter of Chief White Crane and wife of fur trader Michael Cadotte. The Ojibwe (Chippewa) people consider the island a spiritual home.  Inhabited for hundreds of years by Native Americans, it later became an important fur-trading outpost.  Signage on the island is in English and Ojibwe, reflecting its past and future.  We will visit the Historical Museum to learn more about the island.  The island is home to scenic 2,350-acre Big Bay State Park with 1.5 miles of beach on Lake Superior.  The tour will start with lunch in the Park and the park superintendent will lead a walk to see the old growth hemlock stand.

The WWOA Board of Directors will meet at Lakewoods Resort during the day.

Thursday evening, dinner is on your own, followed by Sharing Experiences presentations at 7 PM.

Friday, September 22 will offer four tour topics to choose from – forest regeneration, forest industry, natural history and cultural history of the area.

Tour # 1 – Our forest industry tour will take you to Hayward’s Louisiana-Pacific Corporation’s Oriented Strand Board (OSB) mill where you will see logs go in one end of the mill and engineered wood siding and trim come out the other end. Afterwards, visit the Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame to learn about the history of fishing, see vintage equipment, and climb the steps to see the view from the leaping muskellunge’s mouth. After lunch, visit the Urenholdt Memorial Demonstration Forest of the Sigurd Olson family with a possible horse logging demonstration to release young white pine.

THIS TOUR IS FULL!! Tour # 2 – The Lac Courte Oreille (LCO) Tribe, Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians located in Hayward will be the focus of our cultural tour. The Lac Courte Oreilles Tribe is one of six bands of the Lake Superior Band of Chippewa Indians who entered into treaties with the United States in 1837, 1842, and 1854. The Chippewa of this area have a long and rich heritage. It is thought that they migrated to the Lake Superior region from Canada along the St. Lawrence waterway.  Learn about the history of the tribe, how they manage their forests, and visit the tribal Kinnamon Museum, St. Francis Solanus Indian Mission church, the LCO College, and LCO medical clinic. Tour includes lunch.

Tour # 3 – Spend the morning learning about forest regeneration practices during our visit to the Bayfield County Forest.  See the impacts of white-tailed deer on forest regeneration, learn about oak regeneration, and visit a deer exclosure.  Bayfield County uses several practices to encourage forest regeneration including proper site preparation, seeding of areas, and planting of containerized seedlings under shelterwoods.  Specific topics include blade scarification to reduce Pennsylvania sedge, oak regeneration and silviculture, shelterwood harvests, a deer exclosure, and forest management along the American Birkebeiner Trail. The group will spend the afternoon in Cable at the Cable Natural History Museum.

copperfalls (2)THIS TOUR IS FULL!! Tour # 4 –  The natural history tour will include Copper Falls State Park and part of Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest where part of the elk reintroduction program is taking place near Clam Lake. Learn about the program from a WI DNR presentation and see an attempt to “bugle” a live elk into view.  Visit Copper Falls State Park next in time for lunch. The Park was created in 1929 and many of the trails and foot bridges were done by two Depression-era government agencies, the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) and the Works Progress Administration (WPA). The numerous rock types and their varying hardness and coloration make the gorges and falls of this state park one of the most beautiful. The 29-foot Copper Falls marks the first drop of the Bad River as it flows through about a two-mile gorge with rock walls of 60 to 100 feet high. A self-guided nature trail follows the gorge with several scenic overlooks. The park superintendent will give a presentation after lunch on the history, forestry, and geology of the park.

After the Friday tours, join us to visit exhibitors, bid on silent auction items, and attend our social and new attendees’ reception followed by a wonderful buffet dinner. Enjoy a performance by young Native American singers and dancers. Afterward, bring your musical instruments to sing old songs around the campfire down by the lake under the night canopy of stars and hear the loons.

Saturday, September 23

Saturday morning’s keynote speaker will be Ben Popp, executive director of the American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation. He will discuss their unique public and private partnerships that help them care for the Birkebeiner Trail and surrounding forests. President Steve Ring will chair WWOA’s 38th year business meeting following the keynote presentation. Hear about WWOA’s activities and accomplishment over the past year, as well as the announcement of the new board of directors and officers.

Saturday afternoon offers four concurrent sessions.

-A US Forest Service and WI DNR will partner to present on Good Neighbor Authority; a federal program that allows WI DNR to assist with forest management activities on the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest.

-CPA and WWOA member Geary Searfoss will discuss the tax implications of conservation easements.

-Adrian Wydeven, of the Timber Wolf Alliance, will present an update on the status and management of Wisconsin’s wolves.

-Forester Jeff Groeschl and a Douglas County forester will present their experiences managing northern hardwoods in the sandier soils of northwest Wisconsin as compared to those of richer soils.

WWOA’s Landowner Cafe is back – bring your questions or stop by a table to learn more about the Managed Forest Law, invasives and herbicides, NRCS cost sharing program EQIP, and other topics.

Saturday evening will start with our Meet Your Neighbor Social followed by dinner. After dinner, join us for WWOA’s Photo Contest winners,  Annual Fundraiser and raffle drawings. The creativity of chapter baskets makes this raffle a highlight. Then join us in recognizing WWOA’s award winners and the Wisconsin Tree Farmers of the Year.

Sunday, September 24

Sunday’s field day will take place at the Forest Lodge property, an 872 acre estate, which was conveyed to the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest. It is located near Lakewoods Resort. The estate includes a 50 acre historical district of 15 primary buildings listed on the National Register of Historical Places.

Sunday‘s field day will offer a variety of stations. 

The property was established as a logging camp in 1884. In 1902, 100 acres was purchased by a wealthy businessman, whose family made a fortune in the 19th century lumber industry. The family added more land over time for outdoor recreation, and in 1916, a lodge, guesthouses, gardens, and other recreation areas were built to make it the family’s summer home.

The family donated the property to the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest in 1998/9 through the Trust for Public Land. Four management areas were designated on the property: the 50 acre historic district of buildings and surrounding grounds, a botanical area of unique ecological plant communities, an area of old growth hemlocks, and the extensive undeveloped lake shoreline.

In January 2017, Northland College signed a Historic Property Lease with the National Forest to operate and maintain Forest Lodge. The College will coordinate Forest Lodge operations as an environmental education and conference center.

The field day will offer a variety of historic and natural resource based stations on this unique property!

Photo Contest – Entries due August 26

WWOA’s photo contest is back, so start looking through your photos or go out and shoot some new ones! The photo contest entry form will be sent out in the Annual Meeting registration packets in early July. You do not need to attend the Annual Meeting in order to enter the contest, but we hope you will be there to celebrate when we announce the 2017 photo contest winners at the Awards Banquet.

Remember, photos must be of a WWOA member’s property and taken by a WWOA member or immediate family member.

This year’s themes are:

The Sky is Almost the Limit! ~ This category is theme less!  Photos of any kind may be submitted.  Do you have a photo you have wanted to submit, but it just did not fit a category in previous contests? Well then this is the year for you to submit a photo.  Consider submitting photos that are not bound by a subject matter, yet inherently capture the attention and hearts of woodland owners.  Judging in this category will hinge around the unique interpretation of the title.  Photos may contain people.  Grab your cameras and reach for the sky!

Alphabet Soup” ~ Much like the comfort of a bowl of soup containing 26 letters, this category is looking for photos that capture the cozy nature of our woods. The focus of the photo must be something found on your property that begins with one of the letters found in the acronym WWOA or an adjective describing the main feature of the photo beginning with W, O or A.  Is “W” for wood, wildlife, walnut or whatever else you find beginning with the letter “W”?  Is “O” for opportunity, opulent, oak or other natural features that starts with “O”?  Is “A” for amazing, ancient, acorn or some additional item that begins with “A”? Now is the time to think of objects on your property that begin with “W” “O” or “A” or depict an adjective that starts with one of these three letters.  Judging for Alphabet Soup will include how best and how obvious the subject matter matches the chosen letter whether the photo depicts an object or an adjective.  Photos may not include people.  Photos should not indicate the letter within the photo unless the letter appears naturally.  (Please indicate the letter on the registration form).

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Registration: Registration packets have been mailed out to members. If you are not a member, but are interested in attending, please complete your membership registration before inquiring at the office for a registration packet. Contact the office at 715-346-4798 or for more information.

Continuing Education Credits

WWOA’s Annual Meeting qualifies for WI DNR’s Cooperating Forester program continuing education credits as follows – Friday Tours:  Tour 1   3.0 hours; Tour 2   0.0 hours; Tour 3   4.5 hours; Tour 4   2.5 hours; Saturday program 4.5 hours; Sunday field day    4.0 hours (if attending the entire day; otherwise, 1.0 hour for each time period).  Total CE hours:  18.5 hrs.

WWOA’s Annual Meeting qualifies for Society of American Foresters CFE Category 1 credits as follows – Friday Tours:  Tour 1   3.0 hours; Tour 2   0.0 hours; Tour 3   3.5 hours; Tour 4   2.5 hours; Saturday program 3.5 hours; Sunday field day    4.0 hours (if attending the entire day; otherwise, 1.0 hour for each time period but cannot repeat a station).

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