2018 Omnibus Bill Nixes DUNS and SAM Requirements for Farmers

Madison, Wis. ‒ April 23, 2018 ‒ Effectively immediately, Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) financial assistance program participants will no longer need a Dun and Bradstreet Universal Number System (DUNS) number, or to register in the System for Award Management (SAM). The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018 (2018 Omnibus Bill), signed by President Donald Trump on March 23, eliminated these requirements.

According to U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, DUNS and SAM were designed for billion-dollar government contractors, not everyday farmers trying to support their families. These changes help streamline the customer experience of farmers, which is a top priority at USDA, he said.

“This change greatly simplifies the contracting process for our customers and staff,” said Angela Biggs, Wisconsin State Conservationist. “Conservation program participants will soon receive letters from their local NRCS office with more details.”

The exemption does not apply to any current or future agreements or federal contracts with eligible entities, project sponsors, vendors, partners, or other non-exempt landowners or producers.

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Help Promote Your Local Chapter

The poster features a place for each of the chapters to add their own contact information.

Help us get the word out about the sustainable forestry community! We have a new poster available to help promote WWOA and the local chapters.

Do you know a local business or hangout with a pubic bulletin board? Consider hanging up a poster in your community to let others know about WWOA. Some suggested locations include libraries, municipal buildings, grocery stores, implement dealers, and restaurants.

The posters are printed in color on sturdy cardstock. Know a place to hang a poster you already visit regularly? If interested, contact the office at volunteer.wwoa@uwsp.edu or 715-346-4798. Let us know the number of posters you would like, and we will mail them to you.

Click on the photo to see the poster in more detail.

Results of 2018 Spring Fish & Wildlife Rules Hearings

On Monday, April 9 there were 72 public hearings held simultaneously across the state in each county. The hearings, held annually on the second Monday in April, are combined with the county meetings during which attendees can introduce and vote on citizen resolutions to address natural resources related issues. The spring hearings covered three major areas: elections for county Conservation Congress delegates; DNR wildlife and fisheries ideas for potential rule changes; and Conservation Congress proposals for future rule development. The spring 2018 questionnaire, which explains the questions in more detail, can be found here.

RESULTS
  • To view the 2018 Spring Hearing Statewide Results click here
  • To view the 2018 Spring Hearing Results by County click here
  • To view the 2018 Spring Citizen Resolution Results click here

Wisconsin-Grown Tree and Shrub Seedlings Still Available for Spring 2018 Planting

MADISON– The Spring 2018 Reforestation Program seedling sales are still in full swing. While the weather hampered some of the harvesting efforts, it has been busy at the Wilson State Nursery in Boscobel- lifting, grading, and preparing seedlings for distribution to the landowners and managers of the state’s forestlands. 

Hardwood tree species still available from the state nurseries include red oak, swamp white oak, white oak, bur oak, black cherry, and black walnut. Wildlife shrubs available include choke cherry, hazelnut, ninebark, juneberry, and American plum. In addition, a few more species may become available in the coming weeks. 

Landowners can purchase these seedlings for reforestation, wildlife habitat, and windbreak and erosion control purposes. Seedlings and shrubs are distributed in April and early May.

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AmeriCorps Volunteer Coordinator Position Available

Help us find our next AmeriCorps Volunteer Coordinator!

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Public Meetings Set for Regional Master Plans for 3 Ecological Landscapes in Northwest WI

UPDATE: DATE CHANGES DUE TO WEATHER ON APRIL 3
Public comment period extended to May 3rd. 

ASHLAND, Wis. — The public has an opportunity through two upcoming open houses and online information to learn more about the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resource’s regional master planning process for properties located in three Northwest Wisconsin Ecological Landscapes: Superior Coastal PlainNorthwest Sands, and Northwest Lowlands. The three landscapes fall in portions of Polk, Burnett, Washburn, Sawyer, Douglas, Bayfield, Ashland, and Iron Counties.

A master plan, guided by Chapter NR 44, Wisconsin Administrative Code, establishes the level and type of resource management and public use permitted on department-managed properties. Under the regional master planning process, department staff will develop a plan for all properties located within a defined region. The regions are based on 16 previously defined ecological landscapes in Wisconsin, areas with similar ecological attributes and management opportunities. The Natural Resources Board approved the regional planning process at the June 2017 board meeting.

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Keep Wildlife Wild

As the weather warms and people spend more time outside, the frequency of human-wildlife encounters increases. A number of these encounters will no doubt involve young wild animals. Most such interactions are harmless. However, sometimes well-intentioned people interfere with young wildlife because they incorrectly assume a young animal is orphaned. Most wild mothers watch their young from a distance, and what you think is an abandoned young animal may be perfectly fine.

REMEMBER: A young wild animal’s best chance of survival is with its mother! 

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EAB Quarantine Extended Across Entire State

MADISON – The entire state of Wisconsin will be placed under quarantine for emerald ash borer, the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection announced today. The quarantine will be effective Friday, March 30.

Until now, quarantines have been imposed county by county, but now that EAB is in 48 of the state’s 72 counties, officials have decided a statewide quarantine is warranted. However, they still discourage moving firewood within the state.

“The county-by-county quarantines have helped slow the spread of EAB over the past decade,” said Brian Kuhn, director of DATCP’s Plant Industry Bureau. “They gave communities time to plan and spread the costs of removing and replacing trees on a schedule ahead of the infestation.”

To date, EAB has been found in all of the counties in the southern half of the state, and seven northern counties. Currently, all but two Wisconsin counties are either under quarantine or adjacent to a quarantined county in the state or a neighboring state.

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WWOA Signs Memorandum of Understanding with WDNR

WWOA signs Memorandum of Understanding with the WDNR

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County Deer Advisory Council (CDAC) Meetings

Contact: Maggie Stewart608-261-7588
Detailed information: County Deer Advisory Council will review data and form preliminary 2017 antlerless harvest quota, permit level and season structure recommendations. County contacts

Monday, March 12

Douglas County – 6 p.m., Douglas County Government Center (Courthouse), 1316 N 14th St.,Superior
Vernon County – 6 p.m., Kickapoo Valley Reserve Visitor Center, S3661 S. 131, La Farge
Walworth County – 7 p.m., Advia Credit Union, 837 N. Wisconsin St., Elkhorn
Door County – 7 p.m., Door County Courthouse, 421 Nebraska St., Sturgeon Bay
Fond du Lac County – 7 p.m., City County Government Building, Rooms G and H, 160 S. Macy St., Fond du Lac
Forest County – 7 p.m., Crandon Fire House, 910 N, Lake Ave., Crandon
Green County – 7 p.m., Green County Justice Center, 2841 6th St., Room: Lower level conference rooms, Monroe
Lafayette County – 7 p.m., Darlington Elementary School, 11630 Center Hill Road, Darlington
Racine County – 7 p.m., Sturtevant Government Building, 9531 Rayne Rd., Sturtevant
St. Croix County – 7 p.m., Baldwin DNR Service Center, 890 Spruce St., Baldwin

Tuesday, March 13

Manitowoc County – 6 p.m., Viking Bow and Gun Club, 13431 Rusch Rd., Valders
Iron County – 6 p.m., Mercer Town Hall, 2657 Railroad St., Mercer
Menominee County – 6 p.m., Menominee County Courthouse (lower level boardroom), W3269 Courthouse Ln., Keshena
Ashland County – 6:30 p.m., Ashland DNR Service Center, 2501 Golf Course Road, Ashland
Crawford County – 6:30 p.m., Prairie Du Chien City Hall Conference Room, 214 East Blackhawk Ave., Prairie Du Chien
Juneau County – 6:30 p.m., Mauston Library, 111 W. State St.Mauston
Brown County – 7 p.m., Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary, 1600 E Shore Drive., Green Bay
Dane County – 7 p.m., Fitchburg DNR Service Center, 3911 Fish hatchery Road, Fitchburg
Dodge County  – 7 p.m., Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center, N7725 Hwy 28, Horicon
Iowa County – 7 p.m., DNR Service Center, 1500 North Johns St., Dodgeville
Jefferson County – 7 p.m., UW-Extension Office, Rm. 8 & 9, 864 Collins Rd., Jefferson
La Crosse County – 7 p.m., La Crosse DNR Service Center, 3550 Mormon Coulee Road., La Crosse
Marathon County – 7 p.m., Marathon County Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department, 212 River Dr., Wausau
Price County – 7 p.m., Price County Courthouse, County Board Room, 126 Cherry St., Phillips
Richland County – 7 p.m., East Hall, UW-Richland, 1200 Hwy 14, Richland Center
Trempealeau County – 7 p.m., Independence City Hall, 23688 Adams St.Independence
Waushara County – 7 p.m., Waushara County Courthouse Room 263, 209 S. St. Marie St.,Wautoma

Wednesday, March 14

Rock County – 7 p.m., Janesville DNR Service Center, DNR Conference Room, 2514 Morse St.,Janesville
Sheboygan County – 7 p.m., Camp Y-Koda, W3340 Sunset Rd., Sheboygan Falls
Vilas County – 7 p.m., Boulder Junction Community Center, 5392 Park St. (HWY M), Boulder Junction
Washburn County – 7 p.m., Spooner High School, 801 Cty Hwy A, Spooner
Waukesha County – 7 p.m., DNR Service Center Rm. 151, 141 NW Barstow St., Waukesha
Wood County – 7 p.m., Sand Hill Wildlife Area Skills Center, 1715 County Hwy X, Babcock

Thursday, March 15

Bayfield County – 6 p.m., Bayfield County Courthouse, 117 E. Fifth St., Washburn
Pepin County – 6 p.m., Pepin County Government Center, 740 7th Ave. W, Durand
Outagamie County – 7 p.m., Outagamie Conservation Club, N3502 Mayflower Road, Hortonville
Pierce County – 7 p.m., Ellsworth High School Library, 323 Hillcrest St.Ellsworth