Celebrate Giving Tuesday with WWOA!

Celebrate Giving Tuesday with WWOA! [Read more…]

Annual Forest Tax Law Program Harvest Tax Rates

Annually, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Division of Forestry Tax Law Section gathers stumpage values paid on privately-owned timber sales from lands enrolled in the Managed Forest Law and the Forest Crop Law programs throughout Wisconsin. Stumpage values are reported mainly by private-sector Cooperating Foresters with additional values reported by DNR Foresters. The stumpage values gathered indicate the value of standing timber on those specific stands at time of harvest.

With the passage of Act 358, the collection of yield taxes on MFL timber sales, and severance taxes on FCL timber sales was abolished.
The Department will continue to calculate annual stumpage values for use in the assessment of MFL withdrawal taxes in some limited circumstances and for determining penalty amounts for cutting merchantable timber in violation of s. 77.86 (and s. 77.06) Wis. Stats.

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Governor announces location of WI DNR State Forestry Headquarters

MADISON – Governor Scott Walker announced today that the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources state forestry headquarters will be relocating to the DNR Rhinelander Service Center by the first of next year.

As outlined in the 2017-2019 state budget, signed by the Governor September 21st, the Chief State Forester will move to the DNR-owned facility north of Highway 29 by January 1, 2018.  Over the next year, other forestry positions, currently located in Madison, will move to Rhinelander or locations north of State Highway 29 in phases.

“This move will put the Division of Forestry and its leadership in a better position to work with the primary forest industries in the state,” said Governor Walker in making the announcement today in Rhinelander. “We will also be able to work more closely with our forestry industry partners in growing the state’s $24.7 billion forest industry that already generates nearly 65,000 jobs.”

Following the Chief State Forester’s move, other members of the forestry leadership team will also be in the Rhinelander headquarters by the first of next year.

“The DNR is looking forward to the opportunity of better serving the area where most of the state’s timber industry is located,” said DNR Secretary Dan Meyer. “Together with partners such as the U.S. Forest Service, Great Lakes Timber Professionals Association and the Wisconsin County Forest Association, we can better support and serve a thriving industry that is so important to our state’s economy.”

Every million dollars of output in the forestry industry creates $731,000 of output in other sectors. Every job in forestry supports 1.7 additional jobs in the state. Forestry is the number one employer in 10 counties.

Emerald Ash Borer found in Marathon County

MADISON – Emerald ash borer has been confirmed in Marathon County, and the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) will quarantine the county as a result.

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2018 WWOA Annual Meeting

Mark Your Calendar Now for the 2018 WWOA Annual Meeting [Read more…]

WWOA’s New Forestry Leader Scholarship Update!

THANK YOU to ALL the DONORS of WWOA’s Forestry Leader Scholarship Fund!

You met the $20,000 Match Challenge enabling WWOA to Grow Future Foresters [Read more…]

County Deer Advisory Council (CDAC) Meetings

Contact: Kevin Wallenfang, 608-261-7589
Detailed information: County Deer Advisory Councils will review public input and form final deer herd population objectives and zone/deer management unit (DMU) boundary changes for their county that will be in effect through the 2020 deer hunting seasons.

Monday, October 2

Pepin County – 5 p.m., Pepin County Government Center, 740 7th Ave. W, Durand
Sauk County – 7 p.m., Sauk County Human Services West Square Building B30, 505 Broadway, Baraboo
St. Croix County – 7 p.m., Baldwin DNR Service Center, 890 Spruce St., Baldwin

Tuesday October 3

Crawford County – 6:30 p.m., Prairie Du Chien City Hall Conference Room, 214 East Blackhawk Ave., Prairie Du Chien
Dane County – 7 p.m., Fitchburg DNR Service Center, 3911 Fish Hatchery Road, Fitchburg
Green Lake County – 7 p.m., Green Lake Government Center, Training Room, 571 Count Road. A, Green Lake
Iowa County – 6:30 p.m., DNR Service Center, 1500 North Johns St., Dodgeville
Iron County – 6 p.m., Iron County Courthouse, 300 Taconite Street, Hurley
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
Langlade County – 6 p.m., Resource Center Wolf River Room, 837 Clairmont St., Antigo
Marathon County – 6 p.m., Marathon County Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department, 212 River Dr., Wausau
Richland County – 7 p.m., East Hall, UW-Richland Rm. 713, Hwy 14, Richland Center
Rusk County – 7 p.m., J.S. Supper Club, W9594 U.S. Highway 8, Ladysmith
Shawano County – 7 p.m., Shawano Community Middle School, 1050 South Union St., Shawano
Waupaca County – 6:30 p.m., Municipal Building (City Hall), 500 S. Bridge St.., Manawa

Wednesday October 4

Ashland County – 6:30 p.m., Morse Town Hall, 402 2nd Ave., Mellen
Barron County – 6 p.m., Barron County Government Center, 335 E Monroe Ave., Barron
Burnett County – 7 p.m., Burnett County Government Center, 7410 County Road K, Siren
Calumet County – 7 p.m., Hilbert Community Center, 45 N. 5th St., Hilbert
Chippewa County – 7 p.m., Chippewa County Court House, 711 N. Bridge St., Chippewa Falls
Dunn County – 6 p.m., Dunn County Fish & Game Association Clubhouse, 1600 Pine Ave. E., Menomonie
Grant County – 7 p.m., Lancaster High School , 808 E. Elm St., Room: Auditorium, Lancaster
Kenosha County – 7 p.m., Richard Bong Recreation Area, 26313 Burlington Rd. (HWY 142), Kansasville
Kewaunee County – 7 p.m., Muskrat City Sportsmans Club, E4879 First Road, Kewaunee
Marquette County – 7 p.m., Marquette County Service Center, 480 Underwood Ave., Montello
Menominee County – 6 p.m., Menominee County Courthouse (lower level boardroom), W3269 Courthouse Ln., Keshena
Milwaukee County – 7 p.m., Milwaukee DNR Service Center, 2300 N. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr., Milwaukee
Pierce County – 7 p.m., Ellsworth High School Library, 323 Hillcrest St., Ellsworth
Sheboygan County – 7 p.m., Mead Public Library: 710 N. 8th St. Sheboygan
Taylor County – 7 p.m., Medford High School (Red and White Room), 1015 W. Broadway, Medford
Trempealeau County – 7 p.m., Independence City Hall, 23688 Adams St., Independence
Vernon County – 6 p.m., Kickapoo Valley Reserve Visitor Center, S3661 S. 131., La Farge

Thursday. October 5

Adams County – 7 p.m., Adams County Community Center, 569 N. Cedar St., Adams
Eau Claire County – 6 p.m., DNR Service Center, 1300 W. Clairemont Ave., Eau Claire
Oneida County – 6:30 p.m., Woodruff Town Hall, 1418 1st Ave, Woodruff
Polk County – 6 p.m., Polk County Government Center, 100 Polk County Plaza, Balsam Lake
Price County – 7 p.m., Price County Courthouse, 126 Cherry St., Room: County Board Room, Phillips
Sawyer County – 6 p.m., Hayward DNR Service Center (Large Conference Room), 10220 State HWY 27, Hayward
Washington County – 6:30 p.m., Cabela’s, 1 Cabela Way, Richfield
Winnebago County – 7 p.m., Coughlin Center, 625 E. Cty Rd. Y, Oshkosh

 

Watch for oak wilt signs to help stop the spread of this tree-killing disease

MADISON — Each year, a tree-killing fungal disease strikes and kills thousands of oak trees in Wisconsin’s forests, woodlots and urban areas. Oak wilt is common in southern and central Wisconsin and is becoming increasingly abundant in northern counties. It is difficult to control once the disease takes hold and prevention steps need to be taken to slow the spread.

“We are observing oak wilt in more places this year, probably due to the storms we had in the spring,” said Todd Lanigan, a forest health specialist with the Department of Natural Resources Division of Forestry. “The first symptoms of oak wilt are branches with wilted leaves dropping in summer. These are not the brown, dry leaves you see in autumn. These are partially green to bronze-green and are not completely dry.”

Oak wilt is confirmed in all Wisconsin counties except Ashland, Bayfield, Calumet, Door, Douglas, Forest, Iron, Kewaunee, Manitowoc, Sheboygan and Taylor counties.

DNR Invites Public to Participate in Bat Habitat Conservation Efforts

Cave-dwelling bat populations in Wisconsin are rapidly declining due to a fungal disease known as white-nose syndrome.  Some species may soon be listed as endangered under the federal Endangered Species Act (ESA). In preparation for this listing, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is teaming up with the Michigan and Minnesota DNRs to develop a large-scale Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP). The purpose of this HCP is to obtain a federal incidental take permit under ESA section 10 requesting authorization for the incidental take of bats during forest management activities. The goal of this project is the protection of federally endangered bat species and the continuation of forest management activities in the Lake States. [Read more…]

Jack Rasmussen

What would you plant on a cleared 50 acre parcel? A veneer plantation? Well, that’s what WWOA member, Jack Rasmussen of St. Croix County, did, with a little push from his older brother, of course.

Jack purchased the property in 1993. It was an open piece of land after having been enrolled in CRP following years of agriculture. He didn’t have plans for the property when he bought it, but his brother, Dane, convinced him it was best to plant trees on the land.

With a background in research and development, Jack applied the same critical thinking skills to his land, and invested a year’s time to study and plan the reforestation of his newly purchased property.

After much thought, Jack decided to pursue a veneer plantation. He knew it was a lofty goal and not something he would see in his lifetime, but someone’s children would, and that is what made it worthwhile to Jack. [Read more…]