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.

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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Oak Harvesting Guidelines During Unusually Cold Spring Weather

This year’s cool spring weather has caused people to wonder if the oak harvesting restrictions that usually begin on April 1 (south of the tension zone) or April 15 (north of the tension zone) might be pushed back due to unusually cold temperatures. The simple answer is no. Even during unusually cold springs, consistent messages about preventing the spread of oak wilt disease apply – “Stop pruning in April” and “Avoid harvesting in April (south of the tension zone)”. Delivering the same messages at the same time every year helps ensure that the public protects Wisconsin’s oak resource.

That said, the Wisconsin DNR’s oak harvesting guidelines allow flexibility at the stand level, if landowners/property managers and other affected parties (foresters, loggers, etc.) all agree on modifications based on local conditions. For example, “unusual weather patterns in early spring” is listed as one of the allowable modifications in the DNR’s oak harvesting guidelines.

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Report Occupied Bald Eagle Nests in Southeastern Wisconsin

MADISON – State ecologists conducting aerial surveys for occupied bald eagle nests this spring are asking for the public’s help in locating nests in southeastern Wisconsin. 

If you observe an active bald eagle nest, with adults incubating eggs or exhibiting other breeding behaviors, you are encouraged to report your sightings in one of these ways:

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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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Gear Up for Fire Season

Fire season is just beginning. Each year an estimated 1,100 wildfires burn in DNR protection areas (about half the state, generally the more forested areas) and another estimated 2,500 wildfires burn in parts of the state where fire departments are the primary responders. Two-thirds of these fires occur in spring. There is a great deal of dry vegetation and fallen leaves and other debris present this time of year, which is quick to dry out. Accompanied by warmer weather, drops in humidity and gusty winds, wildfires can quickly ignite and spread. (read more…)

Create a Forest – A step-by-step guide to planting and maintaining trees

Creating a forest begins long before and continues long after you plant your trees. The guide will take you through the steps needed for the successful establishment of a woodlot, starting with developing a plan for the site through tree planting and maintenance of the stand. Click here for the publication.

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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WWOA Announces 2018 Photo Contest Themes

The themes for the 2018 photo contest are here! Review your photo files, dig through your shoe boxes and albums to find one that matches our new themes.

Stepping Stones: Photos submitted in this category should portray one of the many varied steps we take to manage our woods. These steps may be “baby” and small in size or giant and grand in nature and scope. Whatever the size step you have taken, capture the moments working with a professional forester, resource manager, logging contractor, road maintenance worker, legacy planner, habitat improvement laborer, or other activities that focus on conservation efforts in the woods. Photos should include people and be stunning, action-oriented representation of the “steps” taken in our woods.

Arrivals and Departures: This category is looking for photos illustrating the Spontaneity of Spring or the Farewell of Fall. Photographs should showcase the attributes and qualities of these two drastically different season in the woods. Whether it is buds breaking or leaves falling, song birds nesting or geese flying. April showers bringing May flowers or frosty freezes, consider submitting a photo that highlights the best aspects of either an arrival or departure in your woods. Photos must not include people.

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