Submit WWOA Award Nominations

WWOA’s Awards Committee encourages members to nominate fellow members for WWOA’s Distinguished Service, Special Recognition and Next Generations awards.  Nominations are due to the WWOA office by June 30 of each year.

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DMAP Applications due March 1

It’s not too late to sign up for DMAP in 2017 to improve habitat for wildlife!

Wisconsin’s Deer Management Assistance Program can help you enhance wildlife habitat on property your own or hunt. The 2017 application deadline for properties larger than 160 acres is March 1 to be eligible for a site visit with a professional biologist and forester in 2017.  However, applications may be submitted at any time to immediately receive DMAP benefits such as workshops and training opportunities, volunteer experiences, and access to online DMAP resources.

Want to enroll 160 acres or more, but not yet ready to jump into active property management? Sign up for DMAP at Level 1 at no cost to join hundreds of conservation-minded citizens like you.

To learn more about DMAP benefits and to apply, visit http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/wildlifehabitat/DMAP.html.

Public meetings set on changes to northern forests master plans

MADISON — The public will have an opportunity to review and comment on the final proposal from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources for a master plan variance that will classify 75 percent of the state’s northern forests as forest production areas. – Read Full Article

End of Frozen Road Period and Start of Class II Road Restrictions Begin

This announcement was originally created by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) and is being distributed by the Great Lakes Timber Professional Association (GLTPA) 

The frozen road declaration ends and spring thaw and class II restrictions begin in zones 3, 4, and 5 on Saturday, February 18th, 2017, at 12:01 a.m.

The frozen road declaration ends and spring thaw and class II restrictions begin in zones 1 and 2 on Monday, February 20th, 2017 at 12:01 a.m. 

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DNR Proposes Major Changes in Field Forester Operations that Affect Private Landowners

At its January meeting, the Council on Forestry was briefed on the DNR’s Division of Forestry reorganization plans.  In her presentation, Carmen Harden, Forest Management Bureau Director, described how the Forestry Division intends to change how field foresters will interact with private woodland owners.  READ MORE

Echolocator: Wisconsin Bat Program

Interested in learning more about Wisconsin’s Bat Program? Read the latest issue of Echolocator for more information.

How To Prevent Timber Theft

By Jodi Henke

There is tremendous value in timber. It can fund your dreams or become a legacy for your grandchildren. It can also bring out thieves. Jesse Randall, Extension forester with Iowa State University, says timber prices have been high, which means an uptick in thefts.  “Every week we get calls that say, ‘I’m missing trees. I know the neighbor logged, but now my trees are missing,’ ” he says. “That’s active theft when someone crosses the fence line and steals your trees. (read more)

NRCS Announces EQIP Signup for 2017 Funding, Apply by March 3, 2017

Providing Conservation Practices to Improve Soil Health and Protect Natural Resources

Madison, Wis. – January 17, 2017 − Farmers will want to plan ahead and sign up early for USDA conservation funding. Maggie Rhodes, USDA−Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Acting State Conservationist in Wisconsin, announced farmers interested in the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) need to apply by March 3, 2017, for funding in 2017. Applications are being taken at all USDA Service Centers in Wisconsin.

EQIP is the primary program available to farmers for farm and woodland conservation work, offering payments for over 110 basic conservation practices. Last year, Wisconsin received about $21 million in funds for EQIP practices. [Read more…]

Rustic Log Furniture Could Harbor Pests, DATCP Cautions

Contact: Donna Gilson, (608)224-5130, donna.gilson@wi.gov
Bill Cosh, Communications Director, (608)224-5020, William2.Cosh@wi.gov

MADISON – The popular rustic log furniture could harbor exotic insect pests, state officials warn, so they’re asking consumers to be on the lookout, both for their own protection and that of Wisconsin’s forests.

“We had two incidents in 2016 of imported ‘rustic’ furniture being infested with insects. In both cases, the furniture was imported from China, and the insects were wood-boring beetles native to China. If these insects were to escape into the environment, they could pose a real threat to our forests, crops and wood products industries,” said Brian Kuhn, director of the Plant Industry Bureau in the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection. [Read more…]

Greetings Fellow Woodlanders!

Chippewa Valley Chapter Newsletter
January 2017
Chair, Merlyn Jones

‘Tis the Season – the time to review plans, take stock of resources, organize and “HOPE” for the best. Where are each of us in this process? An excellent component in this planning process is to retrieve (or request) your copy of “My Land Handbook” prepared by the Women of WWOA as a project to assist us all in preparing the next generation of Woodlanders in our future. As many of you are aware, this is a guide for documenting important information and resources specific to each of us and our families. Like insurance, it is never needed-until it is really needed! Then it is beyond our reach unless already prepared and shared. Although logically we all know we too shall pass, but until later years in life most of us refuse to face this reality and rather believe that maybe in “my case” there will be an exception. Guess again! [Read more…]

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