NEW! 2021 Winter Woodland Owner Conferences

Wisconsin Woodland Owners Association announces that in 2021, the Winter Woodland Owner Conference series is going virtual on January 30, February 6 and February 13Save these dates on your calendar and Register NOW!  Registration cost per person is $15 for one session, $25 for two sessions or $35  for all three sessions plus processing fees.  No refunds are available.  Eventbrite takes most major credit cards or PayPal payments.  Registration deadline is Wednesday, January 27.  Then settle into your favorite chair, perhaps by a wood fire, to learn more about caring for your woodlands!

Wisconsin Woodland Owners Association (WWOA) and its partners WI DNR, Division of Forestry, UW-Madison Extension and Natural Resources Education Program, Dane County Extension, Glacierland RC&D and Seno K/RLT Conservancy are excited to announce that the regional conferences usually held in Green Bay, Oshkosh, South East Wisconsin, Wausau, Madison and West Central Wisconsin will be combined into a statewide virtual conference series open to all woodland owners.

A variety of topics of interest to woodland owners will be covered in three sessions offered on Saturdays – January 30, February 6 and February 13 – from 9 am until noon. On January 30, hear from the new WI DNR Chief State Forester, learn about the Virginia Tech tree identification app – and yes it covers trees found in Wisconsin, and discover Native American historical sites that may be found on private lands. On February 6, a diverse panel will discuss Wisconsin’s changing wood markets, learn about government programs to assist you, and hear about management practices for emerald ash borer and oak wilt along with updates on recent forest health issues.  On February 13, join us to congratulate Kirk and Cindy Dahl on becoming the 2020 Outstanding Tree Farmers of the Year followed by information on wild turkey management, creating a invasive management plan, and hear the story of WI Woodland Owners Association’s Past President Steven Ring’s Tree Farm.

The conference will be held via ZoomDon’t worry if you haven’t used Zoom before, we are offering some practice sessions to help you become familiar with the software prior to attending the conferences. Here are some helpful Zoom hints to help you get started. It is recommended that you download the Zoom software to your viewing device (computer/smartphone) prior to the conferences so that you can join the conferences on time.


January 30, 2021

9:00 am     Welcome to Conference

9:10-9:50 am     Keynote – WDNR’s New Chief State Forester: Heather Berklund, Chief State Forester, WDNR, Division of Forestry – Heather will provide an update on the state of the Division of Forestry and DNR, including sharing her vision and upcoming priorities, and what that means for private woodlands and woodland owners in Wisconsin.  Heather will also discuss DNR’s response to COVID-19 and share some highlights from 2020.

9:50 – 10 am     Break

10-10:50 am     Tips and Tools for Successful Tree ID: Virginia Tech Tree ID app and other free resources: Dr. John Seilers and John Peterson, Virginia Tech – The Virginia Tech Dendrology Lab has been developing easy to use virtual tree identification tools for 25 years, resulting in a variety of tools intended to educate novices, students and natural resources professionals. We will introduce these tools, give brief training in their use, and introduce fundamentals for successful tree identification. You are encouraged to download the vTree app through the GooglePlay or Apple Store prior to this session.  Learn more about using apps.

10:50-11 am     Break

11-11:50 am     Identification and Protection of Native American Earthworks on Private Land: Mark Cupp, Lower WI State Riverway Board – Wisconsin once was home to many thousands of Native American earthworks, commonly referred to as Indian mounds. While 80-90% of mounds have been destroyed across the state since European and American settlement, a substantial number of mounds remain on the landscape. Mark Cupp will discuss the types of mounds found in Wisconsin and protocols that have been developed to protect these sacred and important sites.

Noon     Conclusion


February 6, 2021

9:00 am     Welcome to Conference

9:10-10:20 am     Panel on Wood Markets in WI: Logan Wells, WDNR Forest Products Specialist, Dennis Schoeneck, Logging Contractor and Chair of the Timber Professionals Cooperative, Troy Brown, President Kretz Lumber  and Ken Price, Consulting forester, Wisconsin Consulting
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10:20-10:30 am     Break

10:30-10:55 am    Overview of DNR Forestry Assistance for Private Landowners: Cody Didier, WDNR Forester – A brief overview of some of the forestry assistance available to private landowners through WDNR Division of Forestry, including Wisconsin Forest Landowner Grant Program (WFLGP), the Forestry Assistance Locator, and Managed Forest Law (MFL).
AND NRCS Programs available for Woodland Owners: Ryan Jacques, WI SE Area GIS Specialist, Glacierland RC&D/USDA NRCS Affiliate and Ben Gordon, Glacierland RC&D/USDA NRCS Affiliate  –  United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) provides cost-share opportunities for conservation practices to non-industrial private forestland owners throughout the year. NRCS has local field staff available to assist with applying for programs, such as the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) and the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP), and field staff available to assist with the technical planning of conservation practices. There is a wide variety of practices and enhancements that a landowner can implement through NRCS Programs. Landowners can contact their local NRCS office at any time to get started.  HANDOUT

10:55-11 am     Break

11-11:50 am     Emerald ash borer management, gypsy moth, oak wilt control, and other forest health problems seen in 2020: Linda Williams, WDNR Forest Health Specialist – Although emerald ash borer (EAB) has been present in Wisconsin since 2008, many areas of the state are just now experiencing the devastation of widespread ash mortality. Some areas of the state have low EAB populations, low ash mortality, and consequently more time for management, but what can you do if the ash trees in your forest are already dead, or nearly dead? The new EAB Silviculture Guidelines will be discussed as well as other research on EAB control. If you don’t have ash trees dying from EAB, maybe you have oaks dying from oak wilt. Some control strategies and recent research on oak wilt will be covered. And finally, insect and disease problems were plentiful in 2020 and some of those issues will be reviewed.  

Noon     Conclusion 


February 13, 2021

9-9:20 am     Welcome to Conference and 2020 Outstanding Tree Farmers of the Year presentation
Join us to celebrate the 2020 Outstanding Tree Farmers of the Year, Kirk & Cindy Dahl of Eau Claire.  WWOA congratulates our newest Board of Director member on his achievements!

9:20-10:05 am     Wild Turkey Management: Dr. David Drake, UW-Madison/UW Extension – Wild Turkeys are a native species in WI and continue to expand northward in the state. A favorite gamebird for many hunters, turkeys are also commonly seen in urban areas throughout WI. This presentation will cover the history of turkeys in WI, their expansion throughout the state, and tips for managing this regal bird.

10:05-10:15 am     Break

10:15-11 am     Wisconsin Woodland Invasive Plant Management: Leo Roth, UW Madison & Dr. Mark Renz, UW-Madison/UW Extension – Leo and Mark will highlight troublesome invasive plants in Wisconsin woodlands and management options for these species. Because keys to success revolve around developing a long-term plan, creating a management plan will be the focus of the presentation. Resources to assist in identifying and managing key invasive plant species will also be highlighted.

11-11:10 am     Break

11:10-11:45 am     The Story of Pinevilla Tree Farm: Steven Ring, WWOA Past President – Learn how Steven unexpectedly became the manager of the family’s woodland, what he has learned along the way, and some of the management practices he has completed.

Noon     Conclusion