Annual Meeting

2019 Annual Meeting – September 19-22

Join us for our 40th Year Anniversary Celebration! 

Make your reservations at the beautiful Hotel Marshfield in Marshfield for September 19-22.  Call 855-583-2700 and remember to mention WI Woodland Owners Association to get our special room rate of $85.00/night plus tax. 

Schedule & Events 


The meeting kicks off with your choice of two fun tours while the WWOA Board of Directors holds their meeting.  On Thursday night a few fellow members will share stories of managing their woodlands.

Tour Option A: This Thursday tour will visit Glacial Lakes Cranberries Inc. and the Wisconsin DNR’s Sandhill Wildlife Area. Enjoy a tour of the cranberry bog operation while learning about the history of cranberries and the area. Then travel to Sandhill Wildlife Area for a bus tour of a portion of the 9,150-acre property to learn about their history, wildlife and current research projects. A Wisconsin Air National Guard representative of Volk Field will give a lunch-time presentation on the nearby Hardwood Bombing Range. Tour is handicapped accessible.








Tour Option B: FILLED Take a hiking tour through Powers Bluff County Park in Wood County with Dr. Robert Freckmann will be offered. Freckmann is a North American botanist and agrostologist, and professor emeritus of biology at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. He will describe common pant names, traditional medicinal uses, and methods of growth and dispersal for the plants we see along the hike. Powers Bluff is the 13th highest point of elevation in Wisconsin at 1,472 feet. The bluff also contains Native American dance rings and burial grounds. After lunch, we will tour Clary Wood Products near Arpin. Clary Wood Products builds tiny houses. 
Tour is NOT handicapped accessible.








Sharing Experiences:Thursday evening, members will share their experiences. Dick and Mary Czaja will explain how they cut and market their own wood, Jim & Jackie Wagener will describe their battle with black locust, and Helen Moberg will share how the Women of WWOA activities are having a positive impact.


Friday’s four tours will highlight the area’s history, current forest management, and showcase members woodlands. We’ll finish off the day with visits to exhibitors including WWOA’s Gift Shop, a cash bar, silent auction and raffles, viewing and voting on the WWOA Photo Contest, a tasty buffet dinner of burgundy beef tips or lemon tarragon broiled haddock and our evening program.

Tour 1: Stevens Point Area Tour with lunch… See a unique side of Stevens Point by taking a  self-guided tour through the Sculpture Park where a leisurely walk through towering pines will provide you with a view of artwork by local, regional, and national artists. Discover a unique connection between nature and art in the 20-acre site connected to the Green Circle Trail. The next stop on this tour is the Schmeeckle Reserve Visitor Center for lunch and a presentation by staff. Schmeeckle Reserve is a 280-acre conservancy area managed to protect and restore natural communities of central Wisconsin. There will be time to explore some of the trails, see the pollinator plantings in front of the Visitor Center, identify birds in the Bird Viewing Area, and see the new Pankowski Friends Amphitheater. The final stop on this tour will be in Downtown Stevens Point at Sunset Point Winery. There you will enjoy a tour of the wine-making facility, a flight of wines to sample in the wine tasting room, and a souvenir wine glass.
Tour is handicapped accessible.


Tour 2: FILLED Forest Industries Tour with lunch… The forest industry tour will include a stop at T & T Quality Cutting near Spencer where bolts are converted to “dog ear” treated fencing. Then back by popular demand, this tour will visit Stratford Homes at their 110,000-square-foot indoor construction facility and Model Home Village. Stratford Homes L.P. has been an industry leader in the “systems build” modular home market since 1973. The final part of this tour will stop at Prince Corp., which was originally founded in Marshfield as Banner Mills in 1886 by William H Upham. In 1934, the company became a full-service distributor of feed and agricultural supplies throughout central and northern Wisconsin. In the 1970’s, a wild bird seed manufacturing plant was added, and the company branched into providing wild bird seed and outdoor supplies.
Tour is NOT handicapped accessible.







Tour 3: Mead Wildlife Area Tour with lunch…
Nestled in the valley of the Little Eau Pleine River, the WI DNR’s George W Mead Wildlife Area contains over 33,000 acres of wetlands, forests, and grasslands. Spend the day with their naturalist who will lead a tour of their colorful prairie. Learn about the pollinators and birds of the prairie. A live screech owl will be included in the presentation. After lunch, a tour of the energy efficient building will be available or you can view their visitor center exhibits.
Tour is handicapped accessible.

Tour 4: FILLED Eau Pleine Woods Tour with lunch…
Start the day off with a walking tour of the 2019 Wisconsin Outstanding Tree Farmer of the Year and WWOA member Chuck Pogorelcnik’s Eau Pleine Woods. The woodland consists of a mixed hardwood forest, primarily white and red oak, along with hickory, ash, maple, and basswood, and some aspen. The white pine was cut in the 1890’s (not by Chuck) with the second growth thinned in the early 1970’s and 2008. Also present is a stand of 25-year-old trees filling in an old farm field as an example of forest succession and pioneer tree species. The woodland includes several wildlife openings and food plots. After lunch, stop at Little Bear Hemlocks State Natural Area, a remnant, old growth hemlock forest for a walking tour.
Tour is NOT handicapped accessible.

Friends & Exhibitors Social: Meet your WWOA friends to share the day’s experiences. Enjoy a cash bar and light snacks. Visit our exhibitors and stop in the WWOA Gift Shop to see what’s new. Purchase your Friday night raffle tickets or buy a few more Annual Fundraiser or The Sandbox Golf Tickets! Bid on Silent Auction donations. Bring your checkbook or cash.

1st time Meeting Attendees Reception: New WWOA members and first-time Annual Meeting attendees are invited to a reception with WWOA Board of Directors and Chapter Chairs.

Friday Evening Dinner Buffet, Raffle, Presentations, Music, and More!: Enjoy a casual evening of good friends, delicious food, and lots of fun! After dinner, check your Friday evening raffle tickets for the prize drawings. Then take a look back at WWOA’s 40 Years of Growing with past president Marcia Frost-Vahradian. The Drover’s will wrap up the evening’s celebration by playing your favorite music for dancing and listening.


Saturday starts bright and early with the opening of the exhibit hall. Then hear from our keynote speaker followed by WWOA’s 40th Year Annual Business Meeting.  In the afternoon choose from four breakout sessions and visit our Landowner Cafe tables to get your questions answered.  Before dinner, visit with friends at the cash bar. Saturday evening’s Awards Banquet kicks off with the drawing of the Annual Fundraiser prizes and The Sandbox Golf packet followed by the Chapter Basket Raffle. WWOA’s Photo Contest will then recognize the winning photos, coveted Members’ Choice Award and chapter award. Finally, help us recognize the 2019 Wisconsin Tree Farmers of the Year and fellow WWOA members who have given so much of their time to educate the next generation or to better the WWOA organization. 

Dr. Scott Hygnstrom and his trusty hunting dog, Abbey.

Keynote: Leaving a Legacy-Improving the Value of Your Land for Now and Future Generations, Dr. Scott Hygnstrom, UWSP, Douglas R. Stephens Chair in Wildlife – Learn about the

importance in planning and implementing forest-wildlife management practices so that benefits (forest products, wildlife, recreation, etc.) can accrue and be enjoyed now and by future generations.

Landowner Café – food for thought and your woodlands…come and go as you please to learn more about a topic or get your questions answered by experts on a variety of topics such as the Managed Forest Law program, invasives, wildlife habitat, and cost-sharing.

Concurrent Sessions, no preregistration necessary, just attend the ones of your choosing

  • Options for Transferring Your Land to the Next Generation, Andrew Schmidt, Schmidt & Schmidt, Attorneys at Law
    Charlie Brown and Peppermint Patty are married and they have four children. The Brown’s inherited lakefront property and woodlands – who gets the family cabin when the Brown’s are (1) generous, (2) near dying, (3) broke in a nursing home, (4) the children are dysfunctional or have special needs, (5) the property in in  a trust or other scenarios?
  • Northern Hardwood Chapter Revision, Colleen Matula, WI DNR Forest Ecologist/Silviculturist
    Learn about this expanding chapter of silviculture options and new tools in managing the northern hardwood cover type.
  • Climate change and Wisconsin’s Woods: what we know, what we expect, and how to prepare? Stephen Handler, USFS Northern Research Station, Climate Change Specialist
    How is Wisconsin’s climate changing, and how are woodland owners supposed to cope with on-going change? Highlights of what climate change might actually mean for Wisconsin’s woods, and also how woodland owners can start to adapt. Learn how to prepare for the future and maintain healthy, resilient forests!
  • Tree Seeds and Seed Procurement, Jeremiah Auer, WI DNR Forester
    Wisconsin’s native tree species are growing and reproducing throughout the seasons and years of their lives. But do we even notice? Discover the often-overlooked world of tree seed production of our greatest forest species.


WWOA’s Sunday Field Day hosts are neighbors and friends, Felix Grutzik & Margaret Parsons and Ralph Heiser, who will host this educational and fun day on their woodlands near City Point in Jackson County.

Felix Grutzik & Margaret Parsons show off the front porch of their rustic cabin.

Spend Sunday in the woods for a unique field day opportunity to see neighboring, but not connected, woodland parcels. The Heiser Woodland is 60 acres while Sheep Hill Woods is 40 acres. While they don’t share a boundary, they share some historical events. A large fire consumed both properties in 1934, leaving behind large, burnt, white pine stumps. The Grutzik property, Sheep Hill Woods, has been in the family for four generations and as the name suggests, was once a sheep pasture. The Heiser family purchased their land in 1993. One property is in the Managed Forest Law program, the other isn’t. Both properties have a “rustic” cabin. Each property had naturally growing white pine, oak, and aspen. One property was also planted with red pine, balsam fir, and white spruce with minimal success.

In many way these properties are very similar as you might expect since they are nearby. But when you tour the properties, each has a different look. Through the years, each property has been managed differently and the current families have different forest management goals and objectives. This is a chance to compare and contrast how these forests are growing and changing. Ralph Heiser’s forest management goals include keeping the white pine, oak, and aspen mix across most of his acreage. Felix Grutzik and Margaret Parsons’ forest management objectives include growing high quality oak, so in many areas the white pine, aspen, and maple have been harvested.

Ralph Heiser stands behind a large stump on his property left behind by a 1934 fire.

A variety of field stations will be offered on Sunday. Dr. John Kotar, emeritus professor of UW-Madison’s Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology, has agreed to host a station on habitat classification. Stephen Handler, USFS-NRS, Climate Change Specialist, will look at how these forests may change in the future. Jon Fox, Verso Corporation, will discuss the aspen harvest.  More information on Sunday’s field stations will be added here as arrangements are finalized.

WWOA’s four-day Annual Meeting will offer a variety of registration options. Come for a tour, a day, or the whole weekend. New meeting attendees are welcomed by the WWOA Board and Chapter Chairs with a reception on Friday evening.




Again this year, annual meeting packets will be emailed out to members in early July. Please make sure WWOA has your current email address on file. If you do not have an email address, you will receive a packet in the mail. If you prefer a packet mailed to you, contact the WWOA office and let us know.


Photo Contest Themes Announced

Once again there will be two themes for the 40th Year Photo Contest.  Start reviewing your photos now.  Then you will be ready when the Annual Meeting registration packet comes out to enter your photos.

Ruby RedThe 40th anniversary gift is a ruby.  For this category, entries must contain something red in celebration of the milestone achieved by WWOA.  Will your “red” be rosy shades of woodland flowers, a toadstool, a cardinal on the move, scarlet sunsets or vibrant vermillion vegetation?  Search for the best photo opportunity that highlights celebrating the 40th anniversary.  Think Red! (While ruby red is the best match for the category, shades of red qualify for the submission.)  Photos entered must not include people or captions.

Milestones in the Making – We have much to celebrate! In this category submit photos that exhibit milestones achieved in /by WWOA or in/by your woods.  After selecting your photo, take it one step further and place a caption that reflects on the idea of milestones.  Photos in this category only will be judged on both the photo quality and how well the caption and photo tie into “Milestones in the Making”.  Submitted photos may contain people.  Captions can be placed on the photo digitally or printed on the photo.  (Caption may also be included on the entry blank and we can add your caption to the photo for the display board so that during the meeting it will contain the caption with the photo.)

Member Rich Warosh models one of the NEW Black Denim Long-Sleeved Shirts.

Don’t forget – there is also a chapter award for the chapter submitting the most photos for the photo contest!

Make sure to order your new, Long-Sleeved Denim Shirts!

You can pre-order and pick your new shirts up at the Annual Meeting by sending in the order form included in your registration packet! Otherwise, you can always use the order form from the Gift Shop to order and get it delivered to your house.


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Annual Meeting Fun! 

Deciding if you want to attend the 2019 Annual Meeting?

Why should you consider attending if you’ve never come before? Hear what our members have to say:

  • “Wealth of information in speakers, members, and exhibitors. They will learn something new.”
  • “Meet new friends, old friends, & see other parts of the state.”
  • “To get ideas to improve your woodland & meet people or organizations to help you.”
  • “To broaden their knowledge of the value of good management & especially meet members with experience and also camaraderie.”
  • “We have attended many annual meetings and still learn new things at every one.”



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