Annual Meeting

WWOA 2022 Annual Meeting will be held in person on September 22-25 at the Best Western Premier Waterfront Hotel and Conference Center in Oshkosh

Come to explore the Fox Valley area, meet like-minded woodland owners, and learn more about keeping your woods healthy! Spend a beautiful fall weekend along the Fox River with a variety of local activities. Mark your calendar to attend a tour, a day, or stay for the whole weekend. A variety of registration options will be available.

Book your hotel room and mark your calendar NOW! Call the Best Western Premier Waterfront Hotel at 920-230-1900 or 855-230-1900 and ask for the Wisconsin Woodland Owners room block. The hotel is offering WWOA members a special room rate of $112.99 per night plus tax for single or double occupancy ($109.99 hotel + $3.00 municipal facility fee). Hotel room cancellation notice is required 24 hours in advance. Hotel check-in is at 3 pm. All hotel rooms include a refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker, iron, hair dryer and lighted makeup mirror, security safe, and high-speed internet.

The Best Western Premier Waterfront Hotel is located on the banks of the Fox River and on the edge of downtown.  The Convention Center is located across the street or use the convenient second floor skywalk from the hotel.  The Ground Round at River’s Edge bar and restaurant is located right inside the Best Western Premier and other restaurants are nearby on the river or downtown.

 Can you help us create a successful Annual Meeting? Here are a few things we need your help with
• Help us recognize exceptional WWOA service by submitting your WWOA award nominations for Distinguished Service, Chapter Distinguished Service, Special Recognition and Next Generation. Just complete and submit the simple nomination form. (still accepting your nominations)
• Volunteer for a couple of hours during the Annual Meeting to assist with registration, introducing speakers, helping with the silent auction or raffle, or the many other opportunities available.
Email the WWOA office if you are interested in volunteering. Thanks!

WWOA’s guidance for in person activities under COVID-19 was reconfirmed by the WWOA Board of Directors at their June 2, 2022 meeting.  Above all, WWOA values the health and safety of our members, guests, and staff.  This guidance strives to create a respectful and healthy environment for participation in WWOA events.  WWOA’s Annual Meeting has been created to allow for social distancing.  Masks and hand sanitizer will be available during the meeting.  If you are feeling sick or have COVID-19 symptoms, please cancel your meeting registration and stay home for everyone’s safety.



On Thursday, Sept. 22, the WWOA Board of Directors will hold their quarterly meeting followed by the traditional tree planting to commemorate our annual meeting in local park.

Members may register for a guided tour of one of the world’s finest aviation attractions, EAA Aviation Museum.  You will drive directly there (a map will be provided) after lunch on your own. This is a handicapped accessible tour.  There will also be time to explore the areas that interest you the most.  Then choose the optional second tour stop at Basler Turbo Conversions.  View their videos to learn more about how they convert DC-3s into a more efficient version of this highly reliable aircraft.  Basler Turbo Conversions is not handicapped accessible.

Thursday evening will offer our Sharing Experiences presentations with fellow WWOA members sharing their personal experiences in caring for their woodlands. WWOA Board member, Ken Kempfert will share his experience and processes with their Christmas tree business. Past President Chuck Wagner will share how he researched the history of his property.  Past President Randy Cooper will share their woodland’s story of the 2019 derecho damage, resulting timber salvage, and reforestation. 


Four tours will be offered on Friday, Sept. 23.  These tours offer a variety of topics to learn more about the Fox Valley area.

  • Tour 1 – Pinevilla Tree Farm with lunch – Steve Ring, a WWOA Life Member, and his wife, Sue, along with conservation professionals welcome you to their 174 acre woods near Shiocton. A Tree Farm for over 25 years, it is currently a Demonstration Forest for Outagamie Co. through Golden Sands RC&D. The tour will consist of a brief history and a walk through the woods. For those with walking difficulties, a ride will be available.
  • Tour 2 – Weis Earth Science Museum and High Cliff State Park with lunch– The Weis Earth Science Museum is the official mineralogical museum of Wisconsin and one of its founders is WWOA member Roy Valitchka. Enjoy a guided Wisconsin geological trip through time from prehistoric times, to under the sea, to glacial times up through the mining era. After lunch, our guide will help us explore the geological features of High Cliff State Park including the Niagara Escarpment, lime kilns, and history of the Lake Winnebago area.  This tour is not handicapped accessible.
  • Tour 3 – Wiouwash Trail Bike Trip with lunch – The Wiouwash State Trail is named for Winnebago, Outagamie, Waupaca and Shawano counties. This trail, built on a former rail corridor, is a relatively smooth and flat trail with a crushed limestone base. Our 12-mile trip begins and ends at the hotel and follows the Wiouwash Trail north to the turnaround at Brooks Road. Highlights of this ride include the Tribal Heritage Crossing trail along Highway 41, beautiful views of Lake Butte des Morts, and Oshkosh-Larsen trail prairies.  We will picnic at the Bare Bones Brewery, where you can choose and purchase your drinks (bring some money) to go with the provided lunch. 
  • Tour 4 – UW-Oshkosh’s Sustainability Institute – A tour is tentatively planned to highlight UW-Oshkosh’s Urban Anaerobic Dry Biogas System, Culver Family Welcome Center (LEED Gold) and surrounding grounds highlighting the pollinator gardens and wildlife habitat. Tour is handicapped accessible and does not include lunch.

Friday after returning from your tours, join us for the WWOA Chapters session to learn more about our local chapters and their activities.  Our Friends and Exhibitors Social will follow with time to visit with our exhibitors, bid on silent auction items or purchase some raffle tickets while spending time with friends.  Remember to purchase your Friday raffle tickets for the chance to win some wonderful prizes!  After dinner, hear from our 2021-22 Marshfield Clinic Health System AmeriCorps member serving WWOA, Violet Thielke.  Violet was also one of our past Forestry Leader Scholarship recipients.


Saturday, Sept. 24, starts bright and early with the opening of the exhibit hall.  Saturday includes WWOA’s Annual Business meeting, our keynote speaker, afternoon concurrent sessions and a craft session.

WWOA’s Keynote speaker will be WDNR Secretary Preston Cole.  He will provide an overview of the agency’s key initiatives, the status of Wisconsin’s natural resources, and the importance of private woodland owners.
Please note – WDNR Secretary Cole has graciously rearranged his schedule to give our Keynote presentation. 

WWOA’s 43rd Year Annual Business Meeting will be chaired by President Tom Kempen.  It will highlight WWOA’s achievements for 2021-22 and some of our goals for 2022-23. We will recognize retiring WWOA Board members and present Memorial plaques to families that have chosen to donate to WWOA in their loved one’s name.

Afternoon concurrent sessions will cover a variety of topics. David Eagan, Invasive Plants Association of WI, will be speaking on useful and edible plants and then later teaching a craft session on making twine bracelets from wood nettles.  J. Paul White, WDNR, will provide a status of Wisconsin bats monitoring and regulatory overview including an update on the northern long-eared bat and white-nose syndrome along with information on the Habitat Conservation Plan and possible endangered species listing.

Two panel discussions will also be offered on Saturday afternoon.  A carbon and your land panel will offer points to consider before selecting a carbon program, then invited guests will provide more information on the Family Forest Carbon Program, Forest Carbon Works, and NCX program.  Learn more about carbon in the newly released report, Wisconsin’s Forested Lands: Opportunities for Carbon Sequestration and Storage by the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters. If you are struggling with your woodland succession plan, hear from our panel of 4 WWOA families about the succession plans they have created for their woodlands and what they considered along the way.  Thanks to Carl Garske of Harshaw, Lee Lehrer of Iola, Steven & Lois Raether of Chippewa Falls, and Richard & Kathy Wagner of Weyauwega for sharing their stories.

Saturday evening’s Awards Banquet kicks off with a cash bar, delicious dinner, and time to visit with friends.  After dinner tickets will be drawn for the Annual Fundraiser prizes and the Chapter Basket Raffle. Help us recognize the WWOA’s Forestry Leader Scholarship recipients, Wisconsin Tree Farm Committee award winners and fellow WWOA members (submit your nomination) who have given so much of their time and energy to WWOA and our mission.


WWOA’s Sunday Field Day will be held at Clark’s Bay Corporation property, a short drive from the hotel on the north shore of Lake Winneconne.  Settled by the Clark family in 1855 for its potential agriculture, timber and extensive marshes and lowlands for trapping, the land was sold in 1973 to a group which later incorporated under Clark’s Bay Corporation.  Currently they own 790 acres.  The Corporation has done extensive habitat work to protect, restore, and enhance the remaining wetlands, woodlands and grass lands for hunting and enjoyment.

Yes, WWOA was here in 2016, and we hope you will join us in 2022, where we will focus on and see different areas of the property. A new variety of field stations have been created for 2022. You will be able to sign up for up to 4 stations (if you stay all day) during the Annual Meeting.  Topics include bluebirds, deer browse and fencing, timber harvesting on nonMFL land, tree planting and care, NRCS projects and cost sharing, forest health issues, wetland berms and scrapes, safe cutting techniques with chain saws, and wildlife habitat.

WWOA’s 2022 Annual Meeting will offer a variety of registration options. Come for a tour, a day, or the whole weekend. The 2022 Annual Meeting packets will be emailed out to members in late 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.


Annual Meeting Fun! 

Deciding if you want to attend the 2022 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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