Annual Meeting

WWOA Board announces 2021 Annual Meeting Weekend will be held in person on September 16-19, 2021

In 2021, West Central and Chippewa Valley Chapter members will welcome WWOA members from around the state and nation to Hudson, Wisconsin in St. Croix County.  In 1852, Alfred D. Gray, Hudson’s first mayor, petitioned to change the name of the city to “Hudson”, because the bluffs along the St. Croix River reminded him of the Hudson River in his native New York.  Hudson is located along I-94 just east of the Minnesota border and the beautiful St. Croix River.

Check out these fun area activities when you are planning your trip.

Make your reservations at the Hudson House Grand Hotel in Hudson for September 16-19.  Call the hotel at 715-386-2394 and remember to mention WI Woodland Owners Association to get our 2021 special room rate of $70.00/night plus tax.  The hotel is dog- friendly.  Hotel rooms have coffee makers and hair dryers in each room, and microwaves and refrigerators in most rooms.  The hotel is offering a complimentary hot breakfast with your hotel stay for our group.

 

Schedule & Events 

 

Thursday & Friday

No tours will be offered on Thursday.  The WWOA Board of Directors will meet in person on Thursday.  Registration will open at 3 pm on Thursday.  We will kick off the meeting with our Sharing Experiences presentations on Thursday evening.  Hear from members, Brian Blakeley about the area’s history, Jack Rasmussen on managing buckthorn (and garlic mustard if time), and Carl Nelson on the building and maintaining of his deer exclosure.

Four tours will be offered on Friday.  Choose from these tours (green texts are links) – We were able to make some adjustments to the tours based on demand and as of 8/24/21 we have been able to fulfill everyone’s 1st choice request.

  • Tour #1 – Tiffany Bottoms Railroad Tour with lunchTravel through the Tiffany Bottoms State Natural Area, a 1,300 acre extensive river delta and floodplain forest, aboard the open-air Chippewa Valley Motor Car train (see the video on this site) with a port-a-potty instead of a caboose. Stops will include off trail walks with natural resource professionals.  Tour is not handicapped accessible. A map will be provided and you will meet at the train at 9:45 am.

 

  • Tour #2 – Willow River State Park and Jack Rasmussen’s Woodland with bus and lunch
    Visit Willow River State Park to see a marked timber sale, walk a nature trail, or take a strenuous hike to the falls!  After lunch, tour Rasmussen’s Woodland (see Wisconsin Woodlands, Spring 2020 & Summer 2021 issues) where alternating rows of hardwoods and conifers are growing veneer.  Jack can’t wait to show you his converted food plot!

 

  • Tour #3 – Nugget Lake County Park and Spring Valley Dam with bus and lunch
    Enjoy a day in Nugget Lake County Park with walks to learn about the natural history, including the forests and a meteorite strike or view the video.  Optional, at attendees expense, kayak or canoe rentals to enjoy Nugget Lake in lieu of hiking.  After lunch, visit the Eau Galle Reservoir Overlook and Spring Valley Dam, which is the Midwest’s largest earthen dam.

 

  • Tour #4 – Trout Stream Restoration with bus and lunch
    Spend the day with a DNR fisheries biologist to learn about Class I and II trout streams, habitat restoration, fish assemblages, and cost-share programs. At Gilbert Creek see how biologists determine what fish inhabit a stream. After lunch visit a stream restoration site on Plum Creek. Tour is not handicapped accessible.

Friday evening features time with exhibitors, cash bar, silent auction and raffle, a delicious dinner of your choosing (see registration form), and short presentations.   Remember to purchase your Friday raffle tickets for the chance to win some wonderful prizes including a chain saw!  Hear from our recent AmeriCorps members about their year with us and more!  

Saturday

Saturday starts bright and early with the opening of the exhibit hall. Then hear from our keynote speaker, Dr. Stanley Temple, who was recently inducted into the Wisconsin Conservation Hall of Fame.  He will speak on Aldo Leopold and Conservation on Private Lands.  WWOA’s 43rd Year Annual Business Meeting will update you on the past two years of our activities.  Voting members will be considering an updated WWOA Purpose statement. 

In the afternoon choose from two breakout sessions in each timeslot.  The first session offers Wisconsin’s Forest Products Industry Update with Scott Lyon, WI DNR Forest Products Specialist or Your Woodlands and Wisconsin’s Water Resources – Making the Connection with Dr. Paul McGinley, UW-Stevens Point Professor and Director, Center for Watershed Science.  The second session offers Monarchs & Milkweed: A Wonder of Nature with Ellen Wynkoop, Monarch enthusiast or Forest carbon: emerging opportunities for woodland owners by Dr. Matt Russell, University of Minnesota Associate Professor/Extension Specialist.

Then visit with friends from around the state at the cash bar before a wonderful dinner of your choosing (see the registration form).  Saturday evening’s Awards Banquet kicks off with the drawing of the Annual Fundraiser prizes and the Chapter Basket Raffle. Help us recognize the 2021 Wisconsin Tree Farmers of the Year, Kirk and Cindy Dahl, and fellow WWOA members who have given so much of their time and energy to WWOA and our mission. 

Sunday

WWOA’s Sunday Field Day is a fun day in the woods.  Join us at Lyle & Shirley Stockwell’s S & S Sugar Bush near Ellsworth for a variety of field stations and lunch.  Tapping of this historical sugar bush started in about 1900 and continues today.   The five generation family hobby of making maple syrup, now involves the Stockwell’s three sons: Barry and his wife Carol, Larry and his wife Vanessa, and Todd, along with friends, relatives and neighbors.  The Stockwells are members of WWOA and the Wisconsin Maple Syrup Producers Association.  They were named Maple Producers of the Year in 2002 and 2017.  In 2010, they were recipients of the WMSP Honorary Lifetime Membership Award.

 

WWOA’s 2021 Annual Meeting will offer a variety of registration options. Come for a tour, a day, or the whole weekend. The 2021 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.

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Annual Meeting Fun! 

Deciding if you want to attend the 2021 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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