April 18, 2023

Joint Chiefs’ Partnership Supports Forestry and Wildlife Conservation in Northeastern Wisconsin

The Northeast Wisconsin Forestry and Wildlife Partnership project has been developed through the Joint Chiefs’ Landscape Restoration Partnership (JCLRP) to address wildfire threats, water quality, and wildlife habitat. The JCLRP enables the U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and the U.S. Forest Service to collaborate with agricultural producers and forest landowners focused on conservation and restoration efforts. These conservation efforts aim to achieve several landscape-level outcomes, including reductions in storm-caused fuel loads and fire risks, improving water quality and aquatic habitat, increasing habitat for species such as golden-winged warblers, brook trout, and monarch butterflies, and promoting forest health through oak wilt prevention and planting resilient tree species. The project area is centered on the Lakewood-Laona Ranger District of the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest (CNNF), and includes portions of the Eagle River-Florence Ranger District, private and Tribal lands in Florence, Forest, Langlade, Marinette, Menominee, Oconto, Oneida, and Shawano counties.

Some of the conservation priorities identified by the Partnership for Fiscal Year 2023 include:

  • Forest Management Plans
  • Trout Stream Crossing Improvement
  • Wildfire Hazard Reduction/Storm Damage Cleanup
  • Oak Wilt and Emerald Ash Borer Mitigation

Landowners interested in applying for funding should visit the NRCS website or contact their local NRCS Service Center.