White Pine Lumber Grading Course Offered

The Northcentral Technical College Wood Technology Program is hosting a white pine lumber grading workshop in partnership with the Northeastern Lumber Manufacturer Association (NELMA), and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. This workshop will provide an in-depth review of softwood lumber grading, specifically for Eastern White Pine. In a mix of classroom and hands-on activities, participants will gain valuable skills and experience in grading lumber.

This workshop will be held on February 21-22, 2019 at the NTC Wood Technology Center of Excellence in Antigo, WI. If you are interested in attending this course, please visit NTC’s Conferences and Seminars webpage for additional information and the registration form.

Mapping Tool to connect wood buyers with sellers

Wisconsin’s primary forest products industry consists of firms that manufacture logs and pulpwood into wood and paper products. Specific examples include sawmills, plywood mills, veneer plants, pulp mills and firewood processors, as well as companies that manufacture products such as composite panels, log cabins and treated wood.

A  mapping tool  was developed to connect buyers of wood and paper products with Wisconsin’s primary mills and to assist forest managers and loggers with identifying markets for harvested timber. To interact with the mapping tool, click here.

Sauk Prairie Bald Eagle Watching Days Jan. 18-19

MADISON – Bald eagle lovers can watch up to three rehabilitated eagles released to the wild, see other eagles perching or soaring above the Wisconsin River, and view eagles up close indoors during live raptor shows as the 33rd annual Bald Eagle Watching Days lands Jan. 18-19 in Sauk Prairie. (read more…)

New Farm Bill: What’s in it for Forestry?

President Trump recently signed the new Farm Bill which lasts through 2023 and reauthorizes $400 billion in agricultural subsidies, food stamps, conservation programs and key safety programs for agricultural producers.  While the bill deals primarily with food and farm issues, there are a several significant that directly influence forest owners. (read more…)

Looking at Forest Fires from a forestry point of view

We have all heard about the terrible forest fires in the West in the past few years, and especially the Camp Fire in November 2018. Let’s look at forest fires from a forestry point of view. But before beginning, we do want to voice our cares and concerns for those who lost family and friends and to those that lost homes, belongings and a lifetime of irreplaceable items in the Camp Fire and all wildfires. (read more…)

Proposed Forest Tax Law Handbook Update Available for Public Comment

The Division of Forestry, Tax Law Section is soliciting public comment on proposed update to the Forest Tax Law Handbook (Handbook 2450.5), Chapter 20, Harvesting on MFL.

The draft is available on the Proposed DNR Program Guidance webpage  and comments will be accepted through December 5, 2018. Click on the link for more information.

Brush Piles for Wildlife

Have you ever watched a startled rabbit dart across your yard and
suddenly disappear as if by magic? No magic. Chances are the wily
critter escaped into a strategically located den or tangled grove. You
can create this kind of habitat—“rabbitat” if you will—by building
brush piles. When you do, you’ll find that brush piles are important for
many other kinds of wildlife too…. (read more)

Leaf-browning on white and burr oaks

During late August and September of this year, Forest Health staff received several comments about problems with white and burr oaks. (read more…)

Oak branch tips laying on the ground this fall

Forest health specialists in the northern part of the state recently received reports of oak trees suddenly losing branch tips (complete with attached leaves). (read more…)

Celebrate Wisconsin Forest Products Week

Wisconsin has 17.1 million acres of forestland covering nearly half of the state and is home to more than 1,200 forest products companies producing a variety of products that we use daily. In recognition of the importance of forest products to Wisconsin, Governor Scott Walker proclaimed the third week of October (October 21-27, 2018) as Wisconsin Forest Products Week.

The proclamation encourages citizens to recognize the many products that come from forests and the people and businesses that work in and care for forests. Forest businesses and organizations are encouraged to host an event or open house to commemorate this event. For ideas or suggestions or to learn more about hosting an event, please contact a member of the DNR forest products team.

Let’s celebrate Wisconsin’s diverse forest products sector during Forest Products Week on October 21-27, 2018!