Doughty Condolences

Daniel “Dan” Doughty, Eau Claire – passed away on June 28, 2021.  He was a charter WWOA member and he enjoyed spending time in his woodlands.  Dan was most noted for his service to our country at home and abroad.  He joined the Air Force Reserve in 1952 and became a fighter pilot.  On April 2, 1966 while on his 170th combat mission he was shot down while over North Vietnam and was taken prisoner.  He would spend the next, nearly 7 years as a POW before being repatriated in February 1973.  For his sacrifices, wounds and valor as a POW, Dan was awarded two Silver Stars, three Bronze Stars, and two Purple Hearts after his return from Vietnam.


Gerhke Condolences

Michael Gehrke, Winter – passed away on April 16, 2021.  He served on the WWOA Board of Directors from 2000-2006 and served on the executive committee as Secretary from 2003-2005.  Mike also served on the Board of the Northwest Chapter for many years.  He volunteered on many WWOA committees including several Annual Meeting Planning Committees.  Michael believed in giving back and always offered his help.  He loved living in his woods and watching the birds and wildlife, along with his dear wife, Pat.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Northwood’s Humane Society, P.O. Box 82, Hayward, WI 54843.

Krause Condolences

Lawrence G. Krause, Pewaukee – passed away May 28, 2021.  He loved sailing and spending time at his cottage and in the pristine woods surrounding Duck Lake in Langlade County.  The family will host a Celebration of Larry’s life from 4:00 – 7:00 pm on Friday, June 4 at the Pewaukee Yacht Club, N22 W28204 Edgewater Drive, Pewaukee. If desired, memorials appreciated to Wisconsin Woodland Owners Association, PO Box 285, Stevens Point, WI 54481 or  Your Choice to Live, Inc., 440 S Lapham St, Oconomowoc, WI 53066.

WWOA reopens to In Person Activities on May 1st

WWOA reopens to In Person Activities on May 1st

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Warosh Condolences

Carol Warosh, Wausau – passed away April 20, 2021. She was an active member of WWOA and the North Central Chapter.  She will be remembered for creating hundreds of baskets of pinecone firestarters which decorated the Friday evening tables at WWOA’s Annual Meeting for many years. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Noon Wednesday April 28, 2021 at St. Matthew Catholic Church, Wausau.  Rev. Robert Thorn will preside.  Entombment will be in Memorial Chapel Mausoleum, Restlawn Memorial Park.  Visitation will be on Wednesday from 10:30 a.m. until the time of services at the church.  The Funeral will be Livestreamed on the St. Matthew Catholic Church of Wausau’s site.  Current Covid protocols will be observed, and facemasks are required for those in attendance.

Mathie Condolences

John “Jack” Mathie, Wausau – passed away April 5, 2021.  He was an active member of WWOA and the North Central Chapter.  All are welcome to attend the visitation and funeral service which will be held at Christ Lutheran Church, Wausau, on Tuesday, April 27th.  The visitation will be from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m., and the service will begin at 11:00 a.m.  The interment will immediately follow at Restlawn Memorial Park in Wausau.  In lieu of flowers, donations in Jack’s name can be sent to the Christ Lutheran Church Memorial Fund (1300 Townline Rd, Wausau, WI 54403) or the Wisconsin Woodland Owners Association at UW-Stevens Point (WWOA, PO Box 285, Stevens Point, WI 54481).

Spring Fire Danger

MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) today (Saturday, April 17, 2021) announced that fire danger is very high and high across the state.

Sunday’s forecast calls for elevated fire weather, including low relative humidity and increasing southwest winds. Be aware of rapidly changing fire conditions.

Areas with VERY HIGH danger today include Adams, Ashland, Barron, Bayfield, Brown, Buffalo, Burnett, Calumet, Chippewa, Clark, Door, Douglas, Dunn, Eau Claire, Florence, Fond du Lac, Forest, Green Lake, Iron, Jackson, Juneau, Kewaunee, La Crosse, Langlade, Lincoln, Manitowoc, Marathon, Marinette, Marquette, Menominee, Monroe, Oconto, Oneida, Outagamie, Pepin, Pierce, Polk, Portage, Price, Rusk, Sawyer, Shawano, Sheboygan, St. Croix, Taylor, Trempealeau, Washburn, Waupaca, Waushara, Winnebago and Wood counties.

Areas with HIGH fire danger today include Columbia, Crawford, Dane, Dodge, Grant, Green, Iowa, Jefferson, Kenosha, Lafayette, Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Racine, Richland, Rock, Sauk, Vernon, Vilas, Walworth, Washington and Waukesha counties.

It’s been a busy wildfire season in Wisconsin so far. During the first week of April alone, 161 wildfires burned more than 1,000 acres; 19 buildings were destroyed and another 179 were threatened by the flames but saved with fire suppression efforts.

The main fire causes have been debris burning and equipment, accounting for more than half of the fires. However, the two largest fires so far this spring in Juneau and Waukesha counties ignited along railroads.

Recent rain had given the state a bit of a reprieve, but the dead grass, leaves and pine needles have dried out and are ready to ignite once again.

April is the busiest month for wildfires in our state. Stay vigilant with any outdoor flames, smoke, campfires, ash disposal or equipment use. Put off burning your debris pile until the vegetation “greens up,” or becomes less dry after spring rains.

Click here to check daily fire danger, wildfire reports and burning restrictions.

Online Spring Conservation Hearings on April 12 starting at 7 pm

The Wisconsin Conservation Congress (WCC) and Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is reminding all Wisconsinites the annual Spring Hearings begin online at 7 p.m. on April 12 and will remain open for 3 days (72 hours) ONLY!

All questions are available to preview here you do not have to answer every question, you can answer the questions that impact you.

This year there are 23 proposed rule changes related to fisheries and 5 proposed rule changes related to wildlife management. There are also advisory questions from Fisheries, the Natural Resources Board, and the Wisconsin Conservation Congress.

The Wisconsin Conservation Congress advisory questions include a variety of natural resource items such as #19 regarding the enforcement of trespass issues,  #4 regarding the establish perennial vegetative buffers along rivers, streams, and ditches, or #7 & 8 requiring in-person ATV/UTV and hunter safety classes.

Wisconsinites were able to recommend changes to natural resource issues by submitting citizen resolutions online by 5 p.m. on April 5. Those who complete the online input form (April 12-15) will be able to view the resolutions submitted by individuals indicating they reside in that county.

“We look forward to hearing from the public on a wide variety of natural resource issues,” said Tony Blattler, chair of the Wisconsin Conservation Congress. “We are pleased that we can adjust to the current situation and protect the health of our communities while continuing to provide an opportunity for the public to weigh in.”

Walk Your Woods with a Forester

NOW is the time to take a walk in your woods with a forester!

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Esch Condolences

Joseph “Joe” Esch, Dodgeville – passed away March 25, 2021.  He was a life member of WWOA and served as WWOA’s insurance advisor for decades.  A Mass of Christian Burial for Joseph will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 31, 2021 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Dodgeville. Visitation will be held from 9:00 a.m. until 10:50 a.m. on Wednesday at the church. A private burial will be held at a later date.  The family suggests that memorials be made to the Upland Hills Health Hospice Care, 800 Compassion Way, PO Box 800, Dodgeville, WI 53533 or St. John’s Union Mills Catholic Church, 621 W. Division St., Dodgeville, WI 53533.