Annual Fundraiser

YOU made WWOA’s Annual Fundraiser a Success!

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WWOA’s Gift Shop

WWOA’s Gift Shop – the PERFECT place to Shop!

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Fall Educational Opportunities

While you might not be headed back to school … you are never too old to learn something new! Here are a few fall opportunities to learn more about your woodlands, sharpen your skills, or help you to think about forests and forestry of the future and past.

A Path Ahead: A 2020 Vision for Our Forests flyer

Woodland owners are invited to join Wisconsin Society of American Foresters (SAF) at their virtual annual statewide meeting. This year, WI SAF looks back at 25 years of forest management to build a foundation for the next 25 years of success. The invited speakers will give their insight on lessons learned in the woods and in the office, and they will foster discussion on creative ways we can collectively move Wisconsin forests forward.

Webinars are held on Sept 14, 23, October 1, 6, 14 and 22.

All webinars run from 1:00-2:30 pm with discussion from 2:30-3:30 pm.

SAF Registration closes 1 week prior to each webinar.

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Woodland Owner Webinar Series: Forestry and Climate Change

St. Croix River Association webinar will cover How can we protect our woods in a changing climate while also taking advantage of our forests as carbon sinks? This webinar will help answer these questions.

Stephen Handler, a climate change specialist with the USDA Forest Service, will discuss how you can factor climate change in forest management. He will also discuss tools to help evaluate your climate change risks.

Gabriel Burns, a climate change specialist for the MN DNR Division of Forestry, will talk about emerging carbon market opportunities for private forest landowners. He will discuss different incentive programs designed for landowners interested in improving forest health and provide an example of a landowner who benefited from enrolling their lands in an offset program.

September 23 from 1:30 – 2:30 pm

Please note that this event is free, but St. Croix River Assoc. registration is required.

You will receive a confirmation email with a link to the webinar upon registration.

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Central Wisconsin Invasives Partnership is offering a webinar on identifying and controlling invasive plants that invade woodlands. Webinar will be held on Saturday, September 26, 2020 at 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM. The webinar will be recorded and posted for later viewing. For more information on CWIP registration. The event will also be streamed on Facebook Live, view the CWIP stream at 10:00 AM on Saturday, September 26th.

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Forest History Association of Wisconsin (scroll down home page to webinars) is offering a webinar series on a variety of historical topics including Historic Logging Practices on Ojibwe Reservations,Thunder Lake Narrow Gauge, History of Trees for Tomorrow, Wisconsin’s Fire Towers – 1911 to the Present Day, Heritage and Success of Wisconsin’s School Forest Program (note this webinar is at 2 pm) and more…

Webinars are held on Sept 22, 23, 29, 30, October 6, 7, 20, and 21.

All webinars start at 7 pm, except October 21 which starts at 2 pm.

FHAW registration for each webinar.

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UW-Stevens Point’s Forest Education and Development Initiative offers a variety of educational opportunities including online training courses that you complete at your own pace and teacher development.

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Wanted-Wisconsin State Capitol Christmas Tree

If you have a tree meeting the following qualifications and are willing to donate it to the citizens of Wisconsin for the upcoming Christmas Season we’d like to know.

  • Balsam Fir approximately 35 – 45 feet tall.
  • Full branches throughout the tree, if possible. Otherwise, a second donated tree may be needed to utilize the branches for filler.
  • The tree should be accessible to the necessary logging and loading equipment for removing the tree from the property. Also, there are often media outlets or groups that like to watch the tree being harvested.
  • All the cutting, loading, and hauling expenses are to be donated.

The official contact form on the Wisconsin Department of Administration website is https://doa.wi.gov/DFDM_Documents/CapitolTreeSelectionGuidelines.pdf

Grow Your Legacy!

Get Your NEXT GENERATION woodland owners to help create a woodland LEGACY!

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WI DATCP Warns of Unsolicited Seed Packets

Unsolicited Seeds and Other Packages

​​​​​​​The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) has been notified that some Wisconsin residents have received unsolicited packages in the mail that appear to have originated from China. These packages may contain seeds or other small items (a piece of jewelry, face masks, etc.).

​In addition to the guidance below, consumers can follow DATCP on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram​ and sign up​ to receive DATCP’s news releases. Updates will be provided as more information becomes available.

What should I do if I receive a package of unsolicited seeds?

  1. Do not plant or throw away the seeds.
  2. If the seeds are in sealed packaging, do not open the sealed package.​
  3. If possible, retain the original packaging. It may be useful as we investigate this issue.
  4. Please report the seeds to DATCP using this online form.​​

The types of seeds in the packages are currently unknown and may contain invasive plant species. Similar packages have been received in other locations across the United States.​

All foreign seeds shipped to the United States should have a phytosanitary certificate which guarantees the seeds meet import requirements. Unsolicited seeds could be invasive species, contain noxious weeds, could introduce diseases to local plants, or could be harmful to livestock. Invasive species and noxious weeds can displace native plants and increase costs of food production.

DATCP works closely with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) to prevent the introduction of invasive species and protect Wisconsin’s diverse agricultural industry. ​More information about DATCP’s Bureau of Plant Industry is available here​.​​

What should I do if I receive an unsolicited package that contains something else (not seeds)?

If you receive an unsolicited package that contains other items that are not seeds, please contact DATCP’s Consumer Protection Hotline at (800) 422-7128 or DATCPHotline@wisconsin.gov to file a complaint.​

More information about DATCP’s Bureau of Consumer Protection is available here.

WWOA members, Jim and Katie Matykowski, featured in USDA, NRCS’s Newsletter

Early in the morning, if you listen intently, the distinct song of the Golden-winged Warbler can be heard on the five acres of recently sheared tag alder in Marinette County, Wisconsin. Through an RCPP project, Jim and Katie Matykowski managed their tag alder to create early successional habitat for the Warbler, helping to bring back the population from decline.  Learn more and see photos at NRCS.

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WI DNR Wood Products Webinar

The DNR Forest Products Service Team will host a webinar titled “Wood: Sustainably Grown, Locally Available“ on June 16, 2020. This webinar is intended to promote the diverse application of Wisconsin’s oldest grown, locally available, and environmentally friendly material—wood. Architects, designers, consumers and anyone interested in learning about Wisconsin wood products should consider attending.

Following these two presentations, there will be time for questions with the presenters:
A New Age of Wood: New Products Create New Opportunities by Jim Bowyer, Professor Emeritus, University of Minnesota Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering, and a specialist in wood-based bio-products and environmental life-cycle assessment.
Wisconsin Wood Resources and Wood Products by Scott Bowe, Professor and Wood Products Specialist, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Event Date: Tuesday, June 16, 2020
Time: 10:30 a.m. Central Time (US and Canada)
Registration: Please register in advance for this meeting using following link:
https://uwextension.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwkfuqtrToqH9T3xTpRI8qg1jGc7BsShW0H

Verso Corp closing Wisconsin Rapids Mill

WAOW from Wausau is reporting that Verso Corporation announced Monday that it will be closing it’s Wisconsin Rapids paper mill indefinitely.

According to Verso’s press release the closure is resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic that decline in demand for graphic paper and reduced use of print advertising in various industries.

“It is critical that we maintain a healthy balance sheet and focus on cash flow, while balancing our supply of products and our customers’ demand,” said President and Chief Executive Officer Adam St. John, in a news release. “After a comprehensive review of post-pandemic demand forecasts and capacity, we made the difficult decision to idle the Duluth and Wisconsin Rapids mills. We expect the idling of these facilities to improve our free cash flow. The sell through of inventory is expected to offset the cash costs of idling the mills.”

Verso expects to idle the Wisconsin Rapids Mill by the end of July 2020, and the Duluth mill by June, 2020. The two closures will result in the layoff of approximately 1,000 employees.

The Wisconsin Rapids Mill employs around 900, and according to Verso, “a majority of the employees will be laid off.” An unknown number of employees will be kept on after July 31 for an unknown amount of time to continue limited operations and maintenance of the mill.

According to the press release, Verso is going to explore “viable and sustainable alternatives” for the paper mill, including restarting if market conditions improve, selling, or closing permanently.