WWOA & AmazonSmile

WWOA is discontinuing our relationship with AmazonSmile.
If you have registered to do your shopping through AmazonSmile and selected Wisconsin Woodland Owners Association to receive a donation based on a percent of your sales, please immediately remove WWOA from your AmazonSmile account.
WWOA registered as a charity with AmazonSmile back in August 2018. However, to date we have not received any donations from this program due to their inability to transfer the funds to WWOA’s account.
As a result, we have formally discontinued our relationship with AmazonSmile. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused our members.

WWOA Board of Directors Call for Nominations

The WWOA Nomination Committee is looking for you or someone you know to fill four WWOA Board of Director positions that will become vacant at the close of the 2019 Annual Meeting in Marshfield in September. Directors whose terms are expiring are Mark Erickson, Tom Jacobs, Steven Ring and Richard Wagner.

To qualify as a candidate for the WWOA Board of Directors one must be a woodland owner, a voting member of WWOA and agree to uphold WWOAs Purpose and By-Laws. Candidates must be willing to give time and energy to help enhance and achieve the goals of WWOA through their work on the board, WWOA committees, and chapters. Good communication skills are essential and it is very helpful to have email for communication purposes.

Letters and biographical sketches must be received by May 18, 2019 at the WWOA Office, PO Box 285, Stevens Point, WI 54481. Ballots will be mailed to all voting members in June 2019. If you are interested in serving on the WWOA Board or nominating someone, please contact the WWOA office  for an informational packet or Nominating Committee members Arlene Roehl (see board listing), Lois Raether (see board listing), Mike Bohman, and Chuck Pogorelcnik for more information.

WI DNR Spring Hearings & Conservation Congress Spring County Conservation Meeting

On Monday, April 8, there will be 72 public hearings, one in each county starting at 7:00 p.m. where individuals interested in natural resources management have an opportunity to provide their input and testimony to the Department of Natural Resources and the Wisconsin Conservation Congress (WCC) on proposed rule changes and advisory questions relating to fish and wildlife management in Wisconsin.  Learn more about the Spring Hearings.  Read the hearing questions.

NEW in 2019 there is an online option for providing input, the results of the Spring Hearings will not be available the following day as they have been in the past. Results will be posted on the WI DNR website as soon as they are available.  The election of WCC delegates and input on citizen introduced resolutions will remain unchanged and will require in-person participation.

There are two forestry related questions this year within the hearing questions.  The WWOA Board decided not to take a position on either question.

#71. Creating a centralized list of timber sales.

#80. Designate the hickory nut as the state nut.

County residents have the option to run for a seat on the Conservation Congress and to elect delegates from their county to represent their county views regarding natural resources on the Conservation Congress. Also, individuals have the opportunity to bring forth new conservation issues of a statewide nature to the attention of the Conservation Congress through the citizen resolution process.


Schendel Condolences

Dale Schendel, Bloomington, MN – passed away February 11, 2019. Dale was a life member and active Chippewa Valley Chapter member with his deceased wife, Bev (former WWOA Board of Director member). Memorial service will be held Saturday, Feb. 16th at 3:00 P.M. at Mount Olivet Lutheran Church, 5025 Knox Ave. South, Minneapolis, MN at mtolivet.org or 612-926-7651.

Public Hearings on Forest Tax Law Administrative Code

WI DNR has announced public hearings on proposed permanent rules to revise administrative code chapter NR 46 relating to the forest tax law programs – Forest Crop Law and Managed Forest Law.  Administrative codes are used by the WI DNR to interpret state statutes and set policies in administering the laws.

These proposed language changes are a result of 2015 Act 358 which made numerous changes to WI State Statute chapter 77 subchapters I (Forest Cropland) and VI (Managed Forest Lands).

To review the proposed administrative code changes and overview summary by WI DNR, read FR-23-16

Proposed changes include:

  • changes in how forest productivity is determined
  • definitions of buildings, hunting blinds, grazing, material changes to the MFL program, restoration, productivity, utilities
  • eligibility for renewals and additions to MFL
  • requirements under mandatory practices
  • when you can enter into leases or agreements
  • public access requirements for open MFL lands
  • how DNR can amend your MFL contract
  • determines when restoration efforts are needed to regain productivity and what the landowner will have to pay
  • how withdrawals and voluntary withdrawals will be handled

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Evergreen Inspections Find New Insect Pest; Burn or Bag Decorations, Officials Say


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MADISON – Plant health officials are cautioning consumers to burn wreaths and other evergreen decorations, or bag them and put them in the trash, after inspectors found invasive insects on many such items sold at large chain stores in Wisconsin this holiday season. 

Inspectors found an insect called elongate hemlock scale, or EHS, on wreaths, swags and boughs, and in arrangements of evergreen boughs in hanging baskets, porch pots, mugs, and sleighs. EHS saps nutrients as it feeds on the underside of conifer needles, and threatens Wisconsin’s Christmas tree farms, native hemlock and balsam fir forests, and ornamental conifers in yards and parks. 

“It’s fine to keep your decorations up for the holiday season, but when it’s time to dispose of them, don’t put them on the compost pile or set the greens out for brush collection. Burn them if you can. If you can’t do that, bag them and send them to the landfill,” advised Brian Kuhn, director of the Plant Industry Bureau in the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection. “EHS has survived in the northeastern U.S., so winter weather will not kill it. As a result, if you compost this material, the insects may well attack conifers in your yard or neighborhood, and spread from there.” 

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2018 USFS Timber Tax Tips

The U.S. Forest Service has released the 2018 Tax Tips for Forest Landowners

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2018 Timber Tax Tips

The U.S. Forest Service has released the 2018 Tax Tips for Forest Landowners.  The Federal income tax provisions that apply to timber have changed for the 2018 tax year from the December 2017 new tax legislation.

To help family timber owners, foresters and their tax preparers in filing their 2018 tax returns, this bulletin provides income tax guidance that is current as of September 30, 2018.

Share these with your accountant!

Snowy Owls are Back


Snowy owl (Bubo scandiacus)

snowy owl

Snowy owls rank among the most charismatic wildlife species in the world. The heaviest of all North American owls, tipping the scales at 3 to 6 pounds, their bright white plumage, large yellow eyes, massive feathered feet and diurnal tendencies appeal to even the most casual nature lover. Equally appealing to some are their unpredictable movement patterns and the remote arctic wilderness they represent.

As their name suggests snowy owls are generally a northern species, nesting worldwide on the treeless tundra above the Arctic Circle. During a typical winter some remain close to their breeding areas while others head south into southern Canada and the northern United States. At least small numbers reach Wisconsin each year. Every handful of years, however, large numbers move into the state, an event known as an “irruption”.

Learn about the Snowy Owls visiting Wisconsin.

Boxwood Wreaths Warning

Plant Health Experts: Don’t Compost Those Boxwood Wreaths

Contact:   Donna Gilson (608) 224-5130, donna.gilson@wi.gov
                Bill Cosh, Communications Director, (608) 224-5020, William2.Cosh@wi.gov

MADISON – If you’re decorating with boxwood wreaths or boughs this holiday season, watch where you place them and be sure to dispose of them properly when January rolls around.

“If you decorate with boxwood, keep it away from boxwood or Pachysandra plantings in your yard,” says Brian Kuhn, director of the Plant Industry Bureau in the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection. “At the end of the season, don’t compost the decorations. Place them in sealed plastic bags and put them in your garbage.”

The reason to take these precautions is boxwood blight, a fungal disease found in Wisconsin for the first time this past July. Although it’s been detected in only one nursery in southeastern Wisconsin, boxwood decorations may come from other states that have the disease. State plant health officials are on the lookout and would like holiday decorators to do the same. [Read more…]