Herdina Condolences

Gregory Herdina, Oshkosh – passed away January 18, 2021.  He was a life member of WWOA and volunteered at events in the Oshkosh area.  He also belonged to Trees For Tomorrow and American Tree Farm System.  Per his wishes, a private service will be held at a later date for immediate family.

Kramer Condolences

Donald Kramer, Madison – passed away on December 11, 2020.   In the past, Don served on WWOA’s Publications Committee and was active on the Bad Axe Chapter board.  His private Mass of Christian Burial can be viewed. A celebration of Don’s life is planned for a future and appropriate date.

Moberg Condolences

Helen Moberg, Nekoosa – passed away on January 21, 2021.  Helen served as the Wisconsin Woodland Owner’s Association’s Advertising Sales Consultant for Wisconsin Woodlands magazine from 1997-2020.  She was a very active and passionate WWOA volunteer.  In 1997, she and her husband, Ed, led a WWOA forestry trip to Sweden and Norway. She is most remembered for her ideas and work with the Women of WWOA that lead to the creation of WWOA’s My Land Handbook, which has helped so many WWOA members document and care for their woodlands.  At the time of her death, she served on the Gift Shop, Publications, and Website Committees and Women of WWOA Steering Committee.  In the past she and her husband, co-chaired the Gift Shop Committee, served on many Annual Meeting Planning Committees and was on the local Central Sands Chapter Board of Directors. No public service will be held at this time.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be designated to Wisconsin Woodland Owners Association, PO Box 285, Stevens Point, WI 54481.

Kissinger Condolences

James Kissinger, Eau Claire and formerly of Hayward – passed away on January 16, 2021. Jim served on WWOA’s Northwest Chapter board and was active in planning several annual meetings.  A memorial service celebrating Jim’s life will be held at 1:30 pm on Friday, January 29, at the United Methodist Church in Hayward.  Visitation will be held from 12:30 – 1:30 pm at the church.  In lieu of flowers the family kindly asks for donations to Sawyer County Forestry Department, 10610 Main St #100, Hayward, WI 54843 for planting an area of trees dedicated to Jim’s love of tree planting.

Smith Condolences

Joseph Mark Smith, Red Wing – passed away on August 9, 2020. A celebration of life will be at a later date. Memorials may be made in Joe’s name to the American Diabetes Association.

Thiel Condolences

James Thiel, St John – passed away on May 12, 2020.  He  involved his family in his love of tapping maple trees and making maple syrup from his woods.  A memorial fund has been established in his name.

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 2021 Annual Meeting in Hudson in September.   Directors whose terms are expiring are Randy Cooper, Dick Czaja, Craig Edison and Margaret Parsons.

To qualify as a candidate for the WWOA Board of Directors, one must be a woodland owner and voting member of WWOA, and agree to uphold WWOA’s Purpose and ByLaws.  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 22, 2021 at the WWOA Office, PO Box 285, Stevens Point, WI 54481.  Ballots will be mailed to all voting members in June 2021.  If you are interested in serving on the WWOA Board or nominating someone, please contact the WWOA office at 715-346-4798 or wwoa@uwsp.edu for an informational packet or Nominating Committee members Arlene Roehl, Mark Erickson, Steve Ring and Jim Wagener for more information.


USDA NRCS Seeks Public Input on Guidance Defining Nonindustrial Private Forest Land Eligibility

WASHINGTON, Dec. 15, 2020 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is seeking public input on Nonindustrial Private Forest Land (NIPF) related to technical and financial assistance available through conservation programs of USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).

“We want to ensure we continue program consistency across USDA agencies with how we are defining nonindustrial private forest lands,” said Angela Biggs, NRCS State Conservationist in Wisconsin. “It’s important that our conservation assistance reach all eligible lands in accordance with proper criteria to ensure we enroll eligible lands that hold meaningful opportunities.”

NRCS welcomes input from stakeholders across the nation, including those in Wisconsin, to assist with the development of guidance about how to identify NIPF for program enrollment purposes. NRCS must ensure that such guidance is consistent with how other USDA agencies identify NIPF under identical or similar programmatic frameworks. This request for input is to improve transparency about how NRCS makes land eligibility determinations with respect to forest lands.

Nonindustrial private forest land criteria will be adopted after the close of the 30-day period and after consideration of all comments.

Submitting Comments

NRCS invites input on this technical guidance through January 19, 2021. Electronic comments must be submitted through regulations.gov offsite link image     under Docket ID NRCS–2020–0009. All written comments received will be publicly available on http://www.regulations.gov offsite link image

Governor’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Rural Prosperity Releases Report and Ten Action Recommendations

Gov. Tony Evers today announced the Governor’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Rural Prosperity has released “Rural Voices for Prosperity: A Report of the Governor’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Rural Prosperity,” which calls for coordinated measures across state government to meet the needs of Wisconsin’s rural communities.

The report features 10 overarching recommendations that, taken together, would commit state government to a comprehensive approach to rural prosperity, create new partnerships with rural and tribal communities in the designing and delivering state services, and invest more thoughtfully to address rural Wisconsin’s critical challenges and most promising opportunities. The report can be found here.

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WI DNR Announces Wolf Season in 2021

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) today announced the official wolf season will begin Nov. 6, 2021.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will delist gray wolves from the federal list of endangered species on Jan. 4, 2021, returning management authority to the lower 48 states and tribes.

Under Wisconsin law, when the wolf is delisted, the state’s annual hunting and trapping seasons shall resume.

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