WWOA testifies at Managed Forest Law Public Hearing

Update 4/7/20 – AB 856/SB867 failed to pass during this legislative session.

WWOA President Randy Cooper testified at the Wisconsin Assembly Committee on Forestry, Parks and Outdoor Recreation on February 4, 2020 about proposed changes to the Managed Forest Law program contained in Assembly Bill 856 (formerly LRB 5118/1).  Read WWOA’s testimony to learn more.

AB 856 proposes modifying Managed Forest Law provisions created under 2015 Wisconsin Act 358:
– how minimum acreage eligibility is determined
– storage buildings or improvements and how they are classified
– changes the definitions for additional parcels of land to be added to an existing MFL order
– provides more direction on how “material changes” to the MFL program will be designed on legislation or  promogated rules
– changes what circumstances withdrawal taxes and fees may be collected
– defines large ownership (1,000 acres or more under one owner) and allows DNR to create rules that allow these ownerships to deviate from the requirements that apply under the statutue
– removes prohibitions on leasing of MFL lands

WWOA will continue to work with the Legislature, WI DNR, and others to improve the MFL program and keep you informed on these proposals.

WI DNR Suspends State Nursery Seedling Orders

Due to COVID-19 and Governor Evers’ Safer at Home order, the WI DNR is suspending State Nursery tree seedling orders for 2020.  No new seedling orders will be taken at this time.

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Meier Condolences

Marvin Meier, Wausau – passed away on March 20, 2020.  Marv served as WWOA’s President from 2001-03 and on WWOA’s Board of Directors from 1999-2005.  As President, Marv led WWOA through the many changes made to the Managed Forest Law program in 2002 with AB 323, the creation of WWOA’s gift membership program, and the publication of the 100 Years of Wisconsin Forestry book in partnership with WI DNR.  As a retired forester, he greatly valued WWOA and volunteered his expertise to make the association better by serving on the Board of Directors and various committees including Government Affairs, Annual Meeting Planning, and Science.  He was a member of the Publications Committee for more than 20 years.  Locally, he was active in WWOA’s North Central Chapter serving in various leadership positions and leading discussions during many field events.  He assisted in starting the North Central Woodland Owner conference held each February in Wausau.

Executive Session for AB 856 (Managed Forest Law) Set for February 12

WI Assembly EXECUTIVE SESSION – Committee on Forestry, Parks and Outdoor Recreation

The committee will hold an executive session on the following items at the time specified below:

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

12:30 PM

328 Northwest

Assembly Bill 856

Relating to: the managed forest land program.

By Representative Mursau.


WWOA Board of Directors Call for Nominations

The WWOA Nomination Committee is looking for you or someone you know to fill three WWOA Board of Director positions that will become vacant at the close of the 2020 Annual Meeting in Hudson in September.   Directors whose terms are expiring are Keith Dobberstein, Lois Raether, and Arlene Roehl.

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 and the ability to use email are essential for communication purposes.

Biographical sketches must be received by May 16, 2020 at the WWOA Office, PO Box 285, Stevens Point, WI 54481.  Ballots will be mailed to all voting members in June 2020.  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 Board members Arlene Roehl (see board listing) or Lois Raether (see board listing) for more information.



2020 WWOA Annual Meeting

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Marathon County 15-Year Forest Plan: Public Input Requested

The Wausau and Marathon County Parks, Recreation, and Forestry Department is beginning the process of updating its Fifteen-Year Forest Plan which will guide the management of our 30,195-acre Marathon County Forest from 2021 – 2035. Please help us with this important process. We want to hear from you about issues to address with plan revisions. Please submit feedback by September 25, 2019.

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Do Your Woodlands have Flood Damage?

NRCS Wisconsin Offers $7 Million for the Emergency Watershed Protection Program-Floodplain Easements

Apply Now, Until September 30 to be Considered for Funding

Due to the recent catastrophic flooding events, Congress has provided the U.S Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service in Wisconsin with over $7 million for the Emergency Watershed Protection Program-Floodplain Easements (EWPP-FPE). The program’s focus is to provide landowners with another option for those frequently flooded agricultural fields. Forested land, fallow land and pasture are also eligible, either alone or as part of a larger parcel, however, flooded cropland in the floodplain is the program’s primary focus. [Read more…]

Bought Rhododendrons or Azaleas This Season? Check for Disease, Plant Health Officials Caution

MADISON – State plant health officials are advising consumers who bought rhododendrons or azaleas this spring and summer to be on the lookout for signs of a disease that could spread to oaks and kill them. [Read more…]

Storm Damage – More Resources added!

What do you do after your woodlands experience unexpected storm damage? [Read more…]