Governor’s budget Listening Sessions Announced

Office of Governor Tony Evers
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 12, 2020
Contact: GovPress@wisconsin.gov 
 
Gov. Evers, Lt. Gov. Barnes to Host People’s Budget Virtual Listening Sessions
MADISON — Gov. Tony Evers and Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes today announced a series of People’s Budget virtual listening sessions as the state begins the 2021-2023 state budget process. Gov. Evers and Lt. Gov. Barnes will host four virtual, issue-based budget listening sessions to hear directly from families and workers about the issues affecting Wisconsin. The first virtual listening session will occur on Tues., Nov. 17, 2020 at 6 p.m. and will focus on healthcare and public health in Wisconsin.

“Our first budget was crafted by and with the people of our state, and this budget will be no different,” said Gov. Evers. “The listening sessions for our 2019-21 budget were successful in helping us develop a budget that reflected the stories, experiences, and priorities of folks across our state. Although we won’t be able to host these listening sessions in-person this time around, I look forward to visiting with Wisconsinites virtually and hearing their thoughts and feedback as we put together the People’s Budget.

A full schedule of these listening sessions is available below and on the governor’s website here. All participants must register to attend on the governor’s website here. Wisconsinites are also welcome to submit written comments on any topic at any time here. Members of the press are invited to attend and will receive RSVP information in advance of the listening sessions.

Budget Listening Session on Healthcare and Public Health

Tuesday, November 17, at 6 p.m. 
Register to attend here


Budget Listening Session on Environment, Infrastructure, and the Economy
Wednesday, December 2, at 6 p.m. 
Registration will be live one week before the listening session date.

Budget Listening Session on Criminal Justice Reform
Tuesday, December 8, at 6 p.m.
Registration will be live one week before the listening session date.

Budget Listening Session on Our Schools and Education
Wednesday, December 16, at 6 p.m.
Registration will be live on week before the listening session date. 

Forestry Exploration Center in Wauwatosa Opens New ADA Trail

The Forest Exploration Center (FEC) in Wauwatosa, a nonprofit organization in joint partnership with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Division of Forestry recently celebrated the completion of an ADA accessible nature trail of natural crushed granite material, property entrance road, and parking area that now set the stage for future endeavors in recreation, education and forest stewardship. The trail is designed and built specifically for wheelchair, foot traffic and strollers only, and offers a one-mile loop to experience the solitude and beauty of this 60-acre hardwood woodland. “Our main focus at the Forest Exploration Center is to sustain this unique woodland environment while providing opportunities in education, recreation and stewardship. This trail improvement project enriches that focus by not only engaging and inviting the broadest spectrum of learners and abilities, but by also providing the opportunity and freedom to learn and recreate outdoors at their own pace and ability.” Tom Gaertner, FEC President and WWOA member.  Learn more at www.forestexplorationcenter.org

WI Forest Products Week – October 18-24

Gov. Tony Evers has proclaimed the third week in October (Oct. 18-24, 2020) as Forest Products Week. The week recognizes the people who work in and care for our forests, the businesses that create forest products and the many ways forest products contribute to our lives.

“Forest products contribute $24.3 billion annually to the state’s economy,” Collin Buntrock, forest products team leader with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources said. “Additionally, our forests directly provide more than 63,000 jobs for Wisconsin residents with a payroll of $4.2 billion. In fact, forestry is the number one employer in seven counties, and every forestry job supports 1.7 additional jobs in the state.”

In addition to celebrating the positive impact of Wisconsin’s forest products sector on the state’s economy, Forest Products Week recognizes the myriad forest products ingrained in our daily lives.

“From paper products such as food packaging, fine writing paper and tissue paper, to lumber used for homes and furniture, the products made by the more than 1,200 forest products companies in Wisconsin help make our life better,” Buntrock said. “Emerging forest products such as mass timber, nanocellulose and biochemicals are beginning to unlock innovative uses for wood that may help the state’s industry diversify in the future.”

Forest Products Week also salutes the people who care for the 17 million acres of forests in Wisconsin.

“Sustainable forestry is key to maintaining Wisconsin’s forest-based economy,” Buntrock said. “While 31% of Wisconsin’s forests are owned by county, state and federal governments, the 57% of the forestland owned by about 391,000 individuals and families supplies a majority of the wood used by Wisconsin’s forest products industry to make the products we use every day.”

Buntrock’s team of forest products specialists helps Wisconsin’s forest industry build and maintain strong markets while ensuring that forests remain a vital part of the state’s economy and culture for future generations.

To learn more, visit the DNR website, dnr.wi.gov.

America’s Forests – Wisconsin episodes

America’s Forests
Wisconsin episodes
America’s Forests with Chuck Leavell
Wisconsin Episode Premiere & Panel Discussion
Wednesday, October 21, 2020
6:30-7:30 p.m. CDT (online)

REGISTER

National TV program America’s Forests with Chuck Leavell travels to Wisconsin in the latest episodes of the multi-part series.

Using the Wisconsin episodes as inspiration, please join us for a virtual premiere event on Wednesday, October 21, where we will engage in a rousing discussion with forest experts, professionals, and enthusiasts on the critical importance of well-managed public and private forest lands in Wisconsin.

Members of the panel include:
· Chuck Leavell, host of America’s Forests with Chuck Leavell
· Tony Ferguson, director of the forest products laboratory, USDA Forest Service
· Heather Berklund, forestry division administrator, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
· Buddy Huffaker, president of The Aldo Leopold Foundation
· Henry Schienebeck, executive director of the Great Lakes Timber Professionals Association
· Adena Rissman, associate professor of human dimensions of ecosystem management at the University of Wisconsin–Madison Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology.
The discussion will be moderated by James Edward Mills, a journalist, media producer, and community partnership liaison at the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies.

Links to view the two 27-minute Wisconsin episodes will be emailed to
participants upon registering. Want a sneak peak? Check out these Wisconsin episode 1 and episode 2 trailers now!

Emerald Ash Borer found in Dunn, Florence, Oconto, Pepin, Price, and Shawano Counties

Emerald Ash Borer Detected in Dunn, Florence, Oconto, Pepin, Price, and Shawano Counties

In partnership with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) has detected emerald ash borer (EAB) for the first time in the following counties: Dunn (town of Rock Creek), Oconto (town of Little Suamico), Pepin (towns of Lima and Waterville), and Shawano (city of Shawano). These are the first new county detections of 2020 for Wisconsin. There have also been 48 new municipal detections in counties where EAB was previously detected.
In partnership with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection has detected emerald ash borer (EAB) for the first time in Florence County (Town of Fence).
In partnership with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection has detected emerald ash borer (EAB) for the first time in Price County (City of Park Falls).

To date, Wisconsin has found EAB in 58 of the state’s 72 counties. The entire state is part of the EAB federal quarantine area, so there will be no regulatory changes as a result of these detections.
More information about EAB and detection maps for Wisconsin and the nation can be found at https://datcp.wi.gov/Pages/Programs_Services/EAB.aspx.

Note: DATCP will send notifications only when EAB is found for the first time in a county.
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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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