Scholarship Match Campaign

Grow A Forester Match Campaign – Your support led us to GROW and meet our match! [Read more…]

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…]

EAB Found in Pierce County

The WI Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection has detected emerald ash borer for the first time in Pierce County. This is the first new county detection of 2019 for Wisconsin.  There have also been finds this year in 46 new municipalities in counties where EAB had already been detected previously.

On July 1, a tree service company reported to the River Falls city arborist that they had removed a symptomatic tree with larval galleries, heavy woodpecker flecking, epicormic sprouts and canopy dieback. Department of Natural Resources staff subsequently collected a dead adult beetle. USDA-APHIS confirmed on July 29 that it was EAB.

To date, we have found EAB in 52 of the state’s 72 counties. The entire state is now part of the federally quarantined area, so there will be no regulatory changes as a result of this find.

You can find EAB detection maps for Wisconsin and the nation here.

Have You Experienced Frequent Flooding on Your Property?

NRCS Offers more than $200 Million in Emergency Funding to Restore Flood-Prone Lands: 11 states identified to invest in floodplain easements

WASHINGTON, July 24, 2019 – In response to recent flooding impacting many parts of the United States, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announces the availability of $217.5 million dedicated to funding conservation easements on certain lands damaged by flooding and other natural disasters. [Read more…]

Woelfel Condolences

Joan Woelfel, Suring – passed away July 24, 2019.  Joan and her husband, George, have been longtime members of WWOA.  Joan is mother of WWOA members Karen and Randy Cooper (WWOA Board of Directors and Phoenix Falls Chapter Chair) of New Berlin and Mountain.  Visitation will be held on Wednesday, July 31, 2019 at St. Michael’s Catholic Church Chapel at Chute Pond (12494 Hwy 32/64 Chute Pond, Mountain, WI 54149) from 10 am until the prayer vigil at 11:30 am.  Services will continue on Saturday, August 3, 2019 at Holy Apostles Catholic Parish in New Berlin (16000 W National Avenue, New Berlin, WI 53151) with visitation from 9 am until the Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 am.

Watch for Travelling Contractors in the Wake of Recent Storms

MADISON​ – Recent severe weather in northern and central Wisconsin has resulted in significant damage to homes and businesses throughout the region. The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) asks affected property owners to seek trusted contractors for repairs and to be leery of “storm chasers” that come knocking at your door with aggressive sales tactics.

Always use caution when interacting with travelling crews that show up at your door in the aftermath of a storm, never let them into your home, and do not give in to high-pressure pitches.

Start your search for a contractor by seeking references from neighbors, friends, family, local home builder associations, and your insurance company. You can also contact DATCP’s Consumer Protection Hotline (800-422-7128) to check on complaints against a business.

DATCP offers these tips for homeowners with storm damage: [Read more…]

Northern Highland – American Legion State Forest additional ATV/UTV access routes

Public comment period open through August 16, 2019

WOODRUFF, Wis. – Plans for improved access to the Northern Highland – American Legion State Forest through the designation of approximately 19 miles of all-terrain and utility vehicles routes on Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources roads in the state forest are now available for public comment. The roads proposed for ATV/UTV route designation will, in conjunction with routes on local and county roads, contribute to a system of ATV/UTV routes through the forest that connect communities and provide additional recreation opportunities. [Read more…]