Heterobasidion Root Disease Treatment Guidelines

Are you worried about HRD (formally Annosum Root Rot) in your pine plantations? 

Heterobasidion root disease causes a decay of the roots and lower stem, attacks the cambium and kills infected trees. Infected trees show thin foliage, reduced height, diameter and shoot growth and eventual mortality. Three to eight years after nearby trees are cut down, mortality of individual trees becomes noticeable. Understory seedlings and saplings that are near infected older trees may also become infected. The number of infection centers in a stand can vary widely. As these pockets of trees die, gaps are created in the forest canopy where brush and early successional trees can grow. 

Learn more about HRD on the WI DNR Website and read through their Treatment Guidelines.

Can we count on you to help bats this July 19-21?

From WI DNR Bat Program

Thank you to everyone who pitched in during our Great Wisconsin Bat Count in late May; now it’s time to count again!

Bat pups are testing their flying skills and our second summer count is set for July 19-21. On any one of these nights, go out at sunset to a bat house or other site where bats are roosting and count how many bats fly out.

Depending on your location, we may be able to provide you with a site to count if you don’t have one; contact us at DNRbats@wisconsin.gov. Your information helps us assess bat populations.

 Learn more and enter the information you collect.

Incredible Year of Volunteer Service

1,200 hours or 30 work weeks? Either way you think of it, that’s how much our AMAZING volunteers helped WWOA this past year!

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Full Cycle Tree Farm Arbor Day Event

WWOA life member and 2006 WWOA Next Generation Award winner, Nancy Livingston, wraps up 2 decades of sharing her land with Adams-Friendship 4thgraders. Do you know of a WWOA member who is helping the next generation learn about caring for private woodlands?  It’s not too late to nominate them for WWOA’s Next Generation Award 

Click “Read More” to see the full article on the Tree Planting Event.

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Volunteer Coordinator Position Open September 2019

AmeriCorps Member Wanted! [Read more…]

Ecological Landscapes of Wisconsin

The Wisconsin DNR publication,  Ecological Landscapes of Wisconsin, written for land and water conservation planners and managers, administrators, researchers, educators, students, landowners, and others interested in Wisconsin’s natural resources has been updated and released.  

The Ecological Landscapes of Wisconsin is a compilation of ecological, social, and economic information about Wisconsin’s 16 distinct ecological landscapes that can help identify, locate, and sustain Wisconsin’s ecological resources.

The publication describes Wisconsin’s landscapes at the time of European settlement, how our natural communities have changed over time, and the emerging challenges facing them today.  It identifies opportunities in each landscape to restore and maintain ecosystems.

The Ecological Landscapes of Wisconsin also identifies and prioritizes Wisconsin’s most ecologically important resources relative to the rest of the Great Lakes region, the North American continent, and the world.   [Read more…]

Tom and Margaret Culbert

All members of the Culbert family enjoy spending time in their woodlands and using Margaret’s Gator. Photo by Margaret Culbert.

By Margaret & Tom Culbert

Our woodlands, located in Holcombe, include a 40-acre mixed hardwood forest that backs up against some 2,000 acres of Chippewa County land. We were familiar with the property 25 years before we purchased it, as a friend of Margaret’s family bought the property in the late 1960s and Margaret’s father helped build the rustic A-frame cabin that has become our traditional deer hunting meeting place.

Every November, Tom traveled to the cabin from our home in Virginia with one or both of our sons for deer hunting, and we all gathered there for family celebrations whenever possible. We purchased it in 1993, taking the fam-ily legacy into the next hunting season and beyond.

As our family retirement approached, we had more time to spend at the cabin, traveling to Wisconsin about every other month. Tom purchased a compact tractor (Margaret got a Gator), and with the help of family and friends, carved four trails into the woods. The trails have opened up the woods for recreational enjoyment in all seasons; they also prove useful as “fire lanes,” providing access to county land in the event of a fire.

Tom is a life member of WWOA and, when possible, we attend Chippewa Valley Chapter and Annual Meetings. We look forward to those meetings as we share our interests and concerns with other woodland owners, while the educational sessions continue to help us shape and improve our woodlands. [Read more…]

WBCI Seeks Designs for New Logo

The Wisconsin Bird Conservation Initiative is a voluntary partnership of 175+ state, federal, and non-government organizations that aims to deliver the full spectrum of bird conservation from outreach and education to research and monitoring. Dating back to 2002, WBCI has a long list of accomplishments including among others the Great Wisconsin Birding & Nature Trail, Important Bird Areas, and Bird City Wisconsin. In 2018, the partnership completed a five-year strategic plan and now seeks a new logo to brand its work to conserve birds into the future.

Submission guidelines are as a PDF here. Deadline for submission is August 15, 2019. The winning design will be awarded a $500 cash prize. 

Membership Drive Contest

Got trees? Chip in with a new member! [Read more…]

Scholarship Match Campaign

Grow A Forester Match Campaign – HALFWAY THERE! $10,568 donated toward our goal! [Read more…]