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 – Getting closer to our goal with $12,883 donated!! [Read more…]

New Courses for Landowners & Foresters Available!

Learn more about the different courses offered by skilled professors from University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. [Read more…]

Timber Theft Alert

The WI DNR has contacted WWOA to alert us of timber thefts of young aspen and paper birch in the following areas:

Southern Oneida Co.

Northeastern Lincoln Co.

Northern Langlade Co.

Forest Co.

[Read more…]

Gifts versus Inheritances – Is there a difference?

Is there a difference between Gifting and Inheriting land? Click here to find out. [Read more…]

Geary Searfoss

Share the Passion… for Your Woodlands

By Abby Krause & Geary Searfoss

Geary at a Plantation.

Sudden may be a good word to describe how Geary Searfoss and his wife, Kay, acquired their second piece of property.

The two were not unfamiliar with buying woodlands; they already owned 32-acres in Dunn County. They bought that property shortly after they were married, even before they owned a house, since having a piece of land to call theirs was so important to them.

However, buying their second woodland took a slightly different route than the traditional buyer-seller arrangement.

It started when Geary was looking at tax forfeited properties in Sawyer County. Many of the properties he had been viewing possessed little to no timber value. He was ready to head home when a piece of landlocked woods only legally accessible by river caught his eye. Closer inspection revealed impressive glacial features including eskers, erratics, and a bubbling, cold water stream. Geary fell in love with the property so much that he rushed to the county offices before they closed to put in a bid, as they were due that afternoon. [Read more…]

40 Years of Serving Wisconsin Landowners

In 2019, WWOA celebrates 40 years of serving Wisconsin Landowners!    [Read more…]