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…]

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…]

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…]

Plan ahead for spring 2020 tree planting

The Wilson State Nursery gave a preview of what their tree stock is anticipating for spring 2020 plantings. This list is preliminary, as it is possible that some species will be added or subtracted depending on health, growth, and several other factors as the growing season begins to wane. However, most of these trees and shrubs listed will be available to purchase starting October 7, 2019.

View the full list HERE.

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 Your information helps us assess bat populations.

 Learn more and enter the information you collect.