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)

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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!

Fall Educational Opportunities

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.

Wanted-Wisconsin State Capitol Christmas Tree

If you have a tree meeting the following qualifications and are willing to donate it to the citizens of Wisconsin for the upcoming Christmas Season we’d like to know.

  • Balsam Fir approximately 35 – 45 feet tall.
  • Full branches throughout the tree, if possible. Otherwise, a second donated tree may be needed to utilize the branches for filler.
  • The tree should be accessible to the necessary logging and loading equipment for removing the tree from the property. Also, there are often media outlets or groups that like to watch the tree being harvested.
  • All the cutting, loading, and hauling expenses are to be donated.

The official contact form on the Wisconsin Department of Administration website is https://doa.wi.gov/DFDM_Documents/CapitolTreeSelectionGuidelines.pdf

WWOA members, Jim and Katie Matykowski, featured in USDA, NRCS’s Newsletter

Early in the morning, if you listen intently, the distinct song of the Golden-winged Warbler can be heard on the five acres of recently sheared tag alder in Marinette County, Wisconsin. Through an RCPP project, Jim and Katie Matykowski managed their tag alder to create early successional habitat for the Warbler, helping to bring back the population from decline.  Learn more and see photos at NRCS.

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Verso Corp closing Wisconsin Rapids Mill

WAOW from Wausau is reporting that Verso Corporation announced Monday that it will be closing it’s Wisconsin Rapids paper mill indefinitely.

According to Verso’s press release the closure is resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic that decline in demand for graphic paper and reduced use of print advertising in various industries.

“It is critical that we maintain a healthy balance sheet and focus on cash flow, while balancing our supply of products and our customers’ demand,” said President and Chief Executive Officer Adam St. John, in a news release. “After a comprehensive review of post-pandemic demand forecasts and capacity, we made the difficult decision to idle the Duluth and Wisconsin Rapids mills. We expect the idling of these facilities to improve our free cash flow. The sell through of inventory is expected to offset the cash costs of idling the mills.”

Verso expects to idle the Wisconsin Rapids Mill by the end of July 2020, and the Duluth mill by June, 2020. The two closures will result in the layoff of approximately 1,000 employees.

The Wisconsin Rapids Mill employs around 900, and according to Verso, “a majority of the employees will be laid off.” An unknown number of employees will be kept on after July 31 for an unknown amount of time to continue limited operations and maintenance of the mill.

According to the press release, Verso is going to explore “viable and sustainable alternatives” for the paper mill, including restarting if market conditions improve, selling, or closing permanently.

WWOA In Person Activities Cancelled Through August 31, 2020

On July 29, 2020, the WWOA Board of Directors decided to continue our CANCELLATION OF ALL IN PERSON WWOA activities running through August 31, 2020. The WWOA Board will monitor the ever changing situation on a month by month basis going forward. The WWOA website calendar will continue to list changes as they occur.

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PRESS RELEASE: Wisconsin State Parks & Forests to Reopen MAY 1st

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 27, 2020
Contact: DNRPress@wisconsin.gov

MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources will reopen 34 state parks and forests on Friday, May 1 at the direction of Gov. Evers with special conditions.

Under Gov. Evers’ Badger Bounce Back Plan, which outlines important criteria for Wisconsin to be able to reopen its economy in phases and includes steps to make sure workers and businesses are prepared to reopen as soon as it is safe to do so, the DNR will modify current operations to maintain the safest environment for visitors and staff.

Due to unprecedented crowds, litter, vandalism and the need to protect the health and safety of our visitors and staff, Gov. Evers directed the DNR to close 38 Wisconsin State Parks, Forests and Recreational Areas on Friday, April 10.

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WWOA Board of Directors Call for Nominations

The WWOA Nomination Committee is looking for you or someone you know to fill three WWOA Board of Director positions that will become vacant at the close of the 2020 Annual Meeting in Hudson in September.   Directors whose terms are expiring are Keith Dobberstein, Lois Raether, and Arlene Roehl.

To qualify as a candidate for the WWOA Board of Directors, one must be a woodland owner and voting member of WWOA, and agree to uphold WWOA’s Purpose and ByLaws.  Candidates must be willing to give time and energy to help enhance and achieve the goals of WWOA through their work on the board, WWOA committees, and chapters.  Good communication skills and the ability to use email are essential for communication purposes.

Biographical sketches must be received by May 16, 2020 at the WWOA Office, PO Box 285, Stevens Point, WI 54481.  Ballots will be mailed to all voting members in June 2020.  If you are interested in serving on the WWOA Board or nominating someone, please contact the WWOA office at 715-346-4798 or wwoa@uwsp.edu for an informational packet or Nominating Committee Board members Arlene Roehl (see About Us, Board of Directors) or Lois Raether (see About Us, Board of Directors) for more information.

 

Get trained to be a rare plant detective!

WI-DNR: Natural Heritage Conservation

Last year Rare Plant Monitoring Program volunteers rediscovered the state threatened white lady’s slipper orchid at a site where it had not been seen in over 45 years. Help us make more amazing discoveries this year by participating in the Rare Plant Monitoring Program.

Required trainings are scheduled for March and April. Sign up for one of our sessions in Waunakee, Stevens Point, Menomonie or Sheboygan. Plant identification will not be taught so some skill is required.

Volunteers’ observations and reports on the plants they see are critical to native plant conservation in Wisconsin. They alert land managers to pressing threats and inform on-the-ground management necessary to maintain these known populations. 

Learn how to sign up here.

“The Kid in You”, reaching to our next generation of woodland owners

Author Bruce Grierson published an article called “The Kid in You” in Psychology Today, that sparked an interest with us at WWOA.  Grierson poses the question, “What if what we loved doing between ages 9 and 11, is what most of us ought to be doing for our actual jobs as adults?” Could you dig deep and recall what you were doing at age 10? Things that you were passionate about at that age? Grierson goes on to say that, “at age 10, kids graduate from being biologist, searching for a theory of life, to philosophers.”

Could this be a vital key to engaging some of our younger generation woodland owners?

To view the full article of “The Kid in You” click here.

Grierson also published a second part, “The Kid in You Part 2,” which can be found here.