Forest Legacy Program

The Forest Legacy Program is a federal land acquisition program that provides grants funds to States to protect environmentally important forest land from conversion to non-forest uses. Wisconsin’s implementation strategy focuses on keeping forests as forests by protecting large (> 1,000 acres) unfragmented blocks of forest land that provide the highest conservation value and public benefit through the purchase of conservation easements. Conservation easements convey a ‘purchased’ set of negotiated property rights, while allowing landowners to continue to own and manage their land, including the right to sell.

Landowners interested in participating in the program must submit a completed application. To request an application and more information about the program, email Ron Gropp or call 715-281-6253, or visit our website. The application deadline is Friday June 14, 2019. Only lands within one of the State’s Forest Legacy Areas are eligible.

Orbridge to donate money to plant trees

Orbridge LLC will donate $45,000 to be used to plant 1000,000 tree seedlings on WI state forests and other DNR owned lands. Click here for more information.

WisDOT monitors field conditions to verify frost depths

Interested in seeing how WisDOT monitors field conditions to verify frost depths, see the following video:

 

 

White Pine Lumber Grading Course Offered

The Northcentral Technical College Wood Technology Program is hosting a white pine lumber grading workshop in partnership with the Northeastern Lumber Manufacturer Association (NELMA), and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. This workshop will provide an in-depth review of softwood lumber grading, specifically for Eastern White Pine. In a mix of classroom and hands-on activities, participants will gain valuable skills and experience in grading lumber.

This workshop will be held on February 21-22, 2019 at the NTC Wood Technology Center of Excellence in Antigo, WI. If you are interested in attending this course, please visit NTC’s Conferences and Seminars webpage for additional information and the registration form.

Mapping Tool to connect wood buyers with sellers

Wisconsin’s primary forest products industry consists of firms that manufacture logs and pulpwood into wood and paper products. Specific examples include sawmills, plywood mills, veneer plants, pulp mills and firewood processors, as well as companies that manufacture products such as composite panels, log cabins and treated wood.

A  mapping tool  was developed to connect buyers of wood and paper products with Wisconsin’s primary mills and to assist forest managers and loggers with identifying markets for harvested timber. To interact with the mapping tool, click here.

Sauk Prairie Bald Eagle Watching Days Jan. 18-19

MADISON – Bald eagle lovers can watch up to three rehabilitated eagles released to the wild, see other eagles perching or soaring above the Wisconsin River, and view eagles up close indoors during live raptor shows as the 33rd annual Bald Eagle Watching Days lands Jan. 18-19 in Sauk Prairie. (read more…)

New Farm Bill: What’s in it for Forestry?

President Trump recently signed the new Farm Bill which lasts through 2023 and reauthorizes $400 billion in agricultural subsidies, food stamps, conservation programs and key safety programs for agricultural producers.  While the bill deals primarily with food and farm issues, there are a several significant that directly influence forest owners. (read more…)

Evergreen Inspections Find New Insect Pest; Burn or Bag Decorations, Officials Say

 

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MADISON – Plant health officials are cautioning consumers to burn wreaths and other evergreen decorations, or bag them and put them in the trash, after inspectors found invasive insects on many such items sold at large chain stores in Wisconsin this holiday season. 

Inspectors found an insect called elongate hemlock scale, or EHS, on wreaths, swags and boughs, and in arrangements of evergreen boughs in hanging baskets, porch pots, mugs, and sleighs. EHS saps nutrients as it feeds on the underside of conifer needles, and threatens Wisconsin’s Christmas tree farms, native hemlock and balsam fir forests, and ornamental conifers in yards and parks. 

“It’s fine to keep your decorations up for the holiday season, but when it’s time to dispose of them, don’t put them on the compost pile or set the greens out for brush collection. Burn them if you can. If you can’t do that, bag them and send them to the landfill,” advised Brian Kuhn, director of the Plant Industry Bureau in the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection. “EHS has survived in the northeastern U.S., so winter weather will not kill it. As a result, if you compost this material, the insects may well attack conifers in your yard or neighborhood, and spread from there.” 

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Looking at Forest Fires from a forestry point of view

We have all heard about the terrible forest fires in the West in the past few years, and especially the Camp Fire in November 2018. Let’s look at forest fires from a forestry point of view. But before beginning, we do want to voice our cares and concerns for those who lost family and friends and to those that lost homes, belongings and a lifetime of irreplaceable items in the Camp Fire and all wildfires. (read more…)

Snowy Owls are Back

 

Snowy owl (Bubo scandiacus)

snowy owl

Snowy owls rank among the most charismatic wildlife species in the world. The heaviest of all North American owls, tipping the scales at 3 to 6 pounds, their bright white plumage, large yellow eyes, massive feathered feet and diurnal tendencies appeal to even the most casual nature lover. Equally appealing to some are their unpredictable movement patterns and the remote arctic wilderness they represent.

As their name suggests snowy owls are generally a northern species, nesting worldwide on the treeless tundra above the Arctic Circle. During a typical winter some remain close to their breeding areas while others head south into southern Canada and the northern United States. At least small numbers reach Wisconsin each year. Every handful of years, however, large numbers move into the state, an event known as an “irruption”.

Learn about the Snowy Owls visiting Wisconsin.