DNR’s Alignment Plan and WWOA’s Response

In July 2015, the WI DNR launched its Strategic Alignment Effort, rolling out an interim reporting structure and embarking on a Core Work Analysis effort.  During the second half of 2015, the DNR held internal exercises to determine core functions, supporting processes, and key outputs and outcomes.  Recommendations were created and feedback was solicited from DNR staff.

In March 2016 the WI DNR released a Summary of DNR Core Work Analysis Results.

During a Forestry Roundtable with DNR Secretary Stepp and Chief Forester Paul DeLong a presentation on the Department and Division of Forestry Alignment Proposals was given to forestry community partners including WWOA, represented by Vice President Steve Ring and executive director Nancy Bozek.

Also during the Roundtable, the Division of Forestry distributed and proposed the DNR Alignment, Division of Forestry proposal: Decreased Investment in MFL & Increased Investment in Private Forestry (nonMFL).

Subsequently, the WWOA Board of Directors spent many hours meeting and discussing these documents which will determine the direction of the DNR and Division of Forestry for years to come.  The Board, after much deliberation, provided a thoughtful and lengthy response to DNR on behalf of WWOA members and private woodland owners across the state.

WWOA’s response to DNR and Division of Forestry Alignment proposals


WWOA Board proposes ByLaw Changes

The WWOA Board of Directors is proposing three ByLaw changes for the 2016 annual membership meeting in Oshkosh on September 17.  WWOA ByLaws may be amended by the Board subject to the approval, amendment or repeal by voting members.  Voting members of WWOA are those members owning ten or more acres of Wisconsin woodlands.  Voting members will be asked to vote on these changes at the membership meeting.

The Board approved eliminating the Contributing membership level at their November 12, 2015 meeting.  Currently WWOA only has 12 memberships under this category.  Many members include a donation when renewing their membership but do not select this category of membership.  This would allow for simplification of WWOA’s membership categories on our brochure, website and for tracking purposes.

At the Board’s March 3, 2016 meeting, the Board approved two additional ByLaw changes.

Under current ByLaws the Nominating Committee shall nominate two voting members for each vacancy on the Board.  Unfortunately, the Nominating Committee has tried for many years to attain this level but has been unable to find enough voting members willing to run for the Board of Directors.  The proposed amended language states that the Nominating Committee shall nominate at least one or more voting members for each vacancy.

The Board approved revised language regarding who runs the membership meetings.  Current ByLaws state a chairperson pro tem is to be elected from those voting members present.  The Board approved revising this language to so that the President will run membership meetings.  Since the inception of this ByLaw, voting members present at each membership meeting have elected the President.

Information about these ByLaw amendments will be mailed to members in the 2016 Annual Meeting registration packets at the end of June.