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Grocki Condolences

May 22, 2024

Wayne D. Grocki, Chilton… age 80, died on February 26, 2023 at Thedacare Regional Medical Center in Neenah, WI following a battle with pancreatic cancer.  He graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Madison with a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and had a very long and successful career at Zenith Electronics.  He proudly secured several highly visible patents related to radio frequency technologies and participated in several U.S. military-related projects.

Porter Condolences

May 21, 2024

Dexter Porter, Sheboygan Falls… age 78, passed away unexpectedly on November 22, 2023.  He married Jean Bursack in 1976 in Wautoma. He was a U.S. Army veteran. Dexter retired from the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service as a soil conservationist, and continued conservation projects until the very end. He enjoyed many outdoor activities but most importantly Dexter loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.

Ladd Condolences

May 13, 2024

David Ladd, Dodgeville… age 89, of Dodgeville, passed away peacefully on Thursday, April 25, 2024, at the Upland Hills Health Nursing & Rehab Center. Dave helped establish the Wisconsin Woodland Owners Association and was a charter member of WWOA. He served on WWOA’s original Board of Directors. He was active in the  local WWOA Bad Axe Chapter.  He was also known for his work with the National and Wisconsin Walnut Councils.

Forest Pest Survey and Detection

May 2, 2024 Emerald Ash Borer Detected in Washburn and Taylor Counties   In partnership with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR), the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) has detected emerald ash borer (EAB) for the first time in Washburn and Taylor counties. In Washburn County, DNR Forest Health staff detected this ash tree-killing beetle at a private residence in the Town of Springbrook on April 3.

2024 Spring Hearing Statewide Results Now Available

Apr 29, 2024

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 29, 2024 Contact: Kari Lee-Zimmermann, Wisconsin Conservation Congress Liaison or 608-219-9134 2024 Spring Hearing Statewide Results Now Available   MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) today announced the 2024 Spring Hearing questions and results are now available. More than 18,800 people responded to the 2024 Spring Hearing questionnaire either in person April 8 or online April 10-13. The results and questions are available on the DNR website.

Bauer Condolences

Apr 29, 2024

Judith “Judy” Ann Bauer, Wautoma and Brooklyn Center, MN….age 83, passed away on April 7, 2024 in Brooklyn Center, MN.  Judy and her deceased husband, Ted, were active WWOA members and volunteers. They assisted with the planning and implementing of several Annual Meetings. They served on the Fundraising Committee and sold tickets at the Annual Meeting. They were also active in the local Central Sands Chapter.

Collins Condolences

Apr 28, 2024

Jacquelin “Jacq” Collins, Boyceville… age 90, died Tuesday, March 26, 2024 at Red Cedar Hospital in Menomonie, after a stroke ended his long battle with Louie Body dementia. He met and married his wife Natalyn Dexter in Illinois in 1961. He became a noted British historian, Texas Tech professor and leader at the University. His British history classes were so popular that the Department decided to hire a second British historian, Brian Blakeley.

USDA Seeks Ash Trees to Battle Emerald Ash Borer

Apr 24, 2024

Landowners Asked to Donate Infested Ash Trees The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is asking Wisconsin landowners for their help in fighting the Emerald ash borer (EAB). The pest is an invasive insect from Asia that was first detected in the United States in 2002. Since its discovery, EAB has caused the death and decline of tens of millions of ash trees. USDA is using ash trees to combat the pest.

Help Shape Deer Season For Your Community

Apr 14, 2024

Help Shape Deer Season For Your Community Meetings Held Across Wisconsin April 22 – May 2 MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and County Deer Advisory Councils are seeking public input to prepare for the 2024 deer season. Each county in Wisconsin has a County Deer Advisory Council that meets annually to provide input and recommendations to the DNR on deer management in its county.

SB 999/AB 1039 – Managed Forest Law bills dead for now

Mar 25, 2024

As the Wisconsin legislative session comes to a close SB 999/AB 1039 did not move out of the Senate Committee on Financial Institutions and Sporting Heritage. WWOA believes, as do many others, that this bill or something similar will resurface in a future legislative session.  As your legislators and future legislators are in their districts this summer and fall before the fall election, this is the perfect time to meet with them.