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The Women of WWOA was created to offer educational activities and a supportive atmosphere for women landowners to learn more about caring for their woodlands. The group gathers two to three times a year to spend a day learning from each other and natural resource professionals.


Upcoming WOWWOA Events

2019 Fall Gathering – Registration Open!

We are also encouraging the MN Women’s Woodland Network members to join us for this event!

When: Saturday, October 26th | 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Where: N9722 510th St, Wheeler, WI 54772 (Between Menomonie and Wheeler) in Dunn County (western WI)
What: WOWWOA’s fall gathering will be held at the tree farm of Sally Conklin. Join us for these activities – sharing time, a walking tour of the tree farm with Sally and forester, Jay Jordan of Jordan Forestry LLC, learn about ornamental plants and the prairie Sally is reestablishing, and create your own porch pot to take home. Registration includes breaks, lunch, plastic pot liner and materials. We should wrap up by 3:00 pm.
What to wear: As always, Wisconsin weather is unpredictable! Dress for outdoor activities and indoor in an unheated shed.  We plan to take a walking tour of the tree farm so bring/wear appropriate footwear and clothes to be outside in the brisk fall weather.

Register by October 21 to join us on October 26!

Conklin Legacy Forest

Conklin Legacy Forest

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Do you have an idea for our spring/fall gatherings? Let us know! All are welcome to join the Women of WWOA steering committee to help us plan and organize our biannual gatherings. Send an email to volunteer.wwoa@gmail.com or call us at 715-346-4798 for more information.

 


Other Resources & Activities for Women

 

Becoming An Outdoors Women (BOW) 

Becoming An Outdoors Woman offers year round activities and trips for adult women of any age or fitness level in a hands-on, supportive atmosphere.  They offer international and Wisconsin based programs to learn more about outdoor skills.

  • Check the BOW Calendar page for  local and international trips offered throughout the year.

Women’s Environmental Institute (WEI)

The Women’s Environmental Institute is an environmental research, renewal, and retreat center designed to create and share knowledge about environmental issues and policies relevant to women, children, and identified communities affected by environmental injustice; to promote agricultural justice, organic and sustainable agriculture and ecological awareness; and to support activism that influences public policy and promotes social change. [Located in Minnesota]

Select Current WEI Activities.  Check their Calendar of Events for numerous classes throughout the year.

Women Owning Woodlands (WOW)

The Women Owning Woodlands web project strives to bring topical, accessible, and current forestry information to woodland owners.

Other Resources for Women 

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Past WOWWOA Events

2019 Spring Gathering

Gathering of the Women of WWOA to share a day of learning more about our woodlands – the fun, food and friends is a BONUS!

Spring is in the air (even if it isn’t on the ground) and so are Wisconsin wildfires.  Learn how to make your woodlands and buildings more FireWise with Amy Luebke of WI DNR.  Mary and Judy Kucksdorf will bring out the kid in each of us with ideas on how to engage the “next generation”.  Marcia Frost Vahradian of V’s Forestry Consulting LLC will lead a walk to learn more about Wisconsin’s pines, where they grow, and how to keep them healthy.  Helen Moberg will share her experiences with a sweet spring tradition – maple syruping.

 

2018 Fall Gathering 

The Women of WWOA had a great time at the Aldo Leopold Center on Saturday, October 26, 2018 learning more about Aldo Leopold and his legacy. We toured “The Shack” and Center and learned more about journaling, just like Leopold used to do.

 

2018 Spring Gathering

Take a look at some pictures from our Spring Gathering held on Saturday, May 5th at Carl & Doris Mueller’s Quarry Tree Farm. The day featured geology of the Driftless Area, WDNR Conservation Wardens, and basic water testing methods (more details can be found below). 

UW-Extension’s Jay Zambito discusses the geology of the Driftless Area while standing on a lookout on Carl & Doris Mueller’s Quarry Tree Farm.

The Women of WWOA spent a lovely spring day at Carl & Dorris Mueller’s Quarry Tree Farm located in Trempealeau County in May 2018. The day started out with a talk and walk about the geology of the Driftless Area with UW-Extention Assistant Professor of Geology, Jay Zambito. The tour included stops at the old quarries on the property and one of the retention ponds built to help with the runoff from the steep bluffs. After a picnic potluck lunch, Meghan Jensen, WDNR Conservation Warden in Trempealeau County, talked about her work as a warden and answered questions about her work and what wardens can do for woodland owners. The day concluded with a hands-on water sampling activity with UW-Extension’s Randy Mell. Attendees tested water from the retention pond and a nearby stream for temperature and dissolved oxygen levels. A big thank you to WOWWOA member Karen Callaway & her husband Dave, who along with her parents (Carl & Doris), helped plan such a lovely gathering!

In October 2017 WOWWOA met at UWSP’s Treehaven Field Station near Tomahawk.  From there we carpooled to tour Jane Severt’s family woodlands which was nearby.  As we walked the woodlands, Jane shared her family history and the history of the land.  She discussed their goals and concerns when timber harvesting, including remaining tree species, building roads to minimize erosion, and family recreational activities.  After a wonderful morning hike, we went back to Treehaven for a hot lunch.  The remainder of the afternoon we learned about and sampled different edible plants found in the forest from a past Treehaven Plant TA. 

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The Women of WWOA gathered in April 2017 at Powers Bluff County Park in Wood County for a wildflower themed day that included a “flower pounding” craft and a hike. WWOA members, Judy Miller and Kay Mehlberg, shared the history and how to’s of “flower pounding” and afterward, each attendee had the opportunity to create their own note card or cloth piece using the demonstrated flower pounding techniques. Throughout the day, attendees enjoyed mingling and sharing their projects, stories, and laughs with each other. After lunch, the group learned about wildflower identification either through a hike led by UWSP Biology Professor, Stephanie Lyon, or an interactive indoor presentation. Highlights of the walk included trillium, spring beauty, Dutchmen’s breeches, bellwort, and more. Print a copy of the Wisconsin Wildflowers crossword from thegathering to share with friends/family! [crossword answer key]

In October 2016 WOWWOA met at Necedah Wildlife Refuge to learn about the US Fish and Wildlife Service and how they work with and assist private landowners in attaining the goals they have for their land through compressedtheir Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program. Attendees learned about the history of the refuge, stopping to see a few birds on a tour of the property. The women enjoyed mingling with one another, discussing their own properties and past experiences. Bernie Williams of the WI DNR discussed invasive earthworms in the afternoon, showing members how to “call” worms to the soil surface using mustard and water. Members each received their own packet of mustard to take home and try the experiment on their own lands.

In July 2016 we met at WOWWOA member, Diane Lueck’s property in Waushara County to learn about her recent start on a prairie restoration project on her family’s 80 acres. Seven acres had recently been mowed of small trees and woody brush to restore the hilly prairies that she and her family remember from years past. The event was an informal walk which included stops at many glacial features, an old root cellar, an old railroad bed, and a look at invasive plants Diane is working to control.

In April 2016 WOWWOA met at the Wisconsin Lions Camp in Rosholt. The perfect spring day included an black prom dressinformal nature walk with Linda Williams (WDNR) and Jamie Nack (UW-EX) where we learned about forest health, wildlife, and wildlife habitat. Nancy Bozek provided the most recent information on Managed Forest Law. Elise Worthel and Helen Moberg updated the group on the Land Handbook being developed and received wonderful feedback and suggestions. Everyone also had a chance to share their favorite outdoor reading. In the afternoon the group chose to learn about Arbor Day and kid’s activities with Elise or how to create a wildlife management plan with Jamie.

evening gowns UKA group of 20 WOWWOA  met at The Central Wisconsin Environmental Station (CWES) in Amherst Junction in October 2015 for a day of presentations on forestry issues, wild edibles and promoting the family culture of our woodlands.

Chippewa Valley Chapter (CVC) ladies hosted a spring event at the Beaver Creek Reserve in May 2015.  It was a wonderful spring day in the woods!  Informational presentations included a forest walk with tree identification, and presentations on native plants and butterflies and blue bird habitat restoration.

Steve and Sue Ring of Shiocton hosted a winter IMG_0184
sleigh ride in February 2015 on their Pinevilla Tree Farm for WOWWOA.  Steve explained the various forest types, previous sustainable timber harvests, recreational opportunities their land provides, and the variety of wildlife that call the tree farm home.

Won’t you join us to learn more about your woodlands?  We are growing a network of women who enjoy discussing our woodland challenges, sharing our experiences, and learning from natural resource professionals.

Contact the WWOA office to receive email notices of upcoming events.

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