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Woods & Wildlife for Today & Tomorrow

Golden Sands RC&D is currently implementing the Woods & Wildlife for Today & Tomorrow (WWFTT) project. Through this three-year pilot project, Golden Sands RC&D will help small landowners sustainably manage forest and wildlife on their land. 

Under sustainable forest management, landowners manage trees on the property in a way that conserves soil, air and water quality, wildlife and fish habitat, recreation and visual aesthetics. In addition, sustainably managed forests provide wood and pulp products for building, packaging, paper, biomass, and so forth. 

As forest parcels in Wisconsin shrink, small parcel owners are becoming increasing critical stakeholders in managing our forested lands and wildlife habitat in a sustainable manner.  Wisconsin has over 15 million acres of forestland of which 9 million are owned by 367,000 private woodland owners.  

To be effective, forests need to be managed on the landscape scale and across property lines. Through the WWFTT, our Cooperative Woodland Management Coordinator, Joshua Beneš, will work with small landowners so that they can qualify for the economic and environmental benefits of group management.
Josh will develop management blocks in high-priority areas of Waupaca, Adams, Juneau, Marathon, 
Monroe, Portage, Waushara, and Wood counties in which small landowners can work together to set management goals for their properties and collaborate to obtain deer and wildlife management services, cut and market their wood, address invasive species such as the emerald ash borer, and more.

Working in conjunction with UW-Stevens Point, Josh will provide participating landowners with on-site consultations, habitat surveys, and forest and wildlife management plans. The plans will be site specific but synchronize goals, cutting schedules, and wildlife habitat as much as possible across the management block. Landowners will use their forest and wildlife management plans to implement sustainable practices that will benefit their woods and wildlife for years to come. Through the project, they will also have the option of certifying their forest as sustainable through American Tree Farm, which can help them access new market for certified wood products.

Information for potential landowners can be found here. This information includes specific benefits of joining this project and how to RSVP to landowner meetings.

This project is made possible with support from the US Forest Service, LL Bean, Verso Corporation, the Ruffed Grouse Society, and participating county land conservation departments. 

We need you!  More sponsor support is needed.  If you are interested in supporting this project, please contact Josh at 715-343-6215, or by email at joshua.benes(at)goldensandsrcd.org.