Woods and Wildlife For Today and Tomorrow Project

Welcome Forest Landowner!

Thank you for your interest in the Woods and Wildlife for Today and Tomorrow Project (WWFTT)! We believe that this project will help you better manage your forest for wildlife, for your wallet, and for future generations. Please review this site to learn more about this fantastic opportunity and RSVP for your landowner meeting at the bottom of the page. RSVPing to landowner events is encouraged but not expected. If you cannot attend your landowner meeting, please contact Joshua Beneš via email at joshua.benes(at)goldensandsrcd.org or via phone at (715) 343-6215.

The WWFTT project seeks to work with woodland landowners to form cooperatives of landowners to enable them to access benefits they wouldn't otherwise have access to on their own. To read more about this program, please view our publication about the program or view the program's informational site.

Working as a cooperative, these landowners will receive benefits in deductions of property tax and/or forest and wildlife management assistance. Here is a summary of these programs:

Deer Management Assistance Program (DMAP)
DMAP provides landowners with free technical assistance and management opportunities for all wildlife for landowners or forest cooperatives with 640 or more acres of land. Learn more from the DNR video below or from the DNR website.

Create your wildlife habitat plan with DMAP

Managed Forest Law (MFL)
Creating a sustainable forest management plan allows landowners to save money on their property taxes every year! In order to participate, a landowner needs to meet certain criteria, such as having a parcel that is at least 20 contiguous acres, has 80% forest cover, and doesn't contain certain buildings. Once these requirements are met, Joshua Benes, the Cooperative Woodland Management Coordinator at Golden Sands RC&D can assist you with writing a forest management plan for a one-time fee of $75 which will allow you to qualify for the MFL program.

For more information about MFL please read through this PDF.

Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP)
EQIP is a voluntary program through the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) that promotes forest management. This program offers financial and technical help to assist landowners to install or implement conservation practices on their land that protect soil and water quality. Joining a forest cooperative will make it easier for you to apply for the financial and technical benefits this program provides.

For more information about EQIP please refer to the Wisconsin EQIP Website.

Overall Woodland Management Efficiency 
Joining a landowner cooperative can help you minimize costs of contracting with a logger and shipping timber to the sawmill. When you work in collaboration with your neighbors, you can decrease some internal costs to make your wood product more marketable.

Potential Forest Landowner Cooperatives

This project is focusing on 8 counties in Central Wisconsin (Marathon, Wood, Portage, Waupaca, Monroe, Juneau, Adams, and Waushara). Please scroll below to find your landowner meeting event and RSVP. RSVPing to landowner events is encouraged but not expected. If you cannot attend your landowner meeting, please contact Joshua Benes via email at joshua.benes(at)goldensandsrcd.org or via phone at (715) 343-6215.

Portage County:
 Town of Belmont
Landowner Meeting was Tuesday November 14th at 6:30pm
Hartman Creek State Park Enclosed Shelter
N2480 Hartman Creek Road - Waupaca, WI 54981

Waushara County: Town of Rose
Landowner Meeting Monday December 11th at 6:30pm
Wild Rose Community Center
500 Division Street, Wild Rose, WI 54984

Marathon County: Town of Kronenwetter
Landowner Meeting Monday December 18th at 6:30pm (Tentative)
Village of Kronenwetter Community Room
1582 Kronenwetter Drive, Kronenwetter, WI 54455

              Juneau County: Town of Necedah
                  Landowner meeting to be organized in January! 

    Wood County: Towns of Cary, Rock, and Wood
    Landowner meeting to be organized in January! 

 Adams County: Town of Richfield
 Landowner meeting to be organized in January or February! 

  Monroe County: Town of Ridgeville
   Landowner meeting to be organized in January or February! 

  Waupaca County: To Be Determined
  Location of cooperative forest to be determined soon.