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 woodland for wildlife, for your wallet, and for future generations. Please review this site to learn more about this wonderful opportunity and RSVP for your landowner meeting or attend online 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@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.

The overall goal of this program is to increase collaborative efforts between neighboring woodland landowners so that they can learn, stay informed, and act to create healthier woodlands and more high quality wildlife habitat.

Working as a cooperative, these landowners will receive benefits with forest, wildlife habitat, and wildlife management assistance. All landowners are enrolled into a non-regulatory program called DMAP (information below) and have the ability to work with their neighbors beyond this program. There are only two fees landowners pay to participate. There is a one-time fee to Golden Sands RC&D of $25 that gets you into the cooperative and another small fee divided among all landowners every 3 years for the DMAP program (see information below). Landowners who want to have a forest management plan written for their property would be subject to other fees depending on the plan they want to write. However, participating in this cooperative allows them to receive discounts on their forest management plan. Here is a summary of the programs that are at the heart of this project:

Deer Management Assistance Program (DMAP)
DMAP is the foundation of these cooperatives. It is non-regulatory, meaning all the members of these cooperatives just get ideas on how to create better wildlife habitat on their properties. DMAP provides landowners with technical assistance and management opportunities for all wildlife for landowners or forest cooperatives with 640 or more acres of land. The $150 cost every 3 years for the level-3 DMAP program is divided up between all landowners in the cooperative. So, if there are 10 landowners in the cooperative, each landowner would only pay $15 every 3 years. Learn more from the DNR video below or from the DNR website.

Create your wildlife habitat plan with DMAP


A woodland landowners opinion of the Deer Management Assistance Program (DMAP):

Forest Stewardship Plans
Landowners who want to go beyond the DMAP program to consider sustainable forest management strategies may have a forest management plan written if they choose to. Many landowners who participate in DMAP are already enrolled in these plans and use DMAP to supplement their forest management plan. A very forest management plan throughout Wisconsin is the Managed Forest Law (MFL) forest management plan. This plan saves landowners money on your property taxes (brings down taxes to $10.68/acre), qualifies your timber for the sustainable certified marketplace, and allows you to plan out strategies to make your woodland healthier and more productive. MFL plans are written by Certified Plan Writers (CPW) and properties need to meet certain requirements (see MFL PDF link below).

A less well-known option to forest management are non-regulatory Forest Stewardship Program plans (FSP). These plans can help guide you on sustainable forest management on your property (recommendations only) but do not provide you the tax benefit. 

Landowners who wish to just have FSP plans written may choose to enter the sustainable certification marketplace through the Tree Farm program. In order to do this, landowners enrolled in FSP will have to have their plan reviewed to be sure it meets ATFS certification standards.

Landowners within these cooperatives can receive discounts on their forest management plans.

For more information about MFL please read through this PDF.
For more information about FSP please visit this website.

Habitat Restoration Funding
There are a number of programs available to help you reach your habitat restoration goals. Josh Beneš will provide cooperative members guidance on how to apply for funds from several different funding sources:

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 allow you to use Josh as a resource as you navigate applications for the financial and technical benefits this program provides.

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

Fish and Wildlife Habitat Restoration Funds
Currently there are numerous funds available for private land restoration projects targeting Karner Blue Butterfly habitat from the Fish and Wildlife Service in Portage, Waupaca, Waushara, and Adams Counties. Contact Josh with specific information and how to apply.

Hire a Logger with your neighbors
Landowners within a cooperative may choose to hire a logger or a forest planer with their neighbors. Landowners who choose to share their forest management plan with us can have a report for them and their neighbors prepared. This report will provide optional recommendations for collaboration for maximized efficiency for woodland management. View an example report.

Do I need to participate in everything the cooperative does?
No. The only program everyone in the cooperative will be involved with is the DMAP program. Even this program is non-regulatory. So, by participating, you will get ideas on how to create better habitat on your property and develop connections to neighbors and to natural resource professionals. Landowners can get involved beyond the DMAP program in any way they choose. Josh at Golden Sands RC&D is happy to help landowners get involved in different initiatives if they want to.

Potential Forest Landowner Cooperatives



This project is focusing on 8 counties in Central Wisconsin (Marathon, Wood, Portage, Waupaca, Monroe, Juneau, Adams, and Waushara) to create single forest cooperatives in priority areas. Please scroll below to find more information about your potential cooperative. If your cooperative is about to have a meeting, please RSVP. RSVPing to landowner events is encouraged but not expected. If you cannot attend your landowner meeting or want to check on how to attend a meeting via the web, please contact Joshua Beneš via email at joshua.benes@goldensandsrcd.org or via phone at (715) 343-6215.

Example Presentations from Portage County Landowner Meeting:



Portage County: Town of Belmont & Lanark

Landowner meeting for landowners around current cooperatives in Lanark and Belmont Townships on September 8th at 1:30pm.

Belmont Town Office
9110 16th Rd, Almond, WI 54909

Meeting will conclude with a short educational walk about woodland and wildlife habitat management of the Emmons Creek Fishery Area (a short drive away). Be sure to bring a good pair of walking shoes if you want to participate in this walk.

                                                     RSVP to this Landowner Meeting Here
 


Waupaca County: Town of Farmington

Landowner meeting for landowners around current cooperatives in Dayton and Farmington Townships on September 8th at 1:30pm.

Belmont Town Office
9110 16th Rd, Almond, WI 54909

Meeting will conclude with a short educational walk about woodland and wildlife habitat management of the Emmons Creek Fishery Area (a short drive away). Be sure to bring a good pair of walking shoes if you                                                     want to participate in this walk.

                                                     RSVP to this Landowner Meeting Here


              Juneau County: Town of Necedah
                  Landowner Meeting Scheduled September 24th at 6:30pm at the...                          
                  Necedah Public Library Community Center
                  217 Oak Grove Drive, Necedah, WI 54646

                  Focusing on building a cooperative around and to the north of the                          Yellow River Wildlife Area. All other large landowners potentially                              interested to form a DMAP cooperative in Juneau County are also                          encouraged to attend.

                  RSVP to this Landowner Meeting Here



Waushara County: Town of Rose and Deerfield

The Southwestern part of Rose township currently has a woodland cooperative. Landowners around this cooperative and in and around another potential cooperative location in the township of Deerfield are invited to attend. Landowner Meeting Scheduled Thursday, September 27th at 6:30pm at the....

                                                    Deerfield Town Hall
                                                    W10760 County Road B, Hancock, WI 54943

                                                    RSVP to this Landowner Meeting Here


    

Monroe County: Town of Ridgeville & Adrian
Two different cooperatives have formed in Ridgeville and Adrian Townships. Both are over 1,200 acres and both have 9 landowners who are participating. Please contact Josh if you wish to join at joshua.benes@goldensandsrcd.org or via phone at (715) 343-6215.









 Wood County: Towns of Cary & Rock
 Landowner cooperative with 5 landowners coming together in the     township of Cary. Please contact Josh if you are interested to join and   are around Town Range Sections 10-15 or 22-24           joshua.benes@goldensandsrcd.org or via phone at (715) 343-6215.








Adams County: Town of Richfield

Cooperative of 2,744 acres has formed with 18 landowners! Please contact Josh if you wish to join at joshua.benes@goldensandsrcd.org or via phone at (715) 343-6215.








Marathon County: Town of Kronenwetter

6 landowners involved in a Level 3 DMAP and are accepting new members. Please contact Josh if you wish to join at joshua.benes@goldensandsrcd.org or via phone at (715) 343-6215.




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