Through its efforts, Golden Sands RC&D has joined over 90 landowners with their neighbors across 8 counties forming 10 DMAP cooperatives. Golden Sands RC&D currently services 12 counties in central Wisconsin where it is working through a newly funded 2020 US Forest Service project to develop more cooperatives. Since enrolling, landowners have begun cooperatively managing invasive species and have participated in joint timber sales. Consider joining an established cooperative or connect with your neighbors and create your own! Together, neighbors can learn and develop strategies to work together to enhance forest health and wildlife habitat!
A recipe for enhanced wildlife habitat:
Wildlife depend on diverse habitats across the landscape. The average deer depends on 640 acres of habitat. To truly enhance wildlife habitat it is important to think beyond the borders of our properties. Personal site visits from natural resource professionals are available to landowners within DMAP cooperatives with a minimum of 160 acres. During site visits, landowners will learn how to improve habitat on their property and learn how to work with neighboring landowners to diversify habitat in the region to benefit wildlife.
An effective strategy to manage invasive plants:
When landowners join cooperatives they can work together to manage for invasive plants in their region. Managing invasive plants is difficult for the individual landowner. It often can seem like an uphill battle as seeds from neighboring property reseed newly cleared land. Collaboration between neighboring landowners is more efficient and effective. Some group cooperatives hire consultants to treat invasive plants using cost-share programs.
Efficient timber management:
In order to maintain the health of your woodlands it is important to manage it. One of the best ways to get started is to obtain a forest management plan. Both regulatory (tax benefit) and non-regulatory (no tax benefit) plans exist. Landowners enrolled in cooperatives are able to conduct shared timber sales and as a result benefit from a greater return from their sale.
- Click here for more information about the CFWW and program benefits!
- Click here to view our video series about the benefits of cooperative management. This three part series covers cooperating for wildlife habitat, for invasive species control and for forest health. Hear from professionals about ways you can get involved and listen to land owner testaments.
Contact Golden Sands RC&D to learn about cooperatives near you by filling out the information below.
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Thanks to our partners who contributed time and funds to the project!