COVID-19 Update:

Due to concerns relating to COVID-19 and community spread, the Cooperating for Woods and Wildlife workshop will be held in-person following social distancing guidelines established by the CDC. This is subject to change between now and August 1st.

Saturday, October 24th, 2020

Mead Wildlife Area Visitor Center

2148 County Hwy S, Milladore, WI 54454

At this workshop, speakers will share information about working with neighboring landowners to manage forests. See more information about speakers below.

Lunch will be provided. Register online or by calling (715)343-6215.


Speakers include:

Emily Weber - North Central Conservancy Trust (NCCT)

Landowners have the ability to cooperate with trusts throughout Wisconsin to conserve their land. Emily will discuss options, including conservation easements, for woodland landowners to protect their land from future development.

Shirley Bargander - Administrator of the WI Tree Farm Committee

Drive through rural Wisconsin and chances are you'll come across a forested property displaying the familiar diamond-shaped green and white Tree Farm sign. Landowners who enroll their forestland in the American Tree Farm System are following a management plan that demonstrates a commitment to land stewardship. Shirley Bargander will discuss the program and how landowners can get involved.

Dr. Michael Demchik - UW Stevens Point Professor of Forestry

Lack of a coordinated approach between various small acreage properties has left landowners with the inability to plan for multiple values and uses of forests at large scales. Dr. Demchik will share information about large-scale forest management and how private landowners can manage their forests across property boundaries in pursuit of common goals. 

Matt Schultz - Forester with Pine Curve Forestry

Matt will give a forester's perspective on the value of cooperative forest management between neighboring landowners and how a number of landowners can work with a consulting forester to conduct shared timber sales.

Joe Hovel - Landowner involved in Partners in Forestry Landowner Cooperative

Partners in Forestry Landowner Cooperative is a group of over 100 member landowners focusing on sustainable management of their woodlands in northern Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Joe Hovel will discuss some of the benefits this group has provided its members and challenges the group looks to overcome. 

(not confirmed) Landowner Panel

Landowners who have conducted shared timber sales will share their experiences and answer questions.

Andy Hart - Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) WI State Forester

The NRCS can provide financial and technical assistance to agricultural and forestry producers interested in implementing conservation practices. Andy will share information about the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) and the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) and how landowners can apply. 

This workshop is one in a three-part cooperative workshop series through the Woods and Wildlife for Today and Tomorrow Project. Learn more about the Woods and Wildlife for Today and Tomorrow Project Here!

Thank you to My Wisconsin Woods for sponsoring lunch for this workshop.

If you or your organization are interesting in helping to advertise this workshop series, please contact us!

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