COOPERATING FOR WILDLIFE HABITAT
Saturday, April 18th, 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 for wildlife. See more information about speakers below.
Lunch will be provided. Register online or by sending sending registration information and payment to Golden Sands RC&D, 1100 Main Street, Suite #150, Stevens Point WI 54481. Registration must be completed by April 13th (postmarked April 6th).
Dr. Scott Hygnstrom - Douglas R. Stephens Endowed Chair in Wildlife, UW Stevens Point
Wildlife depend on diverse types of habitat over the landscape. The average deer depends on 640 acres of land. In order to enhance wildlife habitat in your area, you need to think beyond the borders of your property. Dr. Hygnstrom will share information about the importance of landowner collaborative action at the landscape scale to enhance wildlife habitat.
Curt Rollman - WI Department of Natural Resources Deer Biologist
The state's Deer Management Assistance Program (DMAP) encourages landowners to form cooperatives and learn more about how a community can collaborate to enhance wildlife habitat. Curt will share information about this program and how landowners can get involved. In the afternoon, Curt will perform an example DMAP site visit.
Joshua Beneŝ - Executive Director of Golden Sands RC&D
A Central Wisconsin nonprofit, Golden Sands RC&D has worked with over 80 landowners in 8 counties to form cooperatives that collaborate to enhance wildlife health, control invasive species, and complete sustainable timber sales. Josh will share information about how these cooperative groups came together and how landowners across Wisconsin can form similar groups.
Geoff Hale - Private landowner in Adams County, WI
The Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA) has more than 60,000 members in all 50 states and several foreign countries. Members work together to promote safe and ethical hunting, restraint in harvesting young bucks, hunter involvement in education and management, cooperation with wildlife biologists and enforcement officers, and stewardship of all wildlife. Geoff will share information about the benefits he has experienced through involvement in a group QDMA cooperative.
Dan Hoff - Forest Habitat Specialist - Ruffed Grouse Society/American Woodcock Society/NRCS
The NRCS can provide financial and technical assistance to agricultural and forestry producers interested in creating or improving wildlife habitat. Dan will share information about the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) and the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) and how landowners can apply.
Brendan Woodall - US Fish and Wildlife Service
Partners for Fish and Wildlife is a program that has worked with some 50,000 landowners to complete habitat restoration projects across the country. Projects provide habitat for wildlife, especially rare, threatened, and endangered species. Brendan will talk about the program and how landowners can get involved.
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 the Wisconsin Center for Wildlife for co-sponsoring lunch for this workshop.
Looking for Workshop Series Sponsors! If you or your organization are interesting in sponsoring lunch or helping to advertise this workshop series, please contact us!