Healthy forests are part of what makes Wisconsin a great place to live, work, and play. A well-managed forest can provide diverse habitat for wildlife, scenic beauty for recreation and offering economic benefits.
At Golden Sands RC&D we promote sustainable forest practices through public education and provide the tools necessary for private landowners to sustainably manage their forested land.
WILDLIFE HABITAT AND FOREST MANAGEMENT
Do you own woodland property and need assistance with management? Are you interested in woodland productivity or wildlife habitat? Consider joining Cooperating for Woods and Wildlife (CFWW). CFWW connects Wisconsin landowners with foresters, biologists, conservationists and neighboring landowners and assists with the formation of Deer Management Assistance Program (DMAP) cooperatives. In our fragmented environment, wildlife move across property boundaries to obtain water, food and shelter. It is likely that between you and your neighbors you have the essentials to support wildlife.To improve wildlife habitat, neighbors must cooperatively develop management strategies across property boundaries. Click here to find out how you can get involved with CFWW and learn about your role for woods and wildlife today!
Photo Credit: Linda Williams
TERRESTRIAL INVASIVE SPECIES
Golden Sands RC&D is the fiscal sponsor for the Central Wisconsin Invasives Partnership (CWIP). CWIP is a Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area (CISMA) that serves Wood, Portage, Juneau, Adams, Waushara, Marquette, and Green Lake Counties. It helps partners, volunteers, and landowners work together to fight invasive species like buckthorn and wild parsnip.
We are working to form a new CISMA to serve Waupaca, Outagamie, Winnebago, and Brown counties. The group is called the Northeast Wisconsin Invasives Partnership (NEWIP). Click here to learn more!
The Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) is an invasive beetle that kills Ash trees by eating the inner bark. Millions of trees have died in the Midwest because of this beetle. Our EAB Resources Page contains resources that can help you identify current EAB insects and prepare for future invasions.
If you're looking for information about managing invasive plants, we recommend visiting the Wisconsin First Detector website to view species-specific fact sheets and the Renz Weed Science website for more information.
High school students have helped with invasive plant projects on Fern Island and Riverside Park in Wausau, the Green Circle Trail in Stevens Point, and the River Walk in Medford. We provided students with training on terrestrial invasive species ID, removal, and treatment. To have your class, lake group, or organization participate in a terrestrial invasive removal event, or if you are interested in sponsoring an event please contact us today!
Woodlands provide the perfect outdoor living classroom to learning about managing for productivity and wildlife habitat. Whether you are a landowner or a curious citizen, everyone is welcome to schedule a free site visit to learn about forests and management strategies. Demonstration forest landowners also host school and tour groups. All visits must be scheduled with the landowner as the land is still private. Click here for more information!
TREE SHELTERS & SALES
Golden Sands RC&D is partnering up with Plantra® to provide quality protection for your trees at discounted pricing. These products offer an easy way to help your young trees survive and thrive!
Visit our Tree Shelter Page for more information.
Need a tree to plant in your new shelter? Visit the tree sales page!
Cost- Share Programs
If you are interested in starting a project to enhance wildlife habitat or looking to increase the productivity of your woodland there are various state and federal cost-share and tax reduction programs available to landowners in Wisconsin. Click here to learn more about these programs!
Interested in learning about land management? Click here to view our video series to learn 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.
For more information about any our healthy forest programs contact us using the form below!