Healthy forests are part of what makes Wisconsin a great place to live, work, and play. A well-managed forest can provide a diverse habitat to wildlife and scenic beauty for recreation, while offering economic benefits.
At Golden Sands RC&D we promote sustainable forest practices through public education about forest threats, support for tree planting, and by providing the tools necessary for private landowners to sustainably manage their forested land.
There is a lot to learn from woodlands! Click here to learn about how landowners have managed woodlands for productivity and wildlife habitat. Do you own woodland property and need assistance with management? There are numerous programs that can help!
Woods & Wildlife for Today & Tomorrow (WWFTT) is a three-year pilot program that can help landowners manage their forested property in a way that is both economically sustainable and environmentally protective. Click to find out how you can be involved with this exciting program!
There are also state and federal cost-share and tax reduction programs that landowners use in Wisconsin to enhance habitat and increase woodland productivity. Click here to learn more about these programs!
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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 to have partners, volunteers, and landowners working together in the fight against 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 North East Wisconsin Invasive Species Coalition (NEWISC). Learn more here!
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 any future invasions.
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!
There is a lot to learn from woodlands! There is also a lot you can learn about how to manage them to enhance woodland productivity and create better habitat for wildlife. Would you rather learn about forest management methods from a book? Or by going out to the woods to see it first hand? We think outdoor learning is best, too!
Whether you are a landowner considering strategies for managing your property, or just a curious citizen wanting to learn more about forests, a Demonstration Forest site visit will teach you something new! Demo Forest Landowners also invite school groups and host tour groups. Site visits are free for individuals and groups and must be scheduled with the landowner (this is private land!).
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 our tree sales page!
For more information about any our healthy forest programs contact us using the form below!