Demonstration Forests

The future of the forest is in your hands.

History

Golden Sands Rural Conservation  & Development Council, INC. received the Wisconsin DNR Forest Stewardship Grant to fund the creation of demonstration sites on private woodlands. These sites were established to educate landowners on the importance of land stewardship and to teach landowners strategies to enhance woodland productivity and wildlife habitat. Golden Sands RC&D felt the best way to teach land stewardship was through the use of living classrooms, the woods.  Thus began the  Demonstration Forest program.

Originally, nine active demonstration forests were established but due to a funding lag and property ownership transfers only three sites remained in 2018. Fortunately, funding from the Ruffed Grouse Society and the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin revived the program and three additional demonstration Forests were created in Taylor, Outagamie and Adams county.  

Current

As funding becomes available Golden Sands RC&D will create demonstration forests in each county within the 13 county service area. Our goal is to have one living classroom in each ecological landscape. There are currently six demonstration forests in the service area and we are looking to develop ones in Marathon, Wood, Portage, Waushara, Green Lake and Monroe counties. Contact us if you are interested in turning your property or part of your property into a Demonstration Forest.

CLICK ON THE PICTURES BELOW TO LEARN MORE ABOUT EACH OF THE DEMONSTRATION FORESTS

Site 1

Becker Woodland

Southeast Glacial Plains 

COMING SOON

Site 4

Larson Woodland

Western Coulees & Ridges

Site 7

Oz Natural Area

Forest Transition

Site 2

Hendricksen Woodland

Central Sand Plains

Site 5

Bear Crossing Woodland

North Central Forest

COMING SOON

Site 8

Kann Tree Farm

Western Coulees & Ridges

Site 3

Hill Woodland

Central Sand Hills

Site 6

Pinevilla Tree Farm

Central Lake Michigan Coastal

COMING SOON

Site 9

Schloss Woodland

Central Sand Hills

Schedule A Demonstration Forest Site Visit

Schedule your site visit today to learn about forests and management strategies. Demonstration Forests also host tour groups and invite school groups to learn about land stewardship. Site visits are free for visitors but must be scheduled with the landowner as the land is still private. Make sure to check out each of the Demonstration Forest brochures to learn about the history of the site and about the current management strategies. Schedule your visit by filling out the information below and the landowner will contact you to set up an appointment. When visiting these properties please be considerate of your impact on the native habitat.

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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 landowner testaments.