The future of the forest is in your hands.
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.
As funding becomes available Golden Sands RC&D will create demonstration forests in each county within the 12 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
Southeast Glacial Plains
Western Coulees and Ridges
Central Sand Plains
Bear Crossing Woodland
North Central Forest
Central Sand Hills
Pinevilla Tree Farm
Central Lake Michigan Coastal
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.
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.