Golden Sands RC&D has joined over 90 landowners with their neighbors across 8 counties to form 10 DMAP cooperatives. Golden Sands RC&D currently services 12 counties in central Wisconsin where it is working through a newly funded 2020 US Forest Service project to develop more cooperatives. Since enrolling, landowners have been empowered to cooperatively create better wildlife habitat, manage invasive species, and have participated in joint timber sales. Together, neighbors can learn and develop strategies to work together to enhance forest health and wildlife habitat!

We originally planned on having a three day workshop series this spring that would feature how landowners across the state of Wisconsin could use collaborative practices to enhance forest health and wildlife habitat on their properties. Due to COVID-19, we interviewed the same speakers across the state of Wisconsin and developed three short videos featuring the same topics we originally planned to cover throughout our workshops!​ 

Cooperating for Wildlife Habitat: 

Wildlife don't acknowledge property boundaries. They depend on diverse habitat types across large areas. If you are interested in sustaining healthy wildlife populations it is important to consider habitat beyond your property. In this video, speakers share information about working collaboratively to enhance wildlife habitat. The topics discussed appeal to wildlife watchers and hunters alike.

Speakers: Dr. Scott Hygnstrom (UWSP), Curt Rollman (WI DNR), Hannah Butkiewicz (Golden Sands RC&D), Geoff Hale (QDMA), Dan Hoff (Ruffed Grouse Society/NRCS), Brendan Woodall (USFWS), Joshua Benes (Golden Sands RC&D), John Welke (Landowner) and DMAP cooperative landowners including Jack Johnson,  Dick & Mary Czaj, Mike Derezinski and Jim Livingston. 

Managing invasive plants on your property can help support wildlife and promote healthy forest regeneration. Invasive plant management can become difficult if species are re-introduced from neighboring properties. Speakers share information about involving your neighbors in invasive plant control to help maintain forest health and support wildlife.

Speakers: Rod Sharka (Volunteer), Kari Hagenow (Invasive Plants Association of Wisconsin/The Nature Conservancy), Mike Derezinski (landowner), Asa Plonsky (Golden Sands RC&D), Andy Hart (NRCS WI State Forester), Matt Schultz (Pine Curve Consulting Forestry LLC), Chris Gaetzke (Lower Chippewa Invasives Partnership), Ben Bomkamp (NatureWorks LLC).

Cooperating for Forest Management:

Properly managed woodlands are healthy woodlands. Landowners in cooperatives can collaborate with neighbors to conduct shared timber sales and other forest management activities. This video contains information about large-scale private forest management, shared timber sales, and forestry cost-share programs.

Speakers: Margaret Parsons (Vice President of WWOA), Dan Peterson (WI Tree Farm Committee), Dr. Mike Demchik (UWSP), Matt Schultz (Forester), Jenny Larson (landowner), Joe Hovel (Partners in Forestry Landowner Cooperative), Joshua Benes (Golden Sands RC&D), Jim Livingston (DMAP Cooperative Landowner), Dan Hoff (Ruffed Grouse Society/NRCS), Lizzy Dawson (NRCS) and John Welke (Landowner).

We will feature some full-length interviews from some of our speakers by the end of the year. Check back later this year to dig deeper and learn more!

Thank you to these Cooperating for Woods and Wildlife Video Series Sponsors!

Thank you to these partners that provided funding for staff time to organize this video series through current projects.

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