Thank you for your interest in the Woods and Wildlife for Today and Tomorrow Project (WWFTT)! We believe that this

project will help you better manage your woodland for wildlife, for your wallet, and for future generations.

There are currently over 70 landowners in 8 counties (Marathon, Wood, Portage, Waupaca, Waushara, Adams, Juneau,

and Monroe) that are involved in this project. You can join them!

What can this program do for you?

  • Site Visits from a Wildlife Biologist and Forester where you can learn how to improve habitat!

    • Have a forest management plan? Great! This plan likely focuses on woodland production, but you can adapt it to create better wildlife habitat! By joining this program you will get ideas for what you can do to adapt the plan.​

    • Don't have a forest management plan? No problem! This program is a great low cost way to start learning about what you can do on your property without some of the commitments that come with some forest management plans.

  • Membership into the Deer Management Assistance Program (DMAP)!

    • Learn about what you can do on your property to enhance habitat through emails, workshops, management reports, and personal site visits!

    • Learn about deer herd health around your property and how it can be improved.

      • If there are too many deer on your property, you can receive reduced price antlerless tags!​

      • If there are too little deer on your property, you can learn about how to promote better habitat so that you attract more!

    • Receive evaluations of habitat on your property and ​how it can be improved.

  • Receive additional benefits (all are optional) through Golden Sands RC&D!​

    • Discounted forest management plans

    • Collaboration with neighbors on invasive species removal

    • Assistance with collaborative timber sales between landowners within the cooperative

    • Notifications of habitat restoration funding opportunities in your area and assistance with the application process.

Why does this project exist?

The wildlife on your property do stay on your property all the time. They move around. The goal of this project is to increase collaborative efforts between neighboring woodland landowners so that they can learn, stay informed, and act to create healthier woodlands and more high quality wildlife habitat.

To read more about this program, please view our publication about the program.

What does it cost?

Landowners split the bill for the DMAP program. A Level 3 DMAP cooperative costs $150 every three years. Landowners split the cost of this bill. Each cooperative does this differently. However, the most common option is that landowners split it evenly. Therefore, if there are 10 landowners in a cooperative, landowners would pay $15 each.

Landowners then have the option to receive additional benefits through these cooperatives through Golden Sands RC&D for a one-time fee of $25.

Does my land remain private?

Absolutely. Enrolling in this program has no effect on your private land status.

Can you provide more detailed information about each of the programs?

Each landowner gets involved in the non-regulatory DMAP program. This program just gives you ideas for what you can do to improve habitat. There is no requirement to follow any of the recommendations. You get to choose what you want to do! Then, we help landowners that want to get involved in other programs. Here is a summary of all of these programs:

Deer Management Assistance Program (DMAP)

DMAP is the foundation of these cooperatives. It is non-regulatory, meaning all the members of these cooperatives just get ideas on how to create better wildlife habitat on their properties. DMAP provides landowners with technical assistance and management opportunities for all wildlife for landowners or forest cooperatives with 160 or more acres of land (Level 2) and 640 acres of land (Level 3). Learn more from the videos below or from the DNR website.

Forest Stewardship Plans

Landowners who want to go beyond the DMAP program to consider sustainable forest management strategies can choose to have a forest management plan written. Many landowners who participate in DMAP are already enrolled in these plans and use DMAP to supplement their forest management plan. A very popular forest management plan throughout Wisconsin is the Managed Forest Law (MFL) plan. This plan saves landowners money on their property taxes (brings down taxes to $10.68/acre), qualifies your timber for the sustainable certified marketplace, and allows you to plan out strategies to make your woodland healthier and more productive. MFL plans are written by Certified Plan Writers (CPW) and properties need to meet certain requirements. For more information on MFL forest plans click here.

A lesser known option forest management are non-regulatory Forest Stewardship Program plans (FSP). These plans can offer guidance on sustainable forest management options for your property (recommendations only) but they do not provide you the tax benefit. For more information on this type of plan visit the

U.S. Forest Service website.


Landowners who wish to just have FSP plans written may choose to enter the sustainable certification marketplace through the Tree Farm program. In order to do this, landowners enrolled in FSP will have to have their plan reviewed to be sure it meets ATFS certification standards.


Landowners within these cooperatives can receive discounts on their forest management plans.

Habitat Restoration Funding

There are a number of programs available to help you reach your habitat restoration goals. Josh Beneš will provide cooperative members guidance on how to apply for funds from several different funding sources:


Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP):

EQIP is a voluntary program through the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) that promotes forest management. This program offers financial and technical assistance to help landowners to install or implement conservation practices on their land that protect soil and water quality. Joining a forest cooperative will allow you to use Josh as a resource as you navigate applications for the financial and technical benefits this program provides.


For more information about EQIP please refer to the Wisconsin EQIP Website.

Fish and Wildlife Habitat Restoration Funds

Currently there are numerous funds available for private land restoration projects targeting Karner Blue Butterfly habitat from the Fish and Wildlife Service in Portage, Waupaca, Waushara, and Adams Counties. Contact Josh with specific information and how to apply.

Conduct Timber Sales with your neighbors

Landowners within a cooperative may choose to conduct timber sales with their neighbors. Landowners who choose to share their forest management plan with us can have a report for them and their neighbors prepared. This report will provide optional recommendations for collaboration and maximized efficiency for woodland management. View an example report.


Do I need to participate in everything the cooperative does?

No. The only program everyone in the cooperative will be involved with is the DMAP program. This program is non-regulatory. By participating, you will get ideas on how to create better habitat on your property and develop connections to neighbors and to natural resource professionals. Landowners can get involved beyond the DMAP program in any way they choose. Joshua Benes is happy to help landowners get involved in any different initiatives they choose.


Current DMAP WWFTT Woodland Cooperatives

There are currently 9 WWFTT DMAP Cooperatives! You can join them or create one of your own!

              Marathon County - Township of Kronenwetter - "Kronenwetter Cooperative".

                                             5 Landowners in the DC Everest "Twin Oaks" School Forest. 1,000+ acres.

                     Wood County - Township of Cary - "Southeastern Cary Cooperative".

                                             5 Landowners. 800+ acres.

Portage/Waupaca County - Townships of Belmont & Dayton- "Emmons Creek Fishery Area Cooperative"

                                             5 Landowners. 180+ acres private lands. 1,279 acres public lands.

Portage/Waupaca County - Townships of Lanark & Farmington - "Frost Valley DMAP Cooperative"

                                             10 Landowners. 1,500+ acres. 

              Waushara County - Township of Rose - "Western Rose Cooperative"

                                             10 Landowners. 800+ acres.

                    Adams County - Township of Richfield -  "Richfield QDM DMAP Cooperative"

                                             18 Landowners. 2,700+ acres.

                  Monroe County - Townships of Adrian & Ridgeville-  "Southern Adrian Cooperative"

                                             9 Landowners. 1,500+ acres.

                                               Townships of Adrian & Ridgeville"Oak Place Cooperative"

                                             8 Landowners. 850+ acres.

                                               Township of Ridgeville-  "Broken Antler Cooperative"

                                             3 Landowners. 400+ acres.

If you want to join any of these DMAP cooperatives contact Joshua Benes by using the form below, by phone at 715-343-6215 or by email at joshua.benes@goldensandsrcd.org

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