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Partners in Forestry Landowner Cooperative


6063 Baker Lake Road
Conover, WI 54519
715 - 479 - 8528


"For global good, use local wood"



Congratulations on the

 Upper Wisconsin River Legacy Forest. We were happy to have been chosen for the title and closing service for this great conservation achievement in Vilas County.

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and Closing Service, Ironwood, Michigan



If you like the progress Partners in Forestry is making on important northwoods issues, such as the new Legacy Forest near Land O' Lakes, consider being a part of our important work by becoming a member.

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Partners in Forestry Landowners Coop (PIF), serving north central Wisconsin and western U.P., is dedicated to providing information, educational opportunities, and sustainable forest management for its members (Our Mission and Goals)  


News from PIF: 

NEW Partners in Forestry was asked to present a program titled ‘DEFORESTATION, proper and improper forest management and conversion of forest lands’ to the Sayner-St. Germain Fish and Wildlife Club on Thursday, June 23rd. This is the presentation made by Joe Hovel.

NEW Impacts of deer on northeastern forests and strategies for control. Deer have been shown to cause significant negative impacts to forest regeneration in northeastern forests. Chronic over-browsing reduces both plant and animal abundance, and these legacy effects can last long after deer numbers are reduced. Landowners should manage deer numbers on their property at levels the forest can sustain. Aggressive hunting programs, or in some cases deer damage permits, may be needed to lower deer numbers and impacts to acceptable levels. There is no quick and easy solution unless deer can be fenced out of regeneration areas, and this usually is not economically feasible. In many parts of NYS, if landowners do not manage deer, then successful forest regeneration of diverse hardwood trees is unlikely. Presented by Dr. Paul Curtis, Cornell University Department of Natural Resources. This is the presentation by Dr. Curtis.

NEW Newsletter June 2016 Topics: Introduction to High Grading Articles; High Value Forestry; Golden Goose Forestry; Are you concerned about Monarch Butterflies? I want to help; Thinking like an investor: why diverse forests are a good bet for an uncertain future; Tsuga Canadensis: Hemlock; Hemlock Wooly Adelgid; Deer Grandma and Grandpa; The Book Corner; Call the Dogs off the Lions

NEW  Breaking News: Pilgrim River Forest Legacy project achieves funding.
As one of the driving forces behind the Pilgrim River Forest Legacy application, Partners in Forestry is very happy to share the following announcement. A huge win for sustainable forestry, wildlife and public recreation, we are very grateful to the Forest Legacy Program and the Land and Water Conservation Fund. The Pilgrim River is a prized Trout fishing jewel, within short proximity to Houghton Michigan and Michigan Tech University. Click here to view information about the pilgrim river watershed project.




Along with the Upper Wisconsin River Legacy Forest success at the end of 2015, recent PIF conservation actions will have protected over 2500 acres of critical forest in two very different habitats, less than 90 miles apart in two adjoining states, with two vastly different but equally important watersheds being the focus of the conservation actions. Click here for the DNR announcement of $550,000 Forest Legacy Program grant for Houghton County project.





NEW Upper Wisconsin River Legacy Forest Project completed in Vilas County  The State of Wisconsin’s most recent Forest Legacy project was recently completed in the headwaters of the Wisconsin River near Land O’ Lakes. This partnership between two private landowners and the State of Wisconsin's Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Fund protects 1,042 acres of wooded forestland and 2 miles of Wisconsin River riparian habitat, and contributes to existing public lands.  Partners in Forestry Coop is proud to have been a driving force behind this very beneficial project. 

    View announcement of Upper Wisconsin River Legacy Forest Project

    View Map of Upper Wisconsuin River Legacy Forest

    View photos and text of a four page document previously used for advancing this project

    Listen to Joe Hovel discuss the Upper Wisconsin River Legacy Forest Project on WXPR public radio

Pictures from new legacy forest:  WI River Protected by Forest Legacy Joe Hovel and Gary Goska by WI River Headwaters Gary Goska and Joe Hovel on Forest Legacy Land,   Spruce Grouse Chick,  Wisconsin River,  100+ Year Old  Cedar in River Wetlands,   A Group Attending a Partners in Forestry and UW Center for Cooperatives Workshop View the Thinned Stand Entrance on County Road E

NEW Good News from our LWCF liason (December 16, 2015).  Though far short of our ultimate goal, restoring LWCF’s authorization for an additional three years with no changes to the program is a huge accomplishment given all that we were up against. Read PIF Letter to Representative concerning LWCF.   Read the News from our LWCF Laison


The state is going backwards for the timber industry and sportsman.

The timber products industry and sportsmen should be extremely concerned with DNR land sales as directed by law under this political climate. Both have high interest in preventing parcelization. For example, the new owner of a recent DNR land sale near Boulder Junction (outside NHAL boundary) plans the following: clearcut mature pines, put up a storage unit facility, and sell one-acre lots. This is the final timber harvest on these 40 acres. Likewise the scattered 40s and 80s in St. Germain that are up for sale will, in a few years, be subdivided into small parcels for sale as home sites and the timber will never again be managed and sportsmen will never again have access. It really is sad.

Partners in Forestry participated in the 'Wild Life and Reconciliation Conference' at the Ho Chunk conference center in Baraboo, Wis. on July 16.

The following presentation on Forest Legacy and it's value to Wis. wildlife was written by Joe Hovel, with editing and slides prepared by Rachel Hovel Phd., with presentation by Dick Steffes. Click here for the presentation

PIF Annual Meeting: Forestry Conference Discussion of Conservation Economics

Discussion covered the economic return of forest land ownership, the financial compensation of growing trees as an investment, long term conservation planning, the Land and Water Conservation Fund and Stewardship Fund necessary to mitigate forest land parcelization, tools for long term planning, tax considerations for protection and transfer of land and much more.



Listen to the various subjects discussed at the annual meeting


Introduction:  Local radio station WXPR interview of Joe Hovel and meeting discussion of the economic return of growing trees (John Schwarzmann).   Listen Here

Part two: Importance of the Land and Conservation Fund and Stewardship Fund (Richard Steffes and Matt Dallman).   Listen Here

Part Three: Tax Code Issues (Geary Searfoss).   Listen Here

Partners in Forestry Cooperative endorses the Pilgrim River Forest application under the Forest Legacy Program.   Read More

    PIF takes position on the budget proposal concerning the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Fund.  Read More.

Read the entire documented background on the Wildcat Falls Land Exchange.  PIF has taken a very strong position in opposition to the land exchange for a number of reasons. Read all the documents to get a better perspective on the issues involved.   Read More.

PIF supports the U.S. Forest Service "Brule-St. Croix Legacy Forest" Project funding.  Read More.

Protecting your wooded land for the future is essential to clean water, clean air, wildlife habitat, sustainable wood supply...all things that are necessary to society and health, and that are gone forever if the land is developed.