in Forestry Landowner Cooperative
Conover, WI 54519
715 - 479 - 8528
"For global good, use local wood"
in Forestry (PIF) is grateful to be recognized by our peers
and colleagues for our conservation efforts in the Northwoods of Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula. This
leadership award, from
Gathering Waters: Wisconsin’s Alliance for Land Trusts,
is named after the late (former) DATCP Secretary Rod
Nilsestuen, and is greatly appreciated and fitting as we
benefitted from an ongoing working relationship with the
Secretary that included a working lands meeting with him in
Vilas County in 2008. Read more about
PIF conservation efforts in land
preservation and the
Gathering Waters working land
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.
Let the members know!
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information of interest to members?
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Articles of interest
Workshops being planned
Special events coming
Trips to unique places
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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:
DNR Leadership; LWCF Permanently Funded...we hope; Knowles-Nelson
Stewardship Update; Unnatural Selection: Choose Your Plantings Properly;
Shady Characters Book Ad; The Root of the Problem; Tree Basics; Mark
Your Calendar: Tick and Mosquito Presentation; Looking Outside Our
Region; Woods reservation becomes part of Wauwatosa long range plan;
Tidbits; Ermines; Apex Predators: What Good are They?; PIF Book Review;
Our Living Ancestors Book Ad; Is That Smell A Skunk; Did You Know?
Northwoods Alliance Fund Raising Letter.
Help us protect lands
and waters! It has been said that there are four things that once done
cannot be brought back or undone—the spent arrow, the spoken word,
neglected opportunities, and time past. To that list, I do think there
are more to add – the extinction of a species, chemically polluted land
and water, developed and fragmented habitat, and introduction of
invasive species. These last four are all the “things” that Northwoods
Alliance, Inc. works toward preventing.
Click here to read the Fund Raising Letter
Water Conservation is a clear winner in Wisconsin. Click here to see why.
The Knowles-Nelson stewardship program is integral
to a prosperous future for Wisconsin. Click here to see why.
The Future of Wisconsin’s Knowles-Nelson
The Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program
has protected more than 500,000 acres of Wisconsin's most beautiful
lands and waters since 1990. Projects have ranged from 100-square-mile
purchases such as the Wild Rivers Legacy Forest in northeast Wisconsin
to 1-acre additions to the Hank Aaron State Trail in Milwaukee.
Click here for more information on the Stewardship
Program which will expire soon if the governor and the state legislature
don’t act during the next state budget.
Partners in Forestry
Annual Meeting Saturday November 3. 2018
At least 50 people participated in the largest gathering this year
in our series ‘Appreciate Our Common Lands; a hands on celebration of
the benefits of forest land conservation’ on Saturday Nov. 3 in Boulder
The morning session was out in the woods in the heart of the state
forest, lead by Ron Eckstein, John Schwarzmann, Paul Stearns and forest
health specialist Linda Williams. The discussion concentrated on the
threat of Oak Wilt, managing for wildlife and regeneration of oak
following controlled burning. Following a hearty lunch and fellowship at
the Big Bear Hideaway, Heather Kaarakka presented a very informative
program on bat research, invoking numerous questions and discussion. The
program next moved to a trio a notable conservation experts who have had
distinguished careers compiling over a century of conservation
experience. Paul Delong, Mike Dombeck and Dick Steffes were all very
comfortable discussing their impressive accomplishments and promoting
the numerous benefits of forest land conservation practices, programs
Door prizes included a rustic wood plank bench as well as bird’s eye
sugar maple bread boards.
More thorough description will be forthcoming in Partners News.
Partners in Forestry and the Northwoods Alliance are hosting this series
with help from the UW Center for Cooperatives.
Paul Hetzler, Horticulture
and Natural Resources Educator, Cornell Cooperative Extension of St.
Lawrence County, NY, ISA Certified Arborist since 1996 and a frequent
contributor to PIF Newsletters, has authored a new book
Characters: Plant Vampires, Caterpillar Soup, Leprechaun Trees and Other
Hilarities of the Natural World (The Lexingford Series on the Natural
World)". To order the book,
click here. For nature-based essays, visit
where humor and
science collide--amicably for the most part.
The FOREST LEGACY PROGRAM and RURAL ECONOMICS
A fresh report
on economic contributions of land conserved through the Forest Legacy
Program was just released by the Family Forest Research Center. This
project is centered on the economics of the Forest Legacy Program, and
parallels our own local discussions on the Economics of Forestland
Conservation. Go to the below link, click on projects and see Forest
Legacy under current projects. The Pilgrim Legacy Forest is part of this
here for the report:
Also an arc map of the project is at:
LWCF must be reauthorized, fully funded
The Land and Water Conservation Fund hasn’t cost taxpayers a penny the
past 54 years even as it funded everything from wildlife refuges to
historic battlefields to Little League diamonds. It has also united
groups as diverse as Ducks Unlimited and the Wilderness Society, while
inspiring support from Democrats and Republicans alike since President
John F. Kennedy first proposed it. Heck, the LWCF even sparked a fiery,
supportive speech in late July from Sen. Richard Burr, R-North Carolina,
a fiscal hawk and darling of the Koch brothers. Even so, nearly every
environmental group, conservation organization and outdoor trade
association has been working overtime this summer urging members to
write letters, blast emails and generally badger lawmakers toward one
goal: permanently reauthorizing and fully funding the LWCF before it
expires Sept. 30.
Click here to read more
1,300 acres near Pilgrim River protected
officials, land owners and local forestry enthusiasts came
together on Tuesday, July 24th to celebrate 25 years of work
towards the Pilgrim River Forest conservation project.
"This is a great example of a public-private partnership where
we have the land owner, the federal government, state government
and local governmental coalescing around conservation easements.
This actually protects about 1,300 acres, about 3.5 miles of the
Pilgrim River," said Michigan Department of Natural Resources
Director Keith Creagh.
purchased conservation easements with a $550,000 U.S. Forest
Service Legacy Program grant.
Joe and Mary Hovel sold their easement as part of their ongoing
passion to protect forests. They wanted to ensure the public
will be able to hunt, fish, hike, bike and more in the forest.
here to read more about the dedication.
Community forest sought for Wildcat Falls parcel
Front Page – Ironwood Daily Globe 4/23/18
WATERSMEET — Northwoods Alliance Inc. is seeking to protect Wildcat
Falls near Watersmeet. Wildcat Falls is a remote waterfalls about nine
miles from Watersmeet. It is one of several features on a 160-acre
property Northwoods Alliance is seeking to protect into perpetuity, said
Casey Clark, a conservation coordinator with Northwoods Alliance. The
property had been part of the Ottawa National Forest until 2016, but was
traded away in a controversial land swap. The controversy lagged for
several years with legal litigation following U.S. Forest Service
Click here to read full article
Wildcat Falls: A Community Forest Concept
is likely that most everyone reading this is aware of a very
controversial land swap conducted by the Ottawa National Forest in the
Upper Peninsula. While Wildcat Falls and its special locale may have
been lost from the Ottawa in what was termed the Delich Land Exchange,
the story is not over yet.
A conservation minded partnership in the Northwood
Alliance (NWA) network went through a lengthy negotiation process with
Mr. Delich in order to reach agreement to purchase the former public
(Ottawa) parcels, in turn preventing improper logging and fragmentation
of the landscape and its features. Upon completion of the purchase, the
conservation buyer tendered to NWA a Letter of Intent which requested
and engaged NWA and its conservation partners in the Upper Peninsula to
assist with a permanent and publicly beneficial conservation solution to
160 acres including Wildcat Falls and the overview of County Line Lake.
Click here to read full concept proposal
Managing Woodlands with a Conservation Land Ethic:
Renowned Cabin Builder Protects 3,000 Forested Acres. Joe and Mary
Hovel are Vilas County, Wisconsin, landowners who realize the importance
of actively managing and conserving their forested acres. The Hovels
enrolled in a variety of NRCS programs to plant trees, write a Forest
Management Plan, perform crop tree release and hinge cutting, increase
wildlife habitat and more, with the help of NRCS.
Click here to read full article
of damage from exotic invasive earthworm activity was highly correlated
to sugar maple dieback in the Upper Great Lakes region.
Sugar maple in
the western Upper Great Lakes region has recently been reported with
increased crown dieback symptoms, prompting investigation of the dieback
etiology across the region. Evaluation of sugar maple dieback from 2009
to 2012 across a 120 plot network in Upper Michigan, northern Wisconsin,
and eastern Minnesota has indicated that forest floor disturbance
impacts from exotic invasive earthworms was significantly related to
Click here to read the full article.
and Taxes: the high cost of palatability for a declining evergreen
In forest ecosystems woody shrubs face many
challenges in the struggle for survival and growth. In addition to
coping with the high-shade environment of the forest floor, in many
systems shrubs have to contend with the presence of mammalian
herbivores. Since these understory inhabitants spend their entire
existence within the reach of browsers, they must carefully balance the
allocation of limited resources among maintenance, growth, and defense.
When nutrients and light are readily available, fast-growing species
rapidly regrow tissues to compensate for herbivore consumption, but if
resources are limited, investment in defense may be the preferred
Click here to continue to read article.
Extensive Canada Yew on Pilgrim River property
Articles on the ecology,
distribution, conservation and management of large old
2017 Conserving large old trees as
small natural features - BiolCons;
2016 The unique challenges of
conserving large old trees - TrendsEcolEvol;
2016 The ecology, distribution,
conservation and management of large old trees - BiolRev
New Policies for Old Trees: Averting a
Global Crisis in a Keystone Ecological Structure - ConsLett
many areas of the United States, the population density of
white-tailed deer has dramatically increased over the past
century to levels that are significantly greater than
Prolonged and selective overbrowsing by deer
has strong impacts on population-and community-level
processes. Here are several "Deer browse impact research
legacy of deer overabundance: long-term delays in herbaceous
disturbance regimes promote tree diversity only under low
browsing regimes in eastern deciduous forest";
over browsing and biodiversity collapse in a forest
understory in Pennsylvania: Results from a 60 year-old
deer exclusion plot";
herbivory reduces web-building spider abundance by
simplifying forest vegetation structure";
the formation of dense understory layers in forests
worldwide: consequences and implications for forest
dynamics, biodiversity, and succession"
Policy Brief Series on The Land and Water
Land and Water Conservation Act was passed and signed into
law September 3, 1964 by President Lyndon B. Johnson
creating the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). The
LWCF is now the primary source of money used by federal,
and local governments to acquire lands for conservation and
public access to natural areas.
Click here to read more on the
Land and Water Conservation Act.
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.