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
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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:
Letter to Members of the Joint
Committee on Finance in Support of
the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship
Partners in Forestry is a 16 year organization advocating
for sustainable forest management. Our actions have brought
several thousand acres into management in recent years,
benefiting the forest industry and the health of these
forests. We care deeply about the economic, social,
environmental and intrinsic values of Wisconsin’s forest
land and we act continuously on behalf of land owners and
Click here to read more
on PIF Support for the Knowles-Nelson Program.
Upcoming DNR ‘Wildlife Through Forestry’ Forums; Upper
Wisconsin River Legacy Forest PIF Presentation; Climate
Change Impacts; Rachel Hovel Article Information;
Environmental Values from Eco-Updates; Wisconsin Private
Forestry Committee; PIF Statement to Vilas County Zoning
Committee; Message to State Senator Thomas Tiffany; Thirsty
Maples; Ted Ritter Letter to the Editor; Who is Joe Hovel?;
Book Corner - Rod Sharka: The Hidden Life of Trees: What
They Feel, How They
Communicate by Peter Wohllbegen
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.
Climate change prompts Alaska fish to
change breeding behavior by Rachel Hovel, University of
Washington, Office of News and Information, January 18, 2017
Rachel Hovel, who has done a lot of good work for both PIF
and Northwoods Alliance, was recently recognized by the
University of Washington when her article, Climate change
prompts Alaska fish to change breeding behavior was
published. The article concerns one of Alaska’s most
abundant freshwater fish species, the Three-spine
stickleback, which is altering its breeding patterns in
response to climate change. This could impact the ecology of
northern lakes, which already acutely feel the effects of a
Click here to read Rachel's entire
to sell 10,000 acres of land in several phases
in Forestry is a landowner based COOP dedicated to
sustainable forest management and advocacy for all the
benefits proper forest management provides to society. As
you may recall from our work in bringing you (for approval)
the Upper Wisconsin River Legacy Forest just one year ago,
we are passionate about the public values these conservation
projects bring to the people of Wisconsin. We are most in
our role in promoting positive goals for real benefits, but
at times we are called to an opposition position.
We have, of course, known for
some time about the directive for DNR to sell 10,000 acres
of land in several phases. I personally had hoped our
positive projects would subdue most vocal opposition from
our membership about this ongoing process. Recently however,
perhaps more related to the logistics of this recent phase
or perhaps the cumulative negativity of the idea overall, I
have heard a tremendous amount of rancor, strong opposition
and bewilderment from our membership, our out side network
and the public at large.
Please strongly consider the
long term repercussions from this proposal, and how it
affects the economic, social, environmental and intrinsic
benefits these very lands provide to the public. Our
citizens are in far too a polarized state of mind these days
as it is, to loose a public access, to loose a favorite
hunting or fishing spot, or to later discover how important
these lands may have been to a wildlife species or for some
revelation we can not now grasp will only create more public
We are in strong opposition
to this current phase, based on the volumes of comments we
have received in recent weeks.
for considering our position,
Acting Director and President
Partners in Forestry
Wisconsin’s Forest Legacy Program
identifies and protects, through the use of conservation
easements, environmentally important private forestlands
threatened with conversion. Properties in the program stay
under private ownership and management. Wisconsin's aim is
to protect large blocks of forestland that are managed for
the sustainable use of forest resources and that offer
public recreation opportunities in order to preserve the
integrity of the state’s forests.
here for a summary of the Upper Wisconsin River Legacy
Forest Legacy program. Any questions on this project can be
directed to Joe Hovel at email@example.com.
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
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.
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.
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
Click here for the presentation
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.