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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"


Partners 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 preservation award.


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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)  


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Celebrate forest conservation and public access at Pilgrim River event at 11am Tuesday July 24

The brook trout-filled Pilgrim River in the heart of Houghton County, Michigan, winds through acres of prime forestland, unique land formations, recreational trails and habitat for an array of wildlife including deer, black bear, mink, otter, bald eagles, raptors and song birds.
Thanks to a recently completed project that partnered the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, the Keweenaw Land Trust and the community in acquiring a conservation easement on nearly 1,300 acres of this forestland, 3.5 miles of the Pilgrim River corridor is protected for the enjoyment of current and future generations.

The event will take place on a bluff overlooking the Pilgrim River on what is known as the Heritage Tract, located on Boundary Road south of Houghton. Speakers at the ceremony include DNR Director Keith Creagh, Keweenaw Land Trust Executive Director Evan McDonald, U.S. Forest Service representative Neal Bungard, and the landowners who had the foresight to protect their important forestland through this project. A ceremonial deed signing and guided hike through the property will follow the ceremony.  Click here to read more about the event.

Directions to the ceremony
From Hougton, take M-26 south. Turn left onto Green Acres Road and follow that until it continues on to Superior Road. After traveling 2.5 miles on Superior Road, turn left onto Boundary Road. Parking is about a half-mile down on the left.
From Baraga, take US-41 north. Just north of Chassell, turn left onto Massie Road and travel 1.5 miles. Turn right onto Paradise Road and travel 1 mile. Turn left onto Boundary Road. Parking is approximately 1.5 miles down on the right.

Tenderfoot Reserve event Saturday August 25

On Saturday August 25, an outing will be held at the Tenderfoot Reserve to witness a very different habitat type which includes magnificent old growth stands. This trip will include a paddle by canoe across Palmer and Tenderfoot lakes.  More information will be coming for this August gathering.

  For more information on these events please contact Joe Hovel at 715-479-8528 or or see to learn more about the groups ongoing conservation efforts. 


NEW June 2018 Newsletter Topics: Bio-Blitz at Wildcat Falls; Confessions of A New But Passionate Maple Sap Practitioner; Maples of Wisconsin; Readers Comments; PIF Interview with Chuck Abitz, Forest Tax Law Forester; Take Fewer Leeks; White Birch Bark from Northern Woodlands; Various White Birch Facts and Articles; Chaga Articles - Rachel Hovel and Dana Richter; Diseases Spread Through the Bites of Ticks and Mosquitoes; Are Your Trees Over the Hill; Wrapping Up the Northern Gum Crop; The Book Corner; Bits and Pieces


NEW Friends,
Here is a link to a news story on Channel 12 television out of Rhinelander about Saturday May 19th bio-blitz at Wildcat Falls.  
Click here for link


NEW 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 administrative appeals. Click here to read full article


NEW Wildcat Falls: A Community Forest Concept  It 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


Evidence 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 maple dieback. Click here to read the full article.

Death and Taxes: the high cost of palatability for a declining evergreen schrub. 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 option. 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 trees:  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 DOI;  2014 New Policies for Old Trees: Averting a Global Crisis in a Keystone Ecological Structure - ConsLett

In 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 presettlement estimates.  Prolonged and selective overbrowsing by deer has strong impacts on population-and community-level processes. Here are several "Deer browse impact research papers":   "The legacy of deer overabundance: long-term delays in herbaceous understory recovery";    "Historic disturbance regimes promote tree diversity only under low browsing regimes in eastern deciduous forest";    "Chronic over browsing and biodiversity collapse in a forest understory in Pennsylvania:  Results from a 60 year-old deer exclusion plot";    "Deer herbivory reduces web-building spider abundance by simplifying forest vegetation structure";    "On the formation of dense understory layers in forests worldwide: consequences and implications for forest dynamics, biodiversity, and succession"


The Wildlife Society Policy Brief Series on The Land and Water Conservation Fund.   The 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, state, 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 changing climate. Click here to read Rachel's entire article.

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.