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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.


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 March 2020 Newsletter  Congratulations to Rod Sharka; Comments to Vilas County Forest Planning; Jung Hemlock - State Natural Area/American Beech Facts; What A Great Tree It Is; Not Plagued by Locusts; My Experience with Black Locust in Central Wisconsin; Nettles: Good to Eat, and for Keeping a Safe Distance; The Next Generation, in praise of their activism; Habitat Typing; The Book Corner - The Overstory; The Forest Ethicist


NEW Jung Hemlock-Beech Forest State Natural Area. Age of the oldest-known trees: 230 years;  Status: Jung Hemlock-Beech Forest is owned by the DNR and was designated a State Natural Area in 1976. Jung Hemlock-Beech Forest is a rare remnant of the once extensive northern hemlock-hardwood forest that covered millions of acres in northeastern Wisconsin. The forest contains old-growth hemlock, American beech, and sugar maple, with some yellow birch and some large (36” dbh), but scattered white pine – most of the pines were almost certainly high-graded out long ago. Beech is near the western limit of its range here, but is common throughout the stand and reproducing well. However, many of the larger beech appear to be on their last legs. Hemlock is also reproducing to a minor extent, but better in comparison to most sites where young hemlocks are rare due to browsing deer. A recent blowdown snapped off or uprooted quite a few larger trees. Read More about this area  

Click here for a Map of the Area


Pictures from area: 



Occurrence of Oak Wilt in Vilas County  Dear Land O' Lakes Town Board (Chairman Dan Balog, Supervisor Sam Otterpohl, and Supervisor Mike Stopczynski), We are writing to inform you of a developing threat to oak trees in Vilas County, and specifically what the town can do to help protect the abundant oaks found in the Town of Land O' Lakes. Partners in Forestry is being proactive concerning the threat of oak wilt to the northern countes. Read full letter to Land O' Lakes Town Board.  While this letter was to the Land O Lakes Town Board, letters were personalized to many other towns and entities. We thank our signatory partners in this effort.


Hearing on the Alaska Roadless Rule. Thank you for inviting me to testify on the Alaska Roadless Rule. I’m very familiar with this Committee’s work, having testified many times as acting-Director of the Bureau of Land Management and as Chief of the Forest Service, including several times on the very topic of this hearing—the future of Roadless Areas on the National Forests. I greatly appreciate this Committee’s important role in the oversight and management of our nation’s precious natural resources and public lands. I am very grateful to have spent a career in public service and have witnessed a very wide variety of public land management debates. Read more on this testimony.   For more information, read an article from Los Angeles Times "The Tongass National Forest, which represents the largest intact temperate rainforest, is facing a serious threat of its own".

NEW Wildcat Falls nudges closer to a Community Forest. The Wildcat Falls Community Forest, a forestland conservation effort in Ontonagon County, has recently gained further traction with recent support from two sustainable forestry funds: the Upper Peninsula Sustainable Forest and Wildlife Fund of the Community Foundation of the Upper Peninsula (CFUP), and the Weyerhaeuser Community Fund. Click here to read more about this important conservation achievement


NEW Wildcat Falls gains further momentum toward a Community Forest.    Northwoods Alliance (NWA) and its conservation partners are pleased to announce a significant advance toward establishing a community forest at Wildcat Falls, a forested tract just north of the Wisconsin border with unique ecological and recreational values. The project was recently awarded 50% of the funding necessary to complete the community forest, through a successful grant from the USFS Community Forest and Open Space Conservation program. Click here to read more about this important conservation achievement

Listen to NPR presentation "Wildcat Falls Closer To Being A Community Forest"


Assessing the local economic impacts of land protection:  Land protection, both public and private, provides substantial ecological benefits by avoiding conversion of natural systems to intensive, developed uses. These benefits include carbon sequestration, watershed functioning, soil conservation, and the preservation of diverse habitat types (e.g., Daily 1997; Brauman et al. 2007; Kumar 2012; Watson et al. 2014). Land protection also solves a key market failure: private markets tend to under provide socially beneficial land uses such as natural forests, agricultural lands, or managed timberlands.  Click here to read full article


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 report.
 Click here for the report:
Also an arc map of the project is at:




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.