forestry

Joshua Mayer

Partners In Forestry Landowner Cooperative is having its annual meeting Saturday in Boulder Junction. 

  Part of the meeting will be a session open to the public discussion on the Economics of Land Conservation. Ken Krall spoke to Director Joe Hovel about some topics during the public session.

The Partners in Forestry Landowner Cooperative meeting is Saturday at the Big Bear Hideaway in Boulder Junction. You can contact Hovel at 715-479-8528 or the Partners In Forestry website for more information.

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A group of natural resource organizations wants to work with landowners to create more habitat for species like the American woodcock and the golden winged warbler.

The Young Forest Partnership includes the Wisconsin DNR, the American Bird Conservancy and several other groups.

The Partnership wants help landowners with the cost of shearing or harvesting aspen and tag alder, to encourage those short-lived species to regenerate and stay on the landscape.

A special town hall meeting is taking place Tuesday evening in Minocqua, regarding the fate of a group of trees in Torpy Park. 

The Minocqua Lions Club wants to build a new shelter in Torpy Park, and in the process remove about a dozen white pines estimated to be over a hundred years old. 

Many locals are up in arms about the plan, and have been contacting town officials and spreading the word through social media.  They say they like the atmosphere the trees provide, and say the trees are a vestige of old growth forest in the Northwoods. 

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Now that it’s April, experts say don't prune oak trees until after July…if you want to keep them safe from the oak wilt pathogen.  Oak wilt is a deadly fungus that gets transmitted through tiny sap beetles. 

DNR Forest Health specialist Brian Schwingle says oak wilt works in a similar way as Dutch elm disease, which devastated North American elm populations in the 20th century.  Both are fungal diseases spread through beetles.  But Schwingle says out of the two, oak wilt is much easier to prevent. 

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State foresters are set to begin a three-year timber management project in the Laona School Forest.  DNR officials and Laona students gathered Wednesday to kick off the project. 

DNR Forestry Supervisor Craig Williams says the project will benefit forest health. He says some of the trees in the oldest school forest in the country are aging, and are being affected by invasive buckthorn.

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State Senator Tom Tiffany is supporting Oneida County’s call for increased cutting in the Chequamegon Nicolet National Forest.  

The county board passed a resolution Tuesday asking federal officials and members of Congress to bring the national forest harvest up to its allowable level.  Senator Tiffany says after widespread clear-cutting a hundred years ago, the pendulum has now swung too far the other way.

Joshua Mayer

More than a hundred and sixty foresters are gathering in northern Wisconsin Tuesday and Wednesday to talk about northern hardwoods.  

Minocqua is hosting the annual conference for the Wisconsin Society of American Foresters.  Organizer Carmen Hardin from the DNR’s Division of Forestry says this year’s topic is timely.

Natalie Jablonski

Department of Natural Resources officials are weighing public input in deciding how to manage a portion of the Van Vliet Hemlocks.