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Thursday, 02 January 2020 21:47

2019 Outstanding Tree Farmer of the Year!

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Chuck Pogorelcnik:  2019 Outstanding Tree Farmer of the Year

Chuck Pogorelcnik owns a total of 1,128 acres of woodland properties in both Price and Portage Counties.  He has owned the property in Portage County (Eau Pleine Woodlands) for 46 years and the property in Price County (Silver Creek Woodlands Camp) for 26 years.  All of his properties are managed following a stewardship plan and throughout his ownership he has practiced sound forest management.  His property contains a variety of forest types including pine, hardwood, aspen, birch, oak and more. Chuck has also accomplished extensive road work throughout his properties, along with mowing and maintaining all of the roads and trails. 

Chuck salvages storm damaged wood with a skidding winch and with help from family and friends.  Chuck used some of the lumber to construct a 24’ x 45’ pole shed in 2000, a 10’ x 24’ storage shed in 2004, and re-sided his cabin with board & batten in 2007-09.  He has also constructed many picnic tables.  The idea of harvesting timber from his land, sawing the logs into boards, and making something useful appealed to him and he made it happen.  He continues harvesting trees as required in his management plan.

To encourage wildlife on the property, Chuck has constructed and installed 10 bat houses, 40 wood duck boxes, and 8 Leopold benches. Chuck’s wood working projects are not finished – he currently has another 3,000 board feet of lumber air drying. Cutting firewood for personal and family use for the cabin is also an annual activity.  

In 2004, Chuck hosted the North Central Chapter of the Wisconsin Woodland Owners Association (WWOA) Science committee fall field day at Silver Creek Camp Woodlands.  In September 2018, Chuck hosted the WWOA Central Sands Chapter field day at his woodlands in Portage County and he hosted the October 2018 WWOA North Central Chapter field day at his woodlands in Price County.  In May 2019, chuck also hosted the Open Woods event on his property in Portage County.

Chuck is a life member of WWOA as well as a member of the Kettle Moraine chapter, the North Central Chapter and the Central Sands Chapter. He is currently the Vice President of the North Central Chapter and served on this chapter board in various positions for a number of years, including President for 4 years. Chuck has assisted on planning committees for state WWOA annual meetings as well as chapter meetings. 

Chuck is also a member of the following organizations:  National Woodland Owners Association since 2000, Great Lakes Timber Professionals Association since 2012, Wisconsin Association of Forest Owners since 2014, Partners in Forestry since 2014, and the Forest History Association since 2015. Chuck attended the 3-day Wisconsin Coverts Project and graduated from the Wisconsin Woodland Leadership Institute.  Chuck also received the Forest Conservationist of the Year Award from the Wisconsin Wildlife Federation in 2018.

Obviously, Chuck truly deserves to be called an Outstanding Tree Farmer of the Year!

Friday, 20 September 2019 19:10

WTFC June 2019 Meeting minutes

Monday, 15 July 2019 19:42

2019 Tree Farm Field Day!

Wisconsin Tree Farm Committee holds 2019 Field Day in Marinette County
Tour for Woodland Landowners Showcases Positive Example of Land Stewardship

The Wisconsin Tree Farm Committee will hold their annual Field Day on Saturday, August 17, 2019 in Marinette County. This year’s field day is hosted by landowners Tom and Leslyn Jacobs of Crivitz, who are recognized as the 2018 Outstanding Tree Farmers of the Year.

The field day takes place in a different location in Wisconsin every year and celebrates the achievements of the state’s outstanding tree farmers. This year’s event consists of a wagon tour of the Jacob’s woodland property, as well as presentations by local natural resource experts, booth displays by conservation organizations, a local foods luncheon, and a silent auction to benefit the Wisconsin Tree Farm program.

As husband and wife, parents and as foresters, Tom and Leslyn have sustainably managed their Tree Farms since their first purchase in 1984. They have included their family when taking care of the forest land and also when it comes to enjoying the wildlife, forest habitats, and outdoor recreation that their Tree Farms offer.

Tom says, “Owning forested land has always been a priority of Leslyns’ and I. We love managing it and love improving it with the hope of inspiring others to do the same.”

The event is coordinated by the Wisconsin Tree Farm Committee, in partnership with the Wisconsin Woodland Owners Association, SFI State Implementation Committee, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, and the University of Wisconsin – Madison Extension.

The field day event will run from 8:00am-2:00pm and start from The Woods near Crivitz (thewoodscrivitz.com). Registration is required. All ages are welcome. For more information about the event, visit witreefarm.org, and go to bit.ly/witreefarmfieldday2019 to register. If you have questions, please contact Bill Klase at 715-365-2658 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Friday, 21 June 2019 19:05

?? Need A New Tree Farm Sign ??

Well Worn Tree Farm Sign



By: Dan Peterson, Verso Corporation Forester

I’m proud to be an Inspecting Forester with the American Tree Farm System here in Wisconsin. A few weeks ago I was checking in on a pine thinning our company has with a private landowner and I happened to notice an old Tree Farm sign along the woods road on the property.  My goodness!  The property was enrolled in the American Tree Farm System many years ago and the sign was proudly posted by the woods road – perhaps when the 60 year old pine plantation was first established!  Time for a new sign, wouldn’t you say? 

The American Tree Farm System (ATFS) began over 75 years ago in the early 1940’s. Wisconsin joined with ATFS in the 1950’s and there are many landowners who have been Wisconsin Tree Farmers for decades and publicly post the “Sign of Good Forestry” on their properties.  Some of those Tree Farms have been handed down from parents to children during that time, and somewhere along the way the “Sign” has been forgotten.  When was the last time you checked on your Tree Farm Sign?  It’s the most familiar and nationally recognized symbol of good forestry on private lands in North America.  Let’s be sure to post our signs and let our neighbors know that a healthy and productive forest is no accident. 

The Tree Farm sign must be “earned” by committing to sustainable forest management on your woodlands to meet the standards of ATFS, and then following through in practice. Only certified American Tree Farms can post the Tree Farm Sign on their land.  If you need a new Tree Farm Sign there are several ways to get one:

  • For landowners in the MFL Tree Farm Certified group you can go to the Wisconsin Tree Farm Committee website (www.witreefarm.org) and click on the “TREE FARM SIGN REQUEST” tab. That will bring up an order form and license agreement you can complete and send to the Wisconsin Tree Farm Administrator to get a new sign.
  • For non-MFL certified Tree Farms, contact our Tree Farm Administrator, Shirley Bargander, and order one directly:

Shirley Bargander

WTFC Tree Farm Administrator

PO Box 285

Stevens Point, WI 54481-0285


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Nancy Livingston and A-F 4th Graders Celebrate 20 Years!


This is the 20th year Nancy Livingston has planted trees in the spring with help from the Adams – Friendship school district 4th grade students. It started with the help of Nancy’s good friend, Peggy Werner (who happened to be a 4th grade teacher) and DNR forester Nina Stensberg. The first group of 4th graders came out to the tree farm to learn about forestry in the forest, Wisconsin logging history, and of course each student helped plant a tree. Through the hard work and efforts of many, including DNR forestry staff, WWOA members, and friends of Nancy’s this tradition has survived for 20 years! Nancy would like nothing more than for each student to take away the importance of a working forest and how they can make a difference just by planting a tree. 

Wednesday, 02 January 2019 11:54

2018 Outstanding Tree Farmer of the Year

Leslyn bear cub

Tom Bear Cub

Tom and Leslyn Jacobs were selected as the 2018 Wisconsin Outstanding Tree Farmer of the Year.  They own and manage 875 acres of woodland in Marinette and Oconto Counties since 1984.  They follow their management plan and keep records of their practices.  In addition to practicing sound forestJacobs Cabin management they have constructed and maintained a wooden bridge on Waupee Creek, built a cabin from 85% of lumber harvested off Waupee pines bridgetheir own woods, maintain 38 acres of wildlife openings, 12 miles of property lines are identified and marked, established old growth stands, maintain bird houses and wildlife habitat and so much more.

Tom and Leslyn have been very active outside of managing their woodlands.  Tom has been a member of the Wisconsin Tree Farm Committee (WTFC) since 1988 and was Chair of the Committee from 2001 to 2008.  Tom has served as treasurer of the WTFC since 2006.  Tom & Leslyn have been a member of the Wisconsin Woodland Owner Association (WWOA) and the Phoenix Falls Chapter of WWOA since 2001.   Both Tom and Leslyn partake in many WWOA Field Day events and Annual Conventions.  Tom has been a WWOA Board of Directors since the fall of 2016 to the present.  They both have attended five National Tree Farm Conventions and 9 Annual National Leadership Conventions.  They are also members of the Society of American Foresters (SAF) since graduating from the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point with Forestry degrees.  Tom serves on the Wisconsin SAF Forestry Hall of Fame Committee since 2014.  They have hosted numerous field days on their property and have assisted in planning for meetings and conventions. 


Tour for Woodland Landowners Showcases Positive Example of Land Stewardship

The Wisconsin Tree Farm Committee will hold their annual Field Day on Saturday, August 11, 2018 in Bayfield County.  This year's field day is hosted by landowners Dale and Cathy  Paulson of Herbster, who are recognized as Wisconsin's 2017 Outstanding Tree Farmers of the Year.

Dale Paulson OTFY

The field day takes place in a different location in Wisconsin every year and celebrates the achievements of the state's outstanding tree farmers.  This year's event consists of a walking tour of the Paulson's woodland property, as well as presentations by local natural resource experts, booth displays by conservation organizations, a local foods luncheon, and a silent auction to benefit the Wisconsin Tree Farm program.

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(Posted by El Kouarti, Office of Communication, USDA Forest Service in Forestry June 28, 2018)

When most people think of forested lands in our country what comes to mind are public wild lands like the Mount Hood National Forest in Oregon or the Shenandoah National Park in Virginia.  But the reality is most forests in America, nearly sixty percent, are owned by private landowners who very much rely on these lands for income that helps to fuel the economic health of rural communities.

So because forests continue to be threatened by wildfire, attacks by insects and disease and conversion to non-forest uses, forty years ago, on July 1 Congress passed the Cooperative Forestry Assistance Act of 1978.  The Act was Designed to mitigate these threats by empowering the USDA Forest Service to partner with state forestry agencies, which typically match federal investments 2 to 1, to provide technical forest management assistance to landowners.

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Thursday, 07 June 2018 11:47

Dessert & Coffee Reception

Pic 5The American Forest Foundation (AFF) and the American Tree Farm System (ATFS) recently had a complimentary reception to celebrate their current Wisconsin projects and provide landowners with an exclusive preview of new projects launching, including an exciting technology platform they are piloting in Wisconsin.

The reception was held on May 16th at the Mequon Nature Preserve near Mequon Wisconsin.  Caroline Keubler and Beth Riley of the American Forest Foundation spent part of an hour with a presentation discussing the American Tree Farm System (ATFS) Management Plan Addendum "MyLandPlan" which is an easy-to-use tool to help support  Certified Tree Farmers and Family Forest owners.  The tool is designed to help you understand the range of resources for consideration  in the managing of your woodlands.  This document is designed as a complement to your current management plan. 

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