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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.

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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.

Dale and Cathy received the award from the Wisconsin Tree Farm Committee last September. They are certified members of the American Tree Farm System in Wisconsin through their participation in the Wisconsin Managed Forest Law group certification program.  This is the first time the awards has been given to a landowner in Bayfield County.

The Paulson's are true do-it-yourselfers with a strong connection to the land.  They use their 131 acre tree farm to harvest saw logs and pulpwood, protect a trout stream, hunt, make maple syrup, keep bees, garden, and create works of art.  Dale says of his land "I just want to leave it better than I found it, to leave it in good shape for the next person."

The event is coordinated by the University of Wisconsin-Extension on behalf of the Wisconsin Tree Farm Committee, in partnership with the Wisconsin Woodland Owners Association, the SFI - State Implementation Committee, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, My Lake Superior Northwood, and Bayfield County Land and Water Conservation Department.

The field day event will run from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and start from the  Town of Bell Community  Center in Cornucopia. 

Nearest towns to Cornucopia with lodging options:

  • Herbster - 8 miles
  • Port Wing - 15 miles
  • Bayfield - 20 miles
  • Washburn - 20 miles
  • Ashland 30 miles

August is a peak tourist month for northern Wisconsin.  If you are traveling from out of town you are highly encouraged to make your lodging arrangement ASAP.

For lodging recommendations visit:

Bayfield Chamber of Commerce

Ashland Area Chamber of Commerce

For required Registration see the Paulson Tree Farm Field Day Brochure.  Paulson_TF_Field_Day_Brochure_2018.pdf

(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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Today the Forest Service Cooperative Forestry programs, created through the Act, help individual and family forest owners balance timber management with the conservation of water quality, fish and wildlife habitat, wildlife management, and opportunities for outdoor recreation. One of these programs is the Forest Stewardship Program which each year helps connect more than 400,00 landowners with information and tools they need to manage their woodlands for timber, fuel wood, wildlife habitat, water protection, and recreation.

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Another example is the Forest Legacy Program, which offers economic incentives to permanently conserve private working forests that support strong markets for forest products.  The program recently helped provate forest landowners in Georgia conserve 26,000 acres of well-stocked long-leaf pine forests that are now actively managed for timber, wildlife habitat, and watershed protection with new areas opened up for hunting, hiking, and mountain biking.

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And the Landscape Restoration Program coordinates multiple programs to more efficiently deliver services across landscape boundaries. For example a new imitative of the program, in North Carolina, leverages the Eastern North Carolina Sentinel Landscape program to promote working forests with land uses that are compatible with military priorities.

Last but not least, cities benefit from Cooperative Forestry programs, too.  The Urban and Community Forestry program serves more than 8,200 communities,  including more than 2,300 small, rural towns, by delivering best available science, tools, and financial resources to maintain and improve community forests. In fact, the program funds and trains Urban Forest Strike Teams that  help communities rebuild after disasters.

So this July, take a moment to appreciate the visionaries of 1978 who passed the Cooperative Forestry Assistance Act that's helping individuals and communities keep forests healthy and productive 40 years later.

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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The second project is a new technology that AFF/ATFS is piloting is called WoodsCamp.  This is a technology platform that was built to help family forest owners get easily access relevant information about their land and discover the options that are right for them.  As an internet service, WoodsCamp offers free insights that help landowners discover the best next steps for achieving their goals in their forest. 

WoodsCamp gives you:

  • access to data about your land,
  • a simpler path forward,
  • connection to the right local services and professionals,
  • notified when things change and
  • a gateway to more tools, resources and support that will grow with you

The last topic discussed was "The Upper Midwest Assessment"  which is the current Tree Farm Assessment.


The AFF/ATFS plans to hold similar Receptions across Wisconsin throughout 2018.  These sessions will be announced on this website so stay tuned and watch for the announcements.










Saturday, 12 May 2018 12:30

2018 Regional Inspector of the Year

Tom Martin Dan Paterson

Dan Peterson of Wisconsin Rapids was awarded the 2018 Regional Inspector of the Year at the American Tree Farm System (ATFS) National Leadership Conference held in Albuquerque, New Mexico in February.  Dan was introduced to the ATFS in 1985 when he was assigned to help manage Consolidated Paper's Tree Farm Family program.  At that time the Tree Farm System was an industry program and his company had a landowner assistance program that provided management assistance to private landowners.  All of the landowners who enrolled their land in the CPI Tree Farm Family were provided a management plan, free forestry assistance and enrolled in the National ATFS.  Dan enrolled over 200 landowners in the ATFS during that time and the CPI Tree Farm Family grew to over 200,000 acres of forested land.  Each year Consolidated Papers hosted a Tree Farm Family Field Day where all the Members were invited.  Dan was always involved in planning and hosting the event  where the day was spent touring 3 or 4 member Tree Farms in the area where the event was being held.  It rotated back and forth between northern and central Wisconsin.  Along with the Field Day they sponsored a containerized seedling growing contest.  Each year Tree Farmers could sign up to receive a free styrofoam seedling growing block seeded with 200 red pine.  Their challenge was to germinate the seeds, grow the seedlings, and bring them to the Tree Farm Field Day at the end of the summer where they were judged and a winner was selected. 

In 1998 Dan was awarded the Bronze Hardhat Award for enrolling 25 Tree Farms in ATFS.  In 1989 he was awarded the Sliver Hardhat Award for enrolling 50 Tree Farms in ATFS. In 1990 he was selected as the Wisconsin Outstanding Tree Farm Inspector of the Year.  In 1997 he was awarded the Gold Hardhat Award for enrolling 100 Tree Farms in ATFS.  In 1997 he was awarded the Gold Hardhat Plus Award for enrolling 150 Tree Farms in ATFS.  From 1987 through 1995 Dan served as District 10 Chair and the Publicity Chair on the Wisconsin Tree Farm Committee (WTFC).  In 2004 Dan took the inspector certification training to meet the new ATFS Certification Standards.  Dan completes 2-4 Tree Farm reinspections per year in a timely manner.  In  September 2006 hs assisted with a forestry field day hosted by WTFC.  In 2007 Dan volunteered at the American Tree Farm System - National Tree Farm Convention held in Madison Wisconsin by assisting with the field tours.  In 2017 Dan was again awarded the 2017 Wisconsin Outstanding Inspector of the year.

(More on next page)

Wednesday, 09 May 2018 17:37

Dessert and Coffee Reception




 Join us for a Dessert and Coffee Reception on May 16th from 7-8 pm at the Mequon Nature Preserve, 8200 W. County Line Rd., Mequon , Wi.  Meet other landowners, Tree Farmers,forest supporters and Midwest American Forest Foundation staff, who will share information on MyLandPlan.org, current Wisconsin projects and preview our newest project, Woodcamp. 

Please RSVP by Monday, May 14, to Beth Riley at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling 402-983-0655.

Invitation:  AFF-ATFS_Event_5-16-18.pdf

Thursday, 03 May 2018 12:32

What's Happen with the Farm Bill

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On April 10, 2018 Tom Martin, President & CEO for the American Forest Foundation (AFF) Testified in front of the House Appropriations Committee, Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food & Drug Administration and Related Agencies regarding the current proposed Farm Bill.  For private landowners, the bill makes many positive changes to the programs that assist in forest management and conservation.  The draft includes dedicated funding of $3 billion for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQUIP) by 2023, an increase from the $1.75 billion authorized today.   Along with an increase in EQUIP funding, the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) is slated to receive $250 million, a $150 million increase from today's maximum level to be invested in further developing partnerships to improve water and land quality.

The bill improves the Healthy Forests Reserved Program (HFRP) to further landowners protecting threatened and endangered species habitat.  In  addition HFRP improvement, the bill codifies the Forest Service's Landscape Restoration Program and provides new cross-boundary authorities that will allow the Forest Service to work with landowners to address challenges like pest infestation and hazardous fuel removal that don't respect ownership limits.  The bill expands the Community Wood Energy Program (CWEP), addressing investment in market infrastructure and encouraging the production of new wood products.  Additionally, the bill includes text stating that the USDA's BioPreferred Program is to be the only standard used by the government for purposes of federal purchasing.  Not only will this ensure wood from American Tree Farm System (ATFS) certified forests is allowed for federal purchasing, but will ensure that future redundant regulations don't create an unfair advantage for any of America's forest certification standards.


Thursday, 05 April 2018 21:13

Field Day For Woodland Owners

You are invited to a Spring Field Day for Woodland Owners hosted by Jim and Sue Karpinsky.  IMG 1130


This field day is sponsored by the Black Hawk chapter of the Wisconsin Woodland Owner Association (HC-WWOA), the Wisconsin Chapter of the Walnut Council (WWC) and the Wisconsin Tree Farm Committee (WTFC).



They have a great field day planned at the Karpinsky Tree Farm in Columbia County.IMG 1129

Jim and Sue Karpinsky started planting walnut trees over 40 years ago and when those first trees started to produce seeds - walnuts in this case - they continued by planting some of those seeds, Now days they harvest and crack the nuts to use in baking as well.

Come and learn about planting and pruning, equipment available for use, crop tree release and see a demonstration of a drone (those little flying machines that take pictures from above like a hive of bees).  


See attached registration information:   Field_Day_Flyer_4-11-18.pdf

Sunday, 17 December 2017 16:36

New Technology for Land Management

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The American Forest Foundation (AFF) and the American Tree Farm System (ATFS) are always looking for tools to help forest landowners manage their woods.  Recently a new tool has become available called WoodsCamp".  Founded by Will Martin and Alastair Jarvis, WoodsCamp aims to revolutionize the way landowners access information for their land and connect to local services that will help them.

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Will Martin

Will Martin has 15 years of forestry experience working on family woodlots in Nova Scotia.  He is the Chairman of the Medway Community   Forest   Co-op and past President of the Nova Scotia  Woodlot Owners and Operators Association.


AlastairAlastair JarvisAlastair Jarvis grew up playing in forests but has since spent most of his career making videogames.  After moving to Lunenburg, a house with a woodlot rekindled his love of the woods and set him on a new path.  Today he's committed to technology and business model innovation that benefits rural communities. 

Together these two young men are the cofounders of WoodsCamp.  They care deeply about the health of family forests and built their web tool to make sure landowners have the resources they need to make decisions that are right for them.  Their system automatically evaluates the best available forest data in the region to identify options for landowners based on the unique condition on each property and connects them to the right forestry professionals in their community.

WoodsCamp will find you opportunities that build wildlife habitat, grow the forest for the next generation, and understand potential financial benefits from any work done.  You can look up your property on WoodsCamp.com and get a free assessment of the best next steps for you.

The American Forest Foundation works on-the-ground with families, partners and selected officials to promote forest stewardship and protect America's forest heritage.  A commitment to the next generation unites their nationwide network of forest owners working to keep forests healthy and producing the clean water, wildlife habitat and sustainable wood supplies that all Americans count on from forest.  AFF has partnered with the WoodsCamp to make it available to landowners in the United States.

This partnership has initiated its first project in Alabama in partnership with the "My Alabama Woods" collaborative.  The partnership is made up of 14 different organizations, including not-for-profits, government agencies, and the private sector, with the common cause of helping ensure the healthy future of Alabama's forest.

The next step for AFF is to introduce WoodsCamp to the landowners in Wisconsin.  Wisconsin is the number one papering making State in the U.S. and has the largest number of members in the American Tree Farm System than any other State.  Paul DeLong, Senior Vice President of Conservation at the American Forest Foundation and former Wisconsin State Forester had to say, "We at the American Forest Foundation are eager to introduce WoodsCamp company and its web-based landowner outreach tool to our partners in Wisconsin." "The results from the test we are currently conducting in Alabama shows us that WoodsCamp helps our on-the-ground partners reach more landowners more quickly that ever before, and at a lower cost."

"Based on those result, we are excited about the opportunity to work with WoodsCamp to help the Wisconsin DNR and UW-Extension engage and support family forest owners throughout that state, help the Wisconsin Tree Farm Committee grow its program statewide, and help our partners in the Driftless, and Lake Superior Basin landscapes reach and engage more landowners there," explained Delong.  "I look forward to sitting down with these partners in the coming weeks to explore the ways in which together we can build and test the WoodsCamp platform in Wisconsin," he added.

If you are interested in learning about WoodsCamp, Will Martin will be making a presentation at the 2018 Southeast Wisconsin Woodland Owners Winter Conference to be held on February3, 2018 at the Waukesha County Technical College in Pewaukee, Wisconsin.

See attached for the Southeast Wisconsin Woodland 2018 Owners Winter Conference registration information"  SE_Conference_brochure_2018.pdf  

Tuesday, 14 November 2017 15:26

Update Your Records

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Did you know that more than three fourths of the landowners in Wisconsin own their land for wildlife and its beauty?

The American Tree Farm System (ATFS) is a community of like-minded landowner's, foresters and other professionals, who are committed to managing their land for wildlife, as well as water, wood and recreation.  As a member of this network, you are recognized for the good work you do on your land!

And we want to make sure that we stay in touch with you. So we can:

  • Send you  our regular Forests and Families emails, full of important information for Tree Famers.
  • Connect you with our Tree Farm Inspecting Foresters
  • Invite you to ATFS and partner events including field days and workshops
  • Provide you with new tools and resources available to woodland owners in Wisconsin, including the Wisconsin's Forestry Best Management Practices for Water Quality Field Manual.

 Open the attached Information Mailer to submit your information:

Wednesday, 06 September 2017 11:30

Fall Field Day for Woodland Owners


Wisconsin Tree Farm Committee (WTFC) is partnering with the Blackhawk Chapter of the Wisconsin Woodland Owner Association (WWOA) and the Wisconsin Walnut Council to hold a Fall Field Day at Dave andDave Hall Evelyn Hall's Tree Farm in Southern Wisconsin - Green County.  Dave and Evelyn Hall have graciously opened their  tree farm to us so we can see what they have been up to and learn a thing or two from the professionals they work with.

The day will include information on topics from shitake mushrooms, walnut and oak management to restoring a 19th century barn. 

We hope you can join the group on October 7th at, W837 Yarwood Road, Brocklyn, WI.  Question and registration can be directed to Carol Nielsen (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; 608-206-9682)

Registration Brochure: Fall_Field_Day_Flyer_Final.pdf

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Upcoming Events

11 Aug

Save the Date! for the Wisconsin Tree Farm Committee Annual Field Day

It will be held on Saturday August 11th in Bayfield County, Wisconsin.

Our hosts are the recipients of the Wisconsin 2017 Outstanding Tree Farmer of the Year award - Dale and Cathy Paulson.

Registration information will be made available in early July.

For more information see the following link:  Paulson_TF_Field_Day_Brochure_2018.pdf