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.
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.
Alastair 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
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:
Open the attached Information Mailer to submit your information:
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 and 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.
Registration Brochure: Fall_Field_Day_Flyer_Final.pdf
The Wisconsin Tree Farm Field Day, for 2017, will be hosted by Richard & Mary Czaja. The Czaja's are Wisconsin's 2016 Outstanding Tree Farmers of the Year. (more details of the Czaja Tree Farm is found on an earlier news posting titled "Wisconsin 2106 Outstanding Tree Farmer of the Year" located on page 2 of past postings - by scrolling down)
The date of the Field Day is Saturday August 12, 2017, starting at 8:00 a.m..
Their Tree Farm is located in Wood County and will start from the Pittsville High School located at 5459 Elementary Ave., Pittsville, Wisconsin. See Registration Brochure for more details.
Dale and Catherine Paulson have been named the 2017 Wisconsin Outstanding Tree Farmer of the Year. Their 131 acre Tree Farm in located in Bayfield County, made up of red pine, oak with some mixed hardwoods and aspen/birch, along with a small 2 acres parcel of grass. Over the years they harvested 132,680 board feet of sawlogs and 2301 cords of pulpwood. A forest management plan was originally written in 1988 and updated in 2016. Zak Neitzel, Forester Ranger from Brule, Wisconsin, was their nominating Tree Farm Inspector.
Dale purchased the original property in 1988 and has steadily added parcels to it. During that time he had done his own logging and worked at a local sawmill. Part of his property borders the Cranberry River, which is a trout stream and also serves as a breeding ground for salmon from Lake Superior Dale is very concerned with the water quality, and has done work with conservation groups to protect and enhance the stream. Dale has many areas of the property where he has planted seedlings or done TSI work to improve the forest. Trails are also maintained on the property.
Dale has a woodworking studio on the property and he locally sells honey from bee hives on the property, sharing his love of the property with people from the community and tourists that stop by. Maple syrup is another amenity they enjoy from their woodlands. Dale serves as a positive example of sound forestry for the local community and is also well connected to the local logging community, serving as a good example for them as well. He also has encouraged his son in forest land management, and is beginning to acquire parcels in the area, enrolling them in the Wisconsin Managed Forest Law Program.
Dale has spent many years in the woods and his love of it is evident as soon as you meet him. He serves as an excellent ambassador of sound forestry to the public, of which he has considerable contact. Zak, the nominating forester said he consistently gets phone calls from landowners in the area who want forestry assistance after talking to Dale. The fact that he cuts his own timber and even used to saw a lot of it back when he worked at Isaksson's Sawmill ties him even more to his property. He often says "I just want to leave it better than I found it, leave it in good shape for the next person." Dale also has his land open to public recreation, even though he is a hunter. Dale enjoys hunting deer and grouse as well as chasing a few turkeys from tim to time.
Congratulations to Dale and Catherine for the outstanding work that they do and for being selected as the 2017 Wisconsin Outstanding Tree Farmer of the Year.
On Friday, May 5, 2017, eight - 4th graders from the Adams-Friendship School District visited the Full Cycle Tree Farm in Adams County. May 5th is the anniversary date of the Cottonville Fire which occurred May 5th, 2005, and burnt through the Full Cycle Tree Farm. This group was the 11th group of 4th graders to help in the re-planting of trees after the fire. Wheeler's Laura Lane Nursery generously donated 100 red pine seedlings, along with a yearly donation from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources of seedling trees for each 4th grader to plant. In addition to planting trees, the group participated in an activity of cross-cut sawing of tree cookies. They tried their had (or feet) at log-rolling and also watched a sawmill make boards from a large log.
National Tree Farm award recipients Jim and Marlene Zdanovec and Regional Tree Farm award recipients Marlin and George Beck joined Nancy Livingston, Lee Johnston and other volunteers to make the day enjoyable for the 4th graders.
The Wisconsin Tree Farm Committee helped sponsor the event.
On May 1, 2017, the Wisconsin Tree Farm Committee published the following position regarding Governor Walkers budget proposal to eliminate the Wisconsin Forestry Mill Tax. A copy is available at the end of this article.
We have a great forestry tradition in the State of Wisconsin! The citizens and legislature of the State of Wisconsin have recognized the importance of healthy forests and sound forestry since 1924 when the Forestry Mill Tax was adopted as the only property tax authorized in the Wisconsin Constitution, "for the purpose of acquiring, preserving and developing the forests of the state and for other specified forestry purposes" assuring stable, long-term funding for forest protection and management for the past 897 years.
As a result, today 46% of the landscape of the State of Wisconsin, 17 million acres, is forested and that forested landscape provides numerous forest products, watershed protection, wildlife habitat, and recreational opportunities for the citizens of our State.
The following article is by Patrick Durkin, a freelance writer for the USA TODAY NETWORK - Wisconsin, Published 2:12 p.m. CT March 23, 2017, Updated 4:07 p.m. CT March 24, 2017. On March 31, 2017 it was circulated in the Society of American Foresters "The E-Foresters".
It reads as follows:
If Wisconsin is open for business why is Gov. Walker risking its $6.4 billion industry just so my wife and I can spend $27 tax savings on one dream date: a stuffed pizza and two Leinie's at Clam Lake's Chippewa Tavern?
Unless you own woodlands or follow conservation news, you likely haven't heard the guv's proposed budget for fiscal year 2017-19 suggests eliminating Wisconsin's forestry mill tax, which costs the average homeowner $27 annually. In its place, he proposes funding Wisconsin's approximately $90 million annual forestry programs with general purpose revenues.
Christine Walworth, Forester for the Department of Natural Resources has been named the 2017 North Central Regional Tree Farm Inspector of the Year. Christine received her award on February 23, 2017 in Greenville, South Carolina at the National Leadership Conference sponsored by the American Free Farm System. States included in the North Central region, in addition to Wisconsin, include Minnesota, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Iowa, and Kentucky.
Christine has been involved in the Tree Farm program since 1977 and has been actively promoting the American Tree Farm program throughout her career. During this time she has served on various Tree Farm committees, in several different capacities, including District Chair, Wisconsin State Committee Vice-Chair and State Chair. She completes necessary inspections and re-inspections, and is passionate about her involvement in the Tree Farm program. Christine works very well with landowners and the respect is reciprocal. She is a "hands-on" forester, willing to meet with landowners on their property to provide advice and share information.
The Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) Inc., announced in a new release on September 7, 2016, that the SFI 2015-2019 Forest Management Standard has again met the rigorous third-party assessment of the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC). PEFC is the umbrella organization that also endorses the Tree Farm System's Standards of Sustainability.
See the full news release SFI__PEFC.pdf