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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.

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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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Saturday, 12 May 2018 12:30

2018 Regional Inspector of the Year

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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. 

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Wednesday, 09 May 2018 17:37

Dessert and Coffee Reception

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 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.

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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).

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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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