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".
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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
Dick & Mary Czaja, of Pittsville Wisconsin, have been named the 2016 Outstanding Tree Farmers of the Year. Their well-managed tree farm of 38 acres is located in Wood County and consists of oak/hickory, aspen/birch and other hardwoods. Their first management plan was written in 1993. They have owned their tree farm for 25 years. The nominating forester is Steve Grant, a forester with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources who has been working with the Czaja's and wrote their first plan.
On May 26, 2016, Dan Peterson presented the Governor's proclamation celebrating ATFS 75th anniversary at the Wisconsin Council of Forestry meeting. Many key supporters of forestry were represented for the event: Wisconsin DNR, Great Lakes Timber Producers Assoc., Wisconsin Consulting Foresters Assoc., Wisconsin urban forestry, Wisconsin Woodland Owners Assoc., University of Wisconsin Extension, USDA Forest Service, Wisconsin State Senate, Wisconsin State Assembly, Boy Scouts of America, Society of American Foresters, Nature Conservancy, and forest products industry representatives.
(Top picture: Dan Peterson, Chair of the Wisconsin Tree Farm Committee with Paul DeLong, Wisconsin State Forester. Second Picture: Dan Peterson with Wisconsin State Assembly Rep. Jeff Mursau and Wisconsin State Senator Janet Bewley. All members of the Wisconsin Council on Forestry, Strong supporters of good forestry in Wisconsin)
Each year the American Tree Farm System picks Regional Outstanding Tree Farmer of the Year out of submitted nominees from all the States in each of the Four Regions here in the United States. Wisconsin is in the North Central Region along with Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Illinois, Ohio and Kentucky. The Kann Family Tree Farm was Wisconsin's nominee for 2016. They were the 2014 Wisconsin Outstanding Tree Farmers.
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David Czysz, Tree Farm Inspector and Wisconsin Tree Farm District 17 Chair, pictured here with some of the Greendale, Highland View Elementary School, Cub Scout Pack 509.
Two of David's Grandchildren attend the City of Greendale's Highland View Elementary school and are also involved with the Highland View Cub Scout Pack. David's daughter and son-in-law are active members of the Pack's leadership and for the last two years, David has worked with them and the Pack Cub Master, Tyler Roberts, to do tree planting for an annual Arbor Day activity.
David, working with a long time college and friend DNR Forester Julie Peltier, also a Tree Farm inspector, arrange the planting of some trees on the Kettle Moraine State Forest north of Milwaukee. This year they planted oak seedlings on an old farm field, part of Jackson Marsh east of Jackson Wisconsin, recently donated to the DNR from a local farmer. The goal is to reestablish oak on this property.
Rachel Jordan was inducted into the Wisconsin Forestry Hall of Fame on September 19, 2015, at the Wisconsin Woodlands Owners annual meeting at Marshfield Wisconsin. Rachel was nominated by the Wisconsin Tree Farm Committee for this prestigious honor.
She became an active member in the Wisconsin Tree Farm Program and the Wisconsin Woodland Owners Association (WWOA), and soon a leader in both organizations. She was the Wisconsin Outstanding Tree Farmer of the Year in 1994 and in 1996 she was recognized as the best Tree Farm in the United States by being awarded the National Outstanding Tree Farmer of the Year. Rachel was the first ever to receive this recognition from Wisconsin.
Alvin (Al) L. Barden, of Eagle River Wisconsin, was inducted into Wisconsin's Forestry Hall of Fame in September 2015, at the Wisconsin Woodland Owners Association (WWOA) Annual Convention held in Marshfield, Wisconsin. Barden was nominated for the Hall of Fame by the Wisconsin Tree Farm Committee, which previously named him as a recipient of this Leadership Award for his service as an administrator and committee chair. Al remains a friend of the Committee and continues to be an active member promoting sustainable forestry.
Barden received his B.S. Degree in Forest Management from Iowa State University in 1955 and a M.S. Degree in Natural Resources Administration from Colorado State University in 1970. He served in the Air Force Reserves reaching the rank of Lt. Colonel.
The Wisconsin Outstanding Tree Farmer of the Year for 2015 is Carl and Doris Mueller. They manage a 120 acres Tree Farm in Trempealeau County. Eighty acres are in the Wisconsin Managed Forest Law (MFL) Independently Managed Group (IMG) Certified under the American Forest Foundation Standards of Sustainability. They also have forty acres under the Wisconsin Forest Crop Law (FCL).