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).
WASHINGTON—The American Tree Farm System® (ATFS), a program of the American Forest Foundation, has named Joe Arington of Wisconsin the 2013 National Outstanding Tree Farmer of the Year, an annual sustainable forestry honor sponsored by STIHL, Inc.