In the past years the Schoenecks have been very active in the management of their property. As an example, the original plan recommended planting 21 acres of an upland brush and open area. Six acres of it was tag alder growing on upland soil. Dennis and the family started cutting down the alder but found young black cherry volunteers growing among the alder. They continued to remove the alder and now have a unique four acre stand of black cherry saplings. They also planted seven acres of the open area with red pine and the remaining eleven acres is opening around their home and Dennis's parent's homestead which is across the road form their home.
Dennis is a logger, following in his father's foot steps. Owner and Operator of Enterprise Forest Products.
Dennis has served 14 years on a local school board, and became very active with the teachers. He has had many classes, ranging from 4th to 12th grade, come out to their Tree Farm and out on his logging sites to explain their harvesting operation and the forest management for the site. He has served on the Elcho School Forestry Committee since 1998. He is the only community member on the Committee and is instrumental in preventing the sale of the school forest and changing I into a active school classroom.
Dennis has worked with Jeremy Solin from the Learning Experience @ Activities in Forestry (LEAF) from 2004. Jeremy has brought several groups to Dennis's logging sites and Dennis he spoken to the groups of the procedures of sound forest management practices. In October 2011 he had a group of 75 educators through LEAF on his property for a field day.
Dennis has participated as a speaker for the Forest Industry Safety Training Alliance (FISTA) for four years, regarding Loggers Involvement in Forestry Education. He is also on the Board of Directors. He has helped with a seminar on sustainable forestry and safety in the woods at the Cameron High School in March 2012 for 17 students.
From 1993 - 2008 Kim, Toni, Tori and Troy would make Christmas wreaths which would be sold to organizations at cost, to be later sold as for fund raisers. Dennis, Toni, Tori, and Troy would cut boughs on their Tree Farm. They also made twig wreaths after the Christmas season was over. A large twig wreath was donated to the Great Lake Timber Producer Assoc. (GLTPA) and is currently hanging over the inside entrance of the GLTPA building just west of Rhinelander on Hwy 8.
Dennis & Kim are members of the Wisconsin Woodland Owners Association (WWOA), joining at the Wisconsin Tree Farm District 5 2008 field day and have been active member since.
A Quote from Dennis, "All my life I have lived in Northern Wisconsin. I love the woods and everything about it. I have and will continue to spend most of my life living, talking about and loving everything about the forests that surround me. I especially enjoy talking to others about what I have learned about our forest and how we, today, can make sure there are forests forever."