Chuck Pogorelcnik: 2019 Outstanding Tree Farmer of the Year
Chuck Pogorelcnik owns a total of 1,128 acres of woodland properties in both Price and Portage Counties. He has owned the property in Portage County (Eau Pleine Woodlands) for 46 years and the property in Price County (Silver Creek Woodlands Camp) for 26 years. All of his properties are managed following a stewardship plan and throughout his ownership he has practiced sound forest management. His property contains a variety of forest types including pine, hardwood, aspen, birch, oak and more. Chuck has also accomplished extensive road work throughout his properties, along with mowing and maintaining all of the roads and trails.
Chuck salvages storm damaged wood with a skidding winch and with help from family and friends. Chuck used some of the lumber to construct a 24’ x 45’ pole shed in 2000, a 10’ x 24’ storage shed in 2004, and re-sided his cabin with board & batten in 2007-09. He has also constructed many picnic tables. The idea of harvesting timber from his land, sawing the logs into boards, and making something useful appealed to him and he made it happen. He continues harvesting trees as required in his management plan.
To encourage wildlife on the property, Chuck has constructed and installed 10 bat houses, 40 wood duck boxes, and 8 Leopold benches. Chuck’s wood working projects are not finished – he currently has another 3,000 board feet of lumber air drying. Cutting firewood for personal and family use for the cabin is also an annual activity.
In 2004, Chuck hosted the North Central Chapter of the Wisconsin Woodland Owners Association (WWOA) Science committee fall field day at Silver Creek Camp Woodlands. In September 2018, Chuck hosted the WWOA Central Sands Chapter field day at his woodlands in Portage County and he hosted the October 2018 WWOA North Central Chapter field day at his woodlands in Price County. In May 2019, chuck also hosted the Open Woods event on his property in Portage County.
Chuck is a life member of WWOA as well as a member of the Kettle Moraine chapter, the North Central Chapter and the Central Sands Chapter. He is currently the Vice President of the North Central Chapter and served on this chapter board in various positions for a number of years, including President for 4 years. Chuck has assisted on planning committees for state WWOA annual meetings as well as chapter meetings.
Chuck is also a member of the following organizations: National Woodland Owners Association since 2000, Great Lakes Timber Professionals Association since 2012, Wisconsin Association of Forest Owners since 2014, Partners in Forestry since 2014, and the Forest History Association since 2015. Chuck attended the 3-day Wisconsin Coverts Project and graduated from the Wisconsin Woodland Leadership Institute. Chuck also received the Forest Conservationist of the Year Award from the Wisconsin Wildlife Federation in 2018.
Obviously, Chuck truly deserves to be called an Outstanding Tree Farmer of the Year!