EDGERTON — Before former Edgerton teacher Irene Silverwood died in 2003, she donated her 300-acre farm in southeast Dane County to the county, requiring that the land remain in agricultural use, as well as provide recreation and educational opportunities for the community. Her husband, Russell, was a former member of the Dane County Board and was also a farmer; his father, George H. Silverwood Jr., was a farmer too, originally purchasing the farm in 1902. ... Read more
Jim and Katie Matykowski dreamed of retiring to Wisconsin’s northwoods.
SIREN — More than half of the 816 million acres of forestland in the U.S. is privately held. Of that, 61 percent is owned by family forest landowners, making them the largest forestland ownership group in the U.S.
EAU CLAIRE — The hazelnut is loaded with potential. Jason Fischbach, Extension agriculture agent for Ashland and Bayfield counties, is among those tasked with unlocking that potential in the Upper Midwest; no small task, considering it includes building an industry nearly from scratch.
Wisconsin’s bald eagle population continues to reach new heights as 2018 nest surveys revealed a record number of nests statewide and Walworth County confirmed its first documented nest in at least a half century, according to results released in the 2018 Wisconsin Bald Eagle Nest Survey.
On Saturday, Feb. 16, the Madison Area Woodland Owners Conference will feature presentations focusing on Snapshot Wisconsin, a state wildlife program; preparing for a meeting with your forester; forest harvesting — methods and more; pruning to improve your woods; and fantastic fungi — movers…
Skyla Aissen has her work gloves on and is ready for the future.
GLIDDEN — Beauty can sometimes be hard to find on the bleak, frozen landscape of northern Wisconsin and Minnesota, but Winter Woods sees the allure and helps others appreciate it, too.
WISCONSIN DELLS — Ahead of the Resilient Farms Conference on Dec. 11, UW-Extension Farm Management Program Outreach Coordinator Trisha Wagner said that during challenging times for agriculture, farmers realize there is often opportunity.
Our property has been in the family for many decades now, and we have made our fair share of mistakes. Some of these are related to working with contractors for timber harvests and other tasks we needed done. We have tried in the past going with handshake agreements, and many times those hav…
ASHLAND — The old adage “the best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago; the second-best time is now” is a favored saying among some financial consultants and other professional advisers. The idea is to get things started now to achieve goals a few decades down the road. But when it comes to…
Ray Guries, emeritus professor in the UW-Madison Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology, is the newest member of the Wisconsin Forestry Hall of Fame. His induction took place on Sept. 12 during a ceremony at the Wisconsin Society of American Foresters annual meeting.
During the three decades since they bought their densely wooded property hugging the Lake Superior shoreline, Dale and Cathy Paulson have worked tirelessly to ensure that when they leave it, it’ll be better than they found it.
An interim plan that will guide the management of forest resources of a state-owned property is available for review and comment through June 12. Interim plans guide forest management on properties until formal master plans are completed.
A portion of the veneer produced at Birchwood Manufacturing in downtown Rice Lake is sold for skateboard manufacturing, said Wayne Brock, vice president for veneer production at Besse Forest Products group, which owns the facility.
Northland College in Ashland has joined a public-private partnership designed to accelerate the development of hazelnuts as an agricultural product found in wild form throughout the region.
The entire state of Wisconsin will be placed under quarantine for emerald ash borers, the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection has announced. The quarantine will take effect March 30.
Walking up to their log cabin in the northern Vilas County woods, Joe Hovel helps his wife, Mary, wash vegetables they picked from their land.
Woodland management planning and various financial assistance options for woodland owners will be the topic of a Woodland Forum program series workshop from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 10, at Hunt Hill Audubon Sanctuary near Sarona.
I, and the rest of our clan, spend as much time as we can in our woods. Our time is split among harvesting trees and other forest products from the woods, having a good time, and keeping an eye on trees and property boundaries. Every time we are in the woods we watch for changes in the healt…
EASTERN EAU CLAIRE COUNTY — Lavon Martin might be in the woods all day, and only his wife would know.
Winter is the time when our family enjoys the warmth from the firewood we have gathered, and prune the branches on the trees we planted. This is the best time to prune because the trees are dormant, and the insects, diseases and fungi that would normally infect open wounds in trees (like tho…
Members and interested woodland owners in Outagamie, Shawano and Waupaca counties are invited to the Wisconsin Woodland Owners Association Wolf River Chapter annual meeting 4 to 8 p.m., Jan. 26 at the River Rail Bar and Grill in Shiocton.
EAU CLAIRE — Due to diminishing need for the program, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is looking at closing its gypsy moth suppression program, DNR Invasive Forest Insects Program Coordinator Andrea Diss-Torrance said during a public hearing Dec. 19 at DNR service centers in Ea…
State officials are joining efforts with federal and tribal authorities to halt birch tree timber thefts threatening Wisconsin’s woodlands, a renewable resource that is important to the state’s economy, environment and culture. Increasing demand for birch products is putting the state’s birc…
The forestry account administered by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources will undergo an audit, according to the state’s Joint Legislative Audit Committee.
The Wisconsin Alliance of Forest Owners wants Wisconsin’s property tax bills to be more transparent and more relevant to the kind of information a rural landowner needs to know.
The key to success in controlling the spread of emerald ash borers is to get the word out to as many people as possible that trees can be saved with proper treatment.
OCONTO — Colleen Rost drove to Whispering Pines Tree Farm last November intending to purchase a green Christmas tree.
Business just keeps getting sweeter for Steven Wood of Wood’s Maple Orchard.
What started as a state budget item to investigate has turned into an order to move for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources’ Forestry Division.
Editor’s note: This is the second in a series of stories on the adventures of a Wisconsin contingent that traveled to New England in early October.
Growing up in rural Price County, Leo Heikkinen was always working with his hands and thinking of ways to make things better. It was that innovative thinking that helped change the logging industry throughout the world with equipment that continues to make an impact more than 70 years after …
Marathon County has been added to the list of counties quarantined for transport of ash products and other untreated hardwood firewood following the confirmation earlier this month of an infestation of emerald ash borers on private property along the Wisconsin River in the town of Rib Mountain.
MENOMONIE — Mary Gale is hoping to educate people about an invasive species tree through a deck created from the wood.
Eau Claire County is suing a rural Augusta man and two businesses, seeking more than $230,000 for timber, interest and costs associated with bringing the civil lawsuit.
Farms team up on White House
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue renewed his call for Congress to fix the way the agency’s fire suppression efforts are funded through the U.S. Forest Service after fire costs for the year passed the $2 billion mark in September.
For the fifth year in a row the amount of timber sold from the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest has increased.
The Wisconsin Maple Syrup Producers will hold their Fall Tour Oct. 14 beginning at 7:45 a.m. at the Voyageur Inn and Conference Center in Reedsburg, home to a Norman Rockwell art exhibit.
Emerald ash borers have been confirmed in five more Wisconsin counties, including two in northern Wisconsin, according to the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection.
Rescued wood from urban trees in Washington and Dodge counties is supporting Habitat for Humanity by way of trim and cabinetry in project homes and through proceeds from the sale of lumber at the charity’s area ReStores.
A balsam fir Christmas tree grown by David and Jim Chapman of Silent Night Evergreens of Endeavor was awarded the 2017 Grand Champion at the National Christmas Tree Association’s 2017 National Christmas Tree Contest. As growers of the grand champion tree, the Chapmans have earned the honor o…
The third annual Hickory Feast featuring a four-course menu of foods with a hickory nut theme will be 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Oct 8, at the Old Hickory Golf Club in Beaver Dam. Reservations must be made by Sept. 30.
The Wisconsin Hickory Association, a not-for-profit educational organization, will host an outdoor educational workshop 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Sept. 16, at the home of Don and Marilyn Niedermair, W11272 County Road D, Columbus.
A new Tax Law section at the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources-Forestry Division will be better able to focus on new tax law programs and meet customer demand, according to information from the department.
NEW LONDON — The news is not good for Midwest residents who have ash trees on their property, as tree-killing emerald ash borers slowly spread their way west and north.
Bright red or green boxes are starting to appear tied to tree branches as the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection begins a gypsy moth survey in western and southern Wisconsin.
Heather Berklund is the new forestry field operations deputy administrator for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources’ Division of Forestry and will be responsible for providing day-to-day direction and supervision of the division’s field operations.
I love to meet old friends when I’m on a walk in the woods. Not human friends, mind you, but plant friends. During spring and early summer, when the undergrowth isn’t too thick, I often spot the distinctive shapes of honeysuckle bushes. Northern fly honeysuckle (Lonicera canadensis), is an a…
One fall, we got it into our heads that we could maximize our profits on a timber sale by felling the trees ourselves. Additionally, we would either pay someone to haul the logs to the mill or we would haul them. There was a lot of slapping each other on the back and high-fiving going on fol…