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…
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Forester Christine Walroth was selected from among winners from 11 states to be named 2017 North Central Regional Tree Farm Inspector of the Year.
Despite the many worrisome announcements that emerald ash borers have been discovered in new Wisconsin counties — 43 of 72 so far — the fact is that most of the state is still EAB-free, according to the state’s Department of Natural Resources.
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is on the lookout for a new emerging invasive threat to Wisconsin forests called Ranunculus ficaria.
The Barron County Woodland Owners Association will hold its spring field day at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, April 22, at the Timberland Hills Ski Area northwest of Cumberland. The day will include visits to three woodlands being actively and successfully managed for wildlife, beauty and timber.
CLEAR LAKE — Mike and Ed Flanum and their dad, Keith, have been tapping trees and making maple syrup together for almost 30 years. By the end of last year’s season, they realized that they had outgrown their little sugar shack on the family farm and it was time to move on to the next level.
The University of Minnesota Extension Forestry Team is offering a new Master Woodland Owner course for landowners in the Twin Cities metropolitan area from May through October.
The Northwest Chapter of the Wisconsin Woodland Owners Association will hold its annual meeting and conference Saturday, April 22, at the Hayward Veteran’s Community Center, 10534 Main St., Hayward. Registration will start at 9:30 a.m., with the program from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Gordon Lekies said that any conversation among private woodland owners eventually gets around to the question, “When am I going to make money on my forest?”
In recent years it has been rewarding to see more landowners and outdoor enthusiasts get more involved in land and habitat management. People’s thirst for information about forestry, wildlife plantings, invasive treatment, wildlife management and all things wild has never been higher, which …
MADISON — The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection got itself out of a sticky situation by dusting off a little-used legal tool — the germane modification — to make changes to maple syrup rules that have already gone to the Legislature for action.