Farms team up on White House

The official White House Christmas tree this year is coming from Hanauer’s Christmas Tree Farm, located just north of Shawano.

Two White House representatives — chief usher Timothy Harleth and superintendent of grounds Dale Haney — visited the farm Sept. 25 and selected a 19½-foot balsam fir that will adorn the Blue Room, which showcases the primary Christmas tree.

Last month, Silent Night Evergreens in Endeavor won the National Christmas Tree contest and the honor of supplying the main Christmas tree to the White House. But Silent Night Evergreens didn’t have any trees that stood between 18 and 19 feet tall — a requirement for the White House Christmas tree — so the owners worked with Hanauer’s Christmas Tree Farm to select one of their trees instead.

Jim, Diane and David Chapman of Silent Night Evergreens will present the tree at the White House in late November.

The winner of the national contest has provided the official White House Christmas tree since 1966.

Nominations open for awards

The Wisconsin Urban Forestry Council is seeking nominations for individuals, organizations, tribes and communities to be recognized for their efforts to protect, preserve and increase the number of trees on city streets, parks and Wisconsin neighborhoods.

Five awards will be presented in February at the organization’s annual meeting in Green Bay.

Awards will be given for lifetime achievement, distinguished service, project partnership, an elected official’s contribution and innovation in urban forestry.

Nominations are due by Oct. 31 to the Wisconsin Urban Forestry Council, P.O. Box 7921, Madison, WI 53707, or to sara.minkoff@wisconsin.gov. For more information about the program and nomination process, go to http://​dnr.wi.gov/​topic/​urbanforests/​awards.html.

Raptor center tour planned

The Wolf River and North Central chapters of the Wisconsin Woodland Owners Association will hold a joint field day 9:30 a.m. to noon Oct. 14 with a visit to the Raptor Educational Group, Inc., in Antigo.

REGI is a nonprofit organization dedicated to caring for injured or orphaned native birds and public education on wildlife issues relating to private woodland owners. A staff of three rehabilitators treats between 600 and 800 patients annually with the goal of releasing them back into the wild.

To reach the center, go about two miles south of Antigo and take County D east. Continue straight to West Rollwood Road and turn north about three-quarters of a mile.

Registration and an $8 tour fee payable to Wolf River Chapter need to be returned by Oct. 10 to Jack Kucksdorf, W4415 Park Square S., Random Lake, WI 53075. For more information, contact Kucksdorf at 262-689-0602 or kucks4@execpc.com.