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Partners in Forestry Landowner Cooperative


6063 Baker Lake Road
Conover, WI 54519
715 - 479 - 8528


"For global good, use local wood"



Congratulations on the

 Upper Wisconsin River Legacy Forest. We were happy to have been chosen for the title and closing service for this great conservation achievement in Vilas County.

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and Closing Service, Ironwood, Michigan



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Partners in Forestry Landowners Coop (PIF), serving north central Wisconsin and western U.P., is dedicated to providing information, educational opportunities, and sustainable forest management for its members (Our Mission and Goals)  


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NEW Learn about the habitats for the special plants and animals in the Upper Wisconsin River Legacy Forest Conservation Area at Land O Lakes library on January 18, 2017 at 1:00 PM
The Upper Wisconsin River Legacy Forest is a 1042 acre conservation gem positioned next to the town of Land O’ Lakes. The forest is privately owned but permanently protected from development, and is open to the public for traditional forest uses such as hiking, skiing, hunting and fishing. This project is unique partnership between the private landowner and the State of Wisconsin, specified through the federal Forest Legacy Program.
This tract of land includes forest habitat housing some very unique flora and fauna, including protected wildlife and rare plants. The riparian corridor, river, wetlands, and forest ecosystems, in harmony with the greater forest landscape, play a critical role in maintaining a healthy environment for all forms of life in the region.
Partners in Forestry Coop is proud to be the primary land manager for the Legacy Forest, and welcomes you to learn more. Please join wildlife biologist Ron Eckstein, plant specialist Rod Sharka and land manager Joe Hovel at the Land O Lakes library on January 18, 2017 at 1:00 PM. We will showcase habitats for the special plants and animals that make this forest home, and discuss the long term management strategies to maintain the habitat. Management of the forest includes timber harvesting, tree planting with other forms of reforestation, timber stand improvement and protection of non timber species. We also will discuss how this conservation project came to fruition, how it benefits this community, and how community members can use the land.


NEW Newsletter January 2017 Topics: Land O’ Lakes Library Program Scheduled: Upper Wisconsin River Legacy Forest January 18, 2017; PIF Annual Meeting 2016 Report; Forest Legacy Program, DNR Article; Aid for What Ails You; Treetop Children; Forest Regeneration Photos; My 2 cents about a conservation issue; Confessions of a First Time Hardwood Floor Installer; Interesting Photo: Big Tree

Congratulations  Partners in Forestry (PIF) is grateful to be recognized by our peers and colleagues for our conservation efforts in the Northwoods of Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula. This leadership award, from Gathering Waters: Wisconsin’s Alliance for Land Trusts, is named after the late (former) DATCP Secretary Rod Nilsestuen, and is greatly appreciated and fitting as we benefitted from an ongoing working relationship with the Secretary that included a working lands meeting with him in Vilas County in 2008. Read more about PIF conservation efforts in land preservation and the Gathering Waters working land preservation award.



DNR to sell 10,000 acres of land in several phases

Partners in Forestry is a landowner based COOP dedicated to sustainable forest management and advocacy for all the benefits proper forest management provides to society. As you may recall from our work in bringing you (for approval) the Upper Wisconsin River Legacy Forest just one year ago, we are passionate about the public values these conservation projects bring to the people of Wisconsin. We are most in our role in promoting positive goals for real benefits, but at times we are called to an opposition position.

We have, of course, known for some time about the directive for DNR to sell 10,000 acres of land in several phases. I personally had hoped our positive projects would subdue most vocal opposition from our membership about this ongoing process. Recently however, perhaps more related to the logistics of this recent phase or perhaps the cumulative negativity of the idea overall, I have heard a tremendous amount of rancor, strong opposition and bewilderment from our membership, our out side network and the public at large.

 Please strongly consider the long term repercussions from this proposal, and how it affects the economic, social, environmental and intrinsic benefits these very lands provide to the public. Our citizens are in far too a polarized state of mind these days as it is, to loose a public access, to loose a favorite hunting or fishing spot, or to later discover how important these lands may have been to a wildlife species or for some revelation we can not now grasp will only create more public distrust.

We are in strong opposition to this current phase, based on the volumes of comments we have received in recent weeks.

Thank you for considering our position,

Joe Hovel

Acting Director and President

Partners in Forestry Landowner Cooperative

NEW Wisconsin’s Forest Legacy Program identifies and protects, through the use of conservation easements, environmentally important private forestlands threatened with conversion. Properties in the program stay under private ownership and management. Wisconsin's aim is to protect large blocks of forestland that are managed for the sustainable use of forest resources and that offer public recreation opportunities in order to preserve the integrity of the state’s forests.  Click here for a summary of the Upper Wisconsin River Legacy Forest Legacy program.  Any questions on this project can be directed to Joe Hovel at 

Partners in Forestry was asked to present a program titled ‘DEFORESTATION, proper and improper forest management and conversion of forest lands’ to the Sayner-St. Germain Fish and Wildlife Club on Thursday, June 23rd. This is the presentation made by Joe Hovel.

Impacts of deer on northeastern forests and strategies for control. Deer have been shown to cause significant negative impacts to forest regeneration in northeastern forests. Chronic over-browsing reduces both plant and animal abundance, and these legacy effects can last long after deer numbers are reduced. Landowners should manage deer numbers on their property at levels the forest can sustain. Aggressive hunting programs, or in some cases deer damage permits, may be needed to lower deer numbers and impacts to acceptable levels. There is no quick and easy solution unless deer can be fenced out of regeneration areas, and this usually is not economically feasible. In many parts of NYS, if landowners do not manage deer, then successful forest regeneration of diverse hardwood trees is unlikely. Presented by Dr. Paul Curtis, Cornell University Department of Natural Resources. This is the presentation by Dr. Curtis.

The state is going backwards for the timber industry and sportsman.

The timber products industry and sportsmen should be extremely concerned with DNR land sales as directed by law under this political climate. Both have high interest in preventing parcelization. For example, the new owner of a recent DNR land sale near Boulder Junction (outside NHAL boundary) plans the following: clearcut mature pines, put up a storage unit facility, and sell one-acre lots. This is the final timber harvest on these 40 acres. Likewise the scattered 40s and 80s in St. Germain that are up for sale will, in a few years, be subdivided into small parcels for sale as home sites and the timber will never again be managed and sportsmen will never again have access. It really is sad.

Partners in Forestry participated in the 'Wild Life and Reconciliation Conference' at the Ho Chunk conference center in Baraboo, Wis. on July 16.

The following presentation on Forest Legacy and it's value to Wis. wildlife was written by Joe Hovel, with editing and slides prepared by Rachel Hovel Phd., with presentation by Dick Steffes. Click here for the presentation

Protecting your wooded land for the future is essential to clean water, clean air, wildlife habitat, sustainable wood supply...all things that are necessary to society and health, and that are gone forever if the land is developed.