to sell 10,000 acres of land in several phases
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
We are in strong opposition
to this current phase, based on the volumes of comments we
have received in recent weeks.
for considering our position,
Acting Director and President
Partners in Forestry
Newsletter October 2016
2016 PIF Annual Meeting and Gathering; The Ultimate Invasive
Predator; PIF Knows the Value of Partnership; My Summer in
the NHAL, Special Report to PIF; Deer Seriously Threatening
Northwoods Oak; Deer and Regenerating Oak; Northern Red Oak;
Letís Regenerate Our Red Oak; PIF Interview with James
Botsford; The Fall Color Conspiracy; That Old Line on Why
Leaves Change Color
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: Wisconsinís 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
Wisconsinís 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 stateís forests.
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 email@example.com.
Partners in Forestry was asked to present a program titled
ĎDEFORESTATION, proper and improper forest management and
conversion of forest landsí to the Sayner-St. Germain Fish
and Wildlife Club on Thursday, June 23rd.
This is the presentation made by Joe
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.
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.
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
Click here for the presentation
PIF Annual Meeting:
Forestry Conference Discussion of Conservation Economics
Discussion covered the economic return of forest land
ownership, the financial compensation of growing trees as an
investment, long term conservation planning, the Land and
Water Conservation Fund and Stewardship Fund necessary to
mitigate forest land parcelization, tools for long term
planning, tax considerations for protection and transfer of
land and much more.
Listen to the various subjects discussed at the annual
Local radio station WXPR interview of
Joe Hovel and meeting discussion of the economic return of
growing trees (John Schwarzmann). Listen
Importance of the Land and Conservation Fund and Stewardship
Fund (Richard Steffes and Matt Dallman).
Code Issues (Geary Searfoss).