Community forest sought for Wildcat Falls parcel
Front Page – Ironwood Daily Globe 4/23/18
WATERSMEET — Northwoods Alliance Inc. is seeking to protect Wildcat
Falls near Watersmeet. Wildcat Falls is a remote waterfalls about nine
miles from Watersmeet. It is one of several features on a 160-acre
property Northwoods Alliance is seeking to protect into perpetuity, said
Casey Clark, a conservation coordinator with Northwoods Alliance. The
property had been part of the Ottawa National Forest until 2016, but was
traded away in a controversial land swap. The controversy lagged for
several years with legal litigation following U.S. Forest Service
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Wildcat Falls: A Community Forest Concept
is likely that most everyone reading this is aware of a very
controversial land swap conducted by the Ottawa National Forest in the
Upper Peninsula. While Wildcat Falls and its special locale may have
been lost from the Ottawa in what was termed the Delich Land Exchange,
the story is not over yet.
A conservation minded partnership in the Northwood
Alliance (NWA) network went through a lengthy negotiation process with
Mr. Delich in order to reach agreement to purchase the former public
(Ottawa) parcels, in turn preventing improper logging and fragmentation
of the landscape and its features. Upon completion of the purchase, the
conservation buyer tendered to NWA a Letter of Intent which requested
and engaged NWA and its conservation partners in the Upper Peninsula to
assist with a permanent and publicly beneficial conservation solution to
160 acres including Wildcat Falls and the overview of County Line Lake.
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April 2018 Newsletter
Joe’s Comments; Update:
Wildcat Falls Project; Tapping Maples; Tip-Mound Discussion; Forested
Legacy; Forest Management in Light of A Changing Climate; Let Them Eat
Wood; Future Articles; Water Wellness; Trap Trees; Bits and Pieces;
Marcescence: An Ecological Mystery; Coyotes Prepare for Winter;
Porcupines and the Sodium-Potassium Balance; Readers’ Comments
Managing Woodlands with a Conservation Land Ethic:
Renowned Cabin Builder Protects 3,000 Forested Acres. Joe and Mary
Hovel are Vilas County, Wisconsin, landowners who realize the importance
of actively managing and conserving their forested acres. The Hovels
enrolled in a variety of NRCS programs to plant trees, write a Forest
Management Plan, perform crop tree release and hinge cutting, increase
wildlife habitat and more, with the help of NRCS.
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Wisconsin Managed Forest Law Details:
MFL is a landowner incentive program that encourages sustainable
forestry on private woodlands in Wisconsin. Together with landowner
objectives, the law incorporates timber harvesting, wildlife management,
water quality and recreation to maintain a healthy and productive
forest. Sustainable forest management benefits Wisconsin’s economy,
hunting, fishing, wildlife, recreation, soils, waterways, and air
quality, and renews our beautiful forests for everyone to enjoy.
of damage from exotic invasive earthworm activity was highly correlated
to sugar maple dieback in the Upper Great Lakes region.
Sugar maple in
the western Upper Great Lakes region has recently been reported with
increased crown dieback symptoms, prompting investigation of the dieback
etiology across the region. Evaluation of sugar maple dieback from 2009
to 2012 across a 120 plot network in Upper Michigan, northern Wisconsin,
and eastern Minnesota has indicated that forest floor disturbance
impacts from exotic invasive earthworms was significantly related to
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and Taxus: the high cost of palatability for a declining evergreen
In forest ecosystems woody shrubs face many
challenges in the struggle for survival and growth. In addition to
coping with the high-shade environment of the forest floor, in many
systems shrubs have to contend with the presence of mammalian
herbivores. Since these understory inhabitants spend their entire
existence within the reach of browsers, they must carefully balance the
allocation of limited resources among maintenance, growth, and defense.
When nutrients and light are readily available, fast-growing species
rapidly regrow tissues to compensate for herbivore consumption, but if
resources are limited, investment in defense may be the preferred
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Extensive Canada Yew on Pilgrim River property
Articles on the ecology,
distribution, conservation and management of large old
2017 Conserving large old trees as
small natural features - BiolCons;
2016 The unique challenges of
conserving large old trees - TrendsEcolEvol;
2016 The ecology, distribution,
conservation and management of large old trees - BiolRev
New Policies for Old Trees: Averting a
Global Crisis in a Keystone Ecological Structure - ConsLett
many areas of the United States, the population density of
white-tailed deer has dramatically increased over the past
century to levels that are significantly greater than
Prolonged and selective overbrowsing by deer
has strong impacts on population-and community-level
processes. Here are several "Deer browse impact research
legacy of deer overabundance: long-term delays in herbaceous
disturbance regimes promote tree diversity only under low
browsing regimes in eastern deciduous forest";
over browsing and biodiversity collapse in a forest
understory in Pennsylvania: Results from a 60 year-old
deer exclusion plot";
herbivory reduces web-building spider abundance by
simplifying forest vegetation structure";
the formation of dense understory layers in forests
worldwide: consequences and implications for forest
dynamics, biodiversity, and succession"
Policy Brief Series on The Land and Water
Land and Water Conservation Act was passed and signed into
law September 3, 1964 by President Lyndon B. Johnson
creating the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). The
LWCF is now the primary source of money used by federal,
and local governments to acquire lands for conservation and
public access to natural areas.
Click here to read more on the
Land and Water Conservation Act.
Climate change prompts Alaska fish to
change breeding behavior by Rachel Hovel, University of
Washington, Office of News and Information, January 18, 2017
Rachel Hovel, who has done a lot of good work for both PIF
and Northwoods Alliance, was recently recognized by the
University of Washington when her article, Climate change
prompts Alaska fish to change breeding behavior was
published. The article concerns one of Alaska’s most
abundant freshwater fish species, the Three-spine
stickleback, which is altering its breeding patterns in
response to climate change. This could impact the ecology of
northern lakes, which already acutely feel the effects of a
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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
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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
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