in Forestry Landowner Cooperative
Conover, WI 54519
715 - 479 - 8528
"For global good, use local wood"
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
If you like the
progress Partners in Forestry is making on important northwoods
issues, such as the new Legacy Forest near Land O' Lakes,
consider being a part of our important work by becoming a member.
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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)
News from PIF:
Wildcat Falls Color
Hike Sept. 22
There will be a fall color hike at scenic Wildcat
Falls near Watersmeet Michigan on Saturday September 22 at 1 PM central
time. This event is hosted by the Northwoods Alliance and Partners
in Forestry who are working to create a Wildcat Falls Community Forest.
There is no charge, all are welcome, call 715-479-8528 for
Meet at County Line Lake Road near Wildcat Falls. To get
there, go to the intersection of US Highway 45 and Gogebic County Road
206 (Sucker Lake Road). The intersection is 3.4 miles north of
Watersmeet and 15 miles south of Bruce Crossing. Go west on County Road
206 approximately 5.3 miles and then turn right on County Line Lake
Road. Go north 1.5 miles and park near the Scott and Howe Creek stream
crossing. Meeting location coordinates: N46.349211° W89.287639°
What to bring: Appropriate hiking boots, water, camera.
PARTNERS IN FORESTRY ANNUAL MEETING Nov 3rd
the Benefits of Land Conservation
This year’s Partners in Forestry (PIF) Annual Gathering will take place
on Saturday, November 3, with the theme “Appreciate Our Common Lands; A
Hands-on Celebration of the Benefits of Forest Land Conservation”. This
topic was chosen to complement ongoing partnerships between PIF and the
Northwoods Alliance and the UW Center for Cooperatives. The gathering
will be held in Boulder Junction, WI.
The program’s morning
session will feature a forestry tour on the Northern Highland American
Legion State Forest (NHAL), with emphasis on wildlife habitat and a
discussion of the benefits of naturally occurring tip-mounds for forest
regeneration. Featured leaders include DNR
Wildlife Biologist (retired) Ron Eckstein, DNR NHAL ranger-forester Paul
Stearns, and PIF VP John Schwarzmann, who is Forest Supervisor for the
Wisconsin Board of Commissioners of Public Lands. We will car-pool to
the forestry tour from the Big Bear Hideaway, located near downtown
Boulder Junction, at 9:15 AM.
Featured speakers are an
esteemed panel of notable and deeply rooted conservation land managers.
Paul DeLong, who was State Forester
in Wisconsin from 2003 through 2016 and now represents the American
Forest Foundation as Senior Vice President of Conservation. The next
Mike Dombeck, who was the Chief of the USFS from 1997-2001,
after serving as acting Director of the Bureau of Land Management from
1994-1997. The third panel member is PIF board member Dick Steffes. Dick
served the people of Wisconsin as real estate specialist with DNR, retiring in 2013. Since
then Dick has made several trips to Washington DC to advocate for the
Land and Water Conservation Fund, and he guides conservation projects
through his company American Acquisitions LLC.
Click here for more information about the annual
in Forestry Annual Meeting; Wisconsin Coverts Project; PIF Featured at
the 50th Anniversary Celebration of Lumberjack RC&D Council, Inc.; Guido
Rahr, Sr Tenderfoot Forest Reserve Trip; Mosquito Nightmares; Examining
Threats to Monarch Butterfly Migration; Readers’ Comments; New Tick
Species Spreading; Relationship of tick density to deer; Relationship
between deer density, tick abundance, and human cases of Lyme disease in
a residential community; Some Trees; The First Shall Not Be Last; Think
Globally; Bits and Pieces; Our Living Ancestors: The History and Ecology
of Old-Growth Forests in Wisconsin (and Where to Find Them Book Ad)
LWCF must be reauthorized, fully funded
The Land and Water Conservation Fund hasn’t cost taxpayers a penny the
past 54 years even as it funded everything from wildlife refuges to
historic battlefields to Little League diamonds. It has also united
groups as diverse as Ducks Unlimited and the Wilderness Society, while
inspiring support from Democrats and Republicans alike since President
John F. Kennedy first proposed it. Heck, the LWCF even sparked a fiery,
supportive speech in late July from Sen. Richard Burr, R-North Carolina,
a fiscal hawk and darling of the Koch brothers. Even so, nearly every
environmental group, conservation organization and outdoor trade
association has been working overtime this summer urging members to
write letters, blast emails and generally badger lawmakers toward one
goal: permanently reauthorizing and fully funding the LWCF before it
expires Sept. 30.
Click here to read more
August 2018 Newsletter
River Forest Legacy Project Ceremony; Pilgrim River Ceremony
Program; Ceremonial Deed Signed; Pilgrim River Ceremony
Celebrates Forest Legacy & The Land and Water Conservation Fund;
The Power of The Land and Water Conservation Fund; Forests for
Life; Deer Flies Away; Dry Weather May Mean Less Lyme Disease;
Conservation Updates at Northwood Alliance; Shady Business;
Events in Series Appreciate Our Common Lands -- Upper Wisconsin
River Legacy Forest Hike -- Next Event in Series; Walking on Air
(Pollinator Pathways); Chugging Chaga at Tea Time; Devastating
Effects of Cutting Too Many Trees; PIF Editorial; Bits and
1,300 acres near Pilgrim River protected
officials, land owners and local forestry enthusiasts came
together on Tuesday, July 24th to celebrate 25 years of work
towards the Pilgrim River Forest conservation project.
"This is a great example of a public-private partnership where
we have the land owner, the federal government, state government
and local governmental coalescing around conservation easements.
This actually protects about 1,300 acres, about 3.5 miles of the
Pilgrim River," said Michigan Department of Natural Resources
Director Keith Creagh.
purchased conservation easements with a $550,000 U.S. Forest
Service Legacy Program grant.
Joe and Mary Hovel sold their easement as part of their ongoing
passion to protect forests. They wanted to ensure the public
will be able to hunt, fish, hike, bike and more in the forest.
here to read more about the dedication.
Here is a link to a
news story on Channel 12 television
out of Rhinelander about Saturday May 19th bio-blitz at Wildcat Falls.
here for link
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
Click here to read full article
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.
Click here to read full concept proposal
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.
Click here to read full article
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
Click here to read the full article.
and Taxes: 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
Click here to continue to read article.
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
Click here to read Rachel's entire
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.