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.
Let the members know!
Do you have forest related
information of interest to members?
Link to a favorite web
Articles of interest
Workshops being planned
Special events coming
Trips to unique places
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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)
Summer 2023 Newsletter:
University of Wisconsin Center for Cooperatives; PIF Friends
Notes and News; Headwaters Cedar Community Forest (HCFF) Update;
Pilgrim River Forest Update; Forest Legacy Convention; Suggested
Hike: Franklin and Buttermilk Lakes; The Book Corner: Sprout
Lands: the Endless Gift of Trees; Michigan DNR Moose Survey
Results; Smoky Air: Anybody else been coughing, wheezing&
sneezing; Tick Season is Here; White Pines: Colossal in Plenty
Economic Contributions of Land Conserved
by the USDA Forest Service’s Forest Legacy:
The Forest Legacy Program (FLP)
is a conservation program administered by the USDA Forest
Service that seeks to protect traditional forest uses and intact
working forest landscapes. The program awards grants that help
pay for conservation easements and fee-simple land purchases
that are then held by state agencies. Forests conserved using
FLP funding not only provide environmental benefits but also
must be managed to provide tangible economic and social benefits
to the public.
Click here to read more about the Forest Legacy Program.
From Barbells to
Joe Hovel has written a memoir, which is now available in print.
This 238 page book is available with over 20 color images at
All proceeds from this book will go
toward the Headwaters Cedar Community Forest fundraising until
that goal is met
Northwoods Alliance Inc. (NWA)
and conservation partners
are pleased to announce a significant advance toward
establishing a Headwaters Cedar Community Forest in the Town of
Land O Lakes. The project was recently awarded close to 50% of
the funding necessary to complete the community forest, through
a successful grant from the USFS Community Forest and Open Space
Conservation Program. We are grateful that the USFS recognized
the conservation value of this project.
Click here for more information on this
Hiking to the Red
Pine (Largest Red Pine in Michigan):
John Crumrine created a photo book of the hike that he and his
wife, Susan, did last May to the largest Red Pine in Michigan.
Click here to view the photo book.
and a fight: Northwoods residents say DNR is violating its
Read these articles concerning the DNR violations
The year and a half long fight between a
forester, a resident and the Wisconsin DNR over logging near
shorelines: Last year, John Schwarzmann and Ardis
Berghoff were hiking near Whitney Lake close to Berghoff’s home
in the Northern Highland-American Legion (NHAL) State Forest in
Vilas County when they noticed paint on a number of trees — a
sign that the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR)
planned to auction off the trees for a timber harvest.
Click here to read more.
for another important article about DNR logging.
DNR update to logging rules raises alarms
for activists: An update to the Department of
Natural Resources (DNR) rules that guide logging on public lands
has raised concerns among activists that the department will
allow more trees to be cut down and harm the state’s northern
Click here to read more.
Companies developing new forestry rules
bought timber where the rules were allegedly broken:
companies on a Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
committee developing new logging rules purchased timber from
lakes in Northern Wisconsin in which local residents have
alleged that those rules are frequently being broken, documents
obtained by the Wisconsin Examiner show.
Click here to read more.
2021 Act 230 Makes Changes to Managed
Forest Law Statute. The
legal requirements of the Managed Forest Law have changed,
allowing additional flexibilities to landowners and clarifying
DNR administration of the program. The following changes
to Ch. 77, Wis. Stats were made when 2021 Act 230 was signed
into law on April 8, 2022:
20-acre minimum enrollment requirement may now be comprised
of two 10 contiguous acre portions, that are not contiguous
to each other, if they are on a tract of land under the same
and improvements on MFL property are allowed if used
exclusively for storage
to existing parcels of any size are allowed if certain
eligibility requirements are met
on MFL land is clearly allowed
constitutes a material change to the terms of the order is
instances DNR is or is not required to assess a withdrawal
tax and fee are made clear
authority to provide flexibility for large ownerships (1,000
acres or more) of MFL land, allowing for alternative
management plan requirements is made clear
withdrawal exempt from tax or fee for a public purpose to a
city, village, or town that is the taxing jurisdiction is
updated Statute, Chapter
77 MFL, can be viewed on the
Wisconsin Legislature’s webpage.
Headwaters Cedar Community March 2022.
the Headwaters Cedar Community Forest proposal in the Border
Lakes of Wisconsin: A project of Northwoods Alliance Inc. and
partners. 200 acres in the town of Land O’ Lakes will be opened
to non-motorized public access from County B (Vilas County) and
the surrounding state forest.
Click here to read more about this
We are grateful to the
University of Wisconsin Center for Cooperatives. Their
continuing support is critical to our overall efforts, and
our partnership with Northwoods Alliance to enhance forest
conservation, education and outreach.
Wildcat Falls Community Forest Updates
June 15, 2021
The 160-acre public treasure near Watersmeet Michigan, named
Wildcat Falls Community Forest has only had permanent protection
under the USFS Community Forest Program for a mere eight and a
half months, and is already being expanded.
Click here to read full update.
To Conserve Vast Areas Of Land, Biden
Needs Help From Private Landowners
To slow the collapse of nature, the Biden administration is
promising to protect nearly a third of the country's land and
water by 2030. The plan is expected to rely heavily on private
Click here to read about the NPR
Climate Change Field Guide For Wisconsin
Forests: Climate change is a growing
concern for Wisconsin’s forests. Foresters and landowners are
considering how to prepare for future conditions and evaluate
risks in the woods. This field guide is a quick reference on
climate change for northern Wisconsin forests. We hope it will
help foresters consider climate change risks together with local
site characteristics, and also that it will help people design
adaptation actions that help meet management goals.
Illegal wolf killings smear image of
Paul A. Smith Milwaukee Journal Sentinel USA TODAY NETWORK –
WIS., Feb 7, 2021
Northwoods Forest Conservation series of
We are pleased to share with you the first of two follow up
printings to Northwoods Forest Conservation: A Handbook. This
booklet sub-titled Celebrating Local Woods & Alternative Forest
Products is centered on local woods and seldom thought of
benefits from your woodlands.
The second follow up will be sub-titled Managing Forests for the
Future and will be detailed on forest ecology, by discussing
forest fragmentation, bio-diversity, climate threats and
Read more about this series of handbooks
Northwoods Forest Conversation --
Practical Advice for Landowners.
Environmental Coalition’s Series “Let’s Talk” livestreamed a
conversation with Joe Hovel of Partners in Forestry and
the Northwood Alliance.
“Let’s Talk” is the Upper Peninsula Environmental Coalition's (UPEC)
livestream program that looks at how we, the people, can build
sustainable communities in the UP. The program is a conversation
between Joe Hovel and Horst Schmidt, President of UPEC. Hovel
talks about Northwoods Forest Conservation: A Handbook, a
new, free 66-page publication that provides practical advice for
landowners who want to manage their forested property in an
ecologically sound way. The handbook shares reflections from
northwoods conservation practitioners and landowners, assembles
tools and resources for forest conservation, and celebrates
completed projects. The handbook is free for the asking
(donations gratefully accepted; see links below). Mike Dombeck,
a former chief of the U.S. Forest Service, says, “I have not
seen a more inspiring, practical, and easy-to-read ‘how-to’
guide to common-sense sustainable forest land conservation
practices. Northwoods Forest Conservation: A Handbook is
an must-read for all who depend upon and care about forests.”
Hovel also talks about other recent projects, such as the new
Community Forest at Wildcat Falls.
Click here for a link to the conversation
There is no charge to
request the handbook, but donations are welcome to help offset
costs. To order, send an email with your name and mailing
address to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org, or else
call Northwood Alliance at 715-479-8528.
To donate visit the Northwoods
Partners in Forestry Cooperative (PIF)
and Northwoods Alliance (NWA) are pleased to announce that their
most recent project, with assistance from the UW Center for
Cooperatives, is now off the printing press. We hope that this
booklet will inspire woodland owners, regardless of the size of
their forestlands, to further engage in conservation at this
The Northwoods Forest Conservation Handbook shares reflections
from Northwoods conservation practitioners and landowners,
assembles tools and resources for forest conservation, and
celebrates completed projects. The Handbook is 66 full-size
pages, with numerous color photographs of Northwoods forests and
landscapes throughout. There is no charge to request this book,
but donations are welcome to help offset costs. To donate, visit
or contact us at the phone or email addresses below.
Want to be involved? We are eager to
increase our team of dedicated conservationists working for a
more sustainable Northwoods future.
us for questions, or to obtain a copy of the Handbook:
email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Mail: PIF & NWA, 6063 Baker Lake Road, Conover WI 54519
where we live, we [humans] depend on forests; for the oxygen
we breath, for the water we drink, for the many products we
use every day, for the diversity of plants and animals they
sustain, for the beauty, tranquility, recreation, solitude
and spirituality forests provide to make our lives better. I
have not seen a more inspiring, practical, and easy to read
“how-to” guide to common sense sustainable forest land
conservation practices. Northwoods Forest
Conservation: A Handbook is an must read for all who
depend upon and care about forests.”
System Fellow and Professor of Global Conservation,
University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and former Chief of
the U.S. Forest Service. Mike grew up in Northern Wisconsin
where he spent 11 summers as a fishing guide.
and practical, Northwoods Forest Conservation: A Handbook
eclipses all the how-to, cookie-cutter manuals ever written
on the topic. Its contributors reflect some of the myriad
nuances of conservation in cogent, heartfelt voices informed
by decades of experience. Looking to the future with a tone
neither bleak nor jubilant, Handbook is a testament
to the power of collaboration and of seemingly trivial acts;
it is a universal call to action."
natural resource educator and ISA-Certified Arborist
Coaster Brook Trout
Group of helpers
See past issues of
Partners News for suggestions to visit old growth from the book by John
Bates, titled Our Living Ancestors
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.