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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"


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.


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)  


NEW November 2021 Newsletter: Notes from Joe and Others; Upper Wisconsin River Legacy Forest; Pilgrim River - Federal Funds at Work in Our Communities; Pilgrimage to the Angel Oak Tree; Wildcat Falls Community Forest Has Grown; From Wildcat Falls to MNU Wildcats; Financial Difficulties; Pelican River Forest; Protecting Our Land-Density Matters; Money Trees; Helpful Enough; The Forest Ethicist: The Dedication of Looking Here: As A Forest of Wildlife; Clearing Storm Damage on the Tenderfoot Forest Reserve


NEW 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 landowners. Click here to read about the NPR broadcast.


NEW 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.


NEW 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.


NEW Illegal wolf killings smear image of hunting
Paul A. Smith Milwaukee Journal Sentinel USA TODAY NETWORK – WIS., Feb 7, 2021

NEW Northwoods Forest Conservation series of handbooks.
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 management suggestions. Read more about this series of handbooks


Northwoods Forest Conversation -- Practical Advice for Landowners. Upper Peninsula 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 or, or else call Northwood Alliance at 715-479-8528. To donate visit the  Northwoods Alliance website.


 NEW 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 critical time.

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.

Contact us for questions, or to obtain a copy of the Handbook:

Email: or 

Phone: 715-479-8528

Mail: PIF & NWA, 6063 Baker Lake Road, Conover WI 54519 

“No matter 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.”

 Mike Dombeck, PhD

Retired UW 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.

 "Poignant 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."

Paul Hetzler 

Author, natural resource educator and ISA-Certified Arborist


We have been incredibly fortunate to receive multiple recent generous donations, and the Wildcat Falls Community Forest is now very near to meeting its financial goals and moving the project to completion. A month ago, we set out to raise $30,000 of our $54,000 remaining funds necessary to complete the Wildcat Falls acquisition. Almost immediately, we received a $30,000 challenge from a local donor, as a challenge for us to raise the remaining $24,000 from other sources. In the last two weeks, we have received pledges for half of the remaining $24,000, leaving us just $12,000 to go in our quest to protect a public treasure for future generations. Can you help us finish this project and make Wildcat Falls a Community Forest? Please see our May 14 update (below) for how to help.




The Pilgrim River story has been an incredible tale of inspiration and conservation with a broad community. We encourage you to visit and enjoy the Pilgrim forest and we will continue to provide user updates. A hardy group of guys, gals and a little one gathered on a June Saturday to maintain the Pilgrim Trails. The trails offer great scenery with river, hills and forests just a few miles from Houghton. PIF and NWA were proud to be an integral part of this story.
Click here for "A Special Regulation for a Special River, by Bill Leder".

Click here for Michigan DNR sportfishing regulations manage this stream for lake-run (coaster) brook trout using a 20-inch minimum size limit and 1-fish daily possession limit for brook trout, splake, and lake trout.

Coaster Brook Trout                                  Fishing Reg                               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.