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The Northwood Alliance, Incorporated (NWA): A nonprofit conservation organization registered in the state of Wisconsin and with the IRS as a 501(c)3. The Northwood Alliance acts as an advocate for the local communities by educating, strengthening environmental networking and assisting in local action.
Alliance of Forest Owners:
Working for fair taxes and
equitable regulation. Together we can empower Wisconsin’s woodland
owners through tax and regulatory reform.
Non-Traditional Forest Products Directory: Glacierland Resource Conservation & Development, Inc.! is a non-biased, rural development program focusing on the conservation, development and utilization of area resources to improve the standard of living. Each year, Glacierland RC&D writes a Plan of Work, which outlines the goals and projects that focus on Community Development, Sustainability, Land Conservation, Water Management, and Land Management. Glacierland RC&D then administers the programs and provides technical support.
Waters: Wisconsin's Alliance for Land Trusts:
Gathering Waters' mission
is to help land trusts, landowners and communities protect the places
that make Wisconsin special. The alliance helps protect Wisconsin’s
special places and grow healthy, vibrant communities and strengthens
Wisconsin’s land trusts by:
The National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) NACD is the 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that represents America’s 3,000 conservation districts and the 17,000 men and women who serve on their governing boards. Conservation districts are local units of government established under state law to carry out natural resource management programs at the local level. Districts work with millions of cooperating landowners and operators to help them manage and protect land and water resources on private and public lands in the United States.
Water: A Tragedy of Responsibility: Environmental problems place great constraint on all societies. The response of the society, its leaders in particular, determines the severity of the consequences of environmental degradation. Maybe nowhere is this more critical than with the protection of water, notably the groundwater resource.
Visit scenic Wildcat Falls near Watersmeet Michigan. The Northwoods Alliance and Partners in Forestry are working to create a Wildcat Falls Community Forest. 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°.
Using the Federal Conservation Tax Incentive: If you own land with important natural, agricultural or historic resources, donating a conservation easement can be a prudent way to both save the land you love forever and to realize significant federal tax savings. Read More Details on this Tax Incentive. Also read the article "Enhanced Conservation Easement Charitable Income Tax Deduction - What’s the Big Deal?" by Geary N. Searfoss, CPA in the January 2016 PIF Newsletter.
Northwoods Land Trust: The Northwoods Land Trust (NWLT) is a non-profit, tax-exempt conservation organization headquartered in Eagle River, Wisconsin. We work with property owners who care about their land so much that they want to see it protected long into the future.
Keweenaw Land Trust: The Keweenaw Land Trust (KLT) is a community partner protecting land, water, and quality of life through conservation, stewardship and education. KLT was founded as a non-profit charitable organization in 1996 by local residents with a vision and love for the Copper Country.Project completed in Vilas County The State of Wisconsin’s most recent Forest Legacy project was recently completed in the headwaters of the Wisconsin River near Land O’ Lakes. This partnership between two private landowners and the State of Wisconsin's Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Fund protects 1,042 acres of wooded forestland and 2 miles of Wisconsin River riparian habitat, and contributes to existing public lands. Partners in Forestry Coop is proud to have been a driving force behind this very beneficial project.
Pictures from new legacy forest: WI River Protected by Forest Legacy, Joe Hovel and Gary Goska by WI River Headwaters, Gary Goska and Joe Hovel on Forest Legacy Land, Spruce Grouse Chick, Wisconsin River, 100+ Year Old Cedar in River Wetlands, A Group Attending a Partners in Forestry and UW Center for Cooperatives Workshop View the Thinned Stand, Entrance on County Road E
Pilgrim River Forest Legacy project
Along with the Upper Wisconsin River Legacy Forest success at the end of 2015, recent PIF conservation actions will have protected over 2500 acres of critical forest in two very different habitats, less than 90 miles apart in two adjoining states, with two vastly different but equally important watersheds being the focus of the conservation actions. Click here for the DNR announcement of $550,000 Forest Legacy Program grant for Houghton County project.
The Wildlife Society Policy Brief Series on The Land and Water Conservation Fund. The 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, state, 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.
Think Globally -- How Big Forests
Solve Global Problems
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 administrative appeals. Click here to read full article
Wildcat Falls: A Community Forest Concept It 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
Assessing the local economic impacts of land protection: Land protection, both public and private, provides substantial ecological benefits by avoiding conversion of natural systems to intensive, developed uses. These benefits include carbon sequestration, watershed functioning, soil conservation, and the preservation of diverse habitat types (e.g., Daily 1997; Brauman et al. 2007; Kumar 2012; Watson et al. 2014). Land protection also solves a key market failure: private markets tend to under provide socially beneficial land uses such as natural forests, agricultural lands, or managed timberlands. Click here to read full article