Wisconsin landowners have many options for learning about restoring native biodiversity and ecosystem health
Winter is a great time of the year to work in the woods on tree trimming, such as removing lower lateral branches from crop trees, trimming oak trees, and cutting box elder and honeysuckle.
This is also a good time to participate or sign-up for the many educational opportunities available to woodland owners:
In southern Wisconsin, go to www.bluemounds.org and learn about the Blue Mounds Area Project. The community-based organization holds winter conservation conversations in Mount Horeb where landowners can learn about many topics.
Emphasis is on protecting and restoring native biodiversity and ecosystem health.
Coming programs include Wisconsin bats on Feb. 19 and Native Shrubs on March 5.
Besides hearing good information, participants have the opportunity to make contact with other landowners who have similar land management concerns and learn from each other.
Meetings are open to the public, and memberships are just $30.
In summer BMAP members take field walks to various properties to learn successes and failures of fellow property managers.
Information is available at P.O. Box 332, Mt. Horeb, WI 53572 or (608) 469-2998.
Next, obtain information on your computer each month from My Wisconsin Woods through the Aldo Leopold Foundation and many other sponsoring organizations. They put out monthly electronic newsletters and also host workshops.
Though meant primarily for landowners in southwest Wisconsin, the information usually applies to all woodland owners.
Sign up for newsletters at: http://mywisconsinwoods.org/about-us or call (855) 699-6637.
Yet, another organization that was formed to represent landowners seeking changes in the Managed Forest Law and equitable tax treatment for landowners who produce trees, is the Wisconsin Association for Forest Owners.
WAFO has a very helpful web site and can help you determine if your tax classification is correct and keep you up-dated on legislation of interest to woodland owners. Go to: www.wiafo.org or call (608) 218-4789.
The annual Tri-States Forestry Conference will be held Saturday, March 14 at Sinsinawa. Topics vary from wildlife management to all facets of woodland management. For conference details go to: http://extension.illinois.edu/go/tristateforest,
And, to learn more, consider enrolling in the Wisconsin Coverts Project, to be held Aug. 13 – 16 at Kemp Natural Resources Station in Woodruff.
The three-day workshop is FREE, including good meals and meeting other landowners. For details go to http://fwe.wisc.edu/coverts or call (608) 265-8264. Only 25 landowners can attend and applications are due June 15.