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Protect your planted trees this winter

We have moved into November and a sacred holiday to Wisconsinites is approaching… deer hunting. For those of us particularly interested in trees, this is one important management tool for protecting young trees. As the snow approaches and food options become more limited, it is a good time to think about further protecting trees from […]

So, you think you know all about your chainsaw, huh?

Chainsaws are powerful tools that make the felling and processing of trees easy.  We tend to forget how dangerous these tools can be if used improperly and without safety equipment.  Take a moment to test your knowledge about chainsaws and their use. The answers are at the end. 1. About how many people are treated […]

Mushrooms – Not all of them are created equal

In a previous article, I discussed insects that are attacking our trees and I wanted to follow up with a discussion of the common fungi or mushrooms growing in our woods.  Just like the insects, some of these are very harmful to our trees and the rest aren’t.  What is different from the insects is […]

Native insects damaging our trees

If you have spent any amount of time in the woods, you have undoubtedly noticed damage to trees caused by insects.  The damage could be in the leaves or the stem, under the bark or in the roots.  It may seem alarming to you, but, to a tree, this is an everyday occurrence during the […]

Explore Your Woods Together

Our job as Extension Forestry Educators is to serve as interpreters of the language of forest management. Even that term itself, forest management, feels foreign to many woodland owners. Admittedly, sometimes I miss the mark, like trying to explain basal area to a group of landowners off the cuff. But most of the time, connecting […]

Engaging the Next Generation: Let’s Get Kids Outside! by Jamie Nack

Imagine my delight, when my daughters (9 and 11) complained about not being able to go outside during the polar vortex back in February.  School had been cancelled due to the extreme cold and we were “stuck” at home and inside.  My husband and I have made it a high priority to connect our children […]

What is forest certification?

Do you remember not so long ago when Harry Potter books were quite the rage? One of those books, Goblet of Fire, sold over 5 million copies. In total, the seven books sold over 450 million copies. Goblet of Fire was 734 pages, or 367 sheets of paper. For that one book, that is 1,835,000,000 […]

Leasing your sugarbush

It’s that perfect weather, with the fire roaring, and you sit down at the breakfast table with your steaming mug of coffee, a stack of warm pancakes, and that sweet local Wisconsin maple syrup. Chances are pretty good it’s from Wisconsin anyway, since we are 4th in the nation for production. In 2010, we reported […]