Events of interest to woodland owners

There are a wide array of opportunities that landowners can take advantage of to learn more about the trees and forests on their property.  Most of these are in the form of in-person classes or conferences, but there are also webinars and field days being held around the state.  Follow the links below to learn more about each individual event.

Learn About Your Land classes for woodland owners

These classes are sponsored by UW-Extension Natural Resources Educators working in partnership with local DNR Foresters.  The classes are usually held in the winter and spring and take place in the evening and during the day on Saturdays on occassion.  Click on these links to learn more about the classes at these locations:

 

 

COVERTS

“Coverts” is a woodland wildlife management program for private landowners run by the Dept of Forest and Wildlife Ecology of UW-Madison. This 3-day course is held annually in Woodruff, WI.
To learn more: http://fwe.wisc.edu/coverts

 

Woodland owner conferences

The Wisconsin Woodland Owners Association, DNR Foresters and members of UW-Extension organize and host one day conferences around the state for woodland owners in the winter and spring.  These conferences usually take place on Saturdays and cover a number of different topics.  Below are the dates and locations for the upcoming events along with links for more information when available.  Check out the WWOA website for more information.

 

 

Learn About Your Land – Marathon County

Oct

24

2023

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Oct

31

2023

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Nov

7

2023


This hybrid series will feature Jeff Sorenson, the DNR service forester from Marathon County, and be available both in person and online .

Learn About Your Land is a UW-Madison Extension Forestry program intended for Wisconsin woodland owners. The series of classes introduces landowners to forestry topics and local DNR foresters. All classes will run 1.5 hours with the last 15 minutes reserved for YOUR QUESTIONS.

Session 1: Have a Stress-Free Timber Sale- Tuesday 6:30-8 PM (10/24/23)

logs

This session is an introduction to the steps and timeline involved in conducting a successful timber sale from deciding what to harvest to final closeout of your sale. Topics will include guidance on selecting a logger, why a timber sale contract is important, and the supervisory steps involved in conducting a harvest.

Session 2: Invite Wildlife to Your Woodland - Tuesday 6:30-8 PM (10/31/23)

Learn to enhance your woodlands to attract a variety of wildlife. This session identifies the four requirements to attracting wildlife
to your land: space, water, food and shelter, as well as how you can manage your woods to improve the wildlife potential.

Session 3: Family Conversations for the Future of Your Woodlands- Tuesday 6:30-8 PM (11/7/23)

Couple standing by a fence line

Have you already decided what is going to happen with your woodlands in the future? Do your heirs know? Do you know what your heirs want to happen? This session will cover important steps in having a conversation with your family and developing a plan for the future.

The cost is $30 to attend all three classes. Fees must be paid online by October 20 to attend the first week. Please indicate whether you will be attending the classes in-person at the library or virtually via the internet when registering. Additional instructions will be sent to the email used when registering.

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Forest Farm Training at Misty Dawn Farm

Oct

18

2023

Join Ingrid West – Owner of Misty Dawn Farm and President of Shiitake Grower’s Association, Savanna Institute, and Natural Resources Educator Tony Johnson to learn about forest farming implementation processes. From grazing planning to the discussion of challenges and opportunities of forest farming, agricultural professionals can learn how to support farmers and landholders to reach their forest farming goals. Learn about orchard restoration, goat grazing considerations, invasive species control, and maple plantations. There will also be a hands-on opportunity for participants to inoculate logs.

Lunch will be provided.

Thanks to the Savanna Institute and Edwards Mother Earth Foundation for their support and sponsorship of this event.

Learn About Your Land – Iowa and Lafayette Counties

Sep

27

2023

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Oct

4

2023

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Oct

11

2023


This online series will feature Ross DeWitt, the DNR service forester from Iowa and Lafayette Counties.

Learn About Your Land is a UW-Madison Extension Forestry program intended for Wisconsin woodland owners. The series of classes introduces landowners to forestry topics and local DNR foresters. All classes will run 1.5 hours with the last 15 minutes reserved for YOUR QUESTIONS.

Session 1: Invasive Plant Identification and Control - Wednesday 6-7:30 PM 9/27/23

Are you having problems identifying and/or controlling invasive plants on your property? If so, then this class is for you. We will describe the most problematic invasive plants for woodlands in Wisconsin and recommend ways to control them.

Session 2: Success with Tree Planting - Wednesday 6-7:30 PM 10/4/23

planting seedling

This session will identify what is needed to successfully plant and nurture new trees. Learn which trees will grow best on your land, how to prepare your land, techniques for planting, and how to care for newly planted trees.

Session 3: Assistance with Your Woods- Wednesday 6-7:30 PM 10/11/23

forester talking with landowner

The creation of a healthy woodland requires knowledge of forestry techniques, and the investment of time and money. This session will link you to the people, programs and organizations that offer technical and financial assistance for all aspects of your woodland.  We will also take you through the beginning steps of woodland management.  Start by considering what is important to you, and learn what resources will be needed to make your vision a reality.

The cost is $15 to attend all three classes. Fees must be paid online by September 25 to attend the first week.  Additional instructions for logging in to the virtual classroom will be sent to the email used when registering.

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Learn About Your Land – Burnett County

Sep

21

2023

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Sep

28

2023

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Oct

5

2023

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Oct

12

2023


This hybrid series will feature the three DNR foresters from Burnett County, and be available both in-person and online.

Learn About Your Land is a UW-Madison Extension Forestry program intended for Wisconsin woodland owners. The series of classes introduces landowners to forestry topics and local DNR foresters. All classes will run 1 hour with the last 15 minutes reserved for YOUR QUESTIONS.

Session 1: Get to Know Your Local Trees and Invasive Plants - 6:00-7:00 PM Thursday 9/21/23

Join a forester as you get to know what trees are in your woods.  We will review the major trees and invasive plants you will likely find on your property, how to identify others after the class and learn some uses each tree has.

Session 2: Invite Wildlife to your Woodland - 6:00-7:00 PM Thursday 9/28/23

Learn to enhance your woodlands to attract a variety of wildlife. This session identifies the four requirements to attracting wildlife to your land: space, water, food and shelter, as well as how you can manage your woods to improve the habitat.

Session 3: Success with Tree Planting - 6:00-7:00 PM Thursday 10/5/23

planting seedling

This session will identify what is needed to successfully plant and nurture new trees. Learn which trees will grow best on your land, how to prepare your land, techniques for planting and how to care for newly planted trees.

Session 4: Introduction to Timber Harvesting and Sales - 6:00-7:00 PM Thursday 10/12/23

logs

This session will introduce you to the steps and timeline involved in conducting a successful timber sale, from deciding what to harvest to the final closeout of the sale. Topics will include guidance on selecting a logger, why a timber sale contract is important and the supervisory steps involved in conducting a harvest.

The cost is $30 to attend all four classes. You can either attend in person or view the classes online. Fees must be paid online by September 15 to attend the first week.  Connection information and additional instructions will be sent to the email used when registering. Class recordings will be viewable online for a limited time after the classes.

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Learn About Your Land – Green Lake, Winnebago, and Waushara Counties

Sep

18

2023

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Sep

25

2023

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Oct

2

2023


This in-person series will feature the DNR foresters from Green Lake, Waushara, and Winnebago Counties.

Learn About Your Land is a UW-Madison Extension Forestry program intended for Wisconsin woodland owners. The series of classes introduces landowners to forestry topics and local DNR foresters. All classes will run 1.5 hours with the last 15 minutes reserved for YOUR QUESTIONS.

Session 1: Assistance with Your Woods - Monday, September 18, 6:30-8:00 PM CT

Planting a tree

The creation of a healthy woodland requires knowledge of forestry techniques, and the investment of time and money. This session will link you to the people, programs and organizations that offer technical and financial assistance for all aspects of your woodland.  We will also take you through the beginning steps of woodland management.  Start by considering what is important to you, and learn what resources will be needed to make your vision a reality.

Session 2: Success with Tree Planting - Monday, September 25, 6:30-8:00 PM CT

planting seedling

This session will identify what is needed to successfully plant and nurture new trees. Learn which trees will grow best on your land, how to prepare your land, techniques for planting, and how to care for newly planted trees.

Session 3: Wildfire - Protect your Home and Property - Monday, October 2, 6:30-8:00 PM CT

This session will provide guidance on protecting your home and property from wildfires. Learn how to check your home and landscaping for hazards and about changes you can make to lower your risk of damage.

The cost is $30 to attend all three classes. Fees must be paid online by September 14 to attend the first week.  Additional instructions will be sent to the email used when registering.

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