Monday, 11 January 2021

This Week: January 11, 2021

Round-up of weekly news for Wisconsin landowners



ICF Presentation: An Exciting Year Ahead in the World of Crane Conservation

Thursday, Jan. 14, at 11 a.m. Central Time

International Crane Foundation President and CEO Rich Beilfuss will share stories and insights about the coming year in crane conservation. He will highlight their projects to secure cranes, the wetlands, watersheds and flyways they depend on, and the communities who share these lands.

Their work includes sustainable livelihoods, thriving floodplains for people and wildlife, and carbon trading to save vital crane landscapes in Africa. Rich will explore best management practices across vast flyways, new protected landscapes and the role of Sarus Rice to save cranes in Asia.  Finally, the presentation will highlight the year ahead for saving our rarest crane – the Whooping Crane – and keeping our most abundant crane – the Sandhill Crane – abundant.  Join Rich for a preview of an exciting year to come! 


2021 Webinars for Women Landowners

UW-Madison Extension Forestry is kicking off 2021 with a webinar
series geared towards Wisconsin women woodland owners. The informal classroom will provide participants the opportunity to learn how to:
– navigate and organize important online resources
– identify native trees and invasive plants
– control invasive plants

Each of the three webinars include a short presentation, Q&A session, and the opportunity to network with fellow ladies of the land!

Proper Christmas Tree and Wreath Disposal Protects the Environment: Door County Invasive Species Team offers tips

, Peninsula Pulse

In 2018 and 2019, the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) found fir Christmas trees, wreaths and other holiday decorations that were infested with elongate hemlock scale – an invasive insect. These contaminated decorations had been shipped to Wisconsin and presented a real threat to our coniferous forests and Christmas tree farms. 

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Natural Resources Conservation Service

Deadline Announced for Wetland Ag Land Grant Applications

Sun Prairie Star
Saturday, January 10, 2021

MADISON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service in Wisconsin has announced the fiscal year 2021 signup deadline is Feb. 5, for Wetland Reserve Easement and Agricultural Land Easement applications.

Image of Steve Vogelsang in workshop with toboggans

Eau Claire woodworker turns dying ash trees into traditional wood toboggans.

Wisconsin native makes hand-crafted toboggans

WEAU 13 News

An Eau Claire woodworker brings back a slice of nostalgia to Eau Claire through his hand-crafted toboggan sleds.

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Monday, 04 January 2021

This Week: January 4, 2021

Round-up of weekly news for Wisconsin landowners



Image of pileated woodpecker tearing bark off green ash tree.

Woodpeckers tear off bark looking for emerald ash borer larvae.

An elegy for ash trees

The Citizen, Auburn, NY
December31, 2020

Not until it began its extinction did I start to know Ash. Newly befriending the living in their last stages of vigor can be bittersweet; rich and previously unimagined relationships bloom as decline sets in and I wonder, how did I not know them sooner? What did I miss?

Help wildlife by planting native landscaping

Washara Argus
By News Staff on Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Now is the time to start planning native landscaping to help birds, pollinators and other wildlife next year.

Adding just a few native plants can not only help provide food and shelter for pollinators, birds and other wildlife but can increase your chances of watching wildlife. Rain gardens with specialized native wetland plants can also help handle storm water on a property and help keep lakes, rivers and groundwater clean.

Editorial: Plan now to help save monarch butterflies next summer

Let us take a break from early-winter cold to contemplate a summer wonder: the monarch butterfly. A seemingly delicate creature, practically weightless with gossamer-thin wings, it flits and floats like a leaf in the breeze.

Mammal Tracks on Wisconsin

Wisconsin DNR

The secretive ways of most mammals make them rare sights. Tracks are like an animal’s fingerprints in the wild.

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