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Tomorrow’s Wisconsin Woodland Owners

(c) Wisconsin DNR. Source

(c) Wisconsin DNR.

Yesterday, Wisconsin State Forester Paul DeLong announced the results of an important study on the future of Wisconsin’s 16 million acres of woodland.  As noted in DeLong’s letter, 60% of the individuals who own Wisconsin’s forests are 55 years of age or older, and 10% of Wisconsin’s private woodland is expected to change ownership in the next 5 years.

The Pinchot Institute‘s Catherine Mater led the study, which interviewed 260 children of current Wisconsin family forest owners.  The findings clearly point to a need for innovation to engage and meet the needs of new woodland owners.

Here are some highlights from the study’s Key Findings page:

  • Male and female offspring interact differently in the Wisconsin family structure when it comes to participation in the management of family forests.
  • No matter the gender, Wisconsin offspring expect to inherit the family forestlands and they expect that they will be required to manage the lands jointly with their siblings.
  • Depending on gender, income generation may or may not be important for the next generation.
  • Sibling disagreement may already be more advanced than one might think.  Fifty percent or more families with multiple children had siblings who disagreed in three critical areas:  wanting to be involved in the management of the family forest, knowing how the family forestlands will be transferred, and identifying what conditions would force them to sell the family forest.
  • Forest health and human health: no longer disconnected.
  • If you want to really connect with the next generation of landowners, figure out what they tune into and what they tune out.
  • Offspring look to the DNR and extension.

The study’s website includes much more detail about study background, methods, results, and how to talk to your family about the future of your land.  (An additional, excellent resource on this topic is the Oregon State University Ties to the Land program.)  This is required reading for not only woodland owners, but also Extension and other professionals serving them.


October 8, 2008 at 9:37 am 1 comment

The four basic needs of Minnesota woodland wildlife

All wildlife have four basic needs: Food, water, cover (shelter), and space. As a woodland owner, planning your woodland stewardship activities with an eye to these general requirements, and to the species you’re most interested in, can make a big difference. Woodland management directly impacts wildlife habitat, and your decisions will have an impact on how much, and what kinds of, wildlife you see on your land.

Continue Reading April 30, 2007 at 4:38 am Leave a comment

Minnesota woodlands and wildlife: strategies and species

Remember the four basic needs of wildlife: food, water, cover, and space. Think about your landscape, including your neighbors’ properties and beyond. What is missing that your target species need? Let these needs guide your planning. Some strategies to improve woodland wildlife habitat. Links & info for individual wildlife species.

Continue Reading April 30, 2007 at 4:26 am Leave a comment

Forest health: Foliage, stem, and branch diseases

Foliage diseases my cause conifer needles to turn yellow or brown or drop prematurely. Hardwood leaves may develop yellow, brown, or black spots. These diseases weaken trees by reducing the ability of leaves to produce plant food.

Continue Reading April 29, 2007 at 7:28 pm Leave a comment

Forest health: Insects

A review of categories of insects affecting tree and forest health: Defoliators, borers, sap-sucking insects, root-feeding insects, cone- and seed-destroying insects, and non-native invaders.

Continue Reading April 29, 2007 at 7:27 pm Leave a comment

Forest Health: Overview

Forest health is affected by insect outbreaks, diseases, invasive species, regeneration, fire ecology, natural disturbance, and many other factors.

Fungal growth on birch: Jim Frazier photo

Fungal growth on birch: Jim Frazier photo

Not all insects and diseases are bad. Native insects and diseases are a normal part of a healthy forest. An example is the periodic defoliation events from forest tent caterpillars (armyworms). Minnesota forests evolved in the presence of these bugs, and they recover quickly from outbreaks.

On the other hand, non-native, introduced insects, diseases, and plant species pose a serious threat. Invasives must be addressed quickly. Diseases like Dutch elm disease, shrub species like buckthorn, and new invasive insects like Gypsy moth and emerald ash borer can cause serious forest health problems. It’s critical that landowners learn to identify these species quickly and keep their woodlands healthy and free from invaders to the greatest degree possible.

The pages in this section are designed to provide basic information about forest health issues in Minnesota. Probably the best source of forest health information in Minnesota is the Forest Insect & Disease Newsletter, published by the MN DNR Division of Forestry.

As more and more invasives enter our woods, forest health can seem daunting at times. But it’s important that we all maintain vigorous, healthy native woodlands to the greatest degree we can. Most forest health threats are far easier to prevent than to eradicate once they’re established. Good luck! Your neighbors, as well as future generations, will thank you for it.

April 29, 2007 at 7:26 pm Leave a comment

Woodland wildfire and protecting your property

Forest fires are classified as surface, crown, or ground fires based on their manner of spread. Most forest fires in the Midwest are surface fires. They burn only the litter and other small fuels on the forest floor. They may scar the base of large trees and kill small trees.

Continue Reading April 29, 2007 at 2:29 pm Leave a comment

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