Northwoods Alliance Inc., in cooperation with Partners in Forestry Cooperative (PIF), and the University of Wisconsin Center for Cooperatives, is hosting a series of public events with the next two upcoming sessions to be centered in the Town of Land O Lakes.

 This series is titled Appreciate Our Common Lands: A Hands on Celebration of the Benefits of Forest Land Conservation. On Monday July 9 the location will be on the Upper Wisconsin River Legacy Forest just east of Highway 45, north of County Road E and south of South Crystal Lake Road. In late 2015 this forest was protected under a perpetual conservation easement in the Forest Legacy Program. The management objectives here center around wildlife habitat, with a primary concern being maintaining habitat for the threatened Spruce Grouse which inhabit the legacy forest. These birds, and many others, depend on young forests, thus the discussion will include managing forests for birds and other wildlife. These Legacy Forest habitats include upland jack pine, with white spruce, fir and aspen adjoining significant black spruce swamps and the Wisconsin River corridor.

Up to two miles of hiking will be possible for the hardy, however a more subtle vehicle transport is available for those unable to hike. This event will be lead by Vilas County Conservation Specialist Quita Sheehan and Mike Peczynski as a retired USFS Wildlife Biologist, with PIF forester John Schwarzmann on hand as well.

We will gather from 8:45 to 9 AM on the north side of County Road E, 7/10s of a mile east of Highway 45, and finish about noon. Any questions concerning sustainable forestry and its related features, land conservation or wildlife are welcome. Anyone with interest is encouraged to participate in this event. We hope to see you there.

On Saturday August 25 the next outing in this series will be held at the Tenderfoot Reserve, to witness a very different habitat type which includes magnificent old growth stands. This trip will include a paddle by canoe across Palmer and Tenderfoot lakes.  More information will be coming for this August gathering.

 For more information on these events please contact Joe Hovel at 715-479-8528 or or see to learn more about the groups ongoing conservation efforts.


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