Upper Wisconsin River Legacy Forest hike
Jun
7
9:00 AM09:00

Upper Wisconsin River Legacy Forest hike

    Join Vilas County Conservation Specialist Quita Sheehan on Friday morning June 7 for a tour and lessons on the mysterious wetland habitat on the Upper Wisconsin River Legacy Forest. What is the difference between bogs and fens? Why do some wetlands grow timber such as black spruce and white cedar, while others grow carnivorous plants like sundews and pitcher plants? Consider the horror to an insect of being lured inside a plant by its moisture only to be drowned and devoured by the plant. Is this peat, sphagnum and moss laden surface really land? What is the value of vernal pools?

   Wetlands of all sorts are an incredibly rich and valuable feature in our northern landscape. Though our series Appreciate Our Common Lands, with help from the UW Center for Cooperatives, we will continue to explore these and other areas of critical habitat and their relativity to sustainable forestry.

 Contact us for details as they arise,  logcabin at nnex.net or call 715-479-8528. We anticipate a 9 AM start and will be done before noon. Updates will be on PIF and NWA websites.

 The Upper Wisconsin River Legacy Forest contains 1042 acres of privately owned, sustainably managed timber land near the beginning of the Wisconsin River just east of Land O Lakes.  The property is protected from development and open to the public for traditional forest uses under the Forest Legacy program, which assures these public values in the future. This public-private partnership was made possible by the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program and assures Spruce Grouse habitat. Please contact your legislator and express your support of this valuable program.

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Wildcat Falls hikes
May
18
8:00 AM08:00

Wildcat Falls hikes

Northwoods Alliance (NWA) and Partners in Forestry are hosting the second hike in the series highlighting the development of a “Wildcat Falls Community Forest” on May 18, 2019.

   We will begin with an early morning birding hike starting at 8 a.m. Central time, followed by an ephemeral-wildflower hike. Those interested can participate in and enjoy one or both hikes. Hikes are guided and free of charge, but we recommend registering at cmsnwa@yahoo.comor calling 715-479-8528 for directions and any fresh details including changes due to inclement weather. Hikers are asked to bring water, snacks if desired between hikes, bug spray and wear appropriate shoes/boots and raingear. Some parts of the hike may be a bit strenuous.  
   The Wildcat Falls property is in the process of being established as a community forest with help from several conservation partners. 

   The Community Forest and Open Space Conservation Program
(CFP) of the USFS offers a unique opportunity for communities to acquire and
conserve forests that provide public access and recreational opportunities, protect vital water supplies and wildlife habitat, serve as demonstration sites for
forest landowners, and provide economic benefits from timber and non-timber forest
products. CFP is also for the protection and preservation of natural habitat of fish,
wildlife, plants, forests and important historical lands. Northwoods Alliance is applying for a CFP grant which could contribute up to 50% of the project value as a match to acquire and establish a community forest. The CFP grant program provides financial assistance to tribal entities, local governments, and qualified conservation non-profit organizations such as Northwoods Alliance, Inc.
  We are in the process of raising the contributing 50% community funding match and donations are always welcomed. NWA is a 501(c)3 non profit and a 509(a)2 public charity. All donations are dedicated to land conservation.

       Join us in detailing the benefits of a Wildcat Falls Community Forest.

 See www.partnersinforestry  or www.northwoodalliance.orgor call 715-479-8528

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