“Wildcat Falls through the Seasons”: Mushroom foray and fall color hike
Sep
25
1:00 PM13:00

“Wildcat Falls through the Seasons”: Mushroom foray and fall color hike

Northwoods Alliance (NWA) is hosting a combined third and fourth hike in its series highlighting the creation of a “Wildcat Falls Community Forest” on September 25, 2019, featuring an afternoon mushroom foray led by Anne Small starting at 1 p.m. CST.  Those interested can participate in and enjoy the beautiful fall colors through the old growth forests to the waterfalls and also learn about our Northwoods fungi. We also may be fortunate enough to see some migrating birds. Hikes are guided and free but we recommend registering at cmsnwa@yahoo.com for directions, questions, and any notification of changes due to inclement weather.  Hikers are asked to bring water, snacks, mushroom collecting basket, and wear appropriate foot wear, raingear, binoculars, camera, walking sticks.  We will be meeting at Nordine’s parking lot at the corner of US Hwy. 45 and US 2 at 1 p.m., and then caravan to Wildcat Falls.

The University of Wisconsin Center for Cooperatives supports these educational events offered by Northwoods Alliance, Inc., as a continuing extension of the series “Appreciate Our Common Lands”. The Community Forest and Open Space Conservation Program (CFP) of the USFS has awarded a grant to NWA to help accomplish our goal. The CFP 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 private 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 historic sites providing community benefits. For more information on NWA or this community project call 715-479-8528.

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Public talk on Wildcat Falls project
Oct
3
1:00 PM13:00

Public talk on Wildcat Falls project

Presentation title: Tenacity Creates Opportunity.

Come hear about the history and current status of the 10-year effort to create the Wildcat Falls Community Forest. All are welcome to attend.

Press release:

Wildcat Falls has been long-known as a special place by area naturalists, and was once protected as part of the Ottawa National Forest. This parcel was lost as a National Forest holding, and today Wildcat Falls and surrounding old growth forest is in the process of becoming a 160-acre community forest. The effort to maintain public access and protection for this unique feature has been led for years by Northwoods Alliance, a decades-old nonprofit conservation organization. As a major step toward project completion, the USFS Community Forest and Open Space Conservation Program has awarded 50% of the needed funding to establish a Wildcat Falls Community Forest, and we now need help from the community to reach the goal. 

This inspiring ten- year conservation effort will be the subject of a program titled Tenacity Creates Opportunity atthe Land O Lakes Public Library on Thursday, October 3 at 1 PM. This informative program will describe the efforts to keep Wildcat Falls open to the public, and highlight the history and current status of this important work while showcasing the features and quality of the project. We will also describe the current project status, including timeline to completion and fundraising goals. To date, over eighty donors, including individuals, conservation groups and foundations, have contributed to the project, and we are nearly halfway raising necessary funds to match the community forest grant.

All are invited to join Northwoods Alliance and conservation partners for this program, to learn of efforts to build community and advance the Wildcat Falls Community Forest and other projects. 

For more information, visit www.northwoodalliance.org, email nwa@nnex.net, or contact Joe Hovel at 715-479-8528. We hope to see you there. 

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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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