the BLACK HAWK chapter
________________________ __________________ Wisconsin Woodland Owners Association _ Black Hawk Chapter Newsletter _ Spring 2006
As a native Nebraskan I appreciate all that the forests of Wisconsin have to offer. There is so much diversity from the endless pines of the north and central sands to the beautiful and majestic hardwoods over all of Wisconsin. The one tradition from my early Nebraska memories that so easily transcends to Wisconsin is the celebration of Arbor Day. The State of Nebraska 130 some years ago set aside a day for planting trees. If you have ever driven across Nebraska on Interstate 80, I’m sure you understand the purpose behind this cause. Tree planting caught on around the world and now we celebrate Arbor Day every year. Arbor Day regardless of location in the geopolitical landscape of the world represents a special day set aside to renew our commitment to trees and the land. Arbor Day or as they say in Iceland Afforestation Day will make a difference, trees will make a difference. The Blackhawk Chapter through sharing our woodland experience with children continues this Arbor Day tradition. Although Arbor Day only occurs one day each year, the effort put forth in teaching our school children the value of trees is a continuing investment. We do have the resources to accomplish this most worthy goal. Many of our Chapter members have already invested in programs for teaching, trees to children. Black Hawk Arbor Day events scheduled for April 28, 2006: Fred and Donna Merg will host the 4th grade class from Cambridge Cathy Lorang and Joe Arington will host the 4 th grade class from Deerfield. If you are interested in a school Arbor Day event or any other children forestry activity in our Chapter area? Please contact me. Annual Meeting Although our Annual Meeting held in early January did not result in methods for improving woodlots it was none the less very interesting. Mike McCabe of the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign addressed a Chapter group of approximately thirty five. Mike’s message was timely, thought provoking and gave insight into the special interest groups, lobbyist and others who influence your State Government. This was particularly of interest considering the effects we as woodland owners are experiencing with cuts to forestry programs, fence law challenges and many other laws & regulations. We need to work as a group through our Legislative Committee and other resources of WWOA to address the many concerns that may prevent our success in leaving a tree legacy. Joe L. Arington Blackhawk Chapter President email@example.com
Cottonville Fire Update
Tree Planting Workshop & Assistance Needed Rain or Shine (Hopefully not Snow!) WWOA’s Central Sands Chapter, UWExtension, and DNR will co-sponsor a tree planting workshop for any woodland owners interested in learning the proper techniques for tree planting. The workshop will be held Saturday, April 8 near Big Flats in Adams County. To received a registration brochure for this workshop please contact the WWOA office at 715/346-4798 or firstname.lastname@example.org WWOA members from across the state have asked how they can help fellow WWOA members who lost their forests in the Cottonville fire last May. WWOA will be assisting these landowners replant this spring and we need your help! We need volunteers to hand plant trees from April 13 through May 17 (remember Easter is April 16) – can you come to Adams County for a half day, full day or weekend? If you are willing to donate your time to help fellow members please contact the WWOA office with your phone or email and dates that you are willing to volunteer so that WWOA can set up a schedule. Volunteers will need to dress for the weather, bring their own gloves, shovel or planting bar and water bottle. Please help WWOA help the Cottonville fire victims by volunteering so we can coordinate a schedule that works for each member’s tree delivery. Perhaps you really aren’t up to hand planting trees anymore but you still want to help. Could you donate the following supplies to assist with the planting effort? We need a tent, chairs, porta-potties, 5 gallon buckets, rooting gel, bottle water and food for the volunteers. Maybe you could help in coordinating the effort or on the ground greeting volunteers and getting the trees ready for planting? The WWOA office will be coordinating volunteers and donations for this effort. Contact WWOA at 715/346-4798 or email@example.com This is a great opportunity to help fellow WWOA members regrow their forests!
Spring Forestry Field Day Tornado Cleanup & Demonstrations
Mark Thursday, March 30 on your calendars for the Black Hawk spring field day which will be held at Herm and Julie Tiedeman's farm just north of Stoughton. Herm is a longtime WWOA member and current Secretary/Treasurer of the Black Hawk Chapter. The Tiedemans lost 10 buildings which have been cleaned up and they have rebuilt two new buildings. Herm needs help cleaning up his woods and fence row trees that were blown down during the tornado. Bring a sharp chainsaw and appropriate safety equipment and help cut up the damaged trees. There will be demonstrations of chippers, grinders, brush handling equipment and more. Coffee, donuts, soda and lunch will be served at no charge on the property. Safety/Caution: After a lot of cleanup, there are still building material with nails scattered in the fields and woods. You will need to wear work boots with hard rubber soles and cover the ankles. Rubber tires are also at risk of punctures if you drive onto the fields; the roadsides and driveways are relative free of nails. Tentative agenda: 8:30am Arrive Coffee, donuts, organizes teams. 9:00am Start the clean up. Take breaks as needed. 10:00am Continuous equipment demons
Dave Hall's safety tips and demo on safely cutting up, “down trees”. They say: "Good judgment is the result of experience; experience is the result of poor judgment."
12:30pm Continue clean up. 3:30pm GO HOME
Directions: CTH B runs between US 51 and CTH N just north of Stoughton. You will know
you are in the right neighborhood when you see the damaged trees and buildings. From B, turn north on Williams Dr. and go 1/2 mile to 1881 Williams Dr.; look for the "TIEDEMAN" sign on the grainary. We need to know in advance how many to expect so, if you will attend, please contact Herm Tiedeman at (cell) 920-285-7104, (home) 920261-3104 or firstname.lastname@example.org . April 6 th will be the alternate date if it rains.
Certified Forestland in the U.S. pass 20 million acre mark. Go to GreenBiz.com the article is http:/www.greenbiz.com/news/news third.cfm?NewsID=30151 Cliff Kolberg is the big winner of the chain saw at the Black Hawk Annual Meeting,
Rumors of Termite-infested Mulch
The Wisconsin Dept of Agriculture, Trade & Consumer Protection has said that the information circulating about the risks of buying termite-infested wood mulch is not true. An e-mail warns consumers to be very careful about buying “cheap” wood mulch this spring and summer from national home improvement stores because the mulch might be infested with Formosan termites. “We’ve checked with our counterparts in Louisiana and the email is not accurate,” said Department Secretary Rod Nilsestuen. “The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry put quarantines in place last fall following the hurricanes to prevent the spread of Formosan termites.” “Our own department insect specialists have said it’s very unlikely that termites would survive the mulching process plus the Formosan termites wouldn’t survive in our colder temperatures,” Nilsestuen said. “Once the snow clears, Wisconsin consumers can purchase wood mulch and feel confident that the mulch is free of termites.” For more information contact, Jane H. Larson, http://datcp.state.wi.us
Black Hawk Summer Picnic
We are looking for someone to host the 2nd annual summer picnic in July or August. Last year's picnic was held on July 16 in late afternoon. We explored the woods, ate a great potluck dinner and enjoyed lots of fun conversation. If you want to host the picnic, get in touch with Joe Arington at 608-423-3713 or email@example.com .
Fall Field Day
The Black Hawk chapter fall field day will be held on October 12 at Dave and Evelyn Hall's woodlot and an adjacent woodlot in Brooklyn Twp, Green County. We will see mature and cutover central hardwoods, timber stand improvement, high-quality walnut, walnut natural regeneration, garlic mustard control and (possibly) an active harvest. The detailed agenda will come out in a later newsletter.
to help with
Light on the Land
Light on the Land is a two-day field event, held near Mazomanie that demonstrates the use of small equipment to do all sorts of woods operations like spraying, harvesting and wood processing. Planning for this year’s event has not started yet but we are looking for 4 - 6 volunteers to help with the program. If you want to help, contact Dave Hall. firstname.lastname@example.org