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October 2014

Wisconsin's forests benefit from active management

Forest plans enhance ecological diversity and expand recreational and economic opportunities.

Jennifer Sereno

If you want to be a tree hugger, you have to cut some trees.

Joe Hovel, who has practiced sustainable forestry for more than 30 years, offers up this seeming paradox as he stands under a cathedral ceiling of hardwood boughs and leafy green. The proof of what he preaches covers the surrounding 400 acres in the town of Conover, where selection cutting allows sunlight to pierce the dense canopy and reach the forest floor to invigorate a new generation of trees.

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Increment borer drilling into a tree © Sara AllenDriftless oaks
Their rings tell the environmental history of southwest Wisconsin.


Devan with his first deer. © Marvin JenkinsAn urban teen with a taste for the outdoors
Meet Milwaukee's Devan Jenkins.


Bowhunter on a tree stand. © projectstand.net/Stand up for safety
Take tree stands seriously from the start.


Girl Scouts assemble bat houses.© Becky HunterBuilding a better life for bats
How a housing project can help.


A student taps rice sticks to harvest wild rice. © Marilynn NashWhat's cooking at wild rice camp?
Discovering a tasty and healthy tradition.


Kikkoman employee at the Walworth operation. © KikkomanThe soy of cooking...up great environmental ideas
Partnership with Kikkoman is part of the Office of Business Support and Sustainability's effort to reach out to businesses.


Cell phone with Wisconsin Natural Resources Parks App © Screen images by ParksByNature Network, LLCConnecting with outdoor enthusiasts
DNR's mobile apps make it easier to find places to have fun.


A turkey in a woodlot © Jerry DavisA "tail" from the field
Why I traded spring turkey hunting for fall.


Troy Anderson and his father. Submitted by Troy AndersonReflecting on dad
Coffee, conversations and coming to grips with change.


Ron Weber with Buddy. © Rick WeberThe bells of autumn
A grouse hunt awakens the senses and revives memories of a beloved dog.


Gretchen Hansen and Laura Conner working on Sparkling Lake.©Katie HeinFlipping lakes
An experiment turns students into scientists and moves one lake from an invasive to a native state.


Young girl with wild pheasant chick. © Michael Chico LaBarberaOutdoor youth expo enjoys new home
MacKenzie Center is center of attention.