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May 7, 2019
MADISON -- Are you a landowner interested in improving your woodlands for wildlife? Enjoying its natural beauty? Foraging for natural food on your property? Protecting it from invasives? Learning how to pass it on to future generations?
A new web video series produced by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources introduces these topics - and more - in short videos of 3 to 5 minutes each. Whether you're a landowner new to caring for your woodlands or a long-time steward of wooded property passed down through generations, the videos have something for everyone. Find the Your Wisconsin Woods series on the DNR YouTube channel.
The "Your Wisconsin Woods" video series explores these areas:
Funding for the series was provided by the Ruffed Grouse Society, a national organization that focuses on healthy forests, abundant wildlife and sporting traditions.
"Since more than half of the 17.1 million acres of forestland in Wisconsin is owned by private individuals and families, these woodland owners are key to the future of Wisconsin forests," said James Warren, DNR's public and private forestry section chief.
"During the next five years, DNR is working with partner organizations to reach 20,000 woodland owners who have not previously had the opportunity to work with a professional forester," Warren said. "We hope tools such as these new videos will inspire landowners to become engaged with their woodlands."
Woodland stewardship can be a partnership, Warren said.
"Landowners bring their goals for their property and foresters bring the expertise and guidance to help them achieve those goals," he said. "By working together, we can help landowners learn how to enrich their forest experience - now and for the years to come."
In addition to watching these videos, DNR foresters encourage woodland owners to visit the "My Wisconsin Woods" website at mywisconsinwoods.org (exit DNR) to access professional assistance, including a free informational walk-through on their property with a forester.