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Woodland owner organizations

American Tree Farm® System

American Tree Farm® System The American Tree Farm® System is a nation-wide program encouraging private forest owners to do an effective job of growing trees as a crop. You may have seen a green and white Tree Farm sign on your travels around Wisconsin. Tree Farm is sponsored by professional foresters working for government agencies, industry and as consulting foresters. Tree Farm inspectors must meet minimum education and experience requirements.

The American Tree Farm® System (ATFS) is committed to sustaining forests, watersheds and healthy habitats through the power of private stewardship. The ATFS has established standards and guidelines to meet in order to become a certified tree farm. As part of these standards, private forest owners must develop a management plan based on these standards and own ten or more contiguous forested acres. Landowners already enrolled in an ATFS group certification program (such as the Wisconsin DNR Managed Forest Law program) are automatically considered certified Tree Farmers.

Private forest landowners interested in becoming a tree farmer can contact the Wisconsin Tree Farm Committee or your local DNR forester. If necessary, they can work with the landowner to schedule an inspection visit by an ATFS certified tree farm inspector at no charge to the landowner. Certified tree farmers can display the Tree Farm sign and are eligible to participate in the ATFS Outstanding Tree Farmer of the Year recognition program. Certified Tree Farmers can also subscribe to the American Tree Farmer magazine, and receive notices of conferences, conventions, field days and study tours on forestry.

For information on tree farming in Wisconsin, contact:

Wisconsin Tree Farm Committee
PO Box 285
Stevens Point, WI 54481
Phone: 715-252-2001
Website: [exit DNR]

Cooperative Development Services

CDS logo

Cooperative Development Services (CDS), a non-profit organization based in Madison, has assisted in the development of over 15 sustainable forest owner cooperatives and associations and promoted sustainable forestry practices by family woodland owners in the upper Midwest since January of 1998. The goal of these local initiatives is to provide family forest owners with good returns on the sale of forest products while at the same time maintaining or improving the ecological and esthetic condition of their woods.

CDS assists new and established groups of woodland owners with:

  • developing business plans;
  • strategic planning;
  • grant and loan procurement;
  • member recruitment; and
  • other technical assistance.

Cooperative Development Services
Bob Olson
131 West Wilson St., Suite 402
Madison, WI 53703
phone: 651-265-3682
website:  [exit DNR]

Wisconsin Woodland Owners Association (WWOA)

Wisconsin Woodland Owners Association (WWOA)WWOA is a nonprofit [501(c)(3)], educational association for private woodland owners in Wisconsin. WWOA offers year-round educational opportunities for novice and experienced private woodland owners who want to become better stewards of their woodlands.

WWOA publishes the quarterly, award-winning magazine Woodland Management and the biannual News from Wisconsin's Woods newsletter. WWOA sponsors workshops, conferences, field days and a three day annual meeting each year in September. Local WWOA chapters, located throughout Wisconsin, are a great way to learn more about local issues and meet neighboring woodland owners. WWOA also has statewide committees on education, government affairs, marketing, science and publications to help keep members up-to-date on information in these areas. The WWOA Foundation is developing the Seno Woodland Education Center in southeast Wisconsin as an educational facility for youths and adults.

WWOA works to bridge the gap between woodland owners and natural resource professionals. Visit our website at [exit DNR] to learn more or contact us for a free information packet.

Wisconsin Woodland Owners Association
Nancy Bozek, Executive Director
PO Box 285
2000 Maria Drive
Stevens Point, WI 54481-0285
phone: 715-346-4798
website:  [exit DNR]

Wisconsin Forestry Cooperatives

Wisconsin Forestry Cooperatives

There are currently two woodland owner cooperatives providing forestry services in Wisconsin. These cooperatives provide a range of services to members, including land stewardship education, development of woodland management plans, sustainable harvesting, processing and marketing, among others. Contact information and service areas for these cooperatives are presented below.

Kickapoo Woods Cooperative - Serving southwestern Wisconsin
Thomas Wyse, Forester
110 S. Main Street
Viroqua, WI 54665
Phone: 608-606-5815
website: [exit DNR]

Partners in Forestry Landowner Cooperative – Serving northeastern Wisconsin
6063 Baker Lake Road
Conover, WI 54519
phone: 715-479-8528
fax: 715-479-8528
website:  [exit DNR]

Last revised: Wednesday May 25 2016