WASHINGTON—The American Tree Farm System® (ATFS), a program of the American Forest Foundation, has named Joe Arington of Wisconsin the 2013 National Outstanding Tree Farmer of the Year, an annual sustainable forestry honor sponsored by STIHL, Inc.
The House of Representatives Passes Farm Bill which includes Forestry Provisions. The bill includes a number of provisions for forests, including new market opportunities for forest products, more conservation tools to forest owners, strengthened programs to fight invasive forest pests, and protection for woodland owners from unnecessary permit requirements and regulations on forest roads.
Find out more: http://www.treefarmsystem.org/forests-in-the-farm-bill-
The Wisconsin Tree Farm Committee 2013 Annual Tree Farm Field Day will be held at the Dennis and Kim Schoeneck Tree Farm in Oneida County on August 17, 2013. The application and directions are attached.
Dennis and Kim's Tree Farm in Oneida County is 225 acres in size and consists of pine, swamp conifers, northern hardwoods and an aspen-birch component. There are also a few acres of non-productive swamp and grasses. Consulting Forester, David Czysz, is the nominating forester.
A new issue is threatening family forest owners with burdensome regulations of their forest roads. Because of a recent court ruling in the Northwest, Tree Farmers in Alaska, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, California, Arizona, and Nevada will have to obtain Clean Water Act permits for the operation and maintenance of their roads.
Right now, the court ruling only applies to specific states in the Northwest. However, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) could decide to implement this court ruling across the country, subjecting family forest owners everywhere to the same permitting requirements.
Jim and Ann’s are hosting the Wisconsin Tree Farm Committee's annual Tree Farm Field day on their farm located in northeastern Dunn and southwestern Barron on Saturday, June 2nd. Counties. Their current 425 acres consist of 190 acres of pine and other conifers. Northern hardwoods make up 127 acres along with 73 acres of red maple with an oak component.