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Saturday, 11 April 2015 11:08

Christmas at Wisconsin Capital

Dennis and Kim Schonenck have planted balsam fir on their Tree Farm for Christmas Trees, often donating them to Churches or those who could least afford them.  One tree was planted kin their yard along the driveway.  Through the years it reached 40+ feet tall and was mature.

Dennis had long dreamed of the opportunity to  have a Christmas Tree at the State Wisconsin State Capitol in Madison. He applied for consideration several years ago and in the spring of 2014 he received a call from the  Wisconsin Department of Administration (DOA) letting him know they would like to come up and look at their tree.  Late in September of 2014, the Schoenecks received another call from the DOA informing them that their Tree was selected to bed placed in the rotunda of the Capitol for Christmas for 2014.

The Tree was adorned with lights and handmade ornaments depicting the theme, "Honoring Wisconsin's Veterans".  In an interview, Dennis said, "We are grateful for the opportunity to provide these Trees as a small  token of appreciation for the brave men and women, past  and present, who have sacrificed so much for our Country".

The Schoenecks as donated 14 other smaller balsam tree which were used to decorate the Capital Square and the exterior of the Governor's mansion.


Gerald Kann's Tree Farm is 115 acres located north of Sparta in Monroe County.  He purchased the first 80 acres in 1973 and in 1984 purchased an adjoining 40ty.  At the time, he owned a funeral home in Sparta, Kann Funeral Home, and was a co-owner of a custom tree planting buisness.  He and his business partner planted over 300,000 tree seedlings and shrubs on private lands in Monroe and La Crosse Counties, including his own property.  These tree plantings were primarily for establishing trees the USDA's Conservation Reserve Program (CRP).  Gerald would share his experience and tree planting knowledge with these landowners, encouraging them to use a root gel/dip to keep roots from drying out in the planting process to increase survival rates.

Shortly after he purchased his property he started working with the Federl Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service (ASCS) local office and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resrouces (WI DNR)local forestry office, to gain knowledge. information and resources to start managing the property.   Originally the western part of the property, along Highway "B", was farm land.  East of the field was steeper terrain and was wooded.  Now, all of the property is wooded except for a cabin site, a food plot and a small wildlife pond.  The Tree Farm was entered into the Wisconsin Managed Forest Law program in 2000.


Wisconsin Tree Farm Committee 2014 Annual Field Day, August 23, 2014

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.

Read More Here: www.treefarmsystem.org/joe-arington-2013-national-outstanding-tree-farmer

Wednesday, 17 July 2013 19:24

Latest News On the Farm Bill

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.

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.