Northeast Woodland Owners Conference set for Jan. 28

Ray Mueller

Green Bay — Large carnivore species, forest health and services available to woodland owners will be the major topics for the 2017 northeast Wisconsin woodland owners conference.

It will be held Saturday, Jan. 28, in room 132 of the Student Center at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, 2740 West Mason St.

The day's program will open at 9 a.m. with Department of Natural Resources large carnivore specialist David McFarland discussing the cougar, bear and wolf populations in the area and the management programs that the agency has in place for them.

DNR regional forest health specialist Linda Williams, whose territory covers 13 counties in northeast Wisconsin, will provide an update on insects and diseases affecting forests along with in-forest problems linked to weather, storms and humans.

Panelists on the session for providing assistance to woodland owners will be Steve Kaufman of the DNR Service Center in Green Bay, Wisconsin Consulting Forester Association chair Don Peterson, and Verso Corporation procurement forester Ryan Scheifer.

The Glacierland Resource Conservation and Development Council, which is organizing the conference, reminds woodland owners that “a wide variety of services” on forest management is available from both public and private sources.

A grant from the Wisconsin Sustainable Forestry Initiative Implementation Committee is funding a portion of the 2017 conference. Expera Specialty Solutions and the Glacierland council are co-sponsors of the conference.

The conference has a $15 registration fee, which includes a light offering of snacks and beverages. It is scheduled to conclude by 12:30 p.m.

To register, call 920-465-3006 or go to www.glacierlandrcd/events. The mailing address for the registration fee is Glacierland R,C&D, P.O. Box 11203, Green Bay, WI 54303. The registration deadline is Tuesday, Jan. 24.