If you are a landowner, certainly you have goals for your property. Interested in viewing wildlife? Harvesting food from it? Restoring it or protecting it from invasive species? No matter your goals or your experience in working toward them, there is a new video series that introduces these topics and shows how forestry expertise can support you.
Episodes, each three to five minutes in length, are short and educational. Titles include:
Is My Property Healthy? – Your woods are an ever-changing environment that needs your help to thrive. Learn what you can do to make sure you’re taking it in the right direction.
Goods from the Woods – There are plenty of delicious, natural foods just waiting to be picked outside. See what you’re missing out on from your property.
Befriend a Forester – If you really want to shape your woods, you might need some help. Learn how to contact your forester and what your forester can offer to enhance your property.
Return on Investment – Your woods can work for you. Learn how to take advantage of available programs and opportunities.
Space Invaders – No property is safe from invasive species. In this segment, you’ll learn what you can do to stop the spread of these foreign invaders.
Go Wild in Your Woods – Your woods are more than just a place to play and gather goods. They’re home to the wildlife we all enjoy. Learn what you can do to improve your woods to attract wildlife you’d like to see.
Land as a Legacy – You’ve shaped your property, planted trees and tackled invasives, but one day, you’ll have to say goodbye to it. Learn how you can pass your property to future generations and have your land enrolled in programs that will protect its natural beauty.
Produced by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources in partnership with the Ruffed Grouse Society, the Aldo Leopold Foundation, the Driftless Land Conservancy and with generous support from David Moore, the videos series is available for viewing on the My Wisconsin Woods website.
Partners in the effort are all dedicated to healthy forests.
“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.”