Cooperating for Woods and Wildlife Workshop Series

Golden Sands Resource Conservation and Development Council (RC&D) has been working closely with the state’s Deer Management Assistance Program (DMAP) to empower landowners to improve habitat, manage invasive species, and sustainably manage their woodlands by bringing them together to form group cooperatives. Forming group cooperatives ​allows landowners who own smaller properties to have bigger impacts that extend beyond their property boundaries.  

The Woods & Wildlife for Today & Tomorrow Project has brought together 80 landowners in 10 different cooperatives across Central Wisconsin to work together towards common goals. This spring, Golden Sands RC&D is putting on three workshops to share information about what these landowners have done and how other landowners across the state can get involved.

​The workshops will be held on Saturdays in August at the Mead Wildlife Visitor Center in Milladore and will include lunch. For more information and to register use the links provided below. 

Workshop Descriptions and NEW Dates

Cooperating for Wildlife HabitatCloseup of white-tailed deer | Saturday, August 29th
Wildlife depend on diverse habitat types across large areas. If you want to provide for abundant, healthy wildlife populations, you need to consider habitat beyond your property. At this workshop, speakers will share information about working collaboratively to enhance wildlife habitat. The topics discussed will appeal to wildlife watchers and hunters alike.

Cooperating for Invasive Species Control | Saturday, October 3rd
Managing invasive plants on your property can help support wildlife and promote healthy forest regeneration. However, invasive plant management can become difficult if species are re-introduced from neighboring properties. Speakers at this workshop will share information about involving your neighbors in invasive plant control to help maintain forest health and support wildlife.

Cooperating for Forest ManagementDry-mesic woods | Saturday, October 24th
Managed woodlands are healthy woodlands. Landowners in cooperatives have the option to collaborate with their neighbors to conduct shared timber sales and other forest management activities. At this workshop, we’ll share information about large-scale private forest management, shared timber sales, land trusts, and forestry cost-share programs.