Dovetail collaborates on ‘Healthy Forest’ pilot projects



MADISON, WISCONSIN– The Wisconsin Healthy Forest Program (WHFP) is conducting three pilot projects funded in part by $61,000 in grants from the Turner Foundation, the Weyerhaeuser Corp and the Federal Forest Legacy program. The projects areas include Liberty Grove Township in Door County, Baraboo Bluffs in Greenfield and Caledonia Townships in Sauk and Columbia counties and the Stora Enso Family Forest program in Portage County. Project collaborators include: Wisconsin Family Forests, Wisconsin Woodland Owners Association, DNR-Division of Forestry - Cooperative Development Services, Clark Forestry, Stora Enso, Dovetail Partners, The Nature Conservancy, UW Department of Forest Ecology, Turner Foundation and the Weyerhaeuser Family Foundation.


“The overall objective of the pilot projects is to judge the effectiveness of using local sponsors to assist forest landowners in practicing sustainable forestry on their lands,” said Paul Pingrey, private forestry specialist with the state Department of Natural Resources. “It will provide another avenue for landowners to access professional forestry services.”


The Wisconsin Healthy Forest Program is a public-private partnership being coordinated by Wisconsin Family Forests, Inc., Gerry Mich, executive director, 625 E County Road Y Suite 700, Oshkosh, Wisconsin 54901, (920) 424-7888.


“If the results from the pilot projects are favorable, DNR might consider offering the WHFP statewide sometime in the future,” Pingrey says.