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Foresters Talk Northern Hardwoods at Annual Conference

Joshua Mayer

More than a hundred and sixty foresters are gathering in northern Wisconsin Tuesday and Wednesday to talk about northern hardwoods.  

Minocqua is hosting the annual conference for the Wisconsin Society of American Foresters.  Organizer Carmen Hardin from the DNR’s Division of Forestry says this year’s topic is timely.

“We’re focusing on northern hardwoods because there’s a lot of interest in managing that forest type. And we’re having some difficulties with regeneration, with different problems like deer, sedges and invasive species, and we want to make sure we share that kind of state of the art science information with our land managers in the state.”

Conference activities include tours of several forestry sites, and presentations focus on practical approaches to management.  Hardin says the annual meeting brings together foresters working for the state, counties, or private landholders.

“It’s a really great opportunity to have foresters who are working with different land bases, whether it’s public land or private land, come together and talk about what kind of problems they’re having, what kinds of things are working well for them, and then see what they can learn from each other.”

Hardin notes the 2-day conference is held in a different part of the state every year.  

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