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Lake States Guild Gathering – Stewardship in Perpetuity in Wisconsin’s Driftless Region
August 26, 2022 @ 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Register today (Guild members attend free of charge. Others, $10)
Friday, August 26, 2022
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Central Time
Optional social 5 – 8 p.m.
Just outside of New Glarus, Wisconsin (exact location will be shared after registration)
5.5 SAF Category 1 Continuing Ed Credits approved.
Join the Forest Stewards Guild and the Driftless Area Land Conservancy (DALC) to explore a land trust parcel temporarily named the Spring Valley Tract. These 308 acres were donated to DALC and hold a lot of restoration potential, in a landscape where many neighbors are dedicated to healthy forest and oak savanna systems as well, so landscape scale results are a huge opportunity here.
All who are interested in ecological forestry, and how that intersects with land stewardship are welcome. One main focus of this Guild Gathering will be to provide opportunities for people involved in holistic land management in the region to meet each other, learn from one another, and build connections that help further ecological, economical, and socially responsible forestry on lands that are protected in perpetuity. It’s important that land trusts know the foresters who are “putting the forest first” for ecological benefit in management. It’s also important that land trusts, ecological restoration practitioners, and foresters in the Driftless Region of Wisconsin have access to resources for responsible forestry, even on landscapes dominated (and surrounded) by other ecosystem types such as prairie or sedge meadow.
We will also walk a small portion of this site, as a case study from a very early vantage point in stewardship toward healthy natural communities. We’ll discuss what’s been done so far, what’s possible, what unique opportunities exist here for Guild-style forestry, and how to accomplish worthy goals. Come join this rich discussion! There are often many management options…let’s brainstorm the whats and whys together.
Key to planning at the Spring Valley Tract is community engagement. So, included is a bit about how stewardship can be supported by public involvement and how stewardship activities can help inspire an understanding and connection to land.