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Wisconsin. State Conservation Committee (1915-27) / Biennial report of the State Conservation Commission of Wisconsin for the years 1915 and 1916
(1916)

Extent-value and use of Wisconsin woodlots,   pp. 117-120 PDF (926.9 KB)


Page 120


120        WISCONSIN CONSERVATION COMMISSION
increasing, this product is of especial importance and, if coupled with the
other advantages which spring from this source, it undoubtedly warrants
better methods of management in the average farm woodlot.
  Just what constitutes better silvical systems as applied to woodlot
management cannot be discussed here, because of the great diversity of
conditions that are met with in the state. Every woodlot has its own prob-
lems. The pine stands of the sandy regions of the state require different
treatment than the oak woodlots of the southern counties.
  With a view towards determining the best systems of management that
can be applied in Wisconsin, the woodlots of the following counties, and
all factors that might influence their development, have been studied.
Adams            Fond du Lac      Ozaukee           Trempealeau
Ashland          Green            Polk              Vernon
Barron           Jefferson        Portage           Walworth
Bayfield         La Crosse        Richland          Washburn
Calumet          Langlade         Rock             Washington
Crawford         Lincoln          Rusk              Waukesha
Columbia         Manitowoc        Sauk              Waupaca
Dane             Marathon         Shawano           Winnebago
Dodge            Marinette        Sheboygan
Douglas          Oconto           Taylor
    It is planned to issue reports from the data compiled during these
studies for those regions of the State in which woodlot conditions are of
a
similar character.
  To further encourage woodlot development, the following plan has been
adopted by the Conservation Commission.
  On request to the commission by the owner of a tract of land, who also
agrees to bear the expenses of travel and maintenance of the examiner, a
thorough examination of the property is made by an expert forester. The
results of this examination are set forth in a practical working plan report.
This plan embraces a practical system for the cutting and marketing of
small tracts of timber such as farm woodlots, or in case of bare areas or
one in need of planting, the report includes a practical planting plan, or
where a combination of conditions exists, a combination of both cutting
and planting plan is considered. The ideas and desires of the owner of
the property examined are always taken into consideration in the prepara-
tion of the report. In order to reduce the cost of such examinations to the
individual, the requests to the Commission from one part of the State are
gathered together, and at a definite time an examiner is sent to complete
all examinations in that region. In this way the work is made more syste-
matic for the Commission, and less expensive to the property owner.
  In conjunction with this plan of land examination the commission is
growing forest trees on a large scale, which will be sold to land owners
in
the state at the approximate cost of raising them. It is hoped that through
the circulation of the instructive pamphlets on woodlot conditions and
management, coupled with lectures and personal contact with the owners
of woodlots, that a greater interest will be aroused in their favor and that
the yield of the woodlots of the state will be materially increased.


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