From the Desk of Extension | Chainsaw Checklist and Woodland Owners Conferences

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By Tony Johnson l Forestry Outreach Specialist | Natural Resources-Southern Region

Whether your problem is oak wilt, emerald ash borer, or storm damage, winter is a great season to prune or remove dead and dying trees. And if bundling up and running a saw isn’t your thing, consider attending a Wisconsin Woodland Owner Association landowner conference to help start 2023 with your woods in mind. 

If you are planning to fire up the saw this winter, check out our CHAINSAW CHECKLIST before heading into the woods. Having a toolbox for your chainsaw equipment makes this easier, but it’s not necessarily required. 

  • Chainsaw, with sharpened blade
  • Spare chain, sharpened (a dull spare adds work in the field that could have been done back at the shop)
  • Fuel, with the right oil mixture
  • Bar oil
  • Plastic wedges
  • Hatchet
  • Protective helmet, with face shield and hearing protection
  • Chainsaw chaps or pants
  • Protective boots, with at least steel toe
  • Work gloves
  • Chainsaw wrench
  • Cant hook or peavey
  • Sharpening equipment: file, raker gauge, stump vise (if you use one) 
  • First aid kit
  • Water or energy drink
  • Lunch or energy bar
  • Towel, for sweat and quick clean up before getting back in the vehicle
  • Phone or radio
  • A coworker (don’t work alone in the woods) 

After the woods work is done, take your forestry knowledge to the next level by attending a Winter Landowner Conference hosted by your local chapter of the Wisconsin Woodland Owners Association. Here is a list of upcoming events:

WWOA’s Wolf River Chapter Annual Meeting

When Fri, January 27, 4:30pm – 8:00pm

Where River Rail Bar & Banquet Hall, N5547 River St, Shiocton, WI 54170

Description The Wolf River Chapter Annual Meeting will be held Friday, January 27th, 2023, from 4:30-8:00pm at the River Rail Bar & Banquet Hall in Shiocton, WI!

Registration and Meet & Greet with a cash bar will begin at 4:30pm. A family style dinner of chicken and fish will be served at 5:15pm.

Our guest speakers will be Dennis Berken and sons, owners of Shiocton Cut Stock and Go Fast Manufacturing. A machinery and supplier to the pallet and sawmill industry. There will be time for questions and answers after the presentation. Contact the WWOA office at 715-346-4798 or with any questions.

Northeast Winter Woodland Owner Conference

When Sat, January 28, 8:30am – 1:00pm

Where 2740 W Mason St, Green Bay, WI 54303

Description The 2023 Northeast Woodland Owner Conference will be held at the Northeast WI Technical College-Student Center Room 130 on January 28th from 8:30am-1:00pm!

Registration will start at 8:30am and light refreshments will be provided. The conference will feature speakers focusing on topics of interest to private woodland owners. These include: managing woodlands for wildlife, forest health issues, the MFL Program, and a panel addressing concerns and opportunities for woodland owners.

The conference is hosted by Glacierland RC&D and sponsored by Krueger Lumber Co., Wisconsin DNR, and Ahlstrom. $20 per person. Order your ticket(s) by January 23rd at 2023 NORTHEAST WISCONSIN WOODLAND OWNERS CONFERENCE Tickets, Sat, Jan 28, 2023 at 8:30 AM Contact the WWOA office at 715-346-4798 or with any questions!

Southeast Winter Woodland Owners Conference

When Sat, February 4, 7:30am – 3:30pm

Where 800 Main St, Pewaukee, WI 53072, USA (map)

Description Registration is OPEN for the Southeast Winter Woodland Owners Conference to be held Saturday, February 4, 2023, at the Waukesha County Technical College in the Richard T. Anderson Education Center (800 Main Street, Pewaukee, WI)!

Registration fee includes coffee breaks, lunch and resource materials. Early bird registration before January 1st (Adult $48, Couple $92). After January 1st Adult pricing is $57 and Couple is $110. Contact the WWOA office at 715-346-4798 or with any questions.

Fox Valley Winter Landowners Conference

When Sat, February 4, 7:30am – 1:00pm

Where La Sure’s Hall Banquets & Catering, 3125 S Washburn St, Oshkosh, WI 54904

Description The Fox Valley Winter Landowners Conference will be held Saturday, February 4th at La Sure’s Banquet Hall (3125 S. Washburn St., Oshkosh, WI 54904) in Oshkosh, WI!

JOIN US for the 2023 Fox Valley Winter Landowners Conference. We’ll kick the morning off with a hot breakfast and a forest health update from the local WDNR plant pest and disease specialist. Then we’ll learn about providing water features for water quality and wildlife with the Winnebago County Land and Water Conservation Department. After a short break, we’ll learn about invasive species before moving to estate and succession planning with educators from UW-Madison’s Division of Extension. We’ll cap the day with a presentation on maple syrup production for beginners. We’ve got a great lineup of speakers with timely forestry information to start 2023. Be sure to sign-up, tell a friend, and we’ll see you in Oshkosh in February!

Registration fee is $35/person (includes hot breakfast). Online registration is available at 

Please contact Tony Johnson, Natural Resource Educator, at 608-386-8900 or with any questions.

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