Linking forestry to water quality

Protecting, restoring, and enhancing forests throughout the basin are keys to protecting water quality and maintaining the ecological and socio-economic health of the basin.




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Willow River
Willow River, Jeff Bucklew (SCRA 2012 photo contest landscape adult category first place)

Monica Zachay is River Protection Steward at the St. Croix River Association.

“Learn About Your Land” believes that landowners can achieve all of the goals they have for their woodland.  Our classes provide the knowledge and resources you need to start on your way to getting the most out of your woodland.  We invite you to “Learn About Your Land.”

A series of four workshops beginning in February 2013 in Spooner, WI and Webster, WI.

Workshop Schedule

SESSION 1 – Learn About Your Land

Learn about your land and how it fits into the regional landscape, including surrounding plant communities, water resources, and soil. See computer resources that you can use to map your lands. Go home with a map and aerial photo of your land.

Dates and locations:

  • Larsen Family Public Library, Webster, WI – Monday, February 11, 6-8pm
  • Spooner Agricultural Research Station – Tuesday, February 12, 6-8pm
  • Live web-based presentation on May 1, 2013 at noon-1pm and 7-8pm

SESSION 2 – Success with Tree Planting

This session will identify the steps needed to successfully establish new trees. Learn which trees will grow best on your land, how to prepare your land, techniques for planting, and how to care for newly planted trees.

Dates and locations:

  • Larsen Family Public Library, Webster, WI – Monday, February 18, 6-8pm
  • Spooner Agricultural Research Station – Tuesday, February 19, 6-8pm
  • Live web-based presentation on May 8, 2013 at noon-1pm and 7-8pm

SESSION 3 – What’s Best for You and Your Woods

A well-managed woodland begins with a good plan. This workshop will take you through the beginning steps of forest management. Start by considering what is important to you, then learn about the factors that influence your property’s potential, and what resources you need to make your vision reality.

Dates and locations:

  • Larsen Family Public Library, Webster, WI – Monday, February 25, 6-8pm
  • Spooner Agricultural Research Station – Tuesday, February 26, 6-8pm
  • Live web-based presentation on March 20, 2013 at noon-1pm and 7-8pm

SESSION 4 – How to Invite Wildlife to your Woodland

Learn to enhance your woodlands to attract a variety of wildlife. This session identifies the four requirements to attracting wildlife to your land: space, water, food and shelter, as well as how you can manage your woods to improve the wildlife potential.

Dates and locations:

  • Larsen Family Public Library, Webster, WI – Monday, March 4 6-8pm
  • Spooner Agricultural Research Station – Tuesday, March 5 6-8pm
  • Live web-based presentation on April 10, 2013 at noon-1pm and 7-8pm


Space is limited and no payment can be taken on-site, so pre-registration is required. Registration per person is $35 for the entire series or $10 per session paid by February 4.

Download the Learn About Your Land Brochure for the registration form.

Questions? Contact John Haack, UW-Extension Natural Resources Educator at or 715-635-7406.

About the Sustainable Forestry and Water Quality Project

The St. Croix River Association has received grant funding from the U.S. Forest Service to partner with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and the Minnesota Forest Resource Council to implement a project linking water quality to sustainable forestry.

Working with additional partners and multiple stakeholders, the project will:

  • Develop a State of the Forest report documenting changes in land cover over time, current forest conditions, tributary conditions and stormwater runoff conditions
  • Develop a Landscape Stewardship Plan to establish desired future conditions and formulate short and long term strategies and actions
  • Install demonstration projects that positively impact water quality
  • Establish a coordinated outreach and education program for both forest landowners and forestry professionals

Online forestry resources: