Forest Stewards Guild 2017 Lake States Meeting

Event Date: 
Friday, July 21, 2017 - 10:00 to Saturday, July 22, 2017 - 12:30

Register today for the Forest Stewards Guild's 2017 Lake States meeting, July 21-22. This Guild Gathering will be held at UW-Madison's Kemp Natural Resources Station near Woodruff, WI and focus on 100 Years of Lake States Forest Stewardship; Now What?

In the Lake States, we often look at how to sustainably manage young forests to have the characteristics of older forests. For this 1.5-day meeting, we will discuss situations where we have relatively old forests and are now at a decision point as to how to move forward while balancing the ecological, economic, and social attributes of the forest.

We will kick off the event on Friday, July 21 at 10AM with talks at Kemp Station, followed by a field tour of three different forest types (red/white pine, northern red oak, hemlock). We will then reconvene at Kemp Station for a cookout and informal campfire forestry discussion, and will spend the night at the Kemp cabins/lodge. On Saturday, we will start the day with a light breakfast at 8am, followed by a morning hike/discussion in natural origin red pine stands. This field tour will focus specifically on the role fire has, and could, play in managing these communities before everyone disperses at mid-day.

Registration covers Friday lunch and dinner and Saturday breakfast; field tour transportation will be via carpooling.

Registration options are:

  • Meeting and lodging (includes Friday and Saturday meals plus Friday overnight stay at Kemp Station): $90
  • Meeting only (includes Friday meals): $40

Lodging is limited at Kemp Station so we strongly encourage you to register early.  A small number of spaces are available for Thursday night for those who wish to arrive the night before the meeting. Please contact Michael Lynch ( directly if you would like to reserve one of these spaces.

Please be aware that Kemp offers dormitory style lodging and private rooms are not available. If you would like private lodging, we encourage you to look into the wide variety of hotels in and around Minocqua. Note however that this is peak tourism season and availability may be limited. There are also several State Forest campgrounds in the vicinity; Clear Lake and Indian Mounds are the closest to Kemp Station (

Lake States Guild Gathering Current Agenda

Friday July 21, 2017

  • Kick off at 10am with Lake States Guild Gathering Welcome – Michael Lynch & Fred Clark, Forest Stewards Guild (Registration opens at 9:30)
  • Welcome and orientation to Kemp Station – Scott Bowe, Kemp Station Superintendent
  • Overview of Forests and Wildlife Issues in Northern Wisconsin – Ron Eckstein, Retired WI DNR and current Wildlife Society Forestry Committee Chair
  • Great Lakes Silvicultural Library – Kris Tiles, University of Wisconsin-Extension
  • Birds of the Northwoods; what they can tell us about forest management – Mike Mossman, Retired WI DNR
  • Trends in Forest Bats Populations – Mark Jacobs, Aitkin County Land Commissioner
  • Fire’s History and Future in Northern Wisconsin’s Red Pine Dominated Sites – Jed Meunier, WI DNR Research Scientist
  • Seasonality of Fire in Oak Systems – Jack McGowan-Stinski, Lake States Fire Science Consortium Program Manager

Friday Field Tour Sites

  • White and red pine stand managed to maintain old-growth characteristics
  • Shelterwood and other techniques in 100-year old red oaks
  • Hemlock forest maintenance and regeneration

Saturday July 22, 2017

Field tour of sites with documented fire history in northern Wisconsin and discussion on reintroducing fire to these sites. One of these sites is scheduled to be burned prior to our arrival and we will be able to observe early fire effects. The event will conclude at 12:30 am.

Register now!

Contact Mike Lynch at with event agenda questions, or Deb Saeger at 608.333.0551 or with registration or payment questions.

Thank you to event sponsors Applied Ecological Services, Inc., Steigerwaldt, and USDA NIFA for their financial assistance with this event. Join AES, Steigerwaldt, and USDA NIFA in providing funding for this or other 2017 Guild Gatherings.