It's always wonderful to see credit given where it is due! Recently, WHIP learned that one of our formal partner groups, Partners in Forestry Landowner Co-op, has been awarded the Gathering Waters: Wisconsin's Alliance for Land Trusts' 2016 Rod Nilsestuen Award for Working Lands Preservation. Gathering Waters is the Alliance of Wisconsin Land Trusts, and annually gives this recognition to a group which has strengthened its ability to conserve Wisconsin land and foster conservation.
Serving northcentral Wisconsin and the western U.P., Partners in Forestry (PIF) is comprised of private landowners, working together with the mission "to assist members in the sustainable management of their woodlands". As the Gathering Waters Blog describes, the group "has been instrumental in the direct protection of thousands of acres of forestland in and around Vilas County. The organization has long been educating and informing legislators and landowners about the legal tools and benefits of sustainable forestry and conservation through tours, workshops, newsletters and direct networking since 2001." PIF will be presented with their award by another of WHIP's' formal Partners, the Northwoods Land Trust.
WHIP is proud to have PIF among its Partner Groups, and we continue to be impressed by the work of their members, board, and volunteers, both in invasive species awareness and removal, as well as their regular forest-related activities. Congratulations!!