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Forest Management for Wildlife Habitat Demonstration Sites

The Forest Management for Wildlife Habitat Demonstration Sites were designed to provide foresters, natural resource professionals, landowners, and the public with the knowledge and skills to execute forest management with an emphasis on wildlife habitat.  

The demo sites cover several ecosystems. Many are located in central Wisconsin while others are in the west-central and northeastern parts of the state. They showcase several types of harvest methods. Management practices that can be applied to small parcels and commercially on large forest tracts have been integrated. They illustrate prescribed forest management techniques, including timber marking, harvest systems, regrowth, and wildlife response. 

This project is coordinated by Mike Demchik, professor of silviculture at UW-Stevens Point. 

Demonstration Sites

Clark County Forest

Eagon Nature Education Preserve

Eau Claire County Forest

Little Plover River

Coming soon

Marinette County

Minister Lake

Schmeeckle Reserve

Coming soon

Severson Lake

Coming soon

Taylor Road

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The Wisconsin Forestry Center offers professional development workshops and a certificate program that cover a range of topics in forest management for wildlife. The goal is to provide an overview of forest habitat requirements for key wildlife species including white-tailed deer, ruffed grouse, neotropical migrant birds, and connect them to sustainable forest management practices.

Resources for Forest Habitat Management

Forest Management for Wildlife Certificate

Field-Based Workshops for Foresters


  • UW-Stevens Point College of Natural Resources 
  • Wisconsin Forestry Center
  • Wisconsin Center for Wildlife
  • Central Wisconsin Environmental Station
  • Treehaven 
  • Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources  
  • Young Forest Partnership 
  • Ruffed Grouse Society 
  • American Bird Conservancy 
  • UWSP Foundation 
  • Wisconsin Wetlands Association 
  • U.S. Forest Service Landscape Scale Restoration Program
  • Clark, Eau Claire, Marinette, and Portage counties