Forest History Association Of Wisconsin

Educating the citizens of Wisconsin on the history and importance of our forests in the continued growth of our state.

October 2020 Webinar Series

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Tuesday, October 6, 2020 — 7 PM — Elk in Wisconsin: A History 

Anna Brose & Ron Eckstein, –Tracing the story of “Elk before European Settlement, to an
attempt at restoration in 1913-1917 in Vilas County, to current successes in
Northern and Western Wisconsin.
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Wednesday, October 7, 2020 – 7 PM – Wisconsin’s Fire Towers – 1911 to the
Present Day 

Transcending their original purpose as monumental-scale tools,
Wisconsin’s fire towers inhabit a special sense of place for the state’s residents.
While the function of towers has shifted over the past 20-30 years from that of
key component of the fire protection system to a charismatic landscape anachronism, they remain fixed in memory. These markers recall different stories;
from family history related to employment, recreation, or teen-age hijinks to
monuments of architectural, environmental, and economic history. This presentation will discuss the rise and use of fire towers in the state as well as their evolving post-decommissioned function and status. By Ricky Kubicek, Cultural Resource Coordinator for the Wisconsin DNR.
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Tuesday, October 20, 2020 – 7 PM — Hemlock Bark and Wisconsin’s Tanning
Industry: The World Walked on Milwaukee Leather

Milwaukee led the world in
tanning leather in the early 1900s, though tanneries were in operation throughout all of Wisconsin from the mid-1800s to the early 1920s. Most used hemlock
bark for tanning the leather, thus hemlock trees were cut down by the tens of
millions to supply the tanneries. The tanbark industry was an important part of
early Wisconsin’s economy and thousands of people were employed around the
state in the art of bark tanning. By author, John Bates.
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Wednesday, October 21, 2020 – 2 PM — Heritage and Success of Wisconsin’s
School Forest Program 

As the Wisconsin School Forest Program approaches its
Centennial (2028), join us for look back at how early visionaries established the
first school forests and how these forests have multiplied and evolved to become model outdoor classrooms for sustainable management and much more.
The presenters are Stephen Schmidt & Gretchen Marshall.
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Menominee Logging Camp
Keshena , wisconsin

Rhinelander Logging Museum Poineer Park Historical Complex
Rhinelander, Wisconsin