“I’ve embraced the concept of the Wisconsin Young Forest Partnership, and I’m ready to start making habitat improvements with their continued assistance.” – Curt Klade, Brookfield

“I saw the program as a great opportunity for me to improve the land for wildlife. What went through my mind was this: If I make the habitat better for birds, it’ll also be better for deer . . . The alder shearing gave me an opportunity to go in and open up old trails, plus put in new trails to get around on the property.” – Les Strunk, Oconomowoc

“We plan to continue using timber harvests to make this into a productive woodland where we can conduct other commercial harvests in the future. What we’re doing will help wildlife, and it will help us, too, by creating better hunting conditions along with more opportunities to view wildlife . . . What I’ve learned [by participating in the WYFP] has helped me become a better landowner and get more enjoyment out of my land.” – Peter Ourada, Antigo

“We encourage each and every Ruffed Grouse Society member and landowner to investigate the potential for your own involvement in this very fulfilling program. We heartily urge you to do so; you’ll be helping the birds and animals and we downright guarantee that you’ll feel better about yourself and your own sporting heritage.” – Todd and Veronica Berg, Minocqua

“The work that came out of this planning gave me a management toehold. After that initial push, I can now do a lot of the continuing habitat work myself, including mowing with a tractor to keep the shrubs young and vigorous. The project has let me renew my personal commitment to having a diversity of wildlife habitats of different ages on my land.” – Mike Gardner, Rusk County

“Landowners need people they can talk to, people they can ask ‘Who did you hire to get the management done?’ and ‘How did it turn out in the end?’ Participating landowners can network with other landowners and provide contacts for consulting foresters, biologists, and other conservation specialists who can give advice on how to best manage the land to promote young forest.” – Amber Roth, Wildlife Biologist

“To have a healthy ecosystem, you need to have some young forest around – sometimes those trees are jack pine, sometimes they’re aspen. We need to remember that a lot of animals that breed in mature forest also need young forest at one time or another – and also that a lot of animals that breed in young forest need mature forest as well. The key is keeping all of the different elements in the right balance.” – Dan Eklund, Forest Wildlife Biologist