Wlodek Selected as New Wisconsin Young Forest Partnership Coordinator


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October 5, 2016

Wlodek Selected as New Wisconsin Young Forest Partnership Coordinator

Healthy forests provide Wisconsin citizens a robust timber industry, vibrant and diverse populations of both game and nongame wildlife, scenic beauty, and ample opportunities for outdoor recreation.  Established in 2011, The Wisconsin Young Forest Partnership has brought 15 conservation and industry organizations together to ensure that both public land managers and private landowners have the knowledge and tools they need to sustain the health and diversity of those forests.  “Our goal is to ensure that land managers understand the critical role of disturbance in maintaining a diverse and functional forest ecosystem,” noted WYFP Facilitator Jeremy Holtz.  “We have seen major declines among many species of wildlife- from American woodcock to golden-winged warblers- that are adapted to dense, young forest habitats due to a lack of disturbance.  Our partners work diligently to promote active forest management that addresses this critical conservation issue.”  The WYFP provides outreach, education, and advice for landowners interested in enhancing their forest wildlife habitat.  Over the past 5 years, hundreds of northern Wisconsin landowners have benefited from WYFP efforts, and habitat on thousands of forested acres has been improved.

Randee Wlodek has been hired as the new WYFP Coordinator, and assumed her duties in August of this year.  Wlodek has a B.S. degree in Biological Science from Michigan Technological University, and has previously worked on numerous conservation and research projects, including a study of golden-winged warbler genetics in Michigan and a reforestation project in the rainforests of Australia.  “Randee brings a wealth of experience in forest wildlife management, and has a driving passion for forest management and wildlife conservation.  She will help lead our WYFP team and ensure that northern Wisconsin landowners receive outstanding service as they engage in management of their forested acres.  We are thrilled to have her on board,” noted Holtz.  The position is being supported by a partnership between the Ruffed Grouse Society, Wildlife Management Institute, and Wisconsin DNR.

“I’m excited to become a part of the WYFP team,” said Wlodek.  “I’ve had a life-long association with the wildlife of our northern forests, and being able to work with the WYFP and landowners across northern Wisconsin to enhance their habitat is a dream come true.  Young forest conservation is a critical and pressing issue, and we absolutely need landowners to understand how they can contribute to our conservation efforts.  I look forward to seeing what we can accomplish together.”

Randee Wlodek Wisconsin Young Forest Partnership Coordinator
Randee Wlodek, Coordinator of the Wisconsin Young Forest Partnership, with male golden-winged warbler.

For more information on the WYFP contact:
WI Young Forest Partnership
Randee Wlodek, WYFP Coordinator
Office: (715) 369-1180

Or visit the WYFP website at www.youngforest.org/wi

Media Contacts:
Jeremy Holtz, WYFP Facilitator
Phone: (715) 365-8999
E-Mail: Jeremy.Holtz@Wisconsin.gov

Dan Eklund, WYFP Steering Committee Vice-Chairman
Phone: (715) 762-5194

Mission Statement

Established in 1961, the Ruffed Grouse Society is North America's foremost conservation organization dedicated to preserving our sporting traditions by creating healthy forest habitat for ruffed grouse, American woodcock and other wildlife. RGS works with landowners and government agencies to develop critical habitat utilizing scientific management practices.

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