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My St. Croix Woods

Care of St. Croix River Association 

PO Box 655

230 S. Washington St., Unit 1

St. Croix Falls, WI 54024

Tel: (715) 483-7053

Email: info@mystcroixwoods.org

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SERVICE PROVIDER DIRECTORY 

Looking do get some work done in your woodlands but not sure where to find the right tools and assistance? Use our guide to find local experts that can help! 

What are you looking to accomplish?

For a full list of providers, check out the 2017 Pine County Private Forestry & Wildlife Management Directory. This directory includes service providers operating in Pine and the surrounding counties. 
 
LEARN ABOUT YOUR WOODS AND YOUR OPTIONS:
Public or Service Foresters are trained foresters that work for public agencies such as Soil & Water Conservation Districts (SWCD), the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), or US Forest Service. Some of these foresters specialize in private lands and are available to help you better understand your land and your options as a woodland owner. Public foresters are often available for site visits for you to learn more about your woods and what some of your options are for projects, plans, cost-share programs, and tax incentive enrollments. Often these foresters may not be able to carry out a project or write a stewardship plan for you, so you may also need to work with a private consulting forester. Consulting foresters are privately contracted to help carry out projects and write plans for your woods. They are often able to assist with a wider array of projects, such as timber harvests, invasive species removal or habitat improvement projects. A list of consulting foresters can be found under the  

MINNESOTA:

Paul Swanson

Pine County SWCD

Counties: Pine

(320) 216-4245
paul.swanson@co.pine.mn.us

130 Oriole Street East

Sandstone, MN 55072

Kelly Smith

Carlton County SWCD

Counties: Carlton

(218) 384-3891

808 3rd Street
Carlton, MN 55718

Kanabec County SWCD

Counties: Kanabec

(320) 679-3982

info@KanabecSWCD.org

2008 Mahogany Street, Suite 3

Mora, MN 55051

Jeff Wilder

MN DNR Forestry

Counties: Pine, Chisago, Isanti

(763) 284-7205 
jeff.wilder@state.mn.us
800 Oak Savanna Lane 
Cambridge, MN, 55008

Tony Miller

MN DNR Forestry

Counties: Kanabec, Mille Lacs

(320) 679-3683
Tony.Miller@state.mn.us
460 W Maple
Mora, MN 55051

Thor Pakosz

MN DNR Forestry

Counties: Carlton

(218) 723-4791
Thor.Pakosz@state.mn.us
4805 Rice Lake Road
Duluth, MN 55803

Andy McGuire

MN DNR Forestry

Counties: Washington, Anoka, Ramsey

(651) 259-5827 
Andy.McGuire@state.mn.us
1200 Warner Road
St Paul, MN 55106

WISCONSIN:

Eric Martin
WI DNR Forestry

Counties: Bayfield,Douglas

(715) 795-2565
eric.martin@wisconsin.gov

52820 State Highway 27

Barnes, WI 54873

Mark Braasch
WI DNR Forestry

Counties: Douglas

(715) 372-8539 Ext. 105
mark.braasch@wisconsin.gov

6250 S. Ranger Road

Brule, WI 54820

Blake Johnson

WI DNR Forestry

Counties: Douglas

(715) 399-3100
blake.johnson@wisconsin.gov

6294 S. State Road 35

Superior, WI 54880

Zachary Neitzel

WI DNR Forestry

Counties: Douglas

(715) 372-8539 Ext. 113
zachary.neitzel@wisconsin.gov

6250 S. Ranger Road

Brule, WI 54820

Rebecca Mouw

WI DNR Forestry

Counties: Washburn

(715) 466-2022

rebecca.mouw@wisconsin.gov

DNR Ranger Station, PO Box 246

Minong, WI 54859

 

Renae Essenmacher

WI DNR Forestry

Counties: Washburn

(715) 635-4086
renae.essenmacher@wisconsin.gov

810 W Maple 

Spooner, WI 54801

 

 

Nate Haskins

WI DNR Forestry

Counties: Polk, Burnett

(715) 376-2299
nathan.haskins@wisconsin.gov

9547 E. County Hwy. Y

Gordon, WI 54838

Jay Riewestahl

WI DNR Forestry

Counties: Polk, Burnett

(715) 463-2897
jay.riewestahl@wisconsin.gov

325 Hwy 70

Grantsburg, WI 54840

Paul Heimstead:

WI DNR Forestry

Counties: Polk

(715) 485-3518
paul.heimstead@wisconsin.gov

941 Mallard Lane, #104

Balsam Lake, WI 54810

Janette Cain

WI DNR Forestry

Counties: Barron

(715) 637-6865

janette.cain@wisconsin.gov
127 S. 4th Street
Barron, WI 54812

Justin Kania

WI DNR Forestry

Counties: Pierce

(608) 685-6223
justin.kania@wisconsin.gov
Courthouse, Box 88
Alma, WI 54610

Robert Strand

WI DNR Forestry

Counties: St. Croix

(715) 232-6980
robert.strand@wisconsin.gov
921 Brickyard Road
Menomonie, WI 54751

For areas covered information and by-county searches for additional foresters in Wisconsin, check out the Forestry Assistance Locator on the WI DNR's website. 
ADDITIONAL RESOURCES TO LEARN ABOUT YOUR WOODS:
ENROLL IN COST SHARE & TAX INCENTIVE PROGRAMS:
Cost share and tax incentive programs are typically managed by state, federal or other local public agencies. The most common cost share options are managed by the Departments of Natural Resources and the Natural Resources Conservation Service. Tax incentive programs are jointly managed the Departments of Natural Resources and Revenue.
 
Requirements, eligibility, and funding availability will vary across programs. To learn more about the different options, please visit our Learn About Your Woods page, contact us or talk to your local public forester. 
Once you know which programs you are interested in, the first step is to contact the appropriate public forester or natural resource professional to start an application. This professional may not physically carry out your project or write your plan, but you will need their assistance and approval to enroll in the program. For Minnesota DNR programs, both cost share and tax relief, this will be an area Cooperative & Private Forest Management Forester (on the map below). For Wisconsin tax incentive programs, it will be a Tax Law Forestry Specialist (on the map below). For NRCS cost share programs like EQIP, your local or regional NRCS office will be your first point of contact. 
 
The actual projects and plan writing will often be contracted to an approved consulting forester or other professional. Requirements for approved consultants will vary for each program. Please contact us or the program forester if you are having trouble finding an approved consultant. 
DNR COST SHARE AND TAX INCENTIVE PROGRAM FORESTERS:

Troy Holcomb
Counties: Aitkin

(218) 429-3025
Troy.Holcomb@state.mn.us
1200 Minnesota Ave S
Aitkin, MN 56431

Jeff Wilder

Counties: Pine, Chisago, Isanti

(763) 284-7205 
jeff.wilder@state.mn.us
800 Oak Savanna Lane 
Cambridge, MN, 55008

Andy McGuire

Counties: Washington, Anoka, Ramsey

(651) 259-5827 
Andy.McGuire@state.mn.us
1200 Warner Road
St Paul, MN 55106

Tony Miller
Counties: Kanabec, Mille Lacs

(320) 679-3683
Tony.Miller@state.mn.us
460 W Maple
Mora, MN 55051

Thor Pakosz

Counties: Carlton

(218) 723-4791
Thor.Pakosz@state.mn.us
4805 Rice Lake Road
Duluth, MN 55803

Michael Mattson

Counties: Bayfield

(715) 372-8539 ext. 116

michael.mattson@wisconsin.gov

6250 S. Ranger Road 
Brule, WI 54820

Scott Horton

Counties: Sawyer

(715) 495-0813
scott.horton@wisconsin.gov

10220 State Highway 27 South
Hayward, WI 54843

Kevin Croteau

Counties: Washburn, Burnett, Douglas

(715) 928-2428

kevin.croteau@wisconsin.gov
810 W. Maple
Spooner, WI 54801

Matt Molback

Counties: St. Croix, Pierce

(715) 232-1516
matthew.molback@wisconsin.gov
921 Brickyard Road
Menomonie, WI 54751

Sam Williams

Counties: Polk, Barron

(715) 416-1836
samuel.williams@wisconsin.gov

1341 2nd Avenue
Cumberland, WI

Please see the Start a Woodland Stewardship Plan section of the directory for a list of approved stewardship plan writers.  
NRCS COST SHARE PROGRAM CONTACTS:

MINNESOTA:

Hinckley Service Center

Counties: Pine

District Conservationist: Julie Salmon

(320) 384-7432

Julie.Salmon@mn.usda.gov

260 Morris Ave
Hinckley, MN 55037 

Mora Service Center

Counties: Kanabec

District Conservationist: Shannon Rasinski

Shannon.Rasinski@mn.usda.gov

(320) 679-3781

2008 Mahogany Street, Suite 3

Mora, MN 55051

WISCONSIN:

Valarie Johnson

Forest Wildlife Specialist

Ruffed Grouse Society, NRCS & Wisconsin DNR

(715) 635-8228 Ext. 115

Valerie.E.Johnson@wi.usda.gov

800 N. Front Street #102

Spooner, WI 54801

 

 

To find Technical Service Providers to help carry out conservation activity plans, please check our the Find a TSP page on the NRCS website. 

 
GET HELP WITH PROJECTS IN YOUR WOODS:
Consulting foresters can help you achieve your vision for your woodland. From writing stewardship and management plans to creating and improving wildlife habitat to planning and carrying out a successful timber harvest, private foresters can work closely with you to ensure you are getting the most out of your land. When choosing a forester, make sure you find someone you trust and who you believe understands your vision for your woodland. 
Depending on what type of project you are looking to carry out, you may be eligible for cost share programs and will want to work with a public forester too. You may also decide to bring in an additional consultant or specialist, such as a habitat manager, wildlife or fisheries biologist, or herbicide specialist. The list below is primarily forestry consultants. Check out our other sections for additional natural resource professionals. If you can't find the type or professional you are looking for, please contact us and we will do our best to help!

Bertschi Forestry

Bud Bertschi

(218) 820-9640

budbert@brainerd.net

1722 South 7th St

Brainerd, MN 56401

Qualifications: Approved Woodland Stewardship Plan Writer, ATFS Inspector, SFEC Certified Plan Writer

Specialties: General Forestry, Timber Harvests, Forest Inventory, Timber Stand Improvement & Tree Plantings, Recreational Planning & Management, Cover Type Management

Bruce Schoenberg

Counties: Pine, Carlton, Itasca, Kanabec, Aitkin, South St. Louis 

(218) 451-0444

bruceski@frontier.com

5844 Eagle Lane

CromwellMN 55726

Qualifications: Approved Woodland Stewardship Plan Writer, ATFS Inspector, MACF Forester, SAF Certified Forester

Specialties: General Forestry, Timber Harvests, Forest Inventory, Recreational Planning & Management, Cover Type Management

 

Christenson Forestry Consulting Inc

Clark Christenson

(218) 760-2444

ChristensonForestry@gmail.com

2310 W 5th Street

Duluth, MN 55806

Qualifications: Approved Woodland Stewardship Plan Writer 

 

Dickson Consulting

Paul Dickson

(320) 532-5038

p.dickson@lycos.com

PO Box 642

Onamia, MN 56359

Qualifications: Approved Woodland Stewardship Plan Writer 

Itasca Woodland Services Inc

Stan Grossman

Counties: Pine, Carlton, Kanabec, Aitkin, Mille Lacs, North Isanti

(218) 252-8572

iws@wcta.net

3015 S. Hwy. 169
Grand Rapids, MN 55744
 

Qualifications: Approved Woodland Stewardship Plan Writer, NRCS TSP, ATFS Inspector, MFA Board Member

Specialties: General Forestry, Timber Harvests, Forest Inventory, Damage & Trespass Appraisal, Wildlife Habitat, Recreational Planning & Management, Cover Type Management

Kickapoo Woods Cooperative

(608) 606-5815

kwc@mwt.net

110 South Main Street

Viroqua, WI 54665

Qualifications: NRCS TSP

Kelly Osterdyk

Counties: Pine, Carlton, Kanabec, Mille Lacs, Chisago, Isanti(320) 282-7768

kcoster01@msn.com

16549 Henriette Rd

Pine City, MN 55063

Qualifications: Approved Woodland Stewardship Plan Writer 

Specialties: General Forestry, Forest Inventory, Soil & Water Resource Management

 

Kunde Forestry

Steven Kunde

(651) 775-7994

kunde.steve@hotmail.com

4316 370th Street

North Branch, MN 55056

Qualifications: Approved Woodland Stewardship Plan Writer 

 

Masconomo Forestry

Peter Bundy

(952) 380-7793

ppbundy@gmail.com

6344 Pheasant Ct.

Minneapolis, MN 55436

Qualifications: Approved Woodland Stewardship Plan Writer 

Timberlane Forestry

Erik Eggen

(218) 232-3055

erikdebe@brainerd.net

13116 Timberlane Dr S

Baxter, MN 56425

Qualifications: Approved Woodland Stewardship Plan Writer 

Native Resource Preservation

(320) 752-4338

info@NativeResourcePreservation.com 

www.nativeresourcepreservation.com

2325 290th Street

Madison, MN 56256

Specialties: Light on the Land Practices, Forestry Mowing, Invasive Species, Wildlife Openings, Desirable Species Release, Seedling Protection & Tree Plantings, Riparian Restoration, Selective Thinning, Core Sampling

 

Zumbro Valley Forestry LLC

Brad Gatzlaff

(507) 645-6023, (507) 838-6189

trees@northfieldwifi.com

11378 113th Street East

Northfield, MN 55057

Qualifications: Approved Woodland Stewardship Plan Writer, ATFS Inspector, Managed Forest Law Approved Plan Writer

For by-county searches for foresters in Wisconsin, check out the Forestry Assistance Locator on the WI DNR's website. 
 
START A WOODLAND STEWARDSHIP PLAN:
Woodland Stewardship Plans are a type of planning guide that incorporates your goals and visions as a landowner into the plans and decisions for the health and management of your forest. These plans are required to enroll in the Minnesota tax incentive programs, SFIA and Classification 2C​, and must be written by an Approved Woodland Stewardship Plan Writer. Cost share assistance may be available to help have your plan written. To learn more, please visit our Become a Woodland Stewardship page, contact us, or talk to your local public forester.  

Bertschi Forestry

Bud Bertschi

(218) 820-9640

budbert@brainerd.net

1722 South 7th St

Brainerd, MN 56401

Qualifications: Approved Woodland Stewardship Plan Writer, ATFS Inspector, SFEC Certified Plan Writer

Specialties: General Forestry, Timber Harvests, Forest Inventory, Timber Stand Improvement & Tree Plantings, Recreational Planning & Management, Cover Type Management

Bruce Schoenberg

Counties: Pine, Carlton, Itasca, Kanabec, Aitkin, South St. Louis 

(218) 451-0444

bruceski@frontier.com

5844 Eagle Lane

Cromwell, MN 55726

Qualifications: Approved Woodland Stewardship Plan Writer, ATFS Inspector, MACF Forester, SAF Certified Forester

Specialties: General Forestry, Timber Harvests, Forest Inventory, Recreational Planning & Management, Cover Type Management

 

Christenson Forestry Consulting Inc

Clark Christenson

(218) 760-2444

ChristensonForestry@gmail.com

2310 W 5th Street

Duluth, MN 55806

Qualifications: Approved Woodland Stewardship Plan Writer 

 

Dickson Consulting

Paul Dickson

(320) 532-5038

p.dickson@lycos.com

PO Box 642

Onamia, MN 56359

Qualifications: Approved Woodland Stewardship Plan Writer 

Itasca Woodland Services Inc

Stan Grossman

Counties: Pine, Carlton, Kanabec, Aitkin, Mille Lacs, North Isanti

(218) 252-8572

iws@wcta.net

3015 S. Hwy. 169

Grand Rapids, MN 55744 

Qualifications: Approved Woodland Stewardship Plan Writer, NRCS TSP, ATFS Inspector, MFA Board Member

Specialties: General Forestry, Timber Harvests, Forest Inventory, Damage & Trespass Appraisal, Wildlife Habitat, Recreational Planning & Management, Cover Type Management

Paul Swanson

Pine County District Forester 

Counties: Pine

(320) 216-4245
paul.swanson@co.pine.mn.us

130 Oriole Street East

Sandstone, MN 55072

Kelly Osterdyk

Counties: Pine, Carlton, Kanabec, Mille Lacs, Chisago, Isanti(320) 282-7768

kcoster01@msn.com

16549 Henriette Rd

Pine City, MN 55063

Qualifications: Approved Woodland Stewardship Plan Writer 

Specialties: General Forestry, Forest Inventory, Soil & Water Resource Management

 

Kelly Smith

Carlton County District Forester

Counties: Carlton

(218) 384-3891

808 3rd Street

Kunde Forestry

Steven Kunde

(651) 775-7994

kunde.steve@hotmail.com

4316 370th Street

North Branch, MN 55056

Qualifications: Approved Woodland Stewardship Plan Writer 

 

Masconomo Forestry

Peter Bundy

(952) 380-7793

ppbundy@gmail.com

6344 Pheasant Ct.

Minneapolis, MN 55436

Qualifications: Approved Woodland Stewardship Plan Writer 

Timberlane Forestry

Erik Eggen

(218) 232-3055

erikdebe@brainerd.net

13116 Timberlane Dr S

Baxter, MN 56425

Qualifications: Approved Woodland Stewardship Plan Writer 

Zumbro Valley Forestry LLC

Brad Gatzlaff

(507) 645-6023, (507) 838-6189

trees@northfieldwifi.com

11378 113th Street East

Northfield, MN 55057

Qualifications: Approved Woodland Stewardship Plan Writer, ATFS Inspector, Managed Forest Law Approved Plan Writer

For a complete list of approved  Woodland Stewardship Plan writers, please visit:  

 
 
IMPROVE WILDLIFE HABITAT:
Wildlife biologists and habitat specialists can often serve an important and useful consult during your planning process. Many biologists will not have the time and resources to help carry out projects in your woodlands, but will be available to offer advice and suggestion to guide and improve projects. Many wildlife biologists will have a species they focus on, so if there is a particular species you are interested in as a landowner, it may be worthwhile finding a specialist. Many hunting and conservation groups will have a wildlife biologist on staff or have additional resources to learn about the needs of the species you are interested in attracting to your woodlands. 
 
Public biologists and wildlife specialists may be a useful consult if you are looking for recommendations on general wildlife habitat improvements or would like to carry out a project with benefits to a host of different wildlife species. 
If you want to learn more about the different types of wildlife habitat improvement options or do not see the type of specialist you are looking for, please contact us. 
US Fish & Wildlife Private Lands Office
320 253-4682
434 Great Oak Drive
Waite Park, MN 56387

 

MN Department of Natural Resources Fisheries 

320-384-7721
hinckley.fisheries@state.mn.us

306 Power Avenue North
Hinckley, MN 55037

Specialties: Fisheries and aquatic habitat

Jody Provost 

Private Land Habitat Specialist

MN DNR, Division of Fish and Wildlife

(218) 429-3052

jodie.provost@state.mn.us

1200 Minnesota Ave South

Aitkin, MN 56431

Specialties: Open Brushland and Young Forest Habitat

National Wild Turkey Federation

Rick Horton

District Biologist

218-326-8800 

rhorton@nwtf.net

37305 Deer Lake Way

Grand Rapids, MN  55744

Specialties: Wild Turkey Habitat, Game Bird Habitat

Itasca Woodland Services Inc

Stan Grossman

Counties: Pine, Carlton, Kanabec, Aitkin, Mille Lacs, North Isanti

(218) 252-8572

iws@wcta.net

3015 S. Hwy. 169

Grand Rapids, MN 55744 

Qualifications: Approved Woodland Stewardship Plan Writer, NRCS TSP, ATFS Inspector, MFA Board Member

Specialties: General Forestry, Timber Harvests, Forest Inventory, Damage & Trespass Appraisal, Wildlife Habitat, Recreational Planning & Management, Cover Type Management

Kickapoo Woods Cooperative

(608) 606-5815

kwc@mwt.net

110 South Main Street

Viroqua, WI 54665

Qualifications: NRCS TSP

Native Resource Preservation

(320) 752-4338

info@NativeResourcePreservation.com 

www.nativeresourcepreservation.com

2325 290th Street

Madison, MN 56256

Specialties: Light on the Land Practices, Forestry Mowing, Invasive Species, Wildlife Openings, Desirable Species Release, Seedling Protection & Tree Plantings, Riparian Restoration, Selective Thinning, Core Sampling

CARRY OUT A TIMBER HARVEST OR THINNING PROJECT:
Thinnings and timber harvests are an important part of forest management. Removing trees can help to foster new growth, diversify your forest, attract wildlife, improve recreational opportunities and minimize the potential for storm and pest damage. A well planned harvest can also bring in additional income to you as the landowner. Tree removal projects will often require the assistance of both foresters and loggers. Most often you will develop a harvest or thinning plan with a consulting forester and a logger or logging company will physically cut and remove the trees. In some cases, a DNR or other public forester may assist with applying for cost share assistance or coordinating with a cut on neighboring public lands. 
Working with a forester you trust will ensure that you are comfortable with the harvest plan and practices to be carried out. A forester will also be able to assist you throughout any bidding and sales processes. In many cases, your forester will have a network of loggers they are used to working with, but it is important that you are happy and comfortable with the logger too. Logger education programs and Master Logger certifications can help you choose a logger who is knowledgeable in best practices. The Minnesota Logger Education Program (MLEP) works with partners to provide loggers with training in sustainable forest management, transportation, safety and business management. Master Loggers take an extra step of certification and have their work reviewed and verified by an independent board. 

Sappi

Corey Verdegan

Procurement Forester

(218)-269-9192

corey.verdegan@sappi.com

https://www.sappi.com/sappi-lake-states-forestry

20 North 22nd Street

Cloquet, MN  55720

Bertschi Forestry

Bud Bertschi

(218) 820-9640

budbert@brainerd.net

1722 South 7th St

Brainerd, MN 56401

Qualifications: Approved Woodland Stewardship Plan Writer, ATFS Inspector, SFEC Certified Plan Writer

Specialties: General Forestry, Timber Harvests, Forest Inventory, Timber Stand Improvement & Tree Plantings, Recreational Planning & Management, Cover Type Management

Bruce Schoenberg

Counties: Pine, Carlton, Itasca, Kanabec, Aitkin, South St. Louis 

(218) 451-0444

bruceski@frontier.com

5844 Eagle Lane

Cromwell, MN 55726

Qualifications: Approved Woodland Stewardship Plan Writer, ATFS Inspector, MACF Forester, SAF Certified Forester

Specialties: General Forestry, Timber Harvests, Forest Inventory, Recreational Planning & Management, Cover Type Management

Itasca Woodland Services Inc

Stan Grossman

Counties: Pine, Carlton, Kanabec, Aitkin, Mille Lacs, North Isanti

(218) 252-8572

iws@wcta.net

3015 S. Hwy. 169

Grand Rapids, MN 55744 

Qualifications: Approved Woodland Stewardship Plan Writer, NRCS TSP, ATFS Inspector, MFA Board Member

Specialties: General Forestry, Timber Harvests, Forest Inventory, Damage & Trespass Appraisal, Wildlife Habitat, Recreational Planning & Management, Cover Type Management

Native Resource Preservation

(320) 752-4338

info@NativeResourcePreservation.com 

www.nativeresourcepreservation.com

2325 290th Street

Madison, Mn 56256

Specialties: Light on the Land Practices, Forestry Mowing, Invasive Species, Wildlife Openings, Desirable Species Release, Seedling Protection & Tree Plantings, Riparian Restoration, Selective Thinning, Core Sampling

To find MLEP trained and Master Logger certified loggers, please visit the MLEP Directory.