The Badger Timberlands consist of about 81,328 acres in 10 compartments located in Oneida, Forest, Langlade, Rusk and Price counties in Wisconsin purchased by Heartwood Forestland Fund VI in December of 2007. For management purposes the property is divided into Badger East and Badger West. These timberlands have been intensively managed by the previous owners, have a good infrastructure of haul roads and are located in relative close proximity to several forest products markets.
|Property Name||Badger (East)|
|County||Oneida, Forest, Langlade|
|Coordinates||N 45° 37′ 0″ W 89° 38′ 28″|
|Previous Owner||Plum Creek|
|Dominant Forest Type||Mix of Northern Hardwoods, Aspen and Pine Plantati|
|Managing Consultant||Contract Pending|
Seven of the ten compartments that make up the Badger Timberlands property are largely concentrated north and east of Rhinelander, Wisconsin, while the three remaining compartments are isolated tracts of land in near Ladysmith, Hawkins and Summit Lake.
The Badger Timberlands property was formerly owned and managed by Plum Creek. Over their five years of ownership, Plum Creek aggressively harvested the timberlands to produce a variety of forest products, as well as, implemented a land sales program to subdivide and sell residential sites, hunting and recreation lands after harvests were complete. Prior to Plum Creeks’ purchase from Stora Enso in 2002, the land was owned by Consolidated Papers. Consolidated Papers had amassed timberland holdings, starting back in the 1940’s, developed the infrastructure for harvest and converted thousands of acres from natural forest to plantations of red and jack pine, white spruce and tamarack to support their paper mill until their sale to Stora Enso in 2000.
The forests on the Badger Timberlands property consist primarily of three types; aspen, northern hardwoods and plantations. The aspen and plantations of red and jack pine, white spruce and tamarack are dominated by stands less than 30 years of age. The northern hardwood stands have nearly all been thinned within the last ten years.
Most of the Badger Timberlands property is enrolled in the Managed Forest Law program. As such, these lands are open to the public for hunting, fishing, cross-country skiing, hiking and sight-seeing. Motorized vehicles (including ORV’s) are not permitted beyond closed gates and berms. Hunting blinds on the Badger Timberlands properties are to be portable in nature and removed daily. Tree stands and steps must be strap on, and may not penetrate the trees bark.