ABOUT US
     

 

In 1998, Joe Arington purchased 20 acres of woodland near Cambridge, Wisconsin to start what is now a 400-acre family adventure. Under the guidance of a management plan written in 2010, the Farm’s goal is to achieve sustainable practices promoted by the American Tree Farm System. With the steady but slow growth of tress, it takes time to find the best way to have a positive influence on the land – maintaining the delicate balance between forest utilization and protecting wildlife and watershed.

Arington Tree Farm has a unique blend of timber and wildlife habitat, from seedlings to marshes to mature hardwood stands. There are 50 acres of new plantings that include oaks, cherry spruce and walnut. There is also red pine, oak and cherry that is old enough for the saw or pleasant to the eye. Miles of trails will take one near the creeks and ponds, through the woods or across the meadow.

Arington Tree Farm was the host of the 2010 Wisconsin Tree Farm Field Day and the 2007 National Tree Farmers’ Convention Field Day. BlackHawk Chapter Field Days & picnics have been held at the Farm, as well as annual Arbor Day activities for local school children. In October of 2008, the Farm hosted the Big Ten’s first carbon-neutral sporting event, providing 25 acres of land for the direct seeding of nearly 60,000 nuts. Joe is active in Wisconsin Woodland Owners’ Association BlackHawk Chapter and serves on the Boards of WWOA and WWOA Foundation Seno. In recognition of Arington Tree Farm's commitment to land stewardship and forest management, it was named the 2009 Wisconsin Outstanding Tree Farm of the Year by the Wisconsin Tree Farm Committee.

A good land steward's job is never done and this is evident on Arington Tree Farm. Dedication, enthusiasm and foresight take the Farm to the next level of land stewardship and provide an environment where landowners can learn how to improve their own woodlands.

 
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