BROKEN OAK HILL(R )   Dispatches from the heart of Wisconsin     
Welcome to Broken Oak Hill(R) Country
Top photo: On a January-like morning in early April, this pileated woodpecker was working over a walnut tree in the barnyard area south of the house. 
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Our trees
updated: 1/31/2018

Our wildflowers
updated: 2/19.2016

A bluebird on the front yard oak on May 15.
Our birds
updated: 4/4/2018  

Other broken oaks
A website devoted to Indian trail marker trees may offer some clues about our own "broken oak." 

At the Farm
From snow time to springtime
A bin full of some freshly split hickory chunks. It seemed like long time coming, but finally the snow disappeared and by the end of the month April was starting to feel spring-like, although just about  the only green in the landscape was the evergreens and the grass.
We went from plowing the driveway to starting to plant some of the 300 seedlings we ordered from the DNR. 
A highlight of the month was getting a good photo of a pileated woodpecker, something on our wish list for many, many years. We made headway in making wood chunks from both hickory and black cherry in hopes of selling that to the barbecue crowd, and we made some plans for the coming season.  There is more in our latest At the Farm report. 

Learning from our own field day
It has been a while since we had a field day at our farm, but the lessons we learned then still apply.  The program, sponsored by the Central Sands chapter of the Wisconsin Woodland Owners Association, included our 55-year history, a look at our most recent harvest and other issues like battling invasives.  You can learn more about it (and what we learned) in our complete report.

Escape Wisconsin
A place on the plains for tall trees
A recent road triA giant pine towers over a transplanted railway station at the Bartlett Arboretum. p to Texas resulted in a number of pleasant surprises.  One was a visit to the Bartlett Arboretum in Belle Plaine, just south of Wichita, where a number of record trees for the state of Kansas can be found.  A nephew had recommended the place, and it turned out to be so much more than we expected.  More than 100 years old, the little woods on the outskirts of town is home to a variety of species of large trees.  We were lucky enought to have a great conversation with the owner/manager, Robin Macy, whose surprising journey to care for these magnificent place makes her  a hero to anyone who cares about our trees and forests. You can find out more in this Escape Wisconsin report.

Our history
We are a 50-year Tree Farm now, but for for a look at the first 25 years at the farm, you can read 
The Cookstove by Burt.
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