BROKEN OAK HILL(R )   Dispatches from the heart of Wisconsin     
Welcome to Broken Oak Hill(R) Country
Top photo: Summer at the south end of Broken Oak Hill finds the Tree Farm sign and the Wisconsin Woodland Owners sign just barely above the vegetation.
 

Contact Us
You can contact us by clicking on the link at the upper left, or by going to my Facebook page at John DeBaun. Broken Oak Hill has a Facebook page, too, but we still face some "technical difficulties" with it. 

Our trees
updated: 2/19/2016

Our wildflowers
updated: 2/19.2016

A bluebird on the front yard oak on May 15.
Our birds
updated: 2/28/2017  

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


At the Farm
A summer of decisions and change
Nate, left, and his cousin Loren work on a new three-level deck in the pines.We are still limping along with our "old" website, but that will have to do until winter when we may have more time for updates and upgrades.  In the meantime, we are filing an August report, even though the month is not over.  We will go back and work on a June-July report later this month and flesh out the August report, too.  In June we had a visit from a DNR ecologist for the landowner lottery, so it will be important to go back over some of that and decide just what it meant for how we go forward in managing the farm.  In the meantime, you can read the August At the Farm report now. . 

Learning from our own field day
Thanks to the Central Sands chapter of the Wisconsin Woodland Owners Association, we held a field day May 14 for other woodland owners at the farm.  It was attended by about 30 people including some neighbors and WWOA executive director Nancy Bozek.  The program included our 55-year history, a look at our 2014-15 harvest and other issues.  You can learn more about it (and what we learned) in our complete report.

We have added another map for use with our At the Farm reports, so our readers can better understand some of the areas we talk about when we work in the woods or see certain wildlife. 

 
Our latest At the Farm report, from May, is available here.  We arrived for the first June visit on the 9th, greeted by a Baltimore oriole singing from the top of the big walnut south of the smokehouse, a perfect start for a weekend we're going to be joined by family and friends.  


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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