Extension Northwoods Forum

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Extension Northwoods Forum

Join us for an engaging day focused on topics important to communities in the Northwoods! Presentations and discussion topics will include economic, workforce and community development, health, forestry, and natural resources.

Connect with researchers and educators who provide UW–Madison resources to northern Wisconsin.

May 7, 2024
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Lake of the Torches Resort Casino
Lac du Flambeau, WI

Early bird registration $10 (until March 17)
General registration $25 (closes April 19)

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Tracks & Presentations

Keynote sessions for all attendees will include opening remarks from UW-Madison Chancellor Jennifer L. Mnookin. The Extension Northwoods Forum also offers three topic tracks for focused discussions. Each track has an enrollment capacity of 100 participants. At the time of registration, please indicate the tracks that interest you the most so we can honor your preference of which track to attend.  

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Track 1: Local Community Infrastructure and Economy

  • Extension’s Economic Analysis for Rural Wisconsin Communities
  • Building Broadband Capacity through Partnerships
  • Get Your House in Order: Strategies Local Government Can Use to Address the Housing Shortage
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Track 2: Enhancing Natural Resources

  • Natural Resources Recreation and Tourism
  • Critical Water Resources in the Northwoods
  • Northwoods Forest Economy, Workforce, and Markets
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Track 3: Quality of Life

  • Working to Reduce the stigma around Mental Health in Northern Wisconsin 
  • Understanding and Addressing Substance Use and Misuse in Northern Wisconsin  
  • Accessing Healthcare Coverage in Northern Wisconsin  

Hotel Information

We look forward to your arrival at the Extension Northwoods Forum!  

We have arranged room blocks at local hotels to assist participants who would like to stay overnight before or after the Northwoods Forum. The room blocks are reserved on Monday night May 6 and Tuesday night May 7. 

The room blocks we arranged are filling up quickly. For additional lodging options, please visit https://www.minocqua.org/hotels/hotels-and-motels/.

To reserve your own hotel room for overnight stay, please contact: 

Lake of the Torches, Lac du Flambeau, Wisconsin 

Lake of the Torches Website

  • Room rates vary based on room type. 
  • Block code: 240430NORT  (phone call or online) reservation 
  • Cutoff date April 22 

The Waters of Minocqua, Minocqua Wisconsin 

The Waters of Minocqua Website

  • Room rate: State rate of $90 / single occupancy 
  • Block code: Extension Northwoods (only by phone call to reserve) 
  • Cutoff date: April 6 

In partnership with:

Wisconsin Counties Association
League of Wisconsin Municipalities
Wisconsin Towns Association
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