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 arranged room blocks at local hotels to assist participants who would like to stay overnight before or after the Northwoods Forum. The holds are now closed, but we’ve put together a list of local hotels with availability.

The Pointe Hotel & Suites8269 S Hwy 51
Minocqua 54548
715-356-4431Wide Open14.7 miles
20-25 minutes
Best Western Plus Concord Inn320 Front St
Minocqua 54548
715-356-1800Wide Open13.9 miles
20 minutes
AmericInn by Wyndham Minocqua700 US Hwy 51 N
Minocqua 54548
715-356-3730Wide Open13.8 miles
20 minutes
The Waters of Minocqua8116 Hwy 51 S
Minocqua 54548
715-358-4000Standard Rooms Available15.3 miles
22 minutes
Northwoods Inn & Suites8730 US Hwy 51 N
Minocqua 54548
715-356-9541Wide Open12.7 miles
17 minutes
Rustic Manor Motor Lodge6343 State Hwy 70 E
St. Germain
715-479-9776Wide Open25.6 miles
31 minutes
The Lodge at Manitowish Waters13859 ILG Rd
Manitowish Waters
715-543-2024Wide Open19.4 miles
24 minutes
Whitetail Lodge8918 State Hwy 70 W
St. Germain
715-542-2578Wide Open21.5 miles
26 minutes
Hearthside Inn355 Sunrise Ln
St. Germain
715-479-2500Wide Open24.6 miles
30 minutes

For additional lodging options, please visit Minocqua Hotels & Motels.

In partnership with:

Wisconsin Counties Association
League of Wisconsin Municipalities
Wisconsin Towns Association
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