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 Lake of the Torches Resort to assist participants who would like to stay overnight before or after the Northwoods Forum.

In partnership with:

Wisconsin Counties Association
League of Wisconsin Municipalities
Wisconsin Towns Association
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