Thursday, 29 November 2018 11:59

Kretz Score for Charity

With the start of the winter sports season, Kretz Lumber Company is pleased to announce another season of charitable giving tied to the athletic success of the Red Robin varsity teams.

Similar to last year’s program, the hardwood lumber manufacturer will select a weekly local charity, and make a monetary contribution based on the play of Antigo’s varsity teams during that week’s home contest. The company will donate $5 for each:

  • Three point shot made (boys/girls basketball)
  • Each goal scored (boys/girls hockey)
  • Each individual win (wrestling)
  • Each 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place event finish (gymnastics)
  • Each 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place event finish (boys swimming)
  • Each game won (boys and girls bowling)
Tuesday, 09 October 2018 11:00

Northern Wisconsin Forests Under Attack

One of the greatest threats to Wisconsin forests is spreading rapidly and some experts consider it more destructive and dangerous than oak wilt, dutch elm and emerald ash borer combined. Invasive species garlic mustard and buckthorn are decimating forests and forestry experts say many landowners and outdoor enthusiasts aren’t familiar with the plants. In order to change that, leaders are hosting a free program for anyone interested in learning how to identify and treat these forest killers. 

“This is the greatest threat to our northern Wisconsin forest since the Peshtigo fire,” stated Dennis Fincher, Kretz Lumber Company Forester. “The growth of garlic mustard and buckthorn is exploding rapidly. The horror stories are beginning, yet many landowners don’t know how to identify these plants or what to do if they find them on their property.”

To raise awareness and educate the public, local forestry professionals are presenting a free program to teach residents how to identify and treat garlic mustard and buckthorn.

  • Date and time: Wednesday, October 24, 2018 beginning at 6:00 p.m.
  • Location: Langlade County Fairgrounds Multipurpose Building, 1635 Neva Road, Antigo (Get directions)

Anyone with questions can call Dennis Fincher, Kretz Lumber Company Forester, at 715-493-4041 or Cody Brauner at 608-220-2665.

The program is sponsored by Kretz Lumber Company, the Department of Natural Resources, Langlade County Forestry, Verso Paper, and F.S. Co-op.

Can't make it on Oct. 24 but want to learn more? This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at Kretz Lumber Company or call 715-493-4041.

Thursday, 06 July 2017 14:44

Wisconsin Summer Facebook Photo Contest

Submit your best Wisconsin summer photo!

Get outside and share with us your best summer scenery photo. Enter our contest by uploading your favorite photo to our Facebook page. We’ll compile all entries into an album and fans will then vote on their favorite. The image with the most likes at the end of the voting period will receive a $25 Mills Fleet Farm gift card!

To enter our summer Facebook photo contest:

  1. Like Kretz Lumber Company's Facebook page.

  2. Post your submission to our page by 11:59 pm CST on August 6, 2017.
    Only one photo/submission per person. Any photo submitted must be your personal image and cannot be purchased or copyrighted. Image must have been taken in Wisconsin.

  3. All submissions will be added to a Facebook photo album on August 7. Kretz Lumber Facebook fans can then vote by liking their favorite image through August 18. The picture with the most likes as of 11:59 pm CST on August 18 will win one $25 Fleet Farm gift card.

  4. Enjoy the great outdoors and good luck!

Submit your best Wisconsin spring photo!

Get outside and share with us your best spring scenery photo. Enter our contest by uploading your favorite photo to our Facebook page. We’ll compile all entries into an album and fans will then vote on their favorite. The image with the most likes at the end of the voting period will receive a $25 Mills Fleet Farm gift card!

To enter our contest:

  1. Like Kretz Lumber Company's Facebook page.

  2. Post your submission to our page by 11:59 pm CST on May 7, 2017.
    Only one photo submission per person. All photos submitted must be your personal images and cannot be purchased or copyrighted. Image must have been taken in Wisconsin.

  3. All submissions will be added to a Facebook photo album May 8, 2017 and then voted on by Kretz Lumber Facebook fans through May 19, 2017. The picture with the most likes as of 11:59 pm CST on May 19 will win one $25 Fleet Farm gift card. We will announce the winner Saturday, May 20.

  4. Enjoy the great outdoors and good luck!

Earth Day Seedling Giveaway at Kretz Lumber

Let’s celebrate Earth Day on April 22 by planting trees all over central Wisconsin!

In the spirit of Earth Day and our commitment to being good stewards of the land, we’d like to give you a free seedling to plant on your property. We’ll be handing out the seedlings to anyone who stops at our main office in Antigo on April 19 or 20.

To claim your free seedling, stop by our Antigo location on either of the following dates:

We’ll have the seedlings ready and waiting in our reception area. Help yourself!

Please note: Given the nature of the live seedlings, we will not be able to ship them. Giveaway only available to individuals who are able to pickup in person on April 19-20, 2017 from our Antigo, Wisconsin office. One seedling per person, limited to the first 50 people. Kretz Lumber Company reserves the right to change or cancel this giveaway at any time.

LoggersIn order to do our jobs well, we rely on a lot of different professionals while working in the woods. From loggers, haulers, excavators and more, we pride ourselves on working with some of the best in the business. Not only do great partners make our jobs a little easier, but they also help us meet our customer’s goals, which is our main priority when working in your woods. 

In this Q&A, we get to know Rickert’s Excavating Company, based out of Birnamwood, WI. They provide logging and excavating services to individuals throughout Central and Northeastern Wisconsin. We’ve worked with them for over four years and are grateful to have such experienced loggers in the woods with us. 

Managed Forest Law Program with Kretz Lumber

Do you have a mandatory thinning or harvest due for your property enrolled in the MFL program? Could you benefit from talking to an experienced forester about managing your cut? We can help!

As a landowner, you no doubt have goals for your property. As experienced foresters, our team can ensure your land objectives and MFL program requirements are met. Whether increasing wildlife and recreational opportunities or creating income, utilizing a forester’s skills before, during and after a harvest can help ensure the health and productivity of your woodlot. 

What can our team of foresters do for you?

  • Setup and administration of your MFL harvest, from filling notices, timber marking, boundary setup, harvesting operations, to prompt payment
  • Maximize long term financial returns from your forest, improve wildlife and recreational opportunities
  • Provide professional forestry management plans that are completed precisely to your expectations and goals
  • Deliver expert guidance on timber harvesting and sustainable forestry practices

To take advantage of our free offer to MFL program participants:

1. Call 715-623-5410 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
2. M
ention the MFL program offer. There is no obligation or fee due for this basic service.

 

Kretz Lumber Company Winter Photo Contest

Get outside and share with us your best winter scenery photo. Enter our contest by uploading your favorite photo to our Facebook page. We’ll compile all entries into an album and fans will then vote on their favorite. The image with the most likes at the end of the voting period will win a $25 Mills Fleet Farm gift card!

To enter our contest:

  1. Like Kretz Lumber Company's Facebook page.

  2. Post your submission to our page by 11:59 pm CST on January 31, 2017.

    Only one photo/submission per person. All photos submitted must be your personal images and cannot be purchased or copyrighted. Image must have been taken in Wisconsin.

  3. All submissions will be added to a Facebook photo album February 1 and then voted on by Kretz Lumber Facebook fans through Friday, February 10. The picture with the most likes (within the official voting album) as of 11:59 pm CST on February 10, 2017 will win one $25 Fleet Farm gift card.

  4. Enjoy the great outdoors and good luck!

Written by: Andy Roelse, Kretz Lumber Company Forester

Tree gall

It can be very alarming to see galls forming on a tree on your property, but in most instances they appear to be more formidable than they really are. Galls can be formed by insects, fungi, mites and bacteria. Some may only form on leaves, while others form on branches and even the main leading branches of trees. Here we will touch upon the few most common galls seen throughout Northern Wisconsin.

Oak Galls

These blister-like gall formations can often girdle stems and can cause branch dieback.  In spring, adult female wasps emerge from branch galls to lay eggs in oak leaves.  The eggs hatch and larvae begin feeding along the leaf veins.  The tree then produces blister-like galls due to the blocking of nutrients by feeding larvae.  By mid-summer, the adults fly from leaf galls to lay eggs in twigs.  Eggs hatch inside the twigs and larvae start feeding and developing.  Galls begin to form on twigs soon thereafter.  Larvae often remain in twigs for two to three years until adults emerge.

How can we mitigate this problem? Examine oak trees annually for galls. If found, prune branches holding the gall. Branches should then be burned or buried. Consider harvesting your oak tree if overall health is dwindling.

Tuesday, 27 September 2016 12:07

Logging: An Agricultural Experience

By Charley MacIntosh, MAT Region 2 Board Member and Kretz Lumber Company Forester

Logging can often be left behind as the topic of agriculture arises. As a result, opportunities to educate and raise awareness for the economic and environmental benefits of our industry cannot be ignored. From roots of a corn stalk, to roots of an Aspen, both organisms are grown and harvested as a commodity that we could not go without.  

FFA Kretz Lumber Company

On August 16th, 2016, I had the honor of meeting with ten Michigan FFA state officers from across lower Michigan to assist in guiding them on an active logging site tour. The Michigan FFA Association focuses on developing student’s leadership skills, personal growth, and career success through agricultural education. Bill Brand, owner of Northland Harvesting, was gracious enough to let us tour his job. We were able to observe hot saw cutting and the loading of a log truck. 

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