Ernest W. Brickner
Inducted September 10, 1991
Owner of Tree Farm #455, Ernie Brickner was recognized for his “hands on accomplishments in sound forest management, the wise use of our natural resources and his sincere practice of the conservation and environmental ethic. Named Wisconsin’s 1977 Tree Farmer of the Year, then Outstanding Regional Tree Farmer, his Tree Farm became an outdoor laboratory for schools, youth groups, farmers, sportspersons, educators, foresters, where Ernie demonstrated the compatibility of silvicultural practices, land use and recreational activities. A charter member of the Wisconsin Woodland Owners Association, he was elected its first president in 1979.
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Ernest W. Brickner is recognized for his “hands-on” accomplishments in sound forest management, the wise use of our natural resources and his sincere practice of the conservation and environmental ethic. What sets him apart is the acceptance at the “grass roots” level by the local populace of his forestry principles and practices.
His tree farm is family owned and has been under written management plan since 1960. He developed the local “grass roots” theme that provided opportunities for farmers, sportspersons and educators to gain actual experience in silvicultural operations as evidenced by the 11 chain saws Brickner owned and made available for “hands-on” use. The family tree farm is an outdoor laboratory used by several area schools and civic organizations for field trips to show forest management effect on land used for recreational activities.
He received national recognition by his selection as the Wisconsin Tree Farmer of the Year 1977, and as the first Wisconsin Outstanding Regional Tree Farmer (12 states).
Mr. Brickner was a charter member of the Board of Directors of the Wisconsin Woodland Owners Association, formed on June 7, 1979. He served as charter member, was elected its first president and received an award for outstanding service on WWOA’s 10th anniversary.