Frederic W. Braun
Inducted September 11, 1999
Fred Braun was a Certified Public Accountant, a woodland owner with a thirst for forestry knowledge, a love for his woodlands and a willingness to share his avocation with youth and adults, and who, by action and deed, advanced the cause of forestry in Wisconsin. Fred played a key role in the formation of the Wisconsin Woodland Owners Association using his accounting talents to draft organizational documents. He served on the board as treasurer.
Owner of 4,138 acres of woodlands, his management was aimed at timber production, grouse management and respecting the value of the total woodland community.
Active in forestry and in professional and community service organizations, the city of Antigo recognized his contributions to forestry by dedicating their annual Arbor Day celebrations to his memory.
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Frederic W. Braun, a Certified Public Accountant, a woodland owner with a thirst for forestry knowledge, a love for his woodland and a willingness to share his avocation with youth and adults was inducted into the Wisconsin Forestry Hall of Fame on September 11th.
The Hall of Fame recognizes individuals who have contributed significantly to the practice and progress of forestry in Wisconsin. It is sponsored by the Wisconsin Society of American Foresters.
Fred was a charter member of the Wisconsin Woodland Owners Association and did all the work necessary for WWOA to obtain federal non-profit tax status, drafted the original bylaws and served as treasurer from 1979 to 1985. Fred was a regular contributor to the WWOA magazine, Woodland Management on tax matters, tree planting and personal reminiscences. In 1986, WWOA awarded him their Distinguished Service award, one of the first two recipients of the award.
Fred joined the Wisconsin Tree Farm program in 1956 and accumulated 4,136 of forest land in several northern counties. His wife and two sons helped perform many of the management operations of logging, TSI, planting and pruning. Fred convinced many of his accounting firm clients to plant trees on their land and was the leader in the management of the Kiwanis woodlands north of Antigo, using the forest as an outdoor classroom for youth and forest landowners.
After Fred’s death in 1996, the city of Antigo held a special “Tree in the Park Day” recognizing Fred and proclaiming future Arbor Day activities to be conducted in memory of Fred Braun.
Fred Braun’s leadership and advocacy for forestry over four decades, his leadership in crafting the WWOA into a statewide organization that represents and speaks for the private forest landowner and his leadership in making the forests of the state play a major role in enhancing the environmental and economic well-being of the state have earned him a place of honor with the 31 existing HOF members.
Braun’s plaque will join the other inductees at the Hall of Fame exhibit housed in the College of Natural Resources building on the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point campus. The exhibit is open for public viewing free of charge during school hours.