Wood County Current Events

January is Radon Action Month!
Posted 1/16/2017 by ssalewski@co.wood.wi.us
Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer in nonsmokers! You can't see or smell radon, but you can test for it! You can buy a radon test kit from a hardware store for about $20, or you can pick up one for a discounted rate of $5.00 for Radon month at the Wood County Health Department!

Call 715-421-8911 for more information. 
Snowmobile Trails Close 1/17/17
Posted 1/16/2017 by sgreen@co.wood.wi.us


January 16, 2017 – 10:30 am

Sandra Green, Wood County ATV/Snowmobile Coordinator, would like to announce that at 11:59 pm on January 16, 2017 all Wood County snowmobile trails will close temporarily due to incoming precipitation and warm weather. The clubs would like to clean up low-lying branches and perform general maintenance and grooming of the trails to keep them safe and enjoyable for all of you. The trails will be reassessed early next week by the snowmo...bile clubs and a decision will be made when to re-open.

Weather dependent, please JOIN US on the 37th Wood County Snowmobile Ride on February 18, 2017. For more information on the snowmobile ride as well as updates on the snowmobile trails, please visit our website at www.co.wood.wi.us/departments/parks or like us on Facebook at “Wood County Park & Forestry Department”.

Sandra Green
Office Supervisor
Wood County Snowmobile/ATV Trail Coordinator

Community Resources
Posted 1/13/2017 by mlarson@co.wood.wi.us
Behavioral (Mental) Health Bike Path - Roadmap
The purpose of this "Bike Path" (or roadmap) is to be a first step for families, and individuals under age 21, with behavioral (mental) health concerns. This easy to read guide helps connect Wood County residents with local, state and federal resources and services.

Wood County Area Mental Health and Substance Use Recovery Resources List
The purpose of this resource list is to provide a list of treatment facilities, recovery groups and other resources in Central Wisconsin for those needing counseling or assistance recovering from substance abuse. The information provided may not be inclusive of all resources, but can support those in need.
FREE Community Dinner and Presentation
Posted 1/13/2017 by mlarson@co.wood.wi.us
You’re Invited to a Healthy People Wood County Drug Task Force Presentation!

Drug Endangered Children: Who they are and how we can help them

Guest Speakers: 
Cindy Giese, Special Agent in Charge, Wisconsin Department of Justice- Division of Criminal Investigation Wausau Office
Nate Reblin, Narcotics Detective, Wisconsin Rapids Police Department
Rebecca Porter, MSW CSW, Wood County Human Services Department
Sarah Arendt, CSW, Wood County Human Services Department

When: Monday, January 23, 2017
Dinner: 5:30 p.m.
Presentation: 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Where: Woodlands Church (1000 East Riverview Expressway, Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54494)
Free dinner and child care – Registration required

To register, contact Megan Larson at Wood County Health Department at mlarson@co.wood.wi.us.

Registration deadline is Thursday, January 19, 2017.
Snowmobile Trails Opening
Posted 1/10/2017 by sgreen@co.wood.wi.us
January 10, 2017, 2:00 pm

Sandra Green, Wood County Snowmobile/ATV Coordinator, would like to announce that the Kellner Knights, Rudolph River Rovers and Vesper Snow Drifters would like to open their snowmobile trails today, Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at 3:00 pm.

Additionally, the Sunset Drifters and Yellow River Riders would like to open their trails on Friday morning, January 13, 2017 at 8:00 am.

Riders should practice, safe and responsible riding out on the trails as conditions will vary from excellent to fair throughout the system. Riders should specifically be on the lookout for rough patches across fields, ice patches (watch for CAUTION signs), and thin snow coverage.

Wood County snowmobile trails are subject to periodic closures as determined by the county coordinator. For updates, recent closures or openings please check our website, our Facebook page at “Wood County Park and Forestry Department” or TravelWisconsin.com. For other questions or inquiries, please feel free to contact the Park & Forestry Office at (715) 421-8422 or e-mail us at parks@co.wood.wi.us.

Sandra Green
Wood County Park & Forestry Office Supervisor and Snowmobile/ATV Trail Coordinator
FSET Success Story
Posted 1/10/2017 by dschmutzer@co.wood.wi.us
Leon Taylor enrolled in the Food Share Employment & Training (FSET) Program in June 2016 and set goals of obtaining employment and earning his GED. Leon was hired in housekeeping at the Hotel Mead in August 2016 and still works there today. FSET provided Leon with gas cards for job searching and purchased the shoes and clothing he needed to start work. FSET also provided gas cards for Leon to get to and from his job at The Hotel Mead. Leon continues to study for his GED with the support of Mid-State Technical College instructors, the Central Wisconsin Literacy Council, and his FSET Case Manager.

There is a video of Leon's success on the State of Wisconsin Department of Health Services website. The link to the video is below.

On February 10th Leon and his Case Manager were in Madison as guests for the Governor's State of the State address.
PARTIAL OPENING of Snowmobile Trails 1/6/17 and 1/7/17 at 8 AM.
Posted 1/8/2017 by sgreen@co.wood.wi.us
January 6, 2017 at 8 AM Sandra Green, Wood County Snowmobile/ATV Coordinator, has announced that the trails maintained by the Bakerville Sno Rovers will open at 8 AM on Friday, January 6, 2017 and the Auburndale Nite Owls Snowmobile Clubs will open at 8 AM on Saturday, January 7, 2017. Please "USE CAUTION" and "Drive Safely" as there are some icy areas as well as possible areas of open water.  All other snowmobile trails in Wood County will remain closed until further notice at this time. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Park & Forestry Office at (715) 421-8422 or e-mail us at parks@co.wood.wi.us or “Like” us on Facebook at “Wood County Park & Forestry Department”. Sandra Green/Wood County Park & Forestry Office Supervisor
Snowmobile Trails, Powers Bluff and Cross Country
Posted 1/8/2017 by sgreen@co.wood.wi.us
WOOD COUNTY WINTER RECREATION OPENINGS. The Wood County Park and Forestry Department would like to give public notice regarding our Winter Recreation Openings! The Wood County Snowmobile trails are PARTIALLY OPEN! STAY ON THE TRAIL!  IF YOU RUIN A PORTION OF THE LANDOWNER'S PROPERTY, WE COULD LOSE THAT PORTION OF THE TRAIL - SO PLEASE - STAY ON THE TRAIL!  


PLEASE USE CAUTION as trail conditions will vary. On portions of their trails, the swamps may not be frozen over yet and are unable to carry or hold a groomer so those portions are not groomed. Watch for ungroomed water crossings.

As a reminder, each snowmobile needs to have a Wisconsin Snowmobile Trail Pass. For a discounted rate, JOIN A SNOWMOBILE CLUB today! A big THANK YOU to our clubs who signed, packed and groomed the trails for us and to all of the landowners because without them, the trail system would not be possible! For more information, and a link to the snowmobile map outlining all club trail sections as well as a list of the Wood County Snowmobile Clubs, please visit our website at www.co.wood.wi.us/Snowmobiling.

The Powers Bluff Recreational Area open for the season. Normal winter operating hours are Saturday and Sunday with 3 tubing sessions. 1st session is 10:00 AM—12:00 PM and the cost is $8.00, 2nd session is 12:00 PM—2:00 PM and the cost is $9.00, 3rd session is 2:00 PM—4:00 PM and the cost is $9.00. Downhill skiing and snowboarding is open from 10:00 AM—4:30 PM and the fee is $8.00. Have a large group you would like to bring on a weekday for a private party? Booking now! Give us a call. Tubing Only: One tow line, recommended for up to 40 people is $225 Tubing Only: Two tow lines, recommended for 40-200 people is $300 Ski Hill Only: $225 Tubing & Skiing: One tow line, recommended for up to 40 people is $325 Tubing & Skiing: Two tow lines, recommended for 40-200 people is $400

The Nepco Cross Country ski trails are open as well and have been tracked and groomed. The Richfield 360 trails are packed and tracked . Daily passes are $5, an annual individual pass is $15 and an annual family pass (3 or more family members) is $40. Please check our website, Facebook page, or Travel Wisconsin for updated opening and closing information.

Sandra Green
Wood County Snowmobile/ATV Trail Coordinator
Nepco Lake Park Ski Trails Groomed and ready!
Posted 1/6/2017 by sgreen@co.wood.wi.us

The Trail at Nepco Lake Park is groomed and ready for us all to enjoy. See the map of the trail below. Your trail pass can be purchased at the Trail Head or at the Wood County Park & Forestry office Monday - Friday from 8am - 4pm. Daily Individual pass is $5, Annual Individual is $15 and an Annual Family (three or more family members) is $40.

Grant Awarded to Wood County Human Services
Posted 1/5/2017 by dschmutzer@co.wood.wi.us

Wood County Human Services—Legal Services/Crisis Intervention Unit was awarded a Crisis Training Grant in the amount of just over $34,000 to use for training purposes by June 30, 2017.

We are developing a training plan that utilizes a learning collaborative approach to strengthen the crisis response system and enhance the ability of Crisis Interventionists and community partners to provide dementia-capable services.

 The following are goals as outlined in the grant proposal:

*To improve professional understanding and awareness of dementia. This will be accomplished by holding a training with guest speaker and geriatric specialist, Dr. Suzanna Waters-Castillo.

*To provide training opportunities to community partners with a broad focus on Crisis Prevention, legal structures related to the elderly, and navigating our local resources. This will be accomplished by holding a training with speakers from ADRC, Corporation Counsel, and Wood County Human Services.

 *All APS (Adult Protective Services) workers will become certified to administer the Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA) tool.

 *Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) and Crisis Intervention Partners (CIP) trainings will be offered.

*All APS workers amongst other specialized workers will become trained on the Wisconsin STAR method for more effectively working with those with complex dementia.

January Lunch & Learn
Posted 1/3/2017 by wyoung@co.wood.wi.us
Each month, the Wood County Health Department, UW-Extension, Healthy People Wood County and Wisconsin Rapids Community Media collaborate to provide a Lunch & Learn to Wood County employees as well as the local community.

Attendees are invited to bring their own lunch and join us for a brief presentation on important and relevant topics.

Our next Lunch & Learn is coming up on Wednesday, January 11th.

Location: Wood County Courthouse, Room 114

Time: 12:00 – 12:45

Topic: Love & Language - and Other Tools to Keep Relationships Healthy

Presenter: Lisa Kegler, MS, LPC; Therapist at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin in Marshfield

RSVP: Not necessary, but appreciated for room set-up: Wendy Young at 715-421-8437 or wyoung@co.wood.wi.us

Everyone is invited - employees and community members!
Crisis Intervention Team Training Offered
Posted 12/6/2016 by dschmutzer@co.wood.wi.us
Wood County Human Services — Crisis/Legal Services, Wood County Sheriff's Department, Marshfield Police Department, and Wisconsin Rapids Police Department are hosting Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training for law enforcement officers on December 12-16, 2016.

CIT is a comprehensive five-day, 40-hour training session designed to assist law enforcement officers and other first responders in recognizing and understanding the signs and symptoms of mental illness including depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and anxiety disorders, as well as learning various options to facilitate de-escalation of a mental health Consumer in crisis.

·You will learn about the legal issues associated with emergency commitments §Chapter 51.15.
·You will learn about resources in your community that are available to mental health consumer and their families.
·You will learn how interacting on a regular basis in this kind of outreach program reduces the potential for crisis and/or injury of the officer, consumer or other members of the community.

This training is modeled after the recognized Best Practices "Memphis Model". Visit http://www.citwisconsin.org for additional information on CIT.

December Lunch & Learn
Posted 12/5/2016 by wyoung@co.wood.wi.us

Each month, the Wood County Health Department, UW-Extension,Healthy People Wood County and Wisconsin Rapids Community Media collaborate to provide a Lunch & Learn to Wood county employees as well as the local community.

Attendees are invited to bring their own lunch and join us for a brief presentation on important and relevant topics.

Our next Lunch & Learn is coming up on December 14th.

Date: Wednesday, December 14th

Location: Wood County Courthouse, Room 114

Time: 12:00 – 12:45

Topic: Substance Use, Abuse,Prevention and Treatment

Presenter: Connor A.Tiggerus, LPC, SAC-IT, Therapy Without Walls, LLC

RSVP: Not necessary, but appreciated for room set-up: Wendy Young at 715-421-8437 or wyoung@co.wood.wi.us

Everyone is invited - employees and community members!

Park & Forestry Winter Brochure
Posted 11/11/2016 by sgreen@co.wood.wi.us
Our winter brochure is available here as well as our Facebook page. If you'd like one mailed to you, please give us a call at 715-421-8422 or e-mail us at parks@co.wood.wi.us. Thank you! Sandra Green, Office Supervisor
Free Wood County Community Trainings
Posted 10/25/2016 by mlarson@co.wood.wi.us
The Healthy People Wood County Coalitions, Wood County Wellness Program, and UW Extention have hosted several free community training's called Lunch-n-Learns. View the flyers for upcoming training's and the videos of past Lunch-n-Learns (recorded by Wisconsin Rapids Community Media) by following the links below.
Link April 2015 Lunch-n-Learn: PTSD from a Combat Veteran’s Perspective
Link May 2015 Lunch-n-Learn: Introduction to E-Cigarettes
Link September 2015 Lunch-n-Learn: Hoarding
Link October 2015 Lunch-n-Learn: Cyber-Bullying
Link December 2015 Lunch-n-Learn: The Holiday Blues – Depression
Link January 2016 Lunch-n-Learn: Addiction and the Family
Link February 2016 Lunch-n-Learn: Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Interface
Link March 2016 Lunch-n-Learn: Cultural Diversity
Link March 28, 2016: Human Trafficking Training/Presentation
Link April 6, 2016: Dose of Reality - The Truth About Heroin In Our Community
Link April 2016 Lunch-n-Learn: Creating a Safe and Supportive Environment
Link May 2016 Lunch-n-Learn: Trauma-Informed Care - Terms and Triggers
Link June 2016 Lunch-n-Learn: Vicarious Trauma and Self-Care
Link July 2016 Lunch-n-Learn: Being “Well-Being” Focused
Link August 2016 Lunch-n-Learn: Preparing Children for a Lifetime of Learning
Link October 2016 Lunch-n-Learn: Identity Theft & Your Credit Report
Link November 2016 Lunch-n-Learn: Coping After Loss
Link December 2016 Lunch-n-Learn: A Civil Discourse on Substance Use, Addiction, Prevention and Treatment
October Lunch & Learn
Posted 10/12/2016 by wyoung@co.wood.wi.us
Join us on Wednesday, October 19th for a Lunch & Learn presentation on Identity Theft and Checking Your Credit Report.

  • Sarah Siegel, Wood County UW-Extension Family Living Educator
  • Jeremy Keith, Wood County Sheriff's Department

The presentation is from 12:00-12:45 in Room 114 of the Wood County Courthouse.

RSVP to Wendy Young at 715-421-8437 or wyoung@co.wood.wi.us

Everyone in the community is invited.

For Wood County employees, you can earn 100 wellness points!
Firewood Ban Ordinance
Posted 9/16/2016 by sgreen@co.wood.wi.us
Please do not bring firewood to any of our campgrounds to burn during your stay (you may bring untreated, clean, dimensional lumber without nails - e.g. cut off 2x4's). You will need to purchase your firewood directly at the campground with cash or check. Thank you.
Clean Sweep 2016
Posted 9/8/2016 by wyoung@co.wood.wi.us
The 2016 Wood County Agricultural and Household Clean Sweep is scheduled for Saturday, September 24, from 8:00am-12:00pm at the Marshfield Fairgrounds.

A full list of items that will be accepted can be found here.

Contact the Wood County UW-Extension office at 715-421-8440 with questions.
Pets in the Parks
Posted 8/26/2016 by sgreen@co.wood.wi.us
Per our ordinance 600.08 (1) Pets. -It shall be unlawful for any person to allow pets to enter any public building, bathing beach, picnic grounds, or playgrounds within any County Park, or to run at large at any time on County Park grounds. -In other County Park areas and campgrounds pets are permitted provided they shall at all times be kept on a leash not more than 10 feet long. All pets shall be effectively restrained or under the owner's control at all times. No person shall allow his pet to deprive or disrupt the enjoyment or use of any area by others. -Pet owners are required to immediately clean up after their pets.
Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Activities
Posted 6/27/2016 by dschmutzer@co.wood.wi.us
The Wood County Human Services Department is increasing efforts related to prevention of drug and alcohol abuse. This year, we began to partner with the Marshfield Area Coalition for Youth (MACY) and Healthy People Wood County (HPWC) in order to develop a comprehensive prevention plan. The plan includes participation on community coalitions including the Wood County Drug Task Force, MACY and HPWC Mental Health and AODA Coalitions. The plan also includes Human Services Department sponsorship and participation in community presentations and activities that are intended to promote education, understanding and open discussion of topics related to mental health, the impact of trauma, and drug and alcohol abuse in our community. Keep an eye out for information on upcoming presentations on these important topics.
Suicide Prevention Training: QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer)
Posted 6/23/2016 by mlarson@co.wood.wi.us
Suicide prevention is everybody’s business, and anyone can help prevent the tragedy of suicide.

Fact: If people in a crisis get the help they need, they will probably never be suicidal again.

View the attached flyer for more information on how to schedule a training.
Eliminate stigma and share your story of hope!
Posted 6/23/2016 by mlarson@co.wood.wi.us
Healthy People Wood County partnered with WISE (Wisconsin Initiative for Stigma Elimination) to record several Wood County stories of hope and recovery.

Go to the Rogers InHealth website link below for more information and to view video's of hope and recovery.
Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)
Posted 6/23/2016 by mlarson@co.wood.wi.us
Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are serious childhood traumas that result in toxic stress that can harm a child's brain. This toxic stress may prevent a child from learning, from playing in a healthy way with other children, and can result in long-term health problems.

Below are links to the ACE Survey and a handout on understanding ACEs. 
Wood County Pharmaceutical Drop-off Locations
Posted 6/23/2016 by mlarson@co.wood.wi.us
Prevent misuse and protect the environment!
Bring unwanted, unneeded, or outdated prescriptions and over-the-counter medications to these local drop box locations...
  • Marshfield Police Department
  • Nekoosa Police Department
  • Pittsville Police Department
  • Port Edwards Police Department
  • Town of Grand Rapids Municipal Building
  • Wisconsin Rapids Police Department
  • Wood County Sheriff's Department
  • Rome Police Department (Adams County)
Bring: Prescription (controlled and non-controlled) and over-the-counter medications, ointments, patches, non-aerosol sprays, creams, vials and pet medications.
  • Place all pills and capsules in a zip lock bag.
  • Liquids, creams and sprays must be in their original packaging.
Do Not Bring: Illegal drugs, needles/sharps, inhalers, aerosol cans, bio-hazardous materials (anything containing a bodily fluid or blood), personal care products (shampoo, soaps, lotions, sunscreens, etc...), household hazardous waste (paint, pesticides, oil, gas).

For more information on locations and office hours, please view the attached flyer.
June Dairy Breakfasts
Posted 6/2/2016 by wyoung@co.wood.wi.us
June is dairy month! Join local farmers and enjoy a dairy breakfast this month.
Click on the attachment for a full list of dairy breakfasts in Wood and Portage counties.
Parents Who Host Lose The Most Logo
Parents Who Host Lose the Most
Posted 6/1/2016 by mlarson@co.wood.wi.us
"Parents Who Host Lose the Most is a public awareness program educating communities and parents about the health and safety risks of serving alcohol at teen parties.
This program encourages parents and the entire community to send a unified message that teen alcohol consumption is unhealthy, unsafe and unacceptable."
For more information visit the Drug Free Alliance website by clicking on the link below.

The City of Wisconsin Rapids has a social host ordinance. Adults allowing minors to consume alcohol on their property could be fined a minimum $1,000 and a maximum $5,000.
Students and teachers from the Wisconsin Rapids area, City of Wisconsin Rapids Police Department, and RCCA Media partnered together to make this Public Service Announcement video.
Wood County Park & Forestry 2016 Summer Newspaper is here!
Posted 4/28/2016 by sgreen@co.wood.wi.us
Check it out!
Congratulations to Val Elliott, Wood County Distinguished Public Health Employee!
Posted 4/18/2016 by krauter-egge@co.wood.wi.us
We recognize Val for her exceptional customer service, great attitude, and hard work. Juggling involvement in multiple teams and program areas, Val makes it all come together. Her efforts and hard work on various coalitions and projects does not go unnoticed! Helpful and flexible are traits that describe Val well. She is always willing to take on new tasks- in Environmental Health, Healthy People, Healthy Smiles and other department areas. Whatever the assignment may be, she puts forth 100% effort and completes it in a timely fashion with quality outcomes. Val believes in the Health Department’s proactive approach and has been actively involved in the strategic planning efforts among other department initiatives that align with our mission. Val consistently demonstrates kindness, dependability and strong work ethic. We appreciate Val’s dedication to public health and thank her for her hard work. It is with great pride and honor that we commend Val for a job well done.
Transportation Program Bus
Elderly and Disabled Transportation Program
Posted 4/14/2016 by dschmutzer@co.wood.wi.us
Wood County Human Services Department Elderly and Disabled Transportation Program provides an important service to senior and disabled citizens in both the Wisconsin Rapids and Marshfield areas. Since this program is subsidized by Federal, State and County dollars, there is a nominal charge for citizens who use this service. This service helps individuals that might not otherwise have transportation to get to medical appointments, shopping and other necessary events. Recently, the program and a few of the employees that make it happen were featured in a USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin article and video production.

Check out the story or watch the video on the Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune or the Marshfield News Herald websites links below!

For more information please see the Wood County Human Services Elderly and Disabled Transportation webpage.
Pictures of CAMPSITES available on Facebook!
Posted 4/13/2016 by sgreen@co.wood.wi.us
We have uploaded pictures of each campsite as well as dimensions of the sites and pads at each campground on our Facebook page. You can better determine if your camper will "fit" in a particular spot, or if it's too sunny, or not close enough to the water.

Click on "PHOTOS", then click on ALBUMS". Scroll down until you find the album you are looking for. Check out our Facebook page and "LIKE" us. Thank you.

Autism Services Update Information
Posted 3/7/2016 by dschmutzer@co.wood.wi.us
Prior to 1/1/16, when a family needed intensive autism services (in-home for 10-30 hours a week) for their child, our agency would evaluate them and once we determined they were eligible and in need of services the child went on a State waiting list for funding. The child could not be over 8 years old when they went on the list. The wait list time was sometimes over a year, and at a critical time of the child’s development.

The Center for Medicaid and Medicare (federal government) informed WI that these services needed to be an MA card service, available when needed and not a service to be on a wait list. Over the last year the WI Department of Health Services has been working to develop a system to accomplish this task.

Effective 1/1/2016 these intensive in-home services are available as an MA card service (like doctor visits and medication coverage). This brings several changes with it:
• The county does not evaluate to determine if a child qualifies for in-home services, this is performed by the provider of the services
• The child’s diagnosis does not have to be autism which potentially opens up services for other behaviorally challenged children
• The child can be older than eight when services start
• If the family/child is in need of other services (respite, daily living skills, equipment …) the family contacts human services for an assessment to determine eligibility for funding through Children’s Community Options Program or Children’s Long Term Support Waivers.

If the child has Medical Assistance, the family can call the agency they would like to work with to make a referral for themselves.
If the child does not have Medical Assistance, the family can contact their health insurance to determine if there is coverage, or determine if the child will be eligible for Medical Assistance.
Voter Photo ID Now Required for All In-Person Voting
Posted 2/9/2016 by ctyclerk@co.wood.wi.us
There are currently four elections scheduled for 2016: February 16, April 5, August 9, and November 8. Voter Photo ID will be required for all in-person and absentee voters (with certain exceptions for military, overseas and indefinitely confined electors).

Are you ready to vote? Do you have one of the eight acceptable forms of Photo ID? Do you need to apply for a free Wisconsin ID card?

Find out here: Voter ID Law Information 
Trauma Informed Care Approach
Posted 1/13/2016 by dschmutzer@co.wood.wi.us
The Wood County Human Services Department began learning about what it means to utilize trauma informed principles of care as part of a department wide initiative. This process began with the development of a committee that includes employees from each service area throughout the department. Our vision for Trauma Informed Care is to empower and instill hope by understanding, recognizing, and responding to the effects of trauma and creating a safe environment for consumers, employees, partners and our communities.

Trauma Informed Care (TIC) shifts the perspective away from asking “what is wrong with you?” to instead ask “what has happened to you?”. We have recently completed an agency assessment that has provided information regarding areas of strengths and areas for improvements as we continue our journey towards becoming more trauma informed.

The principles of Trauma Informed Care align with our department mission, vision, and values; we believe that embracing the perspectives learned through research, regarding how traumatic stress can impact healing and recovery, we will have better outcomes for the consumers we serve.
2016 Tree, Shrub & Wildflower Sale
Posted 12/7/2015 by tgildenzopf@co.wood.wi.us
The Wood County Land Conservation Department is currently holding their annual tree, shrub and wildflower sale. Orders will be accepted through January 15, 2016.
Wood County Community Health Needs Assessment
Posted 9/16/2015 by krauter@co.wood.wi.us
The Wood County Health Department, in partnership with Ministry Saint Joseph's Hospital, Aspirus Riverview Hospital and Clinics, Marshfield Clinic, and the Legacy Foundation is working together to determine health needs for Wood County.
Wood County Clean Sweep
Posted 9/9/2015 by adarr@co.wood.wi.us
A Wood County Clean Sweep will be held on Saturday October 3rd, 2015 from 8:00 a.m. to Noon at the Saratoga Town Hall. Clean Sweep is for collection of household chemicals.

See the attached brochure for more information.
Housing Repair Loans
Posted 3/26/2015 by jgrueneberg@co.wood.wi.us
Are you in need of funding for home repairs but unable to secure a loan?

If so, please consider applying for a Central Wisconsin Housing Region loan. The loans are available to:

  • Low-to-moderate income (LMI) Wood County residents with owner-occupied homes.
  • Owners of rental units in Wood County that rent to low-to-moderate income (LMI) tenants.
The Central Wisconsin Housing Region covers Adams, Green Lake, Juneau, Marathon, Marquette, Portage, Waupaca, Waushara and Wood County. The program administrator is the Juneau County Housing Authority. This is a program that was created to ensure the community’s ability to conserve, rehabilitate and improve residential properties occupied by low-to-moderate income (LMI) residents.

Click below to download the Central Housing Region Brochure.

For more information and application materials contact:

Central Wisconsin Housing Region Program Administrator
Juneau County Housing Authority
717 E. State Street
Mauston, WI 53948
(608) 847-7309
Wood County Poster and Speaking Contests
Posted 10/14/2014 by tarnold@co.wood.wi.us
The Wood County Land Conservation Department will be holding its annual
Poster and Speaking Contest on January 30, 2015.

Posters are due January 30, 2015 to Wood County LCD.
The theme is “Local Heroes Your Hardworking Pollinators”.

The Speaking Contest will be held Thursday February 5, 2015, at Pittsville High School @6:00.
Entry forms are due by January 30, 2015.

For more information contact the Wood County Land Conservation Department at 715-421-8475
or email tarnold@co.wood.wi.us.
Courthouse Parking
Posted 4/16/2014 by webmaster@co.wood.wi.us
In April 2014, road construction began near the Courthouse at the intersection of Baker Street and Market Street.

As a result, access to the Baker Street parking lot has changed. Please refer to the attached map for details.
Wood County Outdoors!
Posted 8/1/2013 by hgehrt@co.wood.wi.us
Are you interested in Wildlife and what happens to it in our area? Do you want a way to voice your opinion on how it should be managed?
If so, then WE WANT YOU.....to join the Wood County Wildlife Area Advisory Committee.
This Committee currently has (1) opening for a 3 year term. This Committee meets 4 times a year in January, April, July, and October on a Tuesday evening at the Sandhill Wildlife Area.
If you are interested, please fill out the attached form and mail it back to the Wood County Park & Forestry Department.
Powers Bluff Long Range Plan
Posted 10/19/2012 by hgehrt@co.wood.wi.us
This is a .pdf file and is very large. It may take a few moments to download.