The Forest County Potawatomi Community is taking a first step towards controlling water quality on its reservation. The Wisconsin DNR is looking for public input on the proposal.
The tribe has applied to the EPA for treatment as state. Which means it would have authority to uphold water quality standards on the reservation. Potawatomi spokesperson George Ermert says to do that the tribe must prove that is has the resources to manage water quality.
Wisconsin anglers could use motor-boats to troll for fish statewide, under a proposal endorsed at the annual conservation hearings. The D-N-R announced the results this week of votes taken at all of the Conservation Congress proceedings on Monday night in each of the 72 counties. At least some trolling on all lakes statewide was endorsed by 62-percent of the nearly 59-hundred sporting enthusiasts who voted on the question. It's been a hot topic in the popular fishing areas of northern Wisconsin.
Kari-Lee Zimmerman is the DNR's Conservation Congress Liason....
Earth Day is April 22nd, and organizers are gearing up for the fourth annual Sustainability Fair in Rhinelander.
Co-chair Ann Eshelman says it’s going to be the biggest one yet, with about 30 exhibitors ranging from green contractors to local farms.
“It’s a wide variety of exhibitors. We have people in the construction business, we have people in the gardening business, we have people in the retail business. And we also have a lot of organizations that are conveying information about their sustainability mission.”
More than 90,000 pounds of venison were donated following the 2013 gun-deer harvest as part of the DNR deer donation program.
Wildlife damage biologist Dan Hirchert says hunters again have been generous....
".....the program was set up for hunters to shoot additional deer and have somewhere to go with those deer. In that regard, any deer that are donated to the program are a bonus. We look at it as another source of good will. We can provide meat items to folks all around the state that need(it)...."
Biologists have found the first trace of a deadly bat disease in Wisconsin. Bats tested positive for white nose syndrome at a mine in southwestern Wisconsin.
The Grant County location where white nose was found…is within flying distance of an Illinois site where the syndrome turned up in 2012. Biologists are guessing a bat from that location carried the disease to Wisconsin.
White nose has also been found for the first time in several locations in the Upper Peninsula.
The Wisconsin DNR’s Paul White says it’s likely the disease will spread throughout the state.
Deer enthusiasts may want to attend the DNR’s spring hearings on fish and game. For the first time, the hearings will also include updates on deer herd status after a grueling winter, as well as hunting regulations.
DNR District Wildlife Supervisor Mike Zeckmeister says it’s a good chance to check in with the public.
“It should be a great opportunity to give a quick update on what the deer herd is looking like in their particular county, and also to be able to give a really good briefing on changes to the deer season as a result of the deer trustee report.”