Natural Resources

At least one person has already won a prize as the Three Lakes Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a summer-long fishing contest on the Three Lakes Chain.

Chamber of Commerce Director Skip Brunswick says one lucky angler could win big cash and others can win too...

"...they went in with the Fish and Wildlife Association. They purchased 100 fish, got a permit to tag them, The first-fish prize is $5,000, two fish are tagged with a value of $500, 20 fish are tagged at $100 each. The remaining anglers with tagged fish win coolers...."

Farmers, foresters and the general public are invited to a meeting next month to set priorities and to implement local conservation efforts.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service has announced the schedule for Local Working Group meetings for this year.

District Conservationist Michael Stinebrink in Rhinelander says the local meeting is set for July 26 at the U.S. Forest Service office in Rhinelander. He says the main topic will be the Environmental Quality Incentives Program...

  Each spring, Department of Natural Resources biologists and volunteers head outdoors to complete surveys in order to learn more about Wisconsin’s wildlife species. Wildlife population and harvest assessment specialist, Brian Dhuey says that the surveys help the DNR determine how populations of certain animals and doing, and how many permits will be available for the upcoming seasons.

There are a lot of volunteer opportunities waiting for Northwoods residents at the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest this summer. Public Service officer Hilary Markin says anyone can help out.



In this month’s edition of Field Notes, Trout Lake Station Biologist Susan Knight talks about her frustrating project with aquatic invasive species control.

While temperatures over the next few days shouldn't be much of a concern, the state Division of Emergency Management and Governor Scott Walker has declared Thursday, June 9 as Heat Awareness Day.

Officials say heat can kill. Heat Stroke and Exhaustion result from a combination of personal factors and high temperatures to create what can be a life-threatening situation.

Dawn Robinson of Oneida County Emergency Management says common sense goes a long way on hot days....

Bob Willging

The nine day Wisconsin deer season opened on Saturday and across Wisconsin family and friends gathered at deer camps to pursue one of Wisconsin’s most enduring traditions.  In today’s History Afield writer Bob Willging tells us about an early deer hunting lodge that once existed in Vilas County.


A couple of roadside invasive species are beginning to show up in the Northwoods.

While attractive, Vilas County Invasive Species Coordinator Cathy Higley says be wary of Big Leaf Lupine and Smooth Bedstraw...

"....that is one you'll see blooming down the right-of-ways during the next couple of weeks. That is not a regulated plant by the DNR. That one is being sold. It's beautiful, it's showy, kind of hardy...."

Kelly Kearns-DNR

Each year Wisconsin DNR invasive species staff look ahead to what species might join the growing list of terrestrial plant invaders. It appears more have come into Wisconsin.

DNR conservation biologist Kelly Kearns says a key is to work with property owners to get a handle on the infestation before the invasive plant becomes a problem...

Kelly Kearns-DNR

Garlic mustard is a land-based invasive species and once established can be tough to get rid of.

DNR plant conservationist Kelly Kearns says Garlic mustard can significantly alter the composition of entire forests. ..

" grows as a biennial. The first year it germanates and creates this rosette that stays green over the winter. It's still growing well into fall and early in the spring before anything else can grow, it's alreay growing...."

People camping this Memorial Day weekend and through the summer can do their part to protect Wisconsin's trees by buying and burning firewood locally, and not moving it from location to location.

For people camping at state parks and forests, state law requires that any firewood brought to a property be from within 10 miles of the campground. DNR Forest health specialist Andrea Diss-Torrance says campers to the Northern Highland-American Legion State Forest and other state facilities should remember to not bring in firewood from other parts of the state...


A ribbon cutting is set for Sunday in Conover to mark the opening of a portion of a long sought after bike trail between Conover and Phelps.

Great Headwaters Trail spokesperson Jeff Currie says the town board suggested a formal ribbon cutting for the 3.2 mile portion...

"....this three miles is done, it's paid for. It's the most expensive part, it's the most difficult part because of wetlands and three water crossings which included two bridges, which cost alot of money. We plan to do the next five miles this summer...."

NRB Approves Deer Seasons: Northwoods Mostly Bucks Only

May 25, 2016

More deer will be open to hunters in northern Wisconsin this fall, under a plan approved unanimously Wednesday by the state Natural Resources Board, but the majority of bucks only counties are in the Northwoods. Ten counties will be off limits to female antlerless deer, down from 19 last fall. The so-called "buck only" zones were established in places where there were not enough females to maintain adequate deer herds.

The D-N-R's Bob Nack says the herd in the north is now growing after rough winters reduced their numbers in recent years.

 Forest resource specialists scoped out nearly 250 new sites this year where invasive plant species were found and the U.S. Forest Service is acting quickly; they’ve announced their invasive plant control strategy and they’re asking for your help.

Common invasive plants such as knapweed and leafy spurge stunt tree growth, food and nesting sites for wildlife. The forest service has relied on cutting, pulling, and herbicides and prescribed burns to eliminate invasive plants, but Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest Botanist Marjory Brzeskiewicz says prevention is key…

You can take part in an online chat about the growing black bear population in Wisconsin on the DNR website Thursday(5/19/2016) at noon. DNR big game ecologist Mary Annala says the online chat gives the public a wide area to explore the many aspects of bears...

" this chat is basically for the public to interact with the DNR staff and basically ask questions related to bears, bear management or bear hunting. Anything related to bears we're open to...."