Natural Resources

The archery and crossbow hunts begin Saturday and for the first time, hunters in the Northwoods have to hunt under rules concerning Chronic Wasting Disease.

DNR wildlife health section chief Tami Ryan says the DNR will be testing deer from select areas of the state. Surveillance will focus on adult deer, since older deer are more likely to have the disease.

She says hunters getting dear in Oneida, Vilas and Forest counties can help by having their deer tested...

Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest

Volunteers and nature enthusiasts are invited to help find and document the School District of Rhinelander’s biological diversity at the first-ever BioBlitz through Saturday.

The two-day event is sponsored by the School District of Rhinelander, the University of Wisconsin Extension and Stevens Point Learning, Experiences and Activities in Forestry (LEAF) program, the Forest County Potawatomi and the U.S. Forest Service. It's being held at the Cedric A. Vig Outdoor Classroom known as CAVOC.

If you want to  get your hands dirty next week you can get some food for yourself and benefit local food pantries.

The UW-Madison Agricultural Research Station east of Rhinelander, along with the Wisconsin Potato & Vegetable Growers Association and area food pantries host a 'A Night On The Farm'.

Rhinelander Area Food Pantry Executive Director Guy Hanson says the community is welcome to stop out on September 16 and get their hands dirty...

New speakers have been added to a one-day summit on wolves called by State Senator Tom Tiffany of Hazelhurst and Representative Adam Jarchow of Balsam Lake.

Tiffany says the summit was called to try to get momentum to return management of Gray Wolves to individual states...

Natalie Jablonski

A flood watch remains in effect through late Wednesday as yet another round of heavy rain travels across Wisconsin.

The National Weather Service says up to 6 inches of rain, or more, could fall in the area until the weather system begins to move away on Thursday. Wisconsin Valley Improvement Company is chartered to maintain a regulated water flow along the Wisconsin River and is based in Wausau. The Northwoods saw heavy rains beginning Tuesday morning.

The wild rice harvest this year in the Northwoods will have different results depending on where you harvest. That assessment from DNR wetland habitat specialist Jason Fleener...

".....folks can expect a poorer year than average. However, that shouldn't discourage ricers from going this year, there's plenty of spots to go. They just need to do their homework in advance...."

Volunteers are needed to help discover invasive species in the Northwoods. Volunteers will help the Oneida County AIS team search for invasive species in rivers and streams during the 3rd Annual Bridge Snapshot Day.

Oneida County AIS Coordinator Steph Boismenue talks about what happens..

"....AIS coordinators and volunteers go out in the field and we look at intersections where there is a road or bridge that crosses a river, thoroughfare or stream. We're looking for invasive species both terrestrial and aquatic...."

The 2016 archery and crossbow deer seasons run concurrently statewide beginning September 17, and a DNR biologist says hunters in this area will face new restrictions after deer with Chronic Wasting Disease were found near Three Lakes.

After the discovery of the diseased deer, restrictions on baiting and feeding were put in place in Oneida, Vilas and Forest counties.

Biologist Jeremy Holtz says both property owners and hunters have new rules...

DNR Dedicated to Teaching Adults to Hunt for Sustainability

Aug 30, 2016

Adults interested in hunting but don’t have the resources to do so can take part in a DNR Adult Learn to Hunt program this fall.

Called Hunting for Sustainability, participants learn to scout, hunt and process deer under the supervision of experienced DNR mentors. The program is in its third year and focuses on nature, conservation and field-to-table culinary experiences. Forest Research Scientist Dustin Bronson says students will learn how to handle weapons safely, find available property and how to ethically harvest an animal…

DNR Giving Away Limited Number of Specialty Eagle Plates

Aug 29, 2016

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is giving away a limited number of endangered resources specialty plates.

The eagle license plate features the latest design of the Endangered Resources license plate that has raised money since 1995 to help care for Wisconsin's native wildlife, plants and state natural areas. Revenues from the annual donation motorists pay for the plate have played an important role in helping restore bald eagles, trumpeter swans and other once endangered species to Wisconsin.

More than 60 lake association leaders from six northern Wisconsin counties have signed a resolution opposing state legislative actions that eliminated local control of protective shoreline zoning measures.

The resolution was brought up at a meeting in early June by the Lakes and Rivers Associations representing Vilas, Oneida, Forest, Iron, Langlade and Lincoln counties.

CNNF Officials Say Storm Damage Could Take Years to Repair

Aug 25, 2016

  Northern Wisconsin is still recovering from a series of devastating storms that closed major highways and recreational areas nearly a month ago, and forest officials say it could take up to 3 years to complete the restoration.

Forest officials report about 10 million dollars in damage across seven townships in the Great Divide District. Ranger District Mike Martin says most of the damage was done to roads and there’s damage that can’t be fixed.

An open house is set for next Monday at the Manitowish Waters Community Center on the DNR's Draft Powell Marsh Master Plan.

A public comment period on the plan is open until September 9.

Powell Marsh is a 4,800-acre state property known as an open peatland with several small flowages and lakes located in western Vilas county.

The DNR's  Bureau of Law Enforcement is seeking the public's help involving the illegal shooting of three deer in the town of Woodruff early Wednesday morning.

Conservation Warden Tim Ebert gives details...

The widespread loss of bees and other pollinators has plant specialists concerned. Pollinators are essential to maintaining food crops.

Locally, an effort is underway to help return native pollinator habitat. The Oneida County-Three Lakes Pollinator Partnership, along with Oneida county is hosting a free workshop, "Pollinators in the Northwoods" this Friday morning at the Reiter Center in Three Lakes.

Pollinator Project Coordinator, Baerbel Ehrig, says the project has selected four sites along roadways to improve habitat for pollinators...