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The DNR is hosting a deer management assistance program Saturday at the Conover town hall.

Big Game Section Chief Bob Nack says the meeting is for individuals who are already managing private land for wildlife or those who might be interested...

"...landowners participating in the Deer Management Assistance Program, or DMAP. It's a benefit to them and attend and get some information on managing their property for deer and other wildlife from a variety of professionals giving presentations...."

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Foresters and loggers are harvesting timber in Wisconsin following procedures providing a high rate of water quality protection that  according to monitoring the DNR  conducted of timber harvest practices in 2013 and 2014.

DNR forest hydrologist Dave Kafura says in 2013, monitoring teams visited 75 state and county timber sales and found Forestry Best Management Practices were correctly applied on over 97 percent of state sales and 95 percent on county forests....

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Leaders of the Great Headwaters Trails are inviting the public to their annual meeting next week with the key topic being the construction of the Conover to Phelps bike trail.

GHT President Jeff Currie says crews have begun working on the first 3.2 miles segment of the 11 mile trail...

"....it includes asphalt trial right from Community Park in Conover through the town to Highway 45. It includes a hard surface compressed stone trail on the highway grade parallel to Highway 45 which is pretty much the business district of Conover...."

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Next we have the latest "Field Notes" with Trout Lake aquatic biologist Susan Knight. She tells us she's a foremost expert on one particular plant...

Sen. Johnson Says Timber Agreement "A Good Start"

Aug 10, 2015
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After a successful walleye fishing trip Saturday morning on Trout Lake with a local guide, Sen. Ron Johnson stopped at Paul Bunyan’s Cook Shanty in Minocqua for lunch and to answer a few questions from reporters and others.

The Republican senator was asked about the recent signing of the Good Neighbor Authority (GNA) agreement between the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Forest Service to expand timber harvesting by twenty-five percent in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest.

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A western Wisconsin state legislator is making another attempt at a bill he says will plug a gap in the mining bill that became law in 2013.

Representative Dana Wachs, a Democrat from Eau Claire last year saw his "Save Our Lakes" bill shot down, but says he's looking to bring it back again. The bill would  protect the lakebeds, flowages, and reservoirs from being destroyed, drained, or filled in by iron mining activities.

Wachs says there are minerals under many Wisconsin lakes which could become a target of iron mining interests...

Trout Lake Open House Reveals Much About Lakes

Aug 7, 2015
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At a recent open house for UW Trout Lake Station near Boulder Junction, visitors got to experience research projects "hands on". The annual event  featured  interesting displays telling stories of our lakes  and what is within them.

Vince Butitta, an undergraduate student of Lawrence University and a graduate student of UW Madison’s Center of Limnology,  spoke of his research at the center....

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The DNR and the U.S. Forest Service have announced an agreement where the state and the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest will partner on forest management within the 1.5 million acres of the state's only national forest. It's under the 2014 Farm Bill called Good Neighbor authority.

Under the agreement, the amount of timber offered for harvest that's in an approved plan will increase 25 percent to more than 100 million board feet in 2016.

Forest Supervisor Paul Strong says the extra revenue will be trusted to the state...

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Four student firefighters from the Blackwell Job Corps Center near Laona are on their way to Oregon as part of a Wisconsin interagency firefighting crew.

The U.S. Forest Service oversees the Job Corps Center in Forest county. Forest Service spokesperson Hilary Markin says   the crew left Wisconsin  Monday traveling to Redmond, Oregon, where they will get their assignment....

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DNR  biologists have confirmed cougar sightings last month southwest of Elcho in Langlade County .
 DNR large carnivore specialist Dave MacFarland in Rhinelander says the cat was caught on trail cameras last month...

"....in the past week the DNR has received two different pictures from different land owners of pictures of cougars in Langlade county. Both of those pictures were taken on separate properties, both on the ninth of July..."

He says the public should not be alarmed...

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