Natural Resources

First Round of Recommendations
4:30 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Council Recommends Increasing Oneida County Deer Herd

A citizen's advisory council feels there aren't enough deer in Oneida County.
Credit Michele Woodford / Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Oneida County’s Deer Advisory Council is asking for an increase in the deer herd for the next three years. 

The council met last week to finalize its first round of recommendations to the DNR.

As chair Ed Choinski explains, it will be a few months before the council sets specific recommendations for the number of antlerless permits. 

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Exceeding Federal Standards
11:49 am
Mon December 15, 2014

Expera Works With DNR To Curb Sulfur Dioxide Emissions

Expera Specialty Solutions has until April to make a plan for reducing sulfur dioxide emissions at its Rhinelander paper mill. 

The EPA has flagged the Rhinelander area as a nonattainment area for sulfur dioxide, because the Expera facility is emitting more than the federal standard of 75 parts per billion. 

DNR Air program director Bart Sponseller says the agency is working with Expera to evaluate solutions. 

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Public input on four possible options
3:26 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

DNR Wolf Management Plan Coming In January

Credit en.wikipedia.org

The public is expected to provide input on a  new DNR wolf management plan.

DNR carnivore specialist David MacFarland outlines what the agency will be doing...

"....the Department is in the process of developing a new wolf management plan that will serve as a guide to future management. We're at a point where we're going to be releasing a public draft. That will be done in early January...."

MacFarland says after that will be a public input period which will include written comments on the plan.

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Ice jams cause
3:13 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Flood Waters Appear To Be Ebbing In Menominee County

The situation is improving for residents along the Wolf River at Keshena in Menominee county.

Emergency Management Coordinator for the Menominee Indian Tribe, Ben Warrington says it appears the water has stopped rising at Keshena...

".....it began in late November, around the Thanksgiving weekend, and the reasons for it were some ice dams along the Wolf River. Since the week of Thanksgiving it has gradually begun to rise. Now it is to the point it is beginning to affect some businesses and homes in the downtown area...."

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Responding to Established Presence
3:02 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

Natural Resources Board May Downgrade EAB Invasive Classification

The emerald ash borer is present in about half of Wisconsin's counties.
Credit USDA

The DNR wants to lessen statewide restrictions on the invasive emerald ash borer.

The Natural Resources Board will consider Wednesday whether to downgrade the beetle’s classification from Prohibited to Restricted. 

Chief state forester Paul DeLong says it’s an acknowledgment that emerald ash borer is already established in Wisconsin. 

“The fact that you have it, have emerald ash borer on your property for example – you no longer have to work to get rid of it necessarily.  What we’re trying to prevent is its spreading by humans.” 

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Long discussed changes
3:20 pm
Sun December 7, 2014

State Board To Rule On Invasive Species Changes

Credit en.wikipedia.org

The state Natural Resources Board will decide Wednesday on revisions to the state's invasive species rule..
Vilas County's Invasive Species Coordinator Ted Ritter says the changes in both the land and water invasive rules have been talked about for a long time. Dozens of species are being categorized. Ritter says one plant has drawn attention....

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Substantial Drop Attributed To Winterkill
5:26 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Northern Wisconsin Harvests Twenty Percent Fewer Bucks

Last year's harsh winter may have impacted this year's gun-deer harvest.
Credit Michele Woodford / Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Harvest totals from the gun-deer season in northern Wisconsin were down even more than the state average.

Statewide, hunters shot 9 percent fewer bucks than last year, but up north the harvest was 21 percent lower. 

Though there were some challenging weather conditions during this year’s nine-day gun season, DNR Wildlife Biologist Jeremy Holtz says the major factor has been last winter’s extreme cold and snow. 

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How People Use and Value Road System
5:20 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Forest Road Study Extends Comment Period

The Chequamegon-Nicolet is giving people more time to comment on how they value forest service roads.
Credit Hilary Markin / USFS

People have about another month to give feedback on how they use the nine thousand miles of roads in the Chequamegon Nicolet National Forest. The comment period for a study on those roads is being extended until the end of December. 

Spokesperson Hilary Markin says the study hopes to gain specific information about which roads are important to people.                    

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After Muzzle-Loader Season Wraps Up
4:06 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

Snowmobile Riders Wait for Trail Opener

While trails aren't open yet, authorities warn snowmobilers to beware of crossing thin ice on lakes.
Credit Joe Ross

Snowmobilers are awaiting the opening of trail systems, which is still at least ten days away. 

Oneida County Forester John Bilagon says agreements with private landowners dictate the trails can’t open until after the muzzle-loader deer season. 

“Then of course we have to have adequate conditions to open the trail.  Typically that means both a combination of snow cover and frozen conditions.”  

Early snow that’s insulating some marshes could be a challenge for snowmobile clubs who want trails to open as soon as possible. 

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Cooperative's Annual Meeting
1:00 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

Forestry Conference To Discuss Conservation Economics

Credit Joshua Mayer

Partners In Forestry Landowner Cooperative is having its annual meeting Saturday in Boulder Junction. 

  Part of the meeting will be a session open to the public discussion on the Economics of Land Conservation. Ken Krall spoke to Director Joe Hovel about some topics during the public session.

The Partners in Forestry Landowner Cooperative meeting is Saturday at the Big Bear Hideaway in Boulder Junction. You can contact Hovel at 715-479-8528 or the Partners In Forestry website for more information.

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