Natural Resources

The public is invited to review an updated Master Plan for the Willow Flowage in western Oneida county.

DNR Property Manager Tom Schockley says public comment was taken and the agency now has a revision to the plan available for further public review, including the stakeholders, tribal governments and local units of government. He says the public has voiced concerns...

Researchers at the UW Center for Limnology Trout Lake Station near Boulder Junction are inviting the public to their annual open house Friday afternoon.

Trout Lake Station Director Tim Kratz...

"....we welcome the public to come and see the kinds of research projects we are doing, talk with some of the scientists that are involved. Be able to see various exhibits, including some of the aquatic plants, animals and fish that live in our lakes...."

Next week the University of Wisconsin-Extension Oneida County, in partnership with the U-W Alumni Association and Wisconsin Public Television, is hosting the Northern Lights Tour.

"Wednesday Nite at  the Lab" features local researchers talking about their investigations and inventions that are changing how we look at life and how we lead our lives.

Oneida County Extension Family Living Educator Sara Richie says  one speaker is  Jeffrey Endelman, UW lead researcher at the Rhinelander Ag Research Station...

A training for new volunteers is set for Thursday in Rhinelander for a program that takes seniors, youth, the disabled  and veterans out on fishing excursions.

The Rhinelander chapter of  "Lets Go Fishing" needs people to learn to be captains and mates says spokesperson Neal Baudhuin. He says they will begin with a morning training session at the Oneida County Senior Center then move to the water....

Some lands  outside the Northern Highland-American Legion State Forest are among the parcels the DNR has put up for sale.

In the last budget, the legislature said the state had to put up for sale at least 10,000 acres of state-owned property located outside the scope of state project boundaries.

The DNR's Steve Miller says this includes some property outside the Northern Highland land and some land in Lincoln county. He says you can find the listings on the DNR website...

Biologists say habitat preservation is critical to preserving wildlife. The DNR reports turkey, pheasant and waterfowl hunters contributions have led to large increases in habitat preservation.

More than 500,000 acres of land have been restored for both turkey and pheasant hunters each  says DNR ecologist Krista McGinley.....

"....over three-quarters of pheasand and turkey stamp revenues has gone to restoring, maintaining habitat for those species in the state..."

You might have a curious plant in your yard or something by your lake home which looks wierd. Several Northwoods agencies are hosting an Invasive Species ID Day at various locations.

Vilas County Invasive Species Coordinator Cathy Higley says the public can bring in anything to be examined by an invasive species specialist...

"....if you're wondering, 'what is this?', you can bring it to one of those locations. We'll help ID it and give some background information on how it can affect your property or your lake...."

Invasive Faucet snails have been discovered in Elton Creek in Langlade county and the DNR hopes stream users help keep the critter from spreading.

DNR Aquatic Invasive Species Coordinator Bob Wakeman say the Faucet snails out-compete native snails. While some people might think this is a small problem, Wakeman says the snails could mean bigger problems for other species...

It smells like a campfire, but the smoky smell across the Northwoods has  international, national and meteorological reasons.

A large number of wildfires in Canada and Alaska have pumped massive amounts of smoke into the atmosphere. If you've watched the moon or sun set or rise, you've seen  a reddish haze and a cloudy atmosphere caused by the smoke.

While smoke from fires out west is not new in the Northwoods, residents in the Minocqua, Boulder Junction and Eagle River were particularly tweaked by the smoke which swooped down Monday night.

A spokesperson for the state chapter of the Humane Society of the United States says they're disappointed in last week's action by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service about wolf classification.