Natural Resources

Wild Instincts

  A Rhinelander man’s instincts led him to his lifelong passion and career, but he’s also put Rhinelander on the map as one of the top rehab centers in the country.  

Mark Naniot has been mending orphaned and injured wildlife for nearly 40 years, and is the rehab director for Wild Instincts in Rhinelander.

Big Portage Lake Rezone Supported Over Objections

19 hours ago

After a public hearing, the Vilas County zoning committee recommended approval, in a split vote, to
rezone a parcel on Big  Portage Lake in Land O' Lakes from single family residential to residential lodging that would allow less than 30 days rental over the objections of the Land O ' Lakes town board, town
planning committee, and lake association.

Credit Iron County Sheriff's Department

It might be awhile before parts of northwestern Wisconsin get back to normal after heavy rains caused main roads to be washed out.

The National Weather Service in Duluth says Saxon in Iron county had the highest rain total from Monday's storms, more than 9 inches of rain.

Iron County Highway Commissioner Mike Swartz says a main artery in the Northwoods has been washed out....

Our Forests and Sustainability

Jul 12, 2016

  For this month’s edition of Field Notes, Scott Bowe of Kemp Natural Resources Station talks about the importance of the forest industry and the ecological role it plays when it comes to our forest’s well-being.  

Scott Bowe has taken over Tom Steele’s position at Kemp Station as well as his position in the rotation for Field Notes.

A moose has been harvested on the Lac du Flambeau reservation.

On the tribe's Facebook page, a statement reads:

" On Wednesday morning at approximately 1:00 am, a moose was shot by a tribal member on the Lac du Flambeau Reservation. The police department was dispatched, and the incident was investigated. The Tribal Conservation Department and the Wisconsin DNR were contacted. The Wisconsin DNR noted that the Tribe has jurisdiction in this issue. Due to the rarity of moose in this area the Tribe does not condone hunting of moose.

Next we here from Bob Martini, a leader of the Oneida County Lakes and Rivers Association.

The group is out with a publicatin  called "Doing the Right Thing For Our Lakes and Rivers". Martini was a long time DNR water quality specialist and was a former Oneida County Board member. He talks about the group's goal of putting short essays about water quality in the hands of voters to better understand the issues concerning Northwoods Waters. He spoke with WXPR's Ken Krall...

Bob Martini of the Oneida County Lakes and Rivers Association.

Fireworks cause a substantial number of fires and a DNR specialist adds to the voices to let the professionals do the fireworks this holiday weekend.

DNR wildfire prevention specialist Catherine Koele, says fireworks are illegal in Wisconsin state parks and forests. She says even though this year has had moisture and the fire danger is lower than most years, the majority of fires during the year are caused by legal fireworks...

When Governor Walker signed the last budget in took away from counties the ability to set stricter regulatory limits on shoreland zoning than DNR rules.

Proponents said it gave uniformity to shoreland protections statewide, rather than each county setting rules and gave more property rights to shoreland homeowners. Opponents said it was a threat to water quality with the potential for more density of dwellings on lakes.

The July 4th holiday is traditionally one of the busiest boating times of the year. Lots of folks are going to be out trying to stop invasive species from going from one body of water to another.

This will be the DNR's 8th  annual invasive species landing blitz.

DNR aquatic invasive species communications specialist Tim Campbell says the effort focuses on reaching the largest number of boaters....

The Great Lakes Wolf Summit is set for September 15 in Cumberland, Wisconsin. The summit was called by two Republican legislators, State Senator Tom Tiffany of Hazelhurst and Representative Adam Jarchow.

 The Chequamegon Nicolet National Forest is looking for volunteers this summer. Opportunities are available for anyone interested in helping take care of our natural resources. Forest spokesperson, Hilary Markin...


Nicolet  college is launching a new, two-year Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse associate degree program this fall. The 64-credit program will train students to treat people struggling with drug, alcohol, and other issues. Dean of Health occupations at Nicolet College, Lenore  Blemke, says students with this degree will be able to help people in the community.

Crews are cleaning up a fuel spill in Minocqua that could have been much worse.

Thursday a fuel tanker became disengaged from it's tractor and spilled about 2,500 gallons of diesel fuel into a wetland on county Highway "J".

A Haz-Mat team contained the fuel to the wetland. Emergency responders quickly worked to contain the spill. Reports indicate responders think they will get almost all of the fuel out of the wetland by this weekend. They report weather has been favorable to keep the fuel from spreading out of the wetland, as it likely would in a heavy rain event.

 Surveys conducted this spring show that the ruffed grouse population cycle is beginning to trend upwards. DNR Upland Wildlife Ecologist, Mark Witecha says the population of grouse  in our area has grown more than the rest of the state.

The state Natural Resources Board has approved the purchase of 120 acres from the Johnson Heritage Trust Company of Rhinelander for about a quarter-million dollars for the Upper Wolf River Fishery Area east of Elcho in Langlade county.

The Upper Wolf River in Langlade County has been classified as an Outstanding Resource Water.

The DNR's Doug Haag outlines the parcel...