Natural Resources

Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest

Folks who use the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest will likely have to wait a little longer this year thanks to the heaping helpings of snow we still have.

The Forest office announced this week the opening of recreation trails and campgrounds will be delayed. Forest spokesperson Tim Vetter says the lingering winter is to blame...

Vilas County CDAC Asks For Lower Antlerless Kill

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Recognizing the late April snow dumping has put added pressure on deer survival, the Vilas County Deer Advisory Council (CDAC) voted last Monday to reduce its preliminary recommendation to harvest 1,000 antlerless deer down to 500 on a 4-2 vote. Simon

Mother Nature's snow wrath felt by northern Wisconsin residents might be difficult on animals not yet adapted to our changeable weather. While amounts varied, the general consensus was the Northwoods picked up at least 20 inches of snow this past weekend, with some points in eastern Wisconsin getting 30 inches of snow.

DNR wildlife biologist for Vilas county, Michele Woodford says the birds coming north are the ones feeling the brunt of the snow...

Wisconsin DNR

A rare bird that ornithologists are trying to attract to Vilas county has been de-listed from the federal list of threatened and endangered species. The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service announced recently  its plans to remove Kirtland's Warbler from the list.

DNR conservation biologist Davin Lopez says the warbler is a success story. At one point there were just a couple hundred birds living in Michigan, now more than 2,000 are known to exist in Michigan, Wisconsin and Ontario.

Lopez says Vilas county has the right habitat to attract a viable population...

Friends of the Kinni

Wisconsin News Connection is here.

RIVER FALLS, Wis. - The Kinnickinic River is at the heart of River Falls, Wisconsin, and offers visitors to the Twin Cities area opportunities for trout fishing, kayaking and more.

But advocates for the Kinnickinic say the two dams on the river put its health in jeopardy, and it's on a list of 10 "most endangered" rivers, compiled by the group American Rivers.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

More snow and cold this weekend raises the concern that the continuing thick ice on many Northwoods lakes could lead to problems with fish kills.

DNR northern fisheries manager Mike Vogelsang in Woodruff says the added snow is not a bonus for the fish...

"....we're already starting with a couple of feet of snow on the ground and adding this snow along with very thick ice, it wouldn't surprise me a bit if we had some winterkill issues this spring...."

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The state Natural Resources Board heard a lake management plan that they labeled as a success story for the Powell Marsh's Dead Pike Lake in the town of Manitowish Waters.

The plan focuses on the reduction of iron and phosphorus by stopping the loading of those components into the lake. Dead Pike Lake water quality has been damaged by iron floc, draining off an area where a failed experiment to bring in a goose population took place in the 1950's.Several residents of the lake said their property values are diminishing as the water quality gets worse from the iron.

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The bird songs continue to increase as winter turns to spring and our migratory bird species return to claim their territory.

In this episode of Wildlife Matters, the Masked Biologist examines bird migration in relation to their nesting ground selection.

Bureau of Land Management

Following more than 22 years of elk management and reintroduction efforts, 2018 will mark Wisconsin's first-ever managed elk hunt.

This week at the state Natural Resources Board meeting, a DNR ecologist will outline that hunt. Elk died out in Wisconsin in the 1800's due to over-hunting and a rapid decline in habitat. Historic records show elk once inhabited at least 50 of the state's 72 counties. An attempt at bringing elk back to the state in the 1930s failed because of poaching and the last four elk were reportedly killed in 1948.

Three Spring Beauties

Apr 10, 2018
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In this episode of Field Notes, Susan Knight gives us three reasons to look forward to spring.

I am a huge fan of winter.  But once the snow is clearly on its way out, who doesn’t start thinking about spring?  And what says spring better than … skunk cabbage?

Joint Base San Antonio

The 8th Annual Sustainability Fair is set for Earth Day, April 22,  from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Nicolet College in Rhinelander.

The theme for this year's fair is "Sustainability: Where You'd Least Expect To Find It".

Ken Krall spoke with coordinator Ann Munninghoff-Eshelman about how the fair started, the concept behind sustainability, and some of this year's highlights... Bones64

The recent snow has begun to put another level of stress on the Northwoods deer herd.

DNR wildlife biologist Jeremy Holtz in Rhinelander says the most recent state index ending in March put much of Northwoods below the level that impacts deer.

But the heavy snows and the deeper cold at night have likely pushed that index toward the moderate level...

"...especially in terms of late-winter snowfall. It took us over the 18" mark in the woods and it's going to be pretty tough on the deer until the snow we just received begins to reduce again...."

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There are many different signals that spring has arrived. In today’s episode of Wildlife Matters, the Masked Biologist talks about a regional favorite—sugaring.

National Park Service

County Deer Advisory Councils will release their preliminary antlerless deer quota, permit level, and season structure recommendations for the 2018 deer hunting season this week.

Antlerless quota recommendations and hunter success rates from previous hunts help determine the number of antlerless tags available for this year's deer hunting season, and help the DNR and councils work to reach deer population objectives within their county.

DNR big game ecologist Kevin Wallenfang says the recommendations are designed to get feedback...

Trees For Tomorrow in Eagle River is again offering the public the opportunity to purchase trees from  them. Spokesperson Juli Welnetz says offering the public seedlings to plant on their property continues a long tradition...

" They're about two year old seedlings, they're not bare-root, they're in a dirt plug. It goes back to the history of Trees for Tomorrow. We're coming up on 74 years of TFT and we're beginnings were helping landowners reforest after the cutover...."