Natural Resources

 Forest resource specialists scoped out nearly 250 new sites this year where invasive plant species were found and the U.S. Forest Service is acting quickly; they’ve announced their invasive plant control strategy and they’re asking for your help.

Common invasive plants such as knapweed and leafy spurge stunt tree growth, food and nesting sites for wildlife. The forest service has relied on cutting, pulling, and herbicides and prescribed burns to eliminate invasive plants, but Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest Botanist Marjory Brzeskiewicz says prevention is key…

You can take part in an online chat about the growing black bear population in Wisconsin on the DNR website Thursday(5/19/2016) at noon. DNR big game ecologist Mary Annala says the online chat gives the public a wide area to explore the many aspects of bears...

" this chat is basically for the public to interact with the DNR staff and basically ask questions related to bears, bear management or bear hunting. Anything related to bears we're open to...."

Frog Songs and Ecosystem Resilience

May 18, 2016


DNR Says Keep Wildlife Wild

May 17, 2016
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  The Northwoods is greening up and young wildlife is beginning to emerge making spring an opportune time to observe young critters, but the Keep Wildlife Wild committee is reminding wildlife enthusiasts to watch from a distance. Wildlife Rehabilitator Jeremy Holtz says many species rely on leaving their young unattended to keep danger away. He says never assume an animal is orphaned…

The DNR and consultants are asking for public input as they move forward with the planning process for the Powell Marsh State Wildlife Area.

The area is in western Vilas county and is bounded on three sides by the Northern Highland-American Legion State Forest and the Lac du Flambeau Chippewa tribal lands. Meetings are being held in two weeks in Manitowish Waters. The DNR's property planning section chief Diane Brusoe says the charette process is a multi-day design workshop designed to capture public input...

The tall tales for 2016 begin Saturday as the traditional Wisconsin fishing opener greets anglers.

DNR Northern District Fisheries Supervisor in Woodruff, Mike Vogelsang, says walleyes are the traditional opening weekend fish to seek. He says their surveys find good populations...

".....we've been our actively doing surveys for the last couple of weeks, the dozen or so lakes we've been on right in the area look very well. We work on stocked lakes, naturally reproducing lakes.They all seem to be holding their own right now...."

A sure sign of spring finds facilities on the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest opening for the warm-weather months. Most Trails, campgrounds, picnic areas and boat launches are open for the summer recreation season.

Forest spokesperson Hilary Markin says the weather this spring has enabled the ATV trails to also be open with just one exception...

The private fleet of boats hits the water this weekend with the opening of Wisconsin's inland fishing season. Also out will be volunteers who will help boaters make sure they don't spread aquatic invasive species to otherwise clean waters.

Michele Sadauskas is Oneida County Aquatic Invasive Species Coordinator. She says they work at boat landings to talk to boaters about not spreading the problem...

:....we're out talking to boaters trying to be pro-active. Once invasive species enter a lake it's virtually impossible to eradicate them...."

133rd Arbor Day Celebration

Apr 28, 2016

  April 29 marks the 133rd year of the annual tree celebration known as Arbor Day. The holiday is celebrated the last Friday in April and promotes the natural and economic benefits trees give. Communities, school kids and businesses across the state take part in the celebration by planting trees, and DNR Urban Forestry Team Leader Jeff Roe says the holiday promotes commitment to the study and appreciation of trees and forests….


  Identifying and making road crossings safer for turtles are key parts of a recent DNR conservation strategy to restore and track Wisconsin’s wood turtle population.

DNR Says Leave Young Critters Alone

Apr 26, 2016

  As Wisconsin’s woods green up and young wildlife emerge, the DNR and Keep Wildlife Wild Committee is reminding wildlife enthusiasts to watch critters from a distance. Wildlife Biologist and committee head Dianne Robinson says people assume a young critter in the wild is orphaned, but says mothers leave their young to gather food or to protect them from predators. She says human interaction does more harm than good.


A recent donation by River Valley Bank has helped move the construction of a biking and walking trail between Conover and Phelps forward. River Valley Bank donated $5,000.

Brian Blank is the Great Headwaters Trails capital campaign coordinator. He says the donation helps move trail completion forward...

"We're hopeful and optimistic that in 2016 we'll be able to do section two which is 5.5 miles and then do the remaining 3.5 miles will bring the trail into downtown Phelps. Funding for that will be received in 2017... "

Several Northwoods residents have been honored by the DNR for years of service monitoring area lakes. Dale Jalinski was honored for 30 years of monitoring Bear Lake in Oneida County; Bob Kirshner for the same at Crystal Lake in Forest County and Emden Lake in Oneida County; Tom Rulseh was honored for 30 years of monitoring McDonald Lake in Vilas County and Kay Scharpf for monitoring Franklin Lake in Forest County. The DNR's Carroll Schaal describes the work of the citizen monitors...

Northwoods Land Trust

A thousand foot section of the Wisconsin River north of Rhinelander is going to be preserved after an agreement signed at the Sustainability Fair.

Ann Eshelman and husband Scott have agreed to a conservation easement through the Northwoods Land Trust...

Outrider Foundation

With Earth Day being celebrated April 22, WXPR's Ken Krall had a chance to talk to Tia Nelson about the day her father originated and the impacts today.

Tia Nelson is Managing Director, Climate, for the Outrider Foundation. She previously had worked for the Board of Commissioners of Public Lands and the Nature Conservancy.