Natural Resources

Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest

Only a few roads in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest remain to be repaired as hunters return in mass for the Gun Deer Season.

Forest spokesperson Hilary Markin says more than 300 miles of road and trail since the July 11 storm event...

"....we've got most of our roads open, we're down to just 9 portions of roads that are closed and a couple of those are bridges that were washed out. We've worked really hard since July to restore all those services to get people back out in the forest..."

Tiffany Asking Baldwin To Join Wolf Delisting Effort

Nov 19, 2016
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A Northwoods Senate Republican is again pushing to have states regain control of their wolf populations. And this time, he hopes to convince a leading Democrat to get on board.

Senator Tom Tiffany of Hazelhurst says the federal courts and Congress need to stop what he calls "ping ponging" -- moving Upper Midwest wolves on and off the federal endangered list as was done in recent years.

Wisconsin's 2016 gun deer hunt begins Saturday morning. Ken Krall spoke with DNR wildlife biologist Jeremy Holtz about the prospect for the hunt, safety, and how this hunt will be different in the Northwoods. We'll start with Jeremy Holtz...

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Last year, the legislature directed the DNR to find ways to increase the allowable acreage for forest productivity from the state forests.

A DNR spokesperson says public comment on the variances is open until the end of the month.

The DNR's Carmen Hardin is Forest Management Bureau Director. She says the DNR is in the process of getting public comment on the proposed variances, which means a larger amount of acreage in the forests would be available for forest production...

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Outdoor recreation with a focus on the Heal Creek property on Rhinelander's far west side will be discussed Wednesday afternoon with public input sought.

Joel Knutson was instrumental in striking a compromise deal that led to the Hodag Sports Club and the city of Rhinelander splitting the 272 acre parcel next to Northwood Golf Course.

Knutson says he called the meeting to give the public an update on progress on Heal Creek and other properties...

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A new recreation area north of Rhinelander could be ready for snowshoeing this winter and have a disc golf facility ready sometime next fall.

That's the word from Pete Cody of Newbold, one of the leaders hoping to open the new Newbold Outdoor Recreation Area yet this winter...

" this time the stumps have been ground, the fairways are being leveled and the boardwalks are in on the snowshoe-hiking trail, so we're all set to go and we hope to recommend to the Newbold town board to open the hiking trail for snowshoeing...."

Report Finds Sharp Drop In EWM in Eagle Chain

Nov 15, 2016
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Going from 300 acres of heavy Eurasian Water Milfoil infestation to less than 20 acres after treatments on the lower Eagle River chain of lakes costing over $1.5 million since 2007, the project will change from treatment to managing according to a summary report to commission members from the towns of Washington, Lincoln, Cloverland, and city of Eagle River by project manager Eddie Heath of Onterra LLC.

DNR Sued Over High Capacity Wells

Nov 14, 2016
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MADISON, Wis. - The increase in the number of high-capacity wells across the state, particularly in Central Wisconsin, is draining lakes, threatening the state's outstanding trout streams and impacting private wells, according to Clean Wisconsin, the state's largest environmental group.

Clean Wisconsin recently filed nine lawsuits against the state's Department of Natural Resources demanding the agency review the effects of these wells on nearby bodies of water.


The city of Rhinelander has received an award from a national boating organization for its new Boyce Drive boat landing. City officials along with DNR representatives presented the award to Mayor Dick Johns.

The boat landing is on the former DNR Ranger Station property where the Pelican and Wisconsin Rivers meet.

The DNR's Ann Loechler says the national States Organization of Boating Access, or SOBA, thought Rhinelander's project was outstanding for a small boat landing. She says there were many engineering challenges...

Under the Big Pine

Nov 8, 2016

In this month’s edition of Field Notes, Scott Bowe from the University of Madison’s Kemp Natural Resources Station schools us about what “under the big pine” really means…

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A $5,000 reward has been offered for information about the death of a bald eagle, two ravens and a raccoon this summer in the town of Pine Lake north of Rhinelander.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife spokesperson Tina Shaw says the dead birds and raccoon were found in July...

"...we got the information back from our forensic lab showing the raccoon carcass had been laced with a carbofuran and the birds had ingested that while scavenging on the raccoon...."

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The DNR is offering an online tool to help people find where deer baiting and feeding activities are banned due to the discovery of Chronic Wasting Disease.

DNR wildlife section chief Tami Ryan says there are 43 counties affected by CWD. Those are the same counties where baiting and feeding of deer is prohibited. She says the agency has an online tool to help hunters and the public know where the affected areas are located....

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The DNR is again asking successful Northwoods deer hunters to help them out to track Chronic Wasting Disease.

Oneida, Forest and Vilas counties will see DNR staff will be sampling deer in those counties in addition to Oconto county in areas around two CWD-positive captive deer facilities.

Wildlife health section chief Tami Ryan says the Northwoods CWD problem is new and they would like hunters to help with the study...

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An attorney for the Carlin Lake Association, Inc. is mounting a legal fight to stop a water bottling company from drawing water from a private well on the Carlin Club property in Presque Isle.

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Businesses that burn used oil in space heaters are reminded by DNR officials that there are requirements and limitations in burning the waste oil.

DNR Waste Materials Management Coordinator Ann Coakley says used oil can be used under certain conditions...

"....used oil is banned from landfills in Wisconsin. It has to be collected for recycling. One of the ways to recycle it is to use it for energy recovery. However, the oil needs to be 'on-spec' in order to burn it in a space heater...."