Crews from northern Wisconsin are helping battle the largest wildfire in Washington state’s history.
More than 3000 people have been called in from around the country to combat the Carlton Complex, ablaze that started in mid-July.
Rhinelander resident Suzanne Flory from the U.S. Forest Service is wrapping up a two-week stint at the fire site, serving as a liaison and helping with communication between incident commanders and local government.
The Trout Lake Research Station is inviting the public to step inside a limnologist’s world for an afternoon.
It’s holding an open house this Friday.
Trout Lake Station Director Tim Kratz says the research that scientists do at the station is relevant to a lot of people in the Northwoods.
“And one of the things we want to do is to help communicate some of the results that we’ve found. but also to hear from the community and visitors about what their concerns about lakes are, or what questions they might have.”
Scientists think wild bees can be as helpful in pollinating certain crops as honeybees.
University of Wisconsin Madison grad student Rachel Mallinger is in the Northwoods Monday talking about the value of the state’s native bees. WXPR’s Natalie Jablonski spoke with Mallinger about wild bees and the online identification guide she developed to help people appreciate wild bee diversity.
Mallinger says while honeybees are nonnative, there are hundreds of species of native bees that also help pollinate crops.
In the next installment of "Wildlife Matters", DNR Biologist Jeremy Holtz discusses a wildlife success story: the reintroduction of native elk to the state. But Holtz says this effort was not without struggles...
Jeremy Holtz's commentary "Wildlife Matters". The commentary is also on WXPR.org
Farmers and gardeners are keeping an eye on their potato and tomato crops as a fungal-like disease known as late blight has been discovered in Portage county.
Langlade County Extension Agriculture agent Stephanie Plaster says to date NO late blight has been found there...
".....this disease can kill plants and whole fields in a matter of weeks. It's spread by wind and rain. It really costs the potato farmers and home gardeners a lot of money as it can destroy whole crops...."
A new way of combating invasive smelt is meeting with mixed success – literally – at the end of a two-year study. The Crystal Lake Mixing Project was able to get rid of most of the smelt in Crystal Lake…but not all of it.
The mixing project began two years ago at the University of Wisconsin Madison’s Trout Lake Station. Its main goal was to stir up the layers of Crystal Lake, warming the bottom and making it inhospitable for cold-water-loving smelt, which were harming native populations of walleye and yellow perch.
Oneida County is holding two workshops on the value of maintaining woody habitat along lake shorelines.
Rosie Page from the Oneida County Land and Water Conservation Department says fallen trees and branches provide valuable habitat for fish, birds and other wildlife…but that habitat is being greatly reduced.