Natural Resources

Science and Hydrology
3:23 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Presentations to Examine Penokee Wetlands

Two presentations this week will focus on the wetlands around the Penokee Hills. 

Tracy Hames, Executive Director of Wisconsin Wetlands Association, will be giving a talk in Mercer on Thursday, and Hazelhurst on Friday.

Hames says his group has been researching the hydrology of the Penokee Hills, in hopes of understanding the possible impacts of an iron mine proposed for the area. 

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Penokee Mine One Top Issue
1:44 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Tribes To Talk Mining, Great Lakes Funding With EPA

Gogebic Taconite’s mine proposal isn’t the only topic the state’s Chippewa tribes plan to discuss when they meet with the EPA this week.

Sokaogon Chippewa Community Chairman Chris McGeshick  says the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative is also on the agenda. 

McGeshick says the initiative hopes to focus its dollars within Great Lakes basins, but he hopes to clarify that the tribes can apply for other projects as well.

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Supporting More Cutting
7:30 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Sen. Johnson Tours County, National Forest Lands

Sen. Johnson toured an aspen clear cut in Forest county to see its regeneration.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

Another U.S. Senator was in the Northwoods Tuesday to talk about forestry issues.

Senator Ron Johnson toured Forest County and National forest land with representatives from the Great lakes Timber Professionals. 

Johnson says opportunities for harvesting timber in the Chequamegon Nicolet National Forest are being wasted.  He says he plans to put together some numbers estimating what kind of revenue that forest could generate, and says changes should be made in the way national forest management is funded.

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Federal Authorities Search for Suspect
7:02 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Bayfield County: Three Ospreys, One Owl Dead

Ospreys are federally protected, so shootings of them are rare.
Credit Public Domain Images

An Antigo wildlife rehabilitator says the recent case of several ospreys dead in Bayfield County is a rare situation.

Marge Gibson of the Raptor Education Group says last month her rehab center took in an adult male osprey that had been shot in the wing.  Authorities soon found the ospreys’ abandoned nest and its two chicks. 

“When the bird didn’t come back, the youngsters started calling loudly, doing food begging calls.  They were not old enough to leave the nest by themselves, and finally ended up jumping from the nest just in desperation to be fed.”

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Controversy Over Cutting
6:55 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Sen. Baldwin Tours Laona Sawmill, Voices Support for National Forest Timber Harvest

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin toured Nicolet Hardwoods Monday.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin visited Forest County today to learn about the economic importance of the logging industry. 

Baldwin has supported higher levels of cutting in the Chequamegon Nicolet National Forest, saying she wants the forest to meet its harvest goals. 

“When I hear how a well-vetted plan about how the forests in this area would be managed over the years – when I see that they haven’t even gotten close to achieving those goals, when they’ve been put together with a lot of stakeholder involvement, that’s disappointing and I want to know why.”

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Wildlife Matters
12:17 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Summer is Counting Time for Game Bird Species

Credit Kristie Gianopulos / http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Domesticated_turkey#mediaviewer/File:Baby_turkey_in_FL.jpg

We are wrapping up brood observation time at the DNR. Each year since 1970, DNR employees have been writing down all the game bird broods they see in the course of their day-to-day tasks for ten weeks each summer. 

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DNR training for loggers, foresters
5:01 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

Regrow The Woods By Saving The Woody Biomass

Credit Heikki Valve photo

The DNR is offering a series of training programs to help loggers and foresters determine how much woody debris to leave on the forest floor after logging.

Experts say when trees are removed during logging, nutrients stored in the soil are also carried away. The leftovers are called "woody biomass" and the DNR's Tricia Knoot says the leftovers are valuable for other wood-related industries. She says the goal is to give workers in the woods the info to leave some behind...

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Concern About Downstream Pollution from Mining
4:49 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

Chippewa Tribes Set to Meet With EPA This Weekend

Tribal leaders are headed to Traverse City Michigan this weekend to meet with the federal Environmental Protection Agency. 

Wisconsin’s six Chippewa tribes have asked the EPA to intervene in Gogebic Taconite’s iron mining proposal.  They say Wisconsin’s iron mining  laws don’t do enough to protect crucial downstream resources like wild rice and fish…that are protected in the ceded territory by federal treaty rights. 

Lac du Flambeau chairman Tom Maulson says the tribes are in a unique position to safeguard the environment.

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Boom Lake boat landing
9:43 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

Rhinelander Flowage Invasives Topic Of Meeting Saturday

A meeting has been called Saturday morning in Rhinelander to hear the results of studies on a growing population of terrestrial and aquatic invasive species in the Wisconsin River near Rhinelander.

Called the Rhinelander Flowage, it's the area north of the Philip St. dam by Expera Paper north to McNaughton, including several large bodies of water including Boom Lake.

Scott Eshelman is an organizer of the meeting.....

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Hearing coming to Minocqua
4:26 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

State Looking At Limits On Panfish Take

Credit Wisconsin DNR

Minocqua is one site of three picked by the DNR to get public input on proposed rules to limit the number of panfish taken on 110 lakes, including many in the Northwoods.

Fisheries Manager Section Chief Steve Hewett says the proposed regulations include on some lakes, anglers could keep 25 panfish, but no more than 10 of one species..another option is 15 total fish, but no more than 5 of any species, or 25 but no more than five could be over 7 inches.
Hewett says fishing pressure on the easier-to-catch panfish has led them to notice a trend..

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