Property owners on the Little Rice Flowage near Crandon will be seeing lower water levels earlier than usual. The DNR will draw down water levels one to two feet this week…to prepare for some major dam repairs.
DNR Wildlife biologist Jeremy Holtz says the existing structure was built in the 1930s, and it’s difficult to operate.
Forests in the Northwoods and Upper Peninsula may look different in the next century thanks to a warming climate. Anew report from the U.S. Forest Service predicts fewer of some types of conifers and more hardwoods in northern forests.
The state’s six Chippewa tribes are again waiting to hear whether a federal judge will allow tribal members to hunt deer at night in the ceded territory.
The issue was first in the courts more than twenty years ago, and in 1991 a judge ruled that the traditional practice of hunting deer by night would be too dangerous for the public in off-reservation lands.
With the fall season officially upon us…many people may be experiencing some bittersweet feelings about the transition towards winter. In today’s Wildlife Matters, DNR Wildlife Biologist Jeremy Holtz shares his reflections on the end of a relatively cool season…that he argues shouldn’t be considered a summer at all.
A land swap in the Upper Peninsula that turns Wildcat Falls over to private hands is set to move forward.
In a lawsuit over the issue, a federal judge has ruled in favor of the U.S. Forest Service, saying the agency did adequately assess the impacts of a trade known as the Delich Land Exchange…that opponents argue isn’t in the public interest.
Christine Handler, Forest Planner for the Ottawa National Forest, says the original trade holds, with Forest Service gaining more than 400 acres.
The Ottawa National Forest has a new forest supervisor.
Linda Jackson has been on the job since late August.
She comes most recently from Arizona, where she worked as a District Ranger on the Prescott National Forest. She has also worked on national forests in Utah and Nevada.
Jackson says management challenges in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula are different than on western forests. She says managers have to take into account how natural features and forest compositions interact with multiple uses like timber harvesting and recreation.