Natural Resources

Thousands Help at Carlton Complex
6:31 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Northwoods Residents Help at Washington Blaze

Suzanne Flory/Submitted photo

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. 

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Area Primarily Used by Hunters
6:23 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

DNR Taking Comment on Woodboro Lakes ATV Trail Plan

The DNR is considering allowing ATVs and UTVs on a trail in the Woodboro Lakes Area.
Credit Wisconsin DNR

Members of the public will have a chance to comment on an ATV trail proposed for the Woodboro Lakes Area.

The Nokomis ATV Club has asked for an ATV/UTV trail through the 3-thousand acre property that’s about 10 miles west of Rhinelander. 

DNR Wildlife biologist Jeremy Holtz says a DNR analysis of the plan finds it feasible if certain conditions are met.

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Meet Your Local Limnologists
4:35 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Trout Lake Station to Welcome Public for Open House

UW Madison's Trout Lake Research Station is hosting an open house.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

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.”

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Diversity of Species
11:00 am
Sun July 27, 2014

Hundreds of Native Bee Species Can Also Pollinate Crops

Metallic green sweat bees are one category of native bees in Wisconsin.
Credit Beatriz Moisset / http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Halictidae#mediaviewer/File:Augochloropsis_metallica_female.jpg

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. 

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Wildlife Matters
4:03 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Elk Herd Size Could Eventually Lead To A Hunt

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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

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Seen in Portage county
2:44 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Late Blight A Threat To Potato, Tomato Crops

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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...."

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Exploration, Data Gathering Continues
1:45 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

DNR Approves More Exploratory Drilling in Penokees

Gogebic Taconite can continue with exploratory drilling this summer. 

The DNR has authorized the mining company to drill six additional holes, and approved its request to renew two exploration licenses within a 4-mile area of the Penokee Range.   

The DNR has also granted a stormwater permit so the company can make improvements to an existing road used to access some of the drill sites.

The DNR originally granted the first license in May of last year, and the second one in January.  GTac has already drilled more than 20 holes in the proposed iron mine site area. 

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Warming Up Cold Water Habitat
2:00 pm
Sun July 13, 2014

Mixing Experiment Helps Remove Ninety Percent of Invasive Smelt From Crystal Lake

The contraptions used to mix Crystal Lake are called GELIs, short for "Gradual Lake Entrainment Inverters."
Credit Colin Smith / Trout Lake Station

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.

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Year Two Walleye Initiative
3:46 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

DNR Names Lakes Selected For Walleye Stocking

A former walleye fingerling
Credit Oakley Originals-Flickr

The DNR is out with a list of lakes  to be stocked with walleyes from the upgraded walleye stocking program.

Last year, the state funded the Walleye Initiative, designed to breed larger walleye fingerlings. The larger fish are believed to have a higher survivability rate than smaller fish.

DNR northern fisheries supervisor Steve Avelallemant says the public provided input on what bodies of water needed more stocking. The state reviewed the input and now has a listing...

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Keeping Shorelines Wild
11:00 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Fish Sticks and Half-Submerged Logs: Restoring Woody Shorelines

Fallen trees and branches provide valuable habitat for wildlife.
Credit Matthew Rethaber / WXPR News

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. 

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