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.
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.”
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.”
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.
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...
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.
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..