Natural Resources

Travelers coming north
3:49 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

Silent Sports Study Shows Large Impact in North

Credit en.wikipedia.org

A recent study shows the increasing economic impact of silent sports in northern Wisconsin.

The report was authored by three UW-Extension researchers, a bicycle industry consultant and a former graduate student.

The study surveyed Ashland, Bayfield and Sawyer counties in 2012. The authors administered a year-long set of surveys.

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Public Access Controversy
5:31 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

Activists Test Limits of 600' Restricted Zone

Credit Andy Arthur

Groups of snowshoers continue to traverse areas where Gogebic Taconite is drilling and sampling.  

A new law forbids the public from coming within 600 feet of equipment and roads used for iron mining.   But those opposed to the measure say it’s designed to hide environmental damage from the public. 

Paul DeMain organized a recent trip to the Tyler Forks.  He says some activists are hoping for a citation, in hopes of challenging the law in court.

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Comment period, open house set
3:25 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

ATV Club Wants To Run Trail Through Woodboro Lakes Area

Woodboro Lakes Wildlife Area
Credit Wisconsin DNR

The Nokomis ATV Club is asking for an ATV/UTV trail to be allowed across the southeast portion of the Woodboro Lakes Wildlife Area off Highway "K" west of Rhinelander. The DNR is holding an open house to get public input on the proposed trail.

DNR Woodboro Lakes Wildlife Area manager Jeremy Holtz...

 

"....so we're asking folks to get more information, learn about the request, attend the meeting and share their opinions..."

 

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Public Comment Period Underway
3:09 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Northwoods Waters Listed On Impaired Waters List

A Northwestern Wisconsin lake.
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The DNR is out with an update list of waters that are listed as having too much pollution in them. They are also asking for public comment on the list.

Water Resources Management Specialist Aaron Larson told Ken Krall says states are required by the EPA to develop this list every other year.

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Surviving Cold Temperatures
12:05 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

Deer Population, Hunt Could Suffer This Winter

Deep snow and cold temperatures tap winter energy reserves.
Credit Rennett Stowe

The harsh winter we’re experiencing could affect this year’s deer hunting season.  Biologists are predicting low numbers of antlerless permits to give the deer population a chance to rebound. 

DNR Big Game Specialist Kevin Wallenfang says deer are well adapted for cold, but it still takes a toll. 

“A year like this, where we started in November – their fat reserves were being taxed very early in the year.  We’ve had very cold temperatures, very deep snow – all of the things that can hurt them kind of are going on right now.” 

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Slowly moving into Northwoods
4:41 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

Stopping Land Invasives Focus Of Upcoming Meeting

Phragmites
Credit commons.wikimedia.org

Groups are meeting next month to try to stop the spread of invasive land plants in the Northwoods.

The Wisconsin Headwaters Invasive Partnership is hosting an open-to-the public meeting at Trees for Tomorrow in Eagle River.

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Spreading to Nearby States
3:00 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

DNR On Alert for Potential Bat Disease

The above little brown bat affected with white nose syndrome was found in Greenley Mine, Vermont.
Credit Marvin Moriarty / US Fish and Wildlife Service

Biologists are on the lookout for signs of a spreading fungus that could affect bats in Wisconsin.  

Signs of the deadly white nose syndrome have been found in neighboring states and as close as 30 miles from the Wisconsin border, but haven’t yet appeared here. 

DNR Conservation Biologist Paul White says preventative measures may have helped.  All cave bats in Wisconsin are listed as threatened, and officials enforce decontamination procedures at public caving sites. 

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Private camps, CNNF remain 25 miles
5:14 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

Board Tightens Ring On Firewood Purchases

Buy campfire wood locally
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The state Natural Resources Board voted unanimously in favor of key provisions to change the state's hunting culture -- changes drafted by Texas researcher James Kroll. One key provision eliminates in-person deer registrations at places like bars and gas stations, in favor of online and phone registrations.. Other changes include a reduction in deer management units, the creation of county committees to advise state wildlife experts on deer population goals.

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Traditional Method Less Efficient
4:16 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

Electronic Deer Registration Could Hurt Tavern Business, Owners Argue

A proposed switch to electronic deer registration has some business owners up in arms.
Credit Ken Thomas

The state Natural Resources Board will consider new rules tomorrow for how the state handles deer registration.  But some tavern owners are complaining the rules will hurt business.       

      

The governor’s so-called deer czar James Kroll has recommended a switch to registering deer online or by phone, instead of in person like at a gas station or bar. 

Steve Moran owns Moran’s Landing in Nokomis.  He says registration brings in a sizable portion of business during deer season. 

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Better-Suited for Northwoods Conditions
3:45 pm
Mon January 20, 2014

Never Too Early to Plan for Native Flowers, Grasses, Trees

Black-eyed susans are one of a variety of native species encouraged by Iron County natural resources officials.
Credit Jack W. Pearce

It’s still the middle of winter - but for some gardeners it’s not too early to look ahead to spring.  

The Iron County Land and Water Conservation Department runs a program to promote native plants for gardens and yards.  The program includes a mid-winter sale, where gardeners can pre-order native varieties for pick-up in May or June.  WXPR’s Natalie Jablonski spoke to the department’s Heather Palmquist about the native plants program.  

Palmquist says native plants are well-suited for Northwoods growing conditions. 

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