Natural Resources

Clean Boats, Clean Water
4:34 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

Film Crew Looks at Oneida County Efforts to Combat Invasives

Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

A Chicago-­based documentary production crew will be in Rhinelander this weekend to look at the effort here to stop aquatic invasive species. Oneida County AIS Coordinator Michele Sadauskas(sah­dows'­kuss) says the documentary is called "Making Waves: ­­Battle For The Great Lakes"... 

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Ordinance to be updated
2:33 pm
Tue August 5, 2014

Group Wants OC Shoreland Protection Discussion

Bob Martini of the Oneida County Lakes and Rivers Association discusses an effort by the group to engage the public in a discussion concerning shoreland protection.

Bob Martini from Oneida County Lakes and Rivers Association.

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Concurrent with Archery Season
1:38 pm
Tue August 5, 2014

New Crossbow Licenses Already Popular Among Deer Hunters

Hunters now have the option of shooting deer with crossbows.
Credit Michele Woodford / Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

More deer hunters will be able to shoot with a crossbow this deer season.  In fact, the licenses are available to any qualified hunter. 

Until now, only disabled hunters were eligible to shoot with a crossbow.

DNR Warden Supervisor Dave Walz in Woodruff says Walz says some groups opposed expanding the crossbow hunt, fearing it made things too easy compared to a traditional bow and arrow. 

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Wildlife Matters
11:57 am
Tue August 5, 2014

A Woodpecker That Rarely Pecks Wood

Northern flickers are in the woodpecker family, but they act quite differently than many woodpeckers.
Credit Dick Daniels /

Next, DNR wildlife biologist Jeremy Holtz talks about the woodpecker that doesn't act like a woodpecker...

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Several blazes still rage
9:49 am
Mon August 4, 2014

Wisconsin Crews Still Assisting On Western Fires

The Carlton Complex blaze burned over a quarter million acres in Washington state; meanwhile other fires rage throughout the Northwest.
Credit Suzanne Flory / Submitted photo

Two Wisconsin fire crews are returning home from helping battle the Carlton Complex blaze in Washington state.  But two other crews are still stationed out west. 

Jim Grant in Rhinelander is Forest Fire Management Officer for the Chequamegon Nicolet National Forest and the Ottawa National Forest.

He says the 20-person crews are made up of personnel from a variety of state and federal agencies, like the Forest Service and Bureau of Indian Affairs.   

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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 /

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


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

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