Natural Resources

More than Just Footprints in the Snow
9:27 am
Wed January 8, 2014

Wolf Trackers: Gathering All the Clues

Wisconsin’s rising wolf population has sparked controversy over the years.  It’s also sparked a one-of-a-kind program for keeping tabs on those wolves…a volunteer carnivore tracking program run by the DNR. 

These citizen trackers are quietly helping create one of the best tracking datasets on wolves in the world. 

"So the idea is, pattern on the ground, visualization in the mind, any questions on that?"

Read more
Carnivores in the Northwoods
4:00 am
Tue January 7, 2014

Wolves, Cougars and Bears, Oh My

Bear hunting is popular in Wisconsin, with record numbers being harvested last year.
Credit http://www.flickr.com/photos/lazymonkey/348519518/

Dave MacFarland is a large carnivore specialist with the Wisconsin DNR.  He coordinates the state’s wolf and bear management plan, plus its cougar response team.  

He’s also the guest at this week’s Science on Tap discussion at the Minocqua Brewing Company.  WXPR’s Natalie Jablonski spoke with him about what carnivore management looks like in the state.  

Read more
Fifteen Extra Holes
3:56 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

GTac Applies for More Exploratory Drilling

Gogebic Taconite has proposed drilling 15 exploratory holes in Iron and Ashland counties.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

Gogebic Taconite wants to drill more exploratory holes in the Penokee Hills this winter.  The mining company has applied for a permit to drill an additional 15 holes. 

The holes would be about 2 and a half inches in diameter, with depths ranging from 280 feet to almost 1500.   GTac drilled eight similar holes last summer.    DNR mining project lead Larry Lynch says these holes would be in different areas of the Penokee Range.

Read more
One of few requests picked
5:17 pm
Sun December 22, 2013

Packers Foundation Helps Fund Northwoods Trails

Green Bay Packers Foundation Trustee Judge John Zakowski(left), GHT representatives Lauri Gerlach and Gary Meister
Credit submitted

  

Thanks to a very competitive grant from the Green Bay Packers Foundation, a group building Northwoods biking paths have gotten a boost.

The Great Headwaters Trails picked up $3,500 dollars from the Packers.

Group vice-president Gary Meister says they went to Lambeau Field to get their check. He says they're working on 40 miles of off-road, family friendly trails...

 

Read more
Printed and online
5:28 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

New "PAL" Shows State Recreational Opportunities

Public Access Lands Atlas(PAL)
Credit Wisconsin DNR

A new DNR Public Access Lands Atlas...with the acronym "PAL"... is now available online and in a printable format. The atlas highlights the significant increase in public access to Wisconsin lands made possible through the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program, as well as other lands open to the public for outdoor recreation.

The atlas contains 441 maps, two indexes, a glossary, and extensive contact information to help you connect with land managers to learn more about the properties.

Read more
Item Removed From Agenda
12:05 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

Iron County Won't Evict Harvest Camp, At Least Not This Month

Several flags of supporting tribes stood outside the entrance to the Harvest Camp in summer 2013.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

The Lac Courte Oreilles Harvest Camp in Iron County won’t be going anywhere for the time being.  The Iron County Board has taken the camp’s eviction off its Tuesday agenda. 

Harvest camp residents have been staying on county forest land since the spring in response to Gogebic Taconite’s mine proposal.  But the Iron County Forestry Committee voted last week to evict them.

Iron County Clerk Mike Saari says this week’s delay doesn’t mean the issue is gone for good. 

Read more
Deemed Public Safety Risk
6:00 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Federal Judge Denies Night Hunting of Deer

A federal judge says Wisconsin’s Chippewa tribes cannot hunt deer at night.  Judge Barbara Crabb issued the decision today, saying night hunting of deer is not protected by treaty rights because of a risk to public safety. 

Chippewa tribal members have been allowed to hunt wolves at night.  They have argued that members should also be allowed to hunt white-tailed deer after dark. 

But the DNR disagrees.  DNR Attorney Quinn Williams says today’s decision protects public safety. 

Read more
Residents Intend to Stay
5:40 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

Eviction Vote is Deja Vu for LCO Harvest Camp

The Iron County Forestry Committee voted to evict the LCO Harvest Camp on the border of Ashland and Iron Counties.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

Iron County Forestry and Parks committee members have again unanimously voted to evict the residents of the Harvest Camp near the site of a proposed iron mine.  

Members of the Lac Courte Oreilles tribe and other supporters have been camping on county land since early spring in opposition of Gogebic Taconite’s mine proposal. 

Read more
Timber Sales Fund School District
3:27 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

Laona School Forest Kicks Off Three-Year Management Plan

Managers say Laona's school forest has too many aging pines and invasive buckthorn.
Credit UFORA

State foresters are set to begin a three-year timber management project in the Laona School Forest.  DNR officials and Laona students gathered Wednesday to kick off the project. 

DNR Forestry Supervisor Craig Williams says the project will benefit forest health. He says some of the trees in the oldest school forest in the country are aging, and are being affected by invasive buckthorn.

Read more
Problem spreading west
12:08 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

Invasive Phragmites Seen In Northwoods

Phragmites is present along the shores of Lake Michigan.
Credit en.wikipedia.org

Another invasive plant is threatening the shorelines of our northern waters...a plant that has taken over large stretches of Lake Michigan and Green Bay shores. 

It's called phragmites. Ken Krall spoke with Vilas County invasive species coordinator Ted Ritter about the threat from the tall plant that's very aggressive...

Read more

Pages