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...."
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.
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.
The deadly bat disease called white nose syndrome was found in Wisconsin earlier this year. That’s bad news for bats, but it hasn’t stopped the Department of Natural Resources from investing in bat monitoring efforts. In fact, biologists say collecting data on bats is more important than ever.
At nightfall on the end of a pier in Eagle River, DNR Biologist Paul White is standing with his arm outstretched, rubbing his fingers together.
A public information meeting is set for July 12 on a DNR proposal for a public landing on state owned land on Mercer Lake about five miles west of Woodruff. Currently there's private resort access to the lake. Public access includes a carry-in location at the Mercer Creek culvert and undeveloped pathways across state land. Fisheries biologist John Kubisiak says the state owns 54 acres on the lake and they've put together a draft plan to put in a public boat ramp...
Deer in southern Wisconsin fared better after our recent harsh winter than deer in the Northwoods...especially young deer. That assessment from car-deer killed studies and radio-collar studies done by the DNR.
Loons are still feeling the impact from swarms of black flies that drove most pairs from their nests earlier this year. There’s likely to be a 40 percent drop in the number of chicks compared to last year.
Thanks to the black flies, more than two thirds of loons in a study abandoned their first attempt at a nest. Researcher Walter Piper of the Loon Project says even though most have by this time made a second attempt, reproduction is way behind.
A popular state hiking, biking and snowmobile trail in Lincoln and Oneida counties will soon be finished and when that happens, users can go from Tomahawk to Minocqua on the trail.
The Tomahawk Chamber of Commerce announced the first phase of the Hiawatha-Bearskin Trail in nearing completion. The 18 mile Bearskin trail was completed in the 1970's and the Hiawatha Trail portion in 1989. The trails use a former railroad bed. There is a six-mile section being completed that will link the two trails says spokesperson Jim Wise...