Natural Resources

A Question of Safety?
4:00 am
Mon September 16, 2013

Town Opposes Changes to Managed Forest Law

Gogebic Taconite's proposed mine sits off Highway 77, near the town of Anderson.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

Some local officials aren’t thrilled with a state senate bill allowing Gogebic Taconite to cut off public access from its proposed mine site.  

The area sits on managed forest land, meaning property owners get a tax break if they open their land to public recreation.  Under a bill authored by Senator Tom Tiffany, GTac could close about 4000 acres and pay only a small increase in taxes, rather than a higher tax rate associated with managed forest closed to public access. 

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Mining Example in Michigan
4:00 am
Thu September 12, 2013

Can a Community Keep a Mine Safe for the Environment?

Mine Superintendent John Mason drives out of Eagle Mine.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

On the shores of Lake Superior, the nonprofit Superior Watershed Partnership has spent years working to protect and restore watersheds around Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. 

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Double the 2012 numbers
2:14 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

More Hunting Dogs Killed That Mix With Wolves

Credit ifaw.org

20 hunting dogs have been killed since July as they come into contact with wolves.


Typically, the dogs are trained to hunt bear in July and August. During that time, the dogs are in the woods and come into contact with wolves who have young, especially near what are called rendezvous sites.


DNR Large Carnivore Specialist David MacFarland says the depredation numbers are up...


 

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Shifting Patterns of Development
4:00 am
Tue September 10, 2013

Documenting Land Use Change, Around the World

Radeloff looks at satellite images like this one of the Rospuda Valley, Poland.
Credit NASA Landsat

We turn now to a conversation with Volker Radeloff, a University of Wisconsin Professor who studies how land use policy affects wildlife.  

Radeloff was the guest at last week’s Science on Tap discussion at the Minocqua Brewing Company.  WXPR’s Natalie Jablonski caught up with him afterwards.  

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A Finnicky Plant
6:08 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

Sparse Season For Lac du Flambeau Wild Rice

Wild rice production may have already peaked in the Lac du Flambeau area.
Credit Superior National Forest

Wild rice production looks below average in the Lac du Flambeau reservation area.  

Scott Smith and the other two wild rice chiefs for the Lac du Flambeau reservation check lakes daily to monitor the rice as it ripens.  Smith says the peak of the harvest has probably already passed. 

“Usually 5 to 10 percent ripens per day.  So there are a few lakes left that still have rice – where it’s more dense, they still have rice to harvest.”

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Traveling South
5:59 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

DNR Says, Help a Songbird Out

Songbirds like the baltimore oriole can benefit from bird feeders and backyard habitat.
Credit Dick Daniels

Early fall marks the annual migration of songbirds as they begin to pass through Wisconsin, heading south for the winter.  

The Department of Natural Resources says homeowners can help the warblers, thrushes and other songbirds on their arduous journey by helping supply food sources and habitat.  Wildlife Biologist Ryan Brady says small backyard changes can actually make a big difference.             

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Lake regulations on cellphone
4:10 am
Sat September 7, 2013

DNR Mobile Phone Link For Anglers

Cellphones and fishing
Credit gizmodo.com

Anglers with mobile phones can grab information on inland fishing lake regulations.


The DNR is out with a new mobile-friendly website.


Fisheries biologist Joanna Griffin says the DNR completed an inland lake regulation database. With a little tweeking, the database was setup for portable phone use...


 

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Looks like lily pads
4:08 am
Sat September 7, 2013

Another Aquatic Invasive Pulled From Forest County Lake

Yellow Floating Heart
Credit Oregon.gov

Add Yellow Floating Heart to the growing list of aquatic invasive species in the Northwoods.


Recently a group pulled the lily-pad-like invasive from Gordon Lake in Forest county.


Oneida County Aquatic Invasive Species coordinator Michele Sadauskas


says like many invasives, the plant is a fast-grower....

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Limits could come in 2016
3:11 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

Meeting Set To Discuss Panfish Management

Possible limits on panfish
Credit 3brothersflies.com

Studies of fish populations showing panfish size going down statewide have spurred the DNR to develop a management plan. While the agency has management plans for other popular species, panfish were left unmanaged.


Earlier this year, DNR officials went out to get input on a possible plan. Another meeting is planned in a few days.


Fisheries biologist Joanna Griffin says the upcoming meeting will convene several groups involved in the decision...


 

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DNR hopes hunters come forward
10:14 am
Thu September 5, 2013

Vilas, Oneida County Get Too Many Antlerless Deer Tags

Antlerless deer
Credit environmentalgeography.wordpress.com

The DNR is asking hunters in two deer units in Vilas and Oneida counties to return some doe tags after they accidentally sold too many. Wildlife management director Tom Hauge says it was human error in data transfer.


 



"...when we started our issuance process it was brought to our attention that the permit numbers we had listed for 'available' were higher than the numbers approved by the Natural Resources Board back in May..."


 

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