Two Republican legislators want to see major changes within the Board of Commissioners of Public Lands.
The organization was founded in the mid 1800s to sell millions of acres of school trust fund lands. It now maintains a loan fund for municipal projects, with the interest going to pay for school libraries. BCPL also owns and manages about a small amount of land, about 80-thousand acres for timber.
Starting later this year there will be some changes for snowmobile registration in Wisconsin.
DNR Administrator Gary Eddy..
".....that will go from $30 every two years to $30 every three years and in addition to that, all snowmobiles operating in Wisconsin will be required to display an annual Wisconsin trail pass. That is separate from your registration...."
Bills have been introduced in Congress that could restore Wisconsin's wolf hunt -- and let farmers once again kill wolves which hurt their crops and livestock. House Republican Reid Ribble (8th-Wisconsin, Sherwood) and Minnesota Representative John Kline have introduced bills to nullify a pair of decisions from federal judges last year. The includes the one from Washington district judge Beryl Howell in December, which restored grey wolves to their endangered status in Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Michigan.
Northern Wisconsin is densely forested, but doesn’t feature a lot of grassland.
Wildlife biologist John Toepfer says it wasn’t always this way. He studies prairie chickens, which were once abundant in the state. WXPR’s Natalie Jablonski spoke with Toepfer after a recent talk in Stevens Point, about the history and future of the grassland birds.
Temporary job listings have been posted by the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest.
Spokesperson Hilary Markin says the jobs often attract young people looking for a career or folks who have some time to give...
"....every year the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest and other area forests hire temporary students to work in fisheries, on our trails and even archeology and fire suppression. Those are some of the specialty areas that we hire...."
Wisconsin’s Natural Resources Board has again laid the groundwork for giving more flexibility to the DNR, when it set bag limits for walleye later this spring.
The agency adjusts harvest regulations on northern lakes in the ceded territory, after the state’s Chippewa tribes declare how many fish they plan to harvest.
As Fisheries Management Section Chief Steve Hewett explains, a scope statement passed Wednesday means DNR could later decide to use size limits or season restrictions to help control angler walleye harvest.
The U.S. Forest Service has released the final policy for managing snowmobile and other “over-snow” vehicle use for all national forests, including the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest in Wisconsin. Spokesperson Hilary Markin says the new policy will provide users with an additional tool....