Natural Resources

Communicating Problems and Solutions
1:09 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

County Lake Associations Will Meet Friday

Each county has its own rules for protecting shorelines, so each may face different issues.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

Six county lake associations are meeting on Friday in Rhinelander.

It’s a meeting that happens every other year…so groups can share ideas about protecting shorelines and waters.

Bob Martini is President of Oneida County Lakes and Rivers Association.  He says counties face very different situations depending on how protective shoreline ordinances are.  But some issues are shared. 

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An Investigative Piece
12:16 pm
Sun June 8, 2014

Al Jazeera America To Air Film on Penokee Mine

Filmmakers from 371 Productions journeyed to northern Wisconsin to gather footage for their documentary.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

Controversy over a proposed iron mine in northern Wisconsin will get some national attention this weekend, when a documentary on the topic airs on Al Jazeera America’s investigative program Fault Lines.

Milwaukee-based 371 Productions filmed and edited the piece over the past nine months. 

Producers made a series of trips to northern Wisconsin to look at the impact an iron mine could have on tourism and natural resources. 

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Wildlife Matters with Jeremy Holtz
4:56 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

Migratory Birds in the Northwoods

DNR Wildlife Biologist Jeremy Holtz says indigo buntings get their color not from pigment in their feathers, but in the way the feathers reflect light.
Credit Dan Pancamo

Today we hear the next in our series Wildlife Matters.  DNR Wildlife Biologist takes a look at some of the migratory birds we see here in the Northwoods.

    

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Questions And Speculation
12:34 am
Fri June 6, 2014

Mining Forum Draws Large Crowd

Almost 400 people attended a forum hosted by Science on Tap on the proposed Penokee Mine project.

A panel of six speakers discussed the facts and context of an iron mine that Gogebic Taconite wants to build in the Penokee Range.

 

Panelists included Northland College Geology Professor Tom Fitz who detailed the different rock formations in the region. Other experts spoke about the economics and job creation associated with mining, the technologies of mine waste management, and the characteristics of the Bad River watershed.

 

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Controversy Over Water Levels
12:58 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

DNR Plans to Change Rest Lake Dam Flows

Lake Manitowish is part of the Manitowish Chain of Lakes, which many property owners worry would be disrupted by a change at Rest Lake Dam.
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DNR managers are proposing a new operating plan for the Rest Lake dam in Manitowish Waters.  But property owners want more time to give input. 

The draft order calls for reducing the fall water drawdown to 1 foot, compared to the current three-and-a-half foot drawdown.

DNR Northern Region Director John Gozdzialski explains taking out less water in the fall means there will be more water in the winter and early spring. 

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A Case of Bad Timing
6:25 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Loons Abandon Nests Facing Droves of Black Flies

Loons in the Northwoods are suffering due to high numbers of black flies pestering them while they try to nest.
Credit Mitch Mode

As many of us in the Northwoods are being driven crazy by mosquitoes, loons are being harassed by blackflies. 

High numbers of loons are having trouble staying on their nests this year due to a surge in a certain kind of black fly that only targets loons.  

Walter Piper, a researcher from Chapman University who has been studying loons in the Northwoods for twenty two years, says it’s the most abandoned nests he’s ever seen.  WXPR’s Natalie Jablonski spoke with Piper about what that means for the loon population.

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Public Support Expected for New Plan
11:37 am
Wed June 4, 2014

Minocqua Town Board Approves Smaller Park Pavilion

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A modified proposal for a new pavilion in Minocqua’s Torpy Park is moving forward, but residents will have the final say. 

The Minocqua Town Board has recommended approval of a plan that calls for a 30 by 80 foot structure and removal of a single tree. 

Town Board Chair Mark Hartzheim says the structure would be 55 percent smaller than the one originally proposed that had drawn significant public outcry.

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Detailed Survey
6:11 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Most Trout Anglers Satisfied With DNR Management

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A survey of Wisconsin trout anglers finds more than half are satisfied with DNR regulations. 

The DNR says the survey was the most comprehensive of Wisconsin trout anglers ever done, with more than 500 anglers returning the nearly 20 page survey. 
DNR sociobiologist Jordan Petchenik says its goal was to get a better measure of what trout anglers are doing and thinking. 

“Not just their behavior, in terms of their time on the water, but also in terms of their preferences and their assessment of the program itself.”

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Combining Several Trail Maps
6:07 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Vilas County Debuts Silent Sports Map

Vilas County hopes to better publicize its silent sports with a new map.
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Vilas County says a new silent sports trail map is getting a warm reception.

The map released last month combines details of more than 60 paddling, hiking, biking and ski trails in the county.    

Cindy Burzinski, Director of Vilas County Tourism and Publicity, says in the first two weeks that the map was available, they distributed 5000 copies. 

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Wide-Ranging Panel
10:00 am
Mon June 2, 2014

Science on Tap to Host Mining Forum

The popular science conversation series Science on Tap takes a different approach this week in tackling a controversial topic.  Instead of hosting one speaker at a brewpub, it’s assembled a panel at a large venue to discuss the proposed iron mine in the Penokee Hills. 

Organizer Tim Kratz says since the program began, people have been asking for a program about the Penokee Mine. 

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