Natural Resources

Alcohol a factor in half of deaths
2:02 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

ATV Deaths Concern DNR Officials

Credit world-of-atvs.com

An ATV operator's death in Sawyer county last week has drawn attention to a growing number of deaths this year.

DNR Conservation Warden Todd Schaller says 18 people have lost their lives in ATV-UTV mishaps. He says some similiarities come out of the accident reports...

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Increasing River Access
2:00 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

DNR Funds Rhinelander Boat Landing

The City of Rhinelander plans to build a boat landing on a stretch of the Wisconsin River that's relatively undeveloped.
Credit Joshua Mayer

The city of Rhinelander is getting funds to pay for a new boat landing.  

More than $400,000 are coming in from DNR and federal grants.  City Parks and Grounds Director Gunder Paulson says the launch will be at the site of an old DNR ranger station.

“We’re calling this the Boyce Drive boat landing.  It’s right by Shephard  Park.  And it’s at the confluence of the Pelican and Wisconsin Rivers.  Very beautiful spot.”

The project will consist of piers and a paved boat launch area.  It will also include bathrooms and a parking lot. 

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Penokee Hills Mining Controversy
12:38 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

Penokee Asbestos Worries Grow

Grunerite is found in various parts of Northern Wisconsin and Michigan's Upper Peninsula. The above sample was photographed at the Michigamme Mine in Marquette County.
Credit Leon Hupperichs

Asbestos found in rock near a proposed iron mine is raising questions about mine safety, especially for workers.  

A Northland College professor says he found a mineral called grunerite sandwiched between layers of iron ore. 

Geoscience Professor Tom Fitz says grunerite does not always take the form of the long slender fibers that characterize asbestos.  But he says in this case, it does. 

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A Controversial Hunt
4:59 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

Second Wolf Season Draws Near

Up to 251 wolves can be harvested in Wisconsin this year.
Credit Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

The state’s wolf hunting season begins next week.  People hoping to harvest a wolf have already applied for and received their permit.

About 2500 permits were awarded in mid-August based on a lottery system.  DNR Carnivore Specialist  David MacFarland says the number of applications dropped from 20,000 last year, to less than 17,000 this year. 

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Seeking Feedback on a Changing Program
4:00 am
Mon October 7, 2013

DNR Wants Your Thoughts on Walleye

Wisconsin is increasing its stocking of larger fingerlings.
Credit Eric Engbretson / US Fish and Wildlife Service

The DNR is looking for public input on walleye stocking.  State officials are holding a meeting in Rhinelander next week.   

It’s one of a series of meetings where the DNR is hoping for feedback on its walleye management goals.  Steve Hewett from the DNR’s fisheries program says it’s also a chance to talk with the public about which lakes are stocked and why. 

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Neighboring Example
12:55 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

Citizens Hope to Learn From Minnesota Mines

Iron County citizens are holding a forum next week. It will look at issues brought on by iron mining in Minnesota.  Organizer Terry Daulton says the guest is research scientist Nancy Schuldt water quality specialist with the Fond du Lac Tribe. 

“And she works on a lot of the issues relating to water quality and wild rice, and also potential things like mercury contamination that would affect tribal members there in Minnesota.”

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Searching for Sustainability
4:40 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

New Models for Conservation Could Mean New Jobs

Paul Robbins argues that certain kinds of agriculture like coffee farming can support a diverse ecosystem.
Credit Tarrazu via Wikimedia Commons

What do frog populations in India have to do with hunting in the northwoods? 

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Forty Years of Rustic Roads
2:00 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

Celebrating Roads Less Traveled

It's Rustic Roads week in Wisconsin.
Credit Randen Pederson

As fall color enters its prime, it’s Rustic Roads week. Since 1973 the state Department of Transportation given the designation to over a hundred lightly traveled roads in Wisconsin.

Rustic Roads Coordinator Jane Carrola says the program was a unique idea when it began.

"I like to refer to the Rustic Roads program as a 'Wisconsin original,'" she says. "It was a very innovative idea in 1973 and Wisconsin was one of the first states to have such a program.”

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Another production record
5:05 am
Tue September 24, 2013

Cranberry Crop Nearing Harvest

Massachusetts used to be the top cranberry producing state. About two decades ago Wisconsin over took Massachusetts and now the Badger state is poised for another record crop.


Wisconsin State Cranberry Growers Association Executive Director Tom Lochner says this years cold spring and unusual summer weather didn't slow down production....


 

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Water Worries
6:38 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

Well Drilling Regulations Up for Committee Hearing

A proposed state Senate bill would change the approval process for commercial wells.
Credit Klimek Bros Well Drilling

A bill limiting the DNR’s power over high capacity wells is up for a hearing in a Senate committee Wednesday.  

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