Natural Resources

A community mourns
2:37 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

Northwoods USFS Worker At Arizona Fire

Yarnell Fire
Credit KTLA TV

A U.S. Forest Service worker from Rhinelander is at the scene of the fire in Arizona that killed 19 firefighters last weekend. These firefighters were part of an elite team sent in to fight this type of blaze. The fire changed direction and engulfed the team.


Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest spokesperson Suzanne Flory was in Colorado monitoring those fires when she was asked to come to the Arizona fire...


 

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Found Near Green Bay
4:22 am
Sat June 29, 2013

Emerald Ash Borer Forest Service Focus

The US Forest Service is keeping a close eye on the spread of the emerald ash borer in the Midwest.
Credit USDA

The Emerald Ash Borer has killed millions of ash trees in the eastern part of the United States and portions of Canada. 

  A forester says they are keeping vigilant to slow the spread of the invasive insect to this region's national forests.

Kathleen Atkinson...US Forest Service Regional Forester in Milwaukee...says the Forest Service is closely monitoring the spread of EAB....

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Flooding in Forest county
5:54 am
Thu June 27, 2013

Heavy Rains In Parts of Northwoods

Severe storms produced problems in the region yesterday.

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Bringing a Global Perspective to the Northwoods
4:00 am
Thu June 27, 2013

GLEON: the Science of Team Science

Scientists at the UW-Madison Center for Limnology Trout Lake Station are involved in a global data network called GLEON.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

Many people come to the Northwoods to get away from the rest of the world.  

But at the University of Wisconsin Limnology Research Station at Trout Lake, scientists are trying to do just the opposite.  

Since 2004 Director Tim Kratz has been one of the pioneers putting together a network of limnologists, or scientists studying lakes, around the world.  It’s called GLEON, the Global Lake Ecological Observatory Network.  WXPR’s Natalie Jablonski sat down with Kratz to talk about how GLEON is part of a changing way of doing science.

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Natural Resources
6:27 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

DNR Increases Wolf Hunting Quota

The state DNR has increased harvest quotas for wolves.
Credit Herbert Lange / Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

The Wisconsin Natural Resources Board has approved a harvest quota of 275 wolves for the next year. Meeting in Wausau Wednesday, the board unanimously approved the higher level. Last year, 201 animals were set as the limit.

The quota includes 115 wolves set aside for the Chippewa bands off-reservation treaty rights. That quota will likely never be used as the tribes see the wolf as a sacred animal.

Sarah Johnson from the Timber Wolf Alliance in Manitowish Waters thinks the idea of raising the number by nearly 40 percent in one year without more study might be hasty.

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Penokee Hills Mining Controversy
4:00 am
Sat June 22, 2013

Digging Into Mining Ordinances

Iron County residents have a chance to brush up on their understanding of local zoning ordinances that regulate mining.  The Iron County Citizen’s Forum is hosting speaker George Meyer, executive director of the Wisconsin Wildlife Foundation and former secretary of the state’s Department of Natural Resources.  Terry Daulton with the Iron County Citizen’s Forum says it will help inform people about how communities deal with mining activities.

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Put caught fish on ice
2:11 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Effort This Weekend To Drain Boats

Credit Flickr

Boaters can expect to see local volunteers at Northwoods boat landings this weekend wondering if your live well has been "drained".


The "Draining Campaign" is a statewide initiative to get anglers to not take water from lake to lake.


Oneida County Aquatic Invasive Species Coordinator Michele Sadauskas says the effort started here...

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Birds recently banded
3:40 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

Peregrine Falcon Hatch Successful At WPS Facilities

Wisconsin Public Service President Chuck Cloninger (left) assists Greg Septon, President of the Wisconsin Peregrine Trust, (right) in the banding and official registration of this year’s WPS Peregrine Falcon “Class of 2013.” Seven Peregrine chicks recently hatched in nesting boxes on two WPS Power Plants located in Wausau and in Green Bay.
Credit Wisconsin Public Service

Peregrine falcons who like to nest at Wisconsin Public Service power plants have produced seven new baby chicks. The chicks were born at the inside nesting boxes on the roofs of the Weston plant near Wausau and the Pulliam plant in Green Bay.


The birds were banded earlier this month. School kids named the birds Boston Honor, Zippin, Journey, Sky Dancer, P.J., Lacey and Snow.

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Bass populations high in Northwoods
2:23 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

Abundant Bass Fishing Opportunities Arrive Saturday

Lucky angler
Credit Wikimedia Commons

If you like bass fishing, you likely will have ample opportunities to reel them in.


That's the word from DNR northern fisheries supervisor Steve Avelallemant.... 



 


"....bass abundance in the northern part of the state is high, or I should say, higher than it has been in the past...."


The bass season opener for this area begins Saturday.

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Invasive Species
5:20 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

DNR Says, Time To Have a Chat About Invasives

Garlic mustard is one terrestrial invasive that the DNR would like to keep in check.
Credit Mike Pennington

June is invasive species awareness month and this week you’ll have a chance to brush up on your facts.  

The Department of Natural Resources is inviting the public to chat online with experts Tuesday and Thursday at noon.  DNR Forestry Invasive Plant Coordinator Tom Boos says members of the public can ask whatever questions are on their mind. 

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