Natural Resources

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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Forests in the Spotlight
4:00 am
Sat June 1, 2013

Videos Highlight WI National Forest

The Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, in partnership with Nicolet Area Technical College, has produced seven promotional videos featuring the state's only national forest.  The short videos were created by Digital Graphics students as a way to help people to learn more about the forest's recreational opportunities and history.

Forest spokesperson Suzanne Flory says they wanted to have a new way to see the forest.

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Summer Recreation
3:12 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

DNR: Get Outdoors This Weekend, For Free

Many outdoor activities in Wisconsin this weekend are 'free,' as the state is hosting a weekend where charges don't apply in many places and no fishing license is needed.

Wisconsin residents and visitors can fish,  hike, bike state trails for free, and ride public ATV trails at no charge. On Sunday, June 2 only, they can enjoy free admission to state parks and forests.

Department of Natural Resources aquatic education coordinator Theresa Stabo says this is the weekend to get outdoors...

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Invasive Species
5:02 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

Science on Tap to Tackle Aquatic Invasives

Aquatic invasive species like the Eurasian water milfoil can cause problems for boaters.
Credit Robin Draheim / USFWS

Invasive species have continued to be a problem here in the Northwoods.  Nonnatives like the Eurasian water milfoil can threaten the ecology of lakes and disrupt summer recreation. 

Next week the Minocqua Brewing Company will host a public discussion of aquatic invasives.  It’s part of a monthly series at the brewpub called Science on Tap.  We sat down with the two scientists, Ben Beardmore and Alex Latzka, who will be talking about their research next week.  

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Lifejackets save lives
7:45 am
Sat May 18, 2013

Safe Boating Week Begins With Deadly Cold Water

Lifejackets save lives-DNR
Credit Flickr

The late return of boats to the Northwoods waters brings about a reminder this week with National Safe Boating Week.


DNR Boating Law Administrator Roy Zellmer says the most common mistake boaters make this time of year has to do with temperature: the air is warm but the water can be deadly cold to someone who falls in....



"....air temperatures may be comfortable, you're in shirts and t-shirts...when you hit that water, anything that's below your normal body temperature will move you into that hypothermic stage...."

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WPS Foundation Event
6:41 am
Sat May 18, 2013

Area Schools Win Solar Olympics

Credit Flickr

Several area high schools were involved with the 17th annual Solar Olympics, sponsored by Wisconsin Public Service for schools within the WPS region.


Spokesperson Leah Van Zile says the contest is underwritten by the WPS Community Foundation. It's a challenge for participating schools through the "SolarWise For Schools" program. Those schools have a curriculum and solar panels on the school roofs....

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Destroys 8,000 acres
5:09 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

DNR Says Big Fire An Accident

DNR law enforcement officials have identified the owner of the land where the Germann Road Fire originated as well as the logging operation responsible for unintentionally igniting the fire.


On Tuesday, May 14, at approximately 2:30 p.m., a nearly 8,000 acre wildfire devastated the Townships of Gordon and Highland in Douglas County. Forty-seven structures were lost; 17 of those were homes. The fire was declared 100 percent contained as of 9 p.m. Wednesday, May 15. The fire burned a swath more than 9 miles long and a mile and a half wide.

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Natural Resources
9:35 am
Thu May 16, 2013

Fire Danger Remains High; Officials Warn Against Burning

Douglas-Bayfield fire
Credit Wisconsin DNR

The DNR says that wildfire which burned more than nine thousand acres in Douglas and Bayfield counties is northern Wisconsin's biggest forest fire in nearly 33 years.

DNR Wildfire Prevention Specialist Catherine Koele says conditions are perfect for fire...

 

"....we all became a little complacent with all the snow and rain we've had. We thought fire season would sneak by us ....(the fire) consumed about 9,000 acres and 47 structures..."

 

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Environment
5:04 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

10,000 Acre ATV Park Eyed For Forest County

Forest county could eventually see a 10,000 acre ATV park located there.

The Wisconsin Off-Road Vehicle Park Inc, a non-profit group, has finished a second study to see whether a park would be viable. The latest study was done by North Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission. Prior to that, a study was done by Ripon College on the economic effects.

President John Schnorr says the group feels the park would draw people from many areas..

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Science
5:22 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

400 Northland Pines Students Out Helping

About 400 Northland Pines students will be helping to make the Eagle River area a bit 'greener' as the annual Earth Day is set for May 8.

Northland Pines High School Science teacher Ann Perry says the idea came about 10 years ago a teacher came up with the idea of students en masse helping the community...

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