Natural Resources

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

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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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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
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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

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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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