Today marks 10 years since a proposal for a copper and zinc mine in Forest County came to an end. Members of the Mole Lake Sokaogon Chippewa and Menominee tribes gathered this weekend to celebrate…but pointed out that mining remains a controversial issue in northern Wisconsin.
A DNR Fisheries Manager says after a series of meetings on upgraded walleye stocking in Wisconsin waters, the public has reacted favorably.
Governor Walker announced in May the state would spend more than $12 million to upgrade facilities and grow walleye fingerlings to a larger size. The larger fish tend to have a higher survivability rate.
Steve Avelallemant outlines some of the feedback they've been hearing...
Presque Isle’s Van Vliet Hemlocks will become a State Natural Area. And the mostly old-growth parcel will be managed with as little interference as possible. The state Natural Resources Board voted today to approve the DNR’s recommendation to passively manage the entire area.
Tom Olson President of the group Friends of the Van Vliet spoke at the meeting, citing widespread public support for letting the hemlock parcel manage itself.
The state Natural Resources Board is set to decide Wednesday on a plan for the Van Vliet Hemlocks. DNR officials are recommending the mostly old-growth parcel be managed with as little involvement as possible.
The agency had originally planned to do some cutting on part of the site that didn’t fit the old-growth profile. But after overwhelming public comment, the DNR changed its plan to passive management for the entire site.
Chief DNR state forester Paul Delong says he doesn’t know whether the Natural Resources Board will approve the recommendation.
The DNR is changing its tune on a management plan for the Van Vliet Hemlocks. The agency plans to take a hands-off approach to the 400-acre stand of mostly old growth trees.
Officials had originally proposed to actively manage a section of the forest that didn’t fit the profile of the rest of the site: meaning some trees would be cut in hopes of speeding the process of old growth development.
But community outcry appears to have changed the DNR’s mind. DNR Chief State Forester Paul DeLong says officials received dozens of letters.
The Midwest has been hosting a lot of wildlife biologists lately. The International Wolf Symposium was held this past weekend in Duluth, Minnesota. A week earlier, the Wildlife Society held its annual conference in Milwaukee. DNR Carnivore Specialist Dave MacFarland was at both. WXPR’s Natalie Jablonski sat down with MacFarland to hear about the conference highlights.
Changes are coming to deer management in Wisconsin.
The DNR is holding a series of meetings in the next few weeks to get public input the rules package that sums up those changes. Officials are also taking comments through an online survey that launches today.
The DNR’s Eric Lobner says the rules package comes out of the Deer Trustee Report and public comment taken earlier in the year.
About 2500 people have been awarded permits to harvest a wolf. The DNR most recently reported fewer than half of those have actually purchased their licenses. But DNR Carnivore specialist Dave MacFarland says that’s nothing unusual.