Natural Resources

Wolves and Other Species
9:34 am
Tue October 15, 2013

Wildlife Conferences Bring Valuable Conversation

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.  

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Deer Strategy
5:16 pm
Mon October 14, 2013

DNR Seeks Public Input on Deer Management

Credit Hustvedt via http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Mule_Deer_in_snow.jpg

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. 

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Natural Resources
5:02 pm
Mon October 14, 2013

Opening Day for Wolf Hunting

This year marks Wisconsin's second wolf harvest season.
Credit Herbert Lange

Wolf hunting season opens Tuesday.  

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.

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Talking About Deer Management
4:00 am
Mon October 14, 2013

Online Deer Chat Today

The DNR is taking input on its Deer Trustee Report implementation plan.
Credit Ken Thomas

The DNR is gathering public input on proposed changes to deer management.  

It’s holding an online chat today  at noon on implementing the Deer Trustee Report.  Spokesperson Jennifer Pelej says this is the next step in the process of collecting feedback that began in March. 

“And we want to continue to keep the doors open with the public.  So this is just a tool for us to connect with people who might have questions about the process or the rules package.”

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Update changes in law
4:47 pm
Sun October 13, 2013

Meeting on Wisconsin's Iron Mining Law Called

Iron ore pellets
Credit en.wikipedia.org

The Oneida County Clean Waters Action group is hosting a meeting to discuss environmental changes in Wisconsin's Act 1 Iron Mining Law.

Spokesperson Karl Fate says the changes in the iron mining law enacted by the legislature resulted in confusion....

 

"....we had requests from people to have a briefing on the iron mining law. There were so many changes made with that bill that it's rather mind-boggling to try to sort through it to figure out what exactly happened..."

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Top DNR officials to attend
3:35 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

Second Powell Marsh Listening Session Planned

Credit emsun.org

The DNR is sponsoring a listening session this month on the future direction of the 4,800 acre Powell Marsh State Wildlife Area in Vilas county.

 

DNR Regional Program Manager Mike Zeckmeister says the the process of revising the master plan for the area near Manitowish Waters began in August. A meeting was held at the Manitowish Waters town hall. He says they decided to do a second meeting...

 

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A Skeptical View
4:00 am
Thu October 10, 2013

Retired Mining Engineer Wary of GTac Plans

Controversy continues to simmer over a proposed iron mine in northern Wisconsin’s Penokee Range.  Gogebic Taconite is currently waiting for approval to do bulk sampling of more than 4000 tons of rock.  And the company hasn’t even begun what would likely be a multi-year permitting process to open a mine.  But one retired mining engineer is wondering if there’s enough ore to mine profitably in the first place.  

One thing is clear: Jack Parker’s career in the mining industry has given him a hefty resume in the business. 

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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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