Natural Resources

Wide-Ranging Panel
10:00 am
Mon June 2, 2014

Science on Tap to Host Mining Forum

The popular science conversation series Science on Tap takes a different approach this week in tackling a controversial topic.  Instead of hosting one speaker at a brewpub, it’s assembled a panel at a large venue to discuss the proposed iron mine in the Penokee Hills. 

Organizer Tim Kratz says since the program began, people have been asking for a program about the Penokee Mine. 

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Questions About Environmental Protection
1:00 pm
Sun June 1, 2014

LDF To Hold Referendum On ATV Trail

ATVs could bring visitors, or environmental damage.
Credit Wisconsin DNr

A proposal for an ATV trail in Lac du Flambeau goes to a referendum this week. Tribal members will cast votes this Thursday on whether they want to allow a 23-mile ATV trail to cross the reservation.

The Lakeland ATV Club has proposed to construct and maintain the trail, which some say would benefit the tribe by bringing more visitors and tourists.

But others have voiced concern about noise, dust and the environmental impact of the trail.

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In Response to Public Demand
5:23 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Plan for Smaller Torpy Park Pavilion Moves Forward

Public outcry over a plan to take out more than a dozen trees in downtown Minocqua has prompted a revision.
Credit en.wikipedia.org

The Minocqua Plan Commission has given its blessing to a new shelter design plan for Torpy Park.  

The Minocqua Lions Club’s original plan drew public outcry when it proposed to remove 13 trees to make way for a large structure.  Many argued that the old white pines are essential to the aesthetics of the downtown park. 

Minocqua Town Chair Mark Hartzheim says the revised plan calls for a building about half the size of the original design.

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License Required to Bore Holes
4:33 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Gogebic Taconite Plans More Drilling, Data Collection in Penokees

Gogebic Taconite is working to collect environmental baseline data at the site of a proposed iron mine.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

Gogebic Taconite has indicated it plans to drill more holes in the Penokee Range this summer, though the DNR says the company hasn’t yet applied for the needed permission.

DNR hydrologist and mining project lead Larry Lynch says the DNR must first grant a license for any exploratory drilling. 

“So in order to get that they have to give us the locations of the holes, what their target depths might be, how they intend to maintain the site, handle stormwater…basically give us a good description of what they intend to do.” 

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Wildlife Matters with Jeremy Holtz
11:02 am
Thu May 29, 2014

Gardening for Rain and Wildlife

Rain gardens slow down runoff and help water seep into the ground.
Credit Rogersoh via http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Rain_garden.jpg

As many people work to put in their gardens this time of year, DNR Wildlife Biologist Jeremy Holtz is gardening with particular goals in mind.  As part of his ongoing series Wildlife Matters, Holtz reflects on gardening for wildlife.  

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Emergency Rule Approved
5:41 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

DNR to Consider Raising Bag Limits on More Lakes

A few more lakes could still see higher bag limits for walleye. 

The state Natural Resources Board has approved an emergency rule that gives the DNR slightly more leeway in adjusting bag limits for nontribal anglers. 

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Board Approves Changes
3:47 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

NRB Approves Buck-Only Hunts, Expands Trolling

DNR officials want to let northern Wisconsin's deer herd recover.
Credit Ken Thomas

Deer hunting season will be buck-only this fall for many northern counties.  

The state Natural Resources Board has approved DNR staff recommendations for a zero quota antlerless deer hunt in 19 counties and four tribal reservations.  State officials say the restrictions are necessary to let population levels in the northern forest recover…after a harsh winter took its toll on the deer herd.

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Make up of advisory group scrutinized
10:33 am
Tue May 27, 2014

Questions Persist About State Wolf Hunt Quotas

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Last week the state Wolf Advisory Committee met in Wausau to work out proposed details of this fall's wolf hunt. The state would like to have about 350 wolves as a stable population, with projections over the winter of around 600. That is down almost 20 percent from one year earlier. 

But Nancy Warren, Great Lakes Regional Director for the National Wolfwatcher Coalition, is critical of the composition of the Advisory Committee and says they're not following the earlier intent of managing the state's wolf population.

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Late Spring But No Problem
5:54 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

Muskie Season Set to Open

Muskies are generally found in low densities, because they are a top predator.
Credit Eric Engbretson / US Fish and Wildlife Service

Musky season opens tomorrow. State officials are predicting a normal opener, despite the late spring. 

Tim Simonson from the DNR Bureau of Fisheries Management says spawning for muskies has generally already happened. 

 “Yeah one of the reason that we open the season later in May is to allow the fish to spawn.  Usually about 50-55 degrees water temperature, they’re peaking.” 

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Memorial Day weekend
5:15 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

A Few Dry Days Could Result In A Forest Fire: DNR

Canadian forest fire
Credit Cameron Strandberg-commons.wikimedia.org

While wet conditions continue from a snowy winter and a cold, wet spring, a DNR ranger says don't be lulled into thinking the fire danger isn't there.

DNR Forester/Ranger John Gillen in Rhinelander says the time prior to 'green up' or the time prior to plants having new leaves, is a time when fire danger can be high. Even though it's been damp, he says things can change quickly...

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