Natural Resources

Natural Resources Board Set to Act in February
2:53 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

DNR Holds Public Hearings On Permanent Deer Management Changes

The Deer Trustee Report has already resulted in a series of changes including the creation of County Deer Advisory Councils.
Credit Michele Woodford / Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

County deer advisory councils will have more flexibility this year, if a permanent rule for changes to the state’s deer management plan goes forward.

Changes thanks to the Deer Trustee Report took effect last season temporarily, and the state Natural Resources Board must act to make them permanent.  

DNR Wildlife Regulation Policy specialist Scott Loomans says continuation of the plan will expand options for County Deer Advisory Councils. 

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Areas Closed to Public Access
5:52 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

Mine Opponents Plan Snowshoe Hike In 'Forbidden Zone'

A group of people are planning a snowshoe hike through the Penokee Range this weekend that crosses land closed to the public because of mining-related activity. 

The hike meets Sunday at the site of the Harvest Camp, or HELP Village on Moorepark Road in the town of Anderson in Iron County. 

Village spokesperson Paul DeMain says the area should be open to the public despite a company’s plans for an iron mine there. 

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Natural Resources
5:21 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

Threatened Bat Rule Could Give Loggers More Flexibility

The USFWS is considering federal protections for the northern long-eared bat.
Credit Steven Thomas / US Fish and Wildlife Service

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing new protections for the northern long-eared bat that would give more freedom to the logging industry.

The federal agency wanted to list the bat as endangered after white nose syndrome decimated populations in some areas.  But it’s been getting a lot of feedback from the public in favor of a less-restrictive threatened listing. 

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Metabolic Increases Start Before Signs of Disease
9:51 am
Thu January 15, 2015

Research Suggests White Nose Syndrome Takes Early Foothold in Bats

New research suggests white nose syndrome is affecting bat metabolism well before outward signs of the disease appear.
Credit Marvin Moriarty / US Fish and Wildlife Service

A recent study takes a closer look at how the deadly white nose syndrome affects bats.

Scientists know the fungal disease kills bats by disrupting their hibernation, which makes the bats run out of valuable energy stores. 

David Blehert from the U.S. Geological Survey’s Wildlife Health Center in Madison says scientists have now measured increases in bats’ metabolic rates earlier than expected. 

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Possible First ATV Trail in State Wildlife Area
9:44 am
Thu January 15, 2015

Planning Process Begins For Woodboro Lakes

The Woodboro Lakes Wildlife Area is primarily early successional aspen forest, and also contains a number of kettle lakes.
Credit Wisconsin DNR

Members of the public are getting a chance to voice what they’d like to see longterm on the Woodboro Lakes Wildlife Area in Oneida County.  About 40 people attended a public information session Tuesday night. 

Controversy over a local club’s proposal for what could be the first ATV trail through a state Wildlife Area has been folded into a larger master planning process for the Woodboro Lakes Wildlife Area.  It will likely dictate where and if motorized use is allowed. 

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ATV Access Spreading in Vilas County
11:16 am
Wed January 14, 2015

Eagle River Takes Steps Toward a North-South ATV Corridor in Eagle River

ATVs will may soon be allowed on some roads in Eagle River.
Credit Robert Thigpen

Access for ATVs in Eagle River took a big step forward at last night’s city council meeting. City council voted to pursue plans for a north-south corridor for ATVs. The corridor would run from Tamarack to Railroad, then crosses to Sherburne, Adams, then Mill road. ATV-er Dick Decker says it’s about time.

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Tribes still considering proposal
4:08 am
Wed January 14, 2015

Proposal Given To Boost Walleye Numbers in Minocqua Chain


Minocqua area anglers and business owners last night got their first look at a proposal to increase walleye numbers in the Minocqua Chain of Lakes.

Walleyes For Tomorrow and the DNR presented a study to see if there are answers for low reproductive rates on the chain.

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Barriers set
6:53 am
Mon January 12, 2015

Ice Near Dams Dangerously Thin


As cold as it's been lately, it's hard to think about dangerously thin ice, but Wisconsin Public Service officials are saying near dams, it's true.

Leah Van Zile from Wisconsin Public Service says because water is running underneath the ice, the potential exists for thin and dangerous ice near hydroelectric facilities...

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Hoping to Reach More Scientists, Partners
5:31 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

Forest Research Farm Seeks Experimental Forest Designation

The Harshaw Forest Research Farm has been used for research on biofuels and the impact of climate change factors on tree health.
Credit US Forest Service

A U.S. Forest Service research farm near Rhinelander is hoping to join a national network of experimental forests.  

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DNR hopes people try it
2:06 pm
Tue January 6, 2015

Prime Ice Fishing Time Is Here


The Department of Natural Resources is hoping you get out on the ice and try out some ice fishing in the next few weeks.

 DNR Spokesman Ed Culhane says if it's your first time ice fishing, starting small with panfish like crappies and perch is a great way to learn.

".....smaller, shallower lakes, like bluegill lakes, panfish lakes can be very good as long as you have enough ice to walk out on them....."

Culhane says you should find a popup tent or clamshell fishing shack on a shallow lake to fish for panfish....

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