When I lived in Colorado, I tried to get out hunting whenever I could. I usually went small game hunting,
seeking jackrabbits, rocky mountain cottontails, coyotes or grouse. I would try to use a combination of maps and atlases to find land open to public hunting. I would take my old AMC Gremlin as far down the trail as I could, and then I would start walking.
Vilas county has picked up nearly $40,000 to promote non-motorized trails.
The money comes from the Department of Tourism through its Joint-Effort Marketing grants which are used to advertise tourist-friendly activities.
Cindy Burzinski from Vilas County Tourism and Publicity says this is the second year of the grant...
"....in 2013. Vilas county received their first year JEM grant of $39,550 so we could promote the rich trail systems in the county. We figure with the first year JEM grant, we figure we had an economic impact of just around $300,000...."
Park and forest managers are taking steps to minimize the damage from the emerald ash borer in the Northwoods.
The tree-killing beetle was found in Rhinelander last week, making its first appearance in Northcentral Wisconsin.
Rhinelander Parks and Grounds Director Gunder Paulson says the city already has an emerald ash borer readiness plan. He says a tree inventory a few years ago identified 214 ash trees between sidewalks and streets in Rhinelander, about 12 percent of the street trees in town.
Native American Activist Winona LaDuke is speaking out against a proposal for an iron mine in the Penokee Range.
LaDuke holds degrees in economic development from Harvard and Antioch Universities. She says she doesn’t buy the argument that the mine is needed to create jobs.
“It’s absolutely not true. The fact is that it’s a short-term economic gain for a few people and a corporation with the rest of us paying all of the externality expenses. So what I’m saying that their math is bad.”
A key program helping DNR biologists track wolves is looking for volunteers.
The Wolf Monitoring Program relies on volunteers to track the animals over winter.
DNR large carnivore specialist David MacFarland...
".....volunteers and DNR staff go out in the winter using established tracking techniques and established tracking blocks go look for signs of wolves to determine how many animals were there that left those marks in the snow...."