Natural Resources

Keeping an Invasive Out
6:49 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

Officials Warn Travelers Of EAB Risk

Emerald ash borers have been found in 20 Wisconsin counties.
Credit USDA

State agriculture officials want travelers to remember the risk of spreading emerald ash borer through firewood.  Just in time for the start of the summer tourism season, the state Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection has declared it Emerald Ash Borer Awareness Week. 

Spokesperson Donna Gilson says the beetles can travel a mile or two on their own.  But humans have helped them spread much farther. 

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High Winter Mortality
2:16 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

DNR Says No Does For Hunters Up North

The deer herd suffered this winter, and the DNR wants to give it a chance to bounce back.
Credit Michele Woodford / Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

The DNR is proposing a buck-only hunt for most northern counties.  That’s in response to a harsh winter and high deer mortality.

DNR Big Game Ecologist Kevin Wallenfang says not hunting does will give the deer herd a chance to rebound.

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Natural Resources
5:00 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Planting Seeds for the Future: Trees For Tomorrow Celebrates 70 Years

Credit Trees for Tomorrow staff

 

The year is 1944. While WWII rages abroad, manufacturers at home strain to keep up the supply of resources. Nine paper and utility companies in northern Wisconsin look at the felled forests around them and decide to form an organization to ensure that there will still be resources for the future.

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Returns to Northwoods
5:10 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Volunteer Says Arkansas Tornado "like a bomb went off"

Vilonia, Arkansas tornado
Credit Virginia Millwood-commons.wikimedia.org

What she saw in Arkansas was sobering.

American Red Cross Disaster Relief volunteer Carol Miller of Rhinelander has returned home after helping out in the Little Rock area earlier this month. A wave of tornados struck the south in late April, causing massive damage, deaths and injuries. Miller is a registered nurse and helped at hospitals where survivors and families relayed tragic stories...

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More Than 70 Years of Data
4:00 am
Tue May 13, 2014

Citizen Science Data Show Improving Water Clarity in Northwoods Lakes

Boom Lake, Rhinelander
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

A new study on lake clarity across eight Midwestern states relies solely on data from citizen scientists.

WXPR’s Natalie Jablonski spoke with Noah Lottig, a research scientist based at the UW Madison Trout Lake Station, about the study’s significance.

The records dated back to the late 1930s and spanned eight Midwestern states.  The trend across more than three thousand lakes was a slight increase in water clarity.  And in Wisconsin and Minnesota, that trend was stronger in the northern regions.

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Ice Slowly Melting
4:21 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

Northwoods Fishing Season Off to Slow Start

Credit David de la Luz / https://flic.kr/p/uX3Vq

Heading into the second weekend of fishing season, conditions look slightly more favorable than they did for the opener.

Mel’s Trading Post Owner Mitch Mode says more and more lakes are opening up.    

“Well things are looking better, we’ve had some warm weather this week, we’ve had some rain.  Rain certainly helps break up the ice.  Warm weather starts to drive the water temperature up, and everything comes around water temperature.”

That temperature affects fish spawning cycles, and that affects what fish do and where they can be found. 

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Wildlife Matters with Jeremy Holtz
6:00 am
Fri May 9, 2014

It's Tick Time And That Means Be Ready

Tick season is upon us.
Credit Stuart Meek via commons.wikimedia.org

Next, in his continuing outdoor series "Wildlife Matters", DNR wildlife biologist Jeremy Holtz talks about what makes ticks tick, and how you can keep yourself from having the same problem is favorite dog happened to contract.

DNR wildlife biologist Jeremy Holtz. Listen again for "Wildlife Matters".

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Lots of water
1:00 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

Flowage Levels Close to Maximum

Lots of water is passing through dams, as the Wisconsin Valley Improvement Company opens the gates of the Rainbow and Willow Flowages.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

Wisconsin River levels are high in the Rhinelander area, thanks to rain and snow melt.  Water is being released from flowages as they near their maximum levels. 

The Wisconsin Valley Improvement Company controls most dams and water levels on the Wisconsin River.  Operations Manager Peter Hansen says the company is releasing a lot of water from the Rainbow Flowage…which is close to its maximum level.

“We have a maximum elevation that we must not allow it to go over, so we have the gates open and the water level is coming down slowly on a daily basis now.” 

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Concern Over White Pines
5:43 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

Torpy Park Controversy Prompts Town Meeting

A special town hall meeting is taking place Tuesday evening in Minocqua, regarding the fate of a group of trees in Torpy Park. 

The Minocqua Lions Club wants to build a new shelter in Torpy Park, and in the process remove about a dozen white pines estimated to be over a hundred years old. 

Many locals are up in arms about the plan, and have been contacting town officials and spreading the word through social media.  They say they like the atmosphere the trees provide, and say the trees are a vestige of old growth forest in the Northwoods. 

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Quest for Habitable Planets
4:00 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Antigo Astronomer Searches for Signs of Distant Life

Globular cluster Terzan 7 is on the other side of our galaxy.
Credit NASA / https://flic.kr/p/jXLDrB

Maggie Turnbull lives in Antigo and works as a freelance astrobiologist.  

  It’s the study of the origin and future of life in the universe.  Turnbull has gained international recognition for her work cataloging star systems that could support life, and is now working with NASA on a telescope to better look at those systems.  WXPR’s Natalie Jablonski spoke with Turnbull over the phone.  

She says the problem is that stars give out so much light, it’s hard to even see the planets that orbit them. 

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