Natural Resources

In Ceded Territory
5:07 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

State Ups Walleye Bag Limits In Northern Wisconsin

Sander vitreus
Credit en.wikipedia.org

Bag limits will be increasing on 447 northern Wisconsin lakes as the Chippewa bands are nearing the end of their walleye and muskie harvest.

DNR Treaty Fisheries Coordinator Joe Hennessey...

"....so these changes are being made in response to actual walleye harvest numbers accomplished by six bands of Wisconsin Chippewa...."

 

The six Chippewa bands harvested 27,433 walleye and 201 musky as of May 22. The average harvest of walleye since 2004 is 29,907.

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Wildlife Matters with Jeremy Holtz
4:00 am
Thu May 22, 2014

Frogs Bring Spring Feelings

A chorus of frogs is a sure sign of springtime in the Northwoods.
Credit Pam Fray via commons.wikimedia.org

Among the joys of spring is hearing the frogs in Northwoods wetlands. 

This morning on his series "Wildlife Matters", DNR wildlife biologist Jeremy Holtz says the amphibian chorus has deep meaning for the ecosystem.

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Wildcat Falls key to dispute
3:34 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

Federal Judge To Decide On U.P. Land Deal

Wildcat Falls near Watersmeet
Credit Partners In Forestry website

Both sides are waiting on a Michigan federal judge's ruling in a land swap battle in the Ottawa National Forest that has gone on since 2010.

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Gradual Population Reduction
1:50 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

Committee Recommends Smaller Wolf Hunt for 2014

This year will mark the third wolf hunt in Wisconsin since wolves since wolves were removed from the state's endangered species list.
Credit Derek Bakken

State officials still want to shrink Wisconsin’s wolf population, but at a much slower rate.

The state’s Wolf Advisory Committee has recommended a harvest of 156 wolves this fall – more than a hundred fewer than last year.

DNR Carnivore Specialist Dave MacFarland says that’s because the population is shrinking.  Recent state counts put the wolf population at about 660, down from 809 the previous winter.

“A stable quota on a smaller population would represent a much higher rate and would result in accelerating population decline.” 

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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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