Natural Resources

Ice jams cause
3:13 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Flood Waters Appear To Be Ebbing In Menominee County

The situation is improving for residents along the Wolf River at Keshena in Menominee county.

Emergency Management Coordinator for the Menominee Indian Tribe, Ben Warrington says it appears the water has stopped rising at Keshena...

" began in late November, around the Thanksgiving weekend, and the reasons for it were some ice dams along the Wolf River. Since the week of Thanksgiving it has gradually begun to rise. Now it is to the point it is beginning to affect some businesses and homes in the downtown area...."

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Responding to Established Presence
3:02 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

Natural Resources Board May Downgrade EAB Invasive Classification

The emerald ash borer is present in about half of Wisconsin's counties.
Credit USDA

The DNR wants to lessen statewide restrictions on the invasive emerald ash borer.

The Natural Resources Board will consider Wednesday whether to downgrade the beetle’s classification from Prohibited to Restricted. 

Chief state forester Paul DeLong says it’s an acknowledgment that emerald ash borer is already established in Wisconsin. 

“The fact that you have it, have emerald ash borer on your property for example – you no longer have to work to get rid of it necessarily.  What we’re trying to prevent is its spreading by humans.” 

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Long discussed changes
3:20 pm
Sun December 7, 2014

State Board To Rule On Invasive Species Changes


The state Natural Resources Board will decide Wednesday on revisions to the state's invasive species rule..
Vilas County's Invasive Species Coordinator Ted Ritter says the changes in both the land and water invasive rules have been talked about for a long time. Dozens of species are being categorized. Ritter says one plant has drawn attention....

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Substantial Drop Attributed To Winterkill
5:26 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Northern Wisconsin Harvests Twenty Percent Fewer Bucks

Last year's harsh winter may have impacted this year's gun-deer harvest.
Credit Michele Woodford / Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Harvest totals from the gun-deer season in northern Wisconsin were down even more than the state average.

Statewide, hunters shot 9 percent fewer bucks than last year, but up north the harvest was 21 percent lower. 

Though there were some challenging weather conditions during this year’s nine-day gun season, DNR Wildlife Biologist Jeremy Holtz says the major factor has been last winter’s extreme cold and snow. 

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How People Use and Value Road System
5:20 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Forest Road Study Extends Comment Period

The Chequamegon-Nicolet is giving people more time to comment on how they value forest service roads.
Credit Hilary Markin / USFS

People have about another month to give feedback on how they use the nine thousand miles of roads in the Chequamegon Nicolet National Forest. The comment period for a study on those roads is being extended until the end of December. 

Spokesperson Hilary Markin says the study hopes to gain specific information about which roads are important to people.                    

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After Muzzle-Loader Season Wraps Up
4:06 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

Snowmobile Riders Wait for Trail Opener

While trails aren't open yet, authorities warn snowmobilers to beware of crossing thin ice on lakes.
Credit Joe Ross

Snowmobilers are awaiting the opening of trail systems, which is still at least ten days away. 

Oneida County Forester John Bilagon says agreements with private landowners dictate the trails can’t open until after the muzzle-loader deer season. 

“Then of course we have to have adequate conditions to open the trail.  Typically that means both a combination of snow cover and frozen conditions.”  

Early snow that’s insulating some marshes could be a challenge for snowmobile clubs who want trails to open as soon as possible. 

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Cooperative's Annual Meeting
1:00 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

Forestry Conference To Discuss Conservation Economics

Credit Joshua Mayer

Partners In Forestry Landowner Cooperative is having its annual meeting Saturday in Boulder Junction. 

  Part of the meeting will be a session open to the public discussion on the Economics of Land Conservation. Ken Krall spoke to Director Joe Hovel about some topics during the public session.

The Partners in Forestry Landowner Cooperative meeting is Saturday at the Big Bear Hideaway in Boulder Junction. You can contact Hovel at 715-479-8528 or the Partners In Forestry website for more information.

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Natural Resources
10:00 am
Mon December 1, 2014

A Look At Abundant Water Systems in the Northwoods

Lakes, streams and wetlands are abundant in Wisconsin's Northwoods.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

Two speakers coming to the Northwoods this week will discuss water relationships in northern Wisconsin. 

Emily Stanley from UW Madison’s Center for Limnology says the water resources here are intricately linked, and are really one resource. 

“Surface water today is ground water next year; and really trying to isolate one lake and how we think of it, and how it fits within the Northwoods – you really can’t view it in isolation, these systems really are a part of one big interactive system.” 

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Have a Heart Donation Program
11:53 am
Fri November 28, 2014

What To Do With a Deer Heart? Give It To An Eagle, Says REGI

Credit Michele Woodford / Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

With just a few days left in Wisconsin’s gun deer season, hunters who do get a deer may be looking for a use for its heart.

Marge Gibson of Antigo’s Raptor Education Group says that organ is an ideal food for eagles and other raptors. 

“The deer heart is a perfect food for our birds.  We currently have 42 bald eagles in our care, and they go through an awful lot of food.  So it’s an excellent source of protein for them, and it’s hunters helping hunters.” 

Every year the wildlife rehabilitation center asks for donations of deer hearts.

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Wildlife Matters with Jeremy Holtz
9:52 am
Fri November 28, 2014

For Young Island-Dweller, A Hunt to Remember

Credit USFWS

A few weeks back I was pleased and proud to have a unique opportunity to mentor a youth hunter. 

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