Natural Resources

Battle Over Rights in Ceded Territory
4:52 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

Tribes Wait For Decision On Night Hunting Appeal

Wisconsin's Chippewa tribes want to hunt deer at night in the ceded territory, but the state thinks it's too dangerous.
Credit Oregon Department of Transportation

The state’s six Chippewa tribes are again waiting to hear whether a federal judge will allow tribal members to hunt deer at night in the ceded territory. 

The issue was first in the courts more than twenty years ago, and in 1991 a judge ruled that the traditional practice of hunting deer by night would be too dangerous for the public in off-reservation lands. 

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National Forest observations
4:40 am
Tue September 23, 2014

National Public Lands Day Set For Saturday

Credit CNNF

The Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest and Ottawa National Forest will be noting National Public Lands Saturday with a fee-free day and volunteer service projects to improve  public lands.

Chequamegon-Nicolet Forest spokesperson Hilary Markin  details the day...

".....the forest is having two  volunteer work days. It's also a fee-free day on National Public Lands days. Entrance fees are waived..."

Some fees will still apply at places  like campgrounds...

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Cool Weather in the Northwoods
4:00 am
Tue September 23, 2014

Seasonal Reflections: "Spummer" Is a Bummer

Credit US Forest Service

With the fall season officially upon us…many people may be experiencing some bittersweet feelings about the transition towards winter.  In today’s Wildlife Matters, DNR Wildlife Biologist Jeremy Holtz shares his reflections on the end of a relatively cool season…that he argues shouldn’t be considered a summer at all.    

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Controversial Trade of Scenic Spot
4:59 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Judge Rules In Favor of Forest Service in Wildcat Falls Land Swap

A land swap in the Upper Peninsula that turns Wildcat Falls over to private hands is set to move forward.

In a lawsuit over the issue, a federal judge has ruled in favor of the U.S. Forest Service, saying the agency did adequately assess the impacts of a trade known as the Delich Land Exchange…that opponents argue isn’t in the public interest. 

Christine Handler, Forest Planner for the Ottawa National Forest, says the original trade holds, with Forest Service gaining more than 400 acres. 

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Experienced on Western Forests
1:23 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Jackson Takes Over as Ottawa Forest Supervisor

The Ottawa National Forest has a new forest supervisor.

Linda Jackson has been on the job since late August. 

She comes most recently from Arizona, where she worked as a District Ranger on the Prescott National Forest.  She has also worked on national forests in Utah and Nevada.

Jackson says management challenges in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula are different than on western forests.  She says managers have to take into account how natural features and forest compositions interact with multiple uses like timber harvesting and recreation.

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Firewood cutters welcomed
4:22 am
Mon September 22, 2014

CNNF Looking For Help Clearing Trees From Trails

The Sept. 4 storm caused significant tree damage to Moose Lake Campground north of Loretta, Wi.
Credit CNNF

The severe storm earlier this month did significant damage to some of the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest and officials are hoping the public could help clean up.

Forest spokesperson Hilary Markin says firewood cutting permits are part of the routine offerings in the national forest. She says a special opportunity is being offered to permit holders...

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Repair road to popular destination
2:55 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Kentuck Lake Road Closed By USFS On Monday

A lake in Vilas county

The Kentuck Lake Campground and boat landing located in Vilas County near the town of Alvin will be closed beginning Monday, September 22.

Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest spokesperson Hilary  Markin says they're closing the road and boat dock  to fix some nasty potholes...

".....we anticipate that closure to last about three days so hopefully we're not impacting any weekend visitors just during the week. We're going to be working on the roadway trying to make that a safer travel way for visitors...."

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Working With Limited Resources
11:44 am
Wed September 17, 2014

USFS Looks For Outside Help With Timber Sales

The forest products industry has criticized the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest for not meeting timber harvest goals set forth in its 10-year forest plan.
Credit US Forest Service

Managers of the Chequamegon-Nicolet want to partner with other groups to help achieve timber harvest goals in the national forest.  That’s the message from Forest Supervisor Paul Strong.   

He’s part of a newly formed partnership called the Northeast Wisconsin Forestry Improvement Collaborative that represents logging groups, manufacturers and environmental interests. 

Strong says the hope is that different organizations can help the Forest Service obtain grant money, organize volunteers, or even resolve disagreements. 

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Wildlife Matters with Jeremy Holtz
4:00 am
Tue September 16, 2014

Is It Raining Rattlesnakes? Debunking a Myth of Turkey Control

Credit Kristie Gianopulos /

In the years I have worked for the Department of Natural Resources, one of the most common tales I hear repeated involves dropping rattlesnakes from helicopters to control turkey populations. Some of you are convinced this happens; others frankly find the idea absurd. However, I have to field this question, or accusation, a few times every year, so I thought I would explore the topic in further detail.

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Changes Taking Effect
1:50 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Archery Season Set to Open Will Be Buck-Only For Many

Dear season opens for archers and crossbow hunters Saturday, September 13th.
Credit Michele Woodford / Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

As deer hunters know well, the archery season opens Saturday in Wisconsin.

It will be a unique deer hunting season with a set of new regulations in place, and buck-only hunts in most northern counties.

Deer hunters may face some adjustments when they head out into the woods this weekend. 

As DNR Warden Supervisor Dave Walz explains, a variety of changes are taking effect thanks to the deer trustee rule package.  For one, deer management units now tend to follow county lines, instead of highway or river boundaries like they often did before. 

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