Natural Resources

Deemed Public Safety Risk
6:00 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Federal Judge Denies Night Hunting of Deer

A federal judge says Wisconsin’s Chippewa tribes cannot hunt deer at night.  Judge Barbara Crabb issued the decision today, saying night hunting of deer is not protected by treaty rights because of a risk to public safety. 

Chippewa tribal members have been allowed to hunt wolves at night.  They have argued that members should also be allowed to hunt white-tailed deer after dark. 

But the DNR disagrees.  DNR Attorney Quinn Williams says today’s decision protects public safety. 

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Residents Intend to Stay
5:40 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

Eviction Vote is Deja Vu for LCO Harvest Camp

The Iron County Forestry Committee voted to evict the LCO Harvest Camp on the border of Ashland and Iron Counties.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

Iron County Forestry and Parks committee members have again unanimously voted to evict the residents of the Harvest Camp near the site of a proposed iron mine.  

Members of the Lac Courte Oreilles tribe and other supporters have been camping on county land since early spring in opposition of Gogebic Taconite’s mine proposal. 

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Timber Sales Fund School District
3:27 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

Laona School Forest Kicks Off Three-Year Management Plan

Managers say Laona's school forest has too many aging pines and invasive buckthorn.
Credit UFORA

State foresters are set to begin a three-year timber management project in the Laona School Forest.  DNR officials and Laona students gathered Wednesday to kick off the project. 

DNR Forestry Supervisor Craig Williams says the project will benefit forest health. He says some of the trees in the oldest school forest in the country are aging, and are being affected by invasive buckthorn.

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Problem spreading west
12:08 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

Invasive Phragmites Seen In Northwoods

Phragmites is present along the shores of Lake Michigan.
Credit en.wikipedia.org

Another invasive plant is threatening the shorelines of our northern waters...a plant that has taken over large stretches of Lake Michigan and Green Bay shores. 

It's called phragmites. Ken Krall spoke with Vilas County invasive species coordinator Ted Ritter about the threat from the tall plant that's very aggressive...

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One zone still open
4:00 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

Wolf Hunt Without Serious Incidents: DNR Official

Credit commons.wikimedia.org

One Wisconsin wolf hunt zone remains open and a top DNR official says no incidents have been reported.

As of today, 213 wolves have been taken in six zones from a maximum quota of 251. Only Zone 3, which includes portions of Price and Taylor counties, is still open. In that zone, 31 animals were taken from a quota of 71.

 

DNR Northern District leader John Gozdzialski .....

 

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No Photos, Please
4:00 am
Tue November 26, 2013

Up Close: Iron Mining in the Upper Peninsula

Iron pellets from Empire and Tilden mines is sent to the Marquette Ore Docks on Lake Superior.
Credit P. Gordon / http://www.flickr.com/photos/pgordon/5264273065/sizes/m/in/photolist-92bLYH/

Controversy continues over a proposed iron mine in Iron and Ashland counties.  

While Wisconsin hasn’t seen an open pit mine in a while, some neighboring states have.  Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is home to a pair of open pit iron mines that have been operating for several decades.   

Standing on the edge of Empire Mine is like looking into an amphitheater far too big for any performance.  It’s a mile wide and a mile across.  1200 feet deep.  I start wondering how many swimming pools it would take to fill it. 

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Legal size fish in three years
3:00 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

On Short Notice, DNR Leaders Pleased With Walleye Initiative

DNR officials say the new walleye stocking initiative is getting good results.
Credit Eric Engbretson / US Fish and Wildlife Service

While the next several days outdoors are all about things white tail, the DNR recently said the first year of the Walleye Initiative has been a success.

After the legislature came up with more funding to improve state fish hatcheries and programs earlier this year, the DNR announced the Wisconsin Walleye Initiative, aimed at stocking larger fingerlings in state waters.

The DNR's fisheries director Mike Staggs talks with Ken Krall:

The larger fingerlings are in the 6 to 8 inch range, which biologists say gives  the young walleyes a better chance to grow to maturity.

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Blueprint For Deer Management
4:55 pm
Sun November 24, 2013

Stepp: Deer Trustee Report To NRB In January

Credit Wisconsin DNR

After much public input and meetings, Wisconsin's DNR Secretary says the Deer Trustee recommendations will go before the Natural Resources Board in January.

Governor Walker hired a Texas-based whitetail deer researcher, Dr. James Kroll, who made a number of recommendations concerning Wisconsin's deer management. The DNR had a series of public sessions and social media input to put together an action plan based on Kroll's findings which will come before the board in January.

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Wants more young people, women to hunt
4:42 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Stepp Says Deer Hunt Is Like 'Christmas' For DNR

DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp says she's a new deer hunter.
Credit wisconsin.gov

On the eve of the 2013 Wisconsin gun deer hunt, WXPR's Ken Krall talked with DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp, a new deer hunter herself, about the upcoming hunt.

Stepp says they are working to have a app ready for smartphones that relates to the hunt. More information is on the DNR website.

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Natural Resources
2:24 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

Oak Wilt Arrives in Minocqua-Woodruff

Oak wilt may be spreading north in Wisconsin.
Credit Ronald Billings / Texas Forest Service

A lethal tree disease has been found for the first time in near Woodruff.  Oak wilt is prevalent in southern and central Wisconsin.  But tests have confirmed its presence in the Northern Highland American Legion State Forest. 

DNR Forest insect and disease Specialist Brian Schwingle says the finding is significant.               

“It’s concerning that we found it on our largest state property, the Northern American Legion state forest, where oak is an extremely valuable tree.”

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