Natural Resources

DNR training for loggers, foresters
5:01 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

Regrow The Woods By Saving The Woody Biomass

Credit Heikki Valve photo

The DNR is offering a series of training programs to help loggers and foresters determine how much woody debris to leave on the forest floor after logging.

Experts say when trees are removed during logging, nutrients stored in the soil are also carried away. The leftovers are called "woody biomass" and the DNR's Tricia Knoot says the leftovers are valuable for other wood-related industries. She says the goal is to give workers in the woods the info to leave some behind...

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Concern About Downstream Pollution from Mining
4:49 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

Chippewa Tribes Set to Meet With EPA This Weekend

Tribal leaders are headed to Traverse City Michigan this weekend to meet with the federal Environmental Protection Agency. 

Wisconsin’s six Chippewa tribes have asked the EPA to intervene in Gogebic Taconite’s iron mining proposal.  They say Wisconsin’s iron mining  laws don’t do enough to protect crucial downstream resources like wild rice and fish…that are protected in the ceded territory by federal treaty rights. 

Lac du Flambeau chairman Tom Maulson says the tribes are in a unique position to safeguard the environment.

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Boom Lake boat landing
9:43 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

Rhinelander Flowage Invasives Topic Of Meeting Saturday

A meeting has been called Saturday morning in Rhinelander to hear the results of studies on a growing population of terrestrial and aquatic invasive species in the Wisconsin River near Rhinelander.

Called the Rhinelander Flowage, it's the area north of the Philip St. dam by Expera Paper north to McNaughton, including several large bodies of water including Boom Lake.

Scott Eshelman is an organizer of the meeting.....

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Hearing coming to Minocqua
4:26 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

State Looking At Limits On Panfish Take

Credit Wisconsin DNR

Minocqua is one site of three picked by the DNR to get public input on proposed rules to limit the number of panfish taken on 110 lakes, including many in the Northwoods.

Fisheries Manager Section Chief Steve Hewett says the proposed regulations include on some lakes, anglers could keep 25 panfish, but no more than 10 of one species..another option is 15 total fish, but no more than 5 of any species, or 25 but no more than five could be over 7 inches.
Hewett says fishing pressure on the easier-to-catch panfish has led them to notice a trend..

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Clean Boats, Clean Water
4:34 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

Film Crew Looks at Oneida County Efforts to Combat Invasives

Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

A Chicago-­based documentary production crew will be in Rhinelander this weekend to look at the effort here to stop aquatic invasive species. Oneida County AIS Coordinator Michele Sadauskas(sah­dows'­kuss) says the documentary is called "Making Waves: ­­Battle For The Great Lakes"... 

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Ordinance to be updated
2:33 pm
Tue August 5, 2014

Group Wants OC Shoreland Protection Discussion

Bob Martini of the Oneida County Lakes and Rivers Association discusses an effort by the group to engage the public in a discussion concerning shoreland protection.

Bob Martini from Oneida County Lakes and Rivers Association.

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Concurrent with Archery Season
1:38 pm
Tue August 5, 2014

New Crossbow Licenses Already Popular Among Deer Hunters

Hunters now have the option of shooting deer with crossbows.
Credit Michele Woodford / Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

More deer hunters will be able to shoot with a crossbow this deer season.  In fact, the licenses are available to any qualified hunter. 

Until now, only disabled hunters were eligible to shoot with a crossbow.

DNR Warden Supervisor Dave Walz in Woodruff says Walz says some groups opposed expanding the crossbow hunt, fearing it made things too easy compared to a traditional bow and arrow. 

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Wildlife Matters
11:57 am
Tue August 5, 2014

A Woodpecker That Rarely Pecks Wood

Northern flickers are in the woodpecker family, but they act quite differently than many woodpeckers.
Credit Dick Daniels /

Next, DNR wildlife biologist Jeremy Holtz talks about the woodpecker that doesn't act like a woodpecker...

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Several blazes still rage
9:49 am
Mon August 4, 2014

Wisconsin Crews Still Assisting On Western Fires

The Carlton Complex blaze burned over a quarter million acres in Washington state; meanwhile other fires rage throughout the Northwest.
Credit Suzanne Flory / Submitted photo

Two Wisconsin fire crews are returning home from helping battle the Carlton Complex blaze in Washington state.  But two other crews are still stationed out west. 

Jim Grant in Rhinelander is Forest Fire Management Officer for the Chequamegon Nicolet National Forest and the Ottawa National Forest.

He says the 20-person crews are made up of personnel from a variety of state and federal agencies, like the Forest Service and Bureau of Indian Affairs.   

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Thousands Help at Carlton Complex
6:31 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Northwoods Residents Help at Washington Blaze

Suzanne Flory/Submitted photo

Crews from northern Wisconsin are helping battle the largest wildfire in Washington state’s history.

More than 3000 people have been called in from around the country to combat the Carlton Complex, ablaze that started in mid-July. 

Rhinelander resident Suzanne Flory from the U.S. Forest Service is wrapping up a two-week stint at the fire site, serving as a liaison and helping with communication between incident commanders and local government. 

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