Department of Natural Resources http://wxpr.org en Online Deer Chat Today http://wxpr.org/post/online-deer-chat-today <p>The DNR is gathering public input on proposed changes to deer management. &nbsp;</p><p>It&rsquo;s holding an online chat today &nbsp;at noon on implementing the Deer Trustee Report. &nbsp;Spokesperson Jennifer Pelej says this is the next step in the process of collecting feedback that began in March.&nbsp;</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;And we want to continue to keep the doors open with the public.&nbsp; So this is just a tool for us to connect with people who might have questions about the process or the rules package.&rdquo;</p> Mon, 14 Oct 2013 09:00:00 +0000 Natalie Jablonski 9195 at http://wxpr.org Online Deer Chat Today DNR Funds Rhinelander Boat Landing http://wxpr.org/post/dnr-funds-rhinelander-boat-landing <p>The city of Rhinelander is getting funds to pay for a new boat landing. &nbsp;</p><p>More than $400,000 are coming in from DNR and federal grants.&nbsp; City Parks and Grounds Director Gunder Paulson says the launch will be at the site of an old DNR ranger station.</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;re calling this the Boyce Drive boat landing.&nbsp; It&rsquo;s right by Shephard &nbsp;Park.&nbsp; And it&rsquo;s at the confluence of the Pelican and Wisconsin Rivers.&nbsp; Very beautiful spot.&rdquo;</p> Tue, 08 Oct 2013 19:00:30 +0000 Natalie Jablonski 9032 at http://wxpr.org DNR Funds Rhinelander Boat Landing DNR Wants Your Thoughts on Walleye http://wxpr.org/post/dnr-wants-your-thoughts-walleye <p>The DNR is looking for public input on walleye stocking. &nbsp;State officials are holding a meeting in Rhinelander next week. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>It&rsquo;s one of a series of meetings where the DNR is hoping for feedback on its walleye management goals.&nbsp; Steve Hewett&nbsp;from the DNR&rsquo;s fisheries program says it&rsquo;s also a chance to talk with the public about which lakes are stocked and why.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 07 Oct 2013 09:00:00 +0000 Natalie Jablonski 8913 at http://wxpr.org DNR Wants Your Thoughts on Walleye Well Drilling Regulations Up for Committee Hearing http://wxpr.org/post/well-drilling-regulations-committee-hearing <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A bill limiting the </span>DNR’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> power over high capacity wells is up for a hearing in a Senate committee Wednesday. &nbsp;</span></p> Mon, 23 Sep 2013 23:38:11 +0000 Natalie Jablonski 8386 at http://wxpr.org Well Drilling Regulations Up for Committee Hearing DNR Says, Help a Songbird Out http://wxpr.org/post/dnr-says-help-songbird-out <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Early fall marks the annual migration of songbirds as they begin to pass through Wisconsin, heading south for the winter. &nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Department of Natural Resources says homeowners can help the warblers, thrushes and other songbirds on their arduous journey by helping supply food sources and habitat.&nbsp; Wildlife Biologist Ryan Brady says small backyard changes can actually make a big difference.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p> Mon, 09 Sep 2013 22:59:23 +0000 Natalie Jablonski 7714 at http://wxpr.org DNR Says, Help a Songbird Out WPS Fined $80K For Emissions Violation http://wxpr.org/post/wps-fined-80k-emissions-violation <p>The Attorney General's office has reached a judgment against Wisconsin Public Service because of violations of it's air pollution control permit.&nbsp; The northeastern Wisconsin utility is being fined $80,000.</p><p>The civil complaint was filed in Marathon County Circuit Court. &nbsp;DNR Air Management spokesperson Jeff Johnson talks about what happened this week.</p> Fri, 30 Aug 2013 13:50:25 +0000 Ken Krall 7267 at http://wxpr.org DNR Faces Management Decision for Van Vliet Parcel http://wxpr.org/post/dnr-faces-management-decision-van-vliet-parcel <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Department of Natural Resources officials are weighing public input in deciding how to manage a portion of the Van </span>Vliet<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Hemlocks. &nbsp;</span></p> Mon, 19 Aug 2013 23:22:07 +0000 Natalie Jablonski 6741 at http://wxpr.org DNR Faces Management Decision for Van Vliet Parcel Court Decision Mixed Bag for DNR Regulatory Power http://wxpr.org/post/court-decision-mixed-bag-dnr-regulatory-power-0 <p><span style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><span id="cke_bm_34S" style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span>Conservation advocates say it’s not clear how lakes will be impacted, now that the state supreme court has narrowly interpreted the DNR’s regulatory power under the public trust doctrine.&nbsp;</span></p> Wed, 17 Jul 2013 20:39:09 +0000 Natalie Jablonski 5203 at http://wxpr.org Court Decision Mixed Bag for DNR Regulatory Power Wolves' Social Structure Means Dynamic Population Changes http://wxpr.org/post/wolves-social-structure-means-dynamic-population-changes <p>Wisconsin’s gray wolf population is estimated at over 800 - high enough that the state Department of Natural Resources allows a certain number of wolves to be hunted each year. &nbsp;</p> Fri, 05 Jul 2013 20:41:20 +0000 Natalie Jablonski 4608 at http://wxpr.org Wolves' Social Structure Means Dynamic Population Changes DNR Increases Wolf Hunting Quota http://wxpr.org/post/dnr-increases-wolf-hunting-quota <p>The Wisconsin Natural Resources Board has approved a harvest quota of 275 wolves for the next year. Meeting in Wausau Wednesday, the board unanimously approved the higher level. Last year, 201 animals were set as the limit.</p><p>The quota includes 115 wolves set aside for the Chippewa bands off-reservation treaty rights. That quota will likely never be used as the tribes see the wolf as a sacred animal.</p><p>Sarah Johnson from the Timber Wolf Alliance in Manitowish Waters thinks the idea of raising the number by nearly 40 percent in one year without more study might be hasty.</p> Wed, 26 Jun 2013 23:27:17 +0000 Natalie Jablonski 4221 at http://wxpr.org DNR Increases Wolf Hunting Quota