A biking and walking trail planned between Phelps and Conover is getting a financial boost. Great Headwaters Trails has gotten 90-thousand dollars to begin work on a 5 mile section between Phelps and Conover. Half of that is coming from the DNR. It’s being matched by money from state snowmobiling funds and Great Headwaters Trails.
But Great Headwaters Trails President Jeff Curry says trail construction is still not fully funded.
Home prices went up again last month, but the number of sales remained flat.
Wisconsin Realtors Association reports median sale prices are up seven and a half percent so far this year...compared to 2012. Economist David Clark says a high market inventory should keep prices from skyrocketing.
“I think those increases will moderate as we go forward. And that ought to keep housing relatively affordable.”
Michigan’s first wolf hunt has begun. At least one advocacy group is not happy about it.
The National Wolfwatcher Coalition is claiming Michigan DNR officials ignored thousands of emailed comments protesting the state’s wolf hunting plan. The group’s Great Lakes Section Leader Nancy Warren says about 1200 comments were from Michigan residents, and only 13 supported the plan.
The “buy where you burn” principle still applies in hunting season.
The Wisconsin Department of Trade and Consumer Protection is reminding hunters not to haul firewood long distances when they head to their deer camps.
Department spokesperson Donna Gilson says doing so could introduce new pests to an area.
“There’s always that temptation to bring firewood with you because you’ve got some right in your backyard. IT’s never a good idea to haul firewood around the state. And in some cases it may actually be illegal to do so.”
We usually think of an invasive species as taking over its environment, at the expense its native counterparts.
But a new study from the University of Wisconsin Madison’s Center for Limnology challenges that assumption. It compiled survey data from a variety of studies on aquatic species, and finds that most of the time aquatic invasives keep a pretty low profile. WXPR’s Natalie Jablonski sat down with Gretchen Hansen, lead author on the study.
A bill changing the approval process for high capacity wells has passed a Senate committee. Some environmental groups are up in arms.
The bill limits the DNR’s powers in reviewing commercial wells that pump over 100,000 gallons per day. For example a property with a well on it could be sold without having to get a new well permit. And applications not acted upon within 65 days would get approved by default.