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Officials say for the fifth year in a row the amount of timber sold from the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest has increased.

With a month left in the federal fiscal year, the Forest has sold 118.4 million board feet of timber and anticipates selling an additional 4.7 million more by September 30 through a competitive bid process.

Forest spokesperson Hilary Markin says the increased production is noted...

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A 20-person crew gathered Wednesday morning at the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest office in Rhinelander before heading out west to help with large fires ravaging the region.

Forest Service spokesperson Hilary Markin details how the interagency crew is composed...

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A partnership between the U.S. Forest Service, Michigan Tech University and non-profit group Veterans Trek of Milwaukee is helping to get accurate data on infrastructure of the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest.

Forest spokesperson Hilary Markin outlines the veteran's efforts...

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The Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest is looking for volunteers to fill a variety of roles this summer to support the Forest's recreational program.

Lakewood-Laona Assistant Recreational Ranger Greyling Brandt says volunteer campground hosts are especially needed. He says having a person hosting the campsite is invaluable...

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More campsites have been added for people who enjoy spending time in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest.

Forest spokesperson Hilary Markin says many of the sites are close by....

"....so the Eagle River-Florence District has added some campsites to the reservation system. Some of them are already reservable, they've added additional sites. Others are brand new campgrounds to the reservation system...."

She says the additional campsites are in some already popular sites...

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A white Christmas means lots of recreational opportunities in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest.

Forest spokesperson Hilary Markin says all winter trails are open. She says the Forest offers 20 cross-country ski trails...

"....folks to get out, they can skate ski, classic ski. They have loops for all ages, beginner loops that are nice and short. We have some longer, more difficult trails that people can go up and over hills. There's something for everyone......"

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A Christmas tree in your home harvested by you is available through the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest. If you have a 4th grader in your house, an even better deal is possible.

The national forest is offering permits for the public to cut their own tree from the forest for $5, with a limit of five trees per household.

Chequamegon-Nicolet spokesperson Hilary Markin says a program is designed to get the nation's next generation of outdoor stewards into the woods...

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A sure sign of spring finds facilities on the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest opening for the warm-weather months. Most Trails, campgrounds, picnic areas and boat launches are open for the summer recreation season.

Forest spokesperson Hilary Markin says the weather this spring has enabled the ATV trails to also be open with just one exception...

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Add the winter recreational trails in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest to those closed for the season. A rapid warm up has changed the winter trails conditions from acceptable to closed in one week.

Forest spokesperson Hilary Markin says snowmobile, ATV-UTV, horse and bicycle trails are all closed during this time period. It allows them to dry out. We then typically open them up again around May 1. She says this is a critical time to preserve the trails...

Upgrades Made to Flambeau Motorized Trail

Nov 10, 2015
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  The Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest Service is upgrading the Flambeau Motorized Trail to accommodate ATVs and UTVs 65 inches or less. Previously, the Flambeau Motorized Trail system offered more than 70 miles of year round riding for ATVs 50 inches or less.  Medford-Park Falls Recreation Ranger Tim Vetter says a safety audit in 2011 identified areas of the trail system that didn’t meet agency standards for larger width UTVs.

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State Senator Tom Tiffany of Hazelhurst, and Representatives Rob Swearingen of Rhinelander and Jeff Mursau of Crivitz Wednesday issued a statement following a recent announcement that about 11 percent of the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest recreation areas will either be closed or have reduced services.

Tiffany says if the state was given the authority to manage the forest, they would use the increased timber production to fund recreation...

Timber Industry Optimistic About CNNF Harvests

Apr 6, 2015
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The Chequamegon Nicolet National Forest is working with partners to help carry out forest management projects, and that could be good news for the timber industry.

The forest products industry has complained that the national forest isn’t meeting its harvest goals, while the Forest Service says it doesn’t have enough funding to carry out all of its management projects. 

But Henry Schienebeck of Great Lakes Timber Professionals says collaborations have begun to help get work done on the forest. 

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A new cooperative effort to fund more management on the Chequamegon Nicolet National Forest is bearing fruit.

Harvest has begun on a timber sale in Forest County as part of a stewardship agreement.  That means money earned from the sale will go towards conservation and management on the forest, instead of to the general budget. 

As Director of the nonprofit Sustainable Resources Initiative Don Peterson explains, it’s thanks to the efforts of a group called the Stewardship Steering Committee. 

Northwoods Snowmobile Trails Close For Season

Mar 12, 2015
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Snowmobile trails in Oneida and Vilas counties are closed as of Thursday afternoon.

John Bilogan, Director of the Oneida County Forestry Department says warm weather has melted most of the snow. 

"If you get into the woods, the trails probably would still be ridable.  But it gets to the point where intersections and areas that are exposed to direct sunlight, a lot of them are bare."

Bilogan says riding on bare ground can cause safety issues or damage to trails.

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Temporary job listings have been posted by the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest.

Spokesperson Hilary Markin says the jobs often attract young people looking for a career or folks who have some time to give...

"....every year the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest and other area forests hire temporary students to work in fisheries, on our trails and even archeology and fire suppression. Those are some of the specialty areas that we hire...."

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