Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest

How People Use and Value Road System
5:20 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Forest Road Study Extends Comment Period

The Chequamegon-Nicolet is giving people more time to comment on how they value forest service roads.
Credit Hilary Markin / USFS

People have about another month to give feedback on how they use the nine thousand miles of roads in the Chequamegon Nicolet National Forest. The comment period for a study on those roads is being extended until the end of December. 

Spokesperson Hilary Markin says the study hopes to gain specific information about which roads are important to people.                    

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Senator, Forest Service Chief
5:08 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Baldwin, Tidwell Talk Forest Management in Northwoods

U.S Senator Tammy Baldwin(D-Wi.)
Credit WXPR

Wisconsin Senator Tammy Baldwin brought U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell to Rhinelander and Forest county to see if a bridge could be built regarding harvesting trees in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest.

Baldwin and Tidwell listened to a group of northern Wisconsin business representatives, environmental groups, tribal foresters,  hunters, educators, state and county forestry officials. The message was clear from several stakeholders: they need to cut more wood in the Chequamengon-Nicolet National Forest to keep the health of the forest and resurrect a dying economy.

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Reacting to Invasive Species
3:58 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

Rhinelander, CNNF Assess EAB Vulnerability

Credit U.S. Forest Service

Park and forest managers are taking steps to minimize the damage from the emerald ash borer in the Northwoods.   

The tree-killing beetle was found in Rhinelander last week, making its first appearance in Northcentral Wisconsin.

Rhinelander Parks and Grounds Director Gunder Paulson says the city already has an emerald ash borer readiness plan. He says a tree inventory a few years ago identified 214 ash trees between sidewalks and streets in Rhinelander, about 12 percent of the street trees in town.

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Assessing Thousands of Miles of Roads
3:01 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

CNNF Looks Into Road Use, Sustainability

Managers for the Chequamegon Nicolet want to know which roads are important to people.
Credit U.S. Forest Service

The Chequamegon Nicolet National Forest wants to find out how people are using its roads…and whether the system is sustainable.

It’s doing a study to find out how people are using the nine thousand miles of Forest Service road…that range from paved surface to gravel or dirt trail. 

Chequamegon Nicolet spokesperson Hilary Markin says road budgets are going down while maintenance costs are going up.  That has led to a growing list of overdue projects.

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Changes in Landscape
5:25 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Climate Change Analysis Predicts Fewer Conifers, More Hardwoods In Northern Forests

Forest compositions may change in a warming climate, away from boreal species like spruce and birch.
Credit U.S. Forest Service

Forests in the Northwoods and Upper Peninsula may look different in the next century thanks to a warming climate.  Anew report from the U.S. Forest Service predicts fewer of some types of conifers and more hardwoods in northern forests. 

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Repair road to popular destination
2:55 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Kentuck Lake Road Closed By USFS On Monday

A lake in Vilas county
Credit en.wikipedia.org

The Kentuck Lake Campground and boat landing located in Vilas County near the town of Alvin will be closed beginning Monday, September 22.

Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest spokesperson Hilary  Markin says they're closing the road and boat dock  to fix some nasty potholes...

".....we anticipate that closure to last about three days so hopefully we're not impacting any weekend visitors just during the week. We're going to be working on the roadway trying to make that a safer travel way for visitors...."

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Fallen Trees and Road Washouts
5:50 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Wind and Rain Close Some Areas of Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest

Some roads and recreational areas may be closed following Thursday's intense storms.
Credit US Forest Service

Some campgrounds and trails are closed due to storm damage in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest.

Campers and hikers may want to check for the latest details before heading out.

Forest spokesperson Hilary Markin says most of the damage happened in the western sections of the forest...in the Medford-Park Falls District and Great Divide District.

 

“So north of the Winter area, between Park Falls and Hayward is where a lot of the damage occurred. They had a lot of wind damage, and then also flooding with all the rain that came down.”

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Supporting More Cutting
7:30 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Sen. Johnson Tours County, National Forest Lands

Sen. Johnson toured an aspen clear cut in Forest county to see its regeneration.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

Another U.S. Senator was in the Northwoods Tuesday to talk about forestry issues.

Senator Ron Johnson toured Forest County and National forest land with representatives from the Great lakes Timber Professionals. 

Johnson says opportunities for harvesting timber in the Chequamegon Nicolet National Forest are being wasted.  He says he plans to put together some numbers estimating what kind of revenue that forest could generate, and says changes should be made in the way national forest management is funded.

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Controversy Over Cutting
6:55 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Sen. Baldwin Tours Laona Sawmill, Voices Support for National Forest Timber Harvest

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin toured Nicolet Hardwoods Monday.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin visited Forest County today to learn about the economic importance of the logging industry. 

Baldwin has supported higher levels of cutting in the Chequamegon Nicolet National Forest, saying she wants the forest to meet its harvest goals. 

“When I hear how a well-vetted plan about how the forests in this area would be managed over the years – when I see that they haven’t even gotten close to achieving those goals, when they’ve been put together with a lot of stakeholder involvement, that’s disappointing and I want to know why.”

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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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