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.
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.
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.
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.
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...."
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.
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.”
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.