Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest

State-Federal agreement
11:07 pm
Sun May 25, 2014

New Tools For Managing CNNF Timber

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Late last week, a request to step up the battle against invasive pests and disease in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest got a boost. Environmental and administrative rules were changed to contract to remove, treat, or replant trees in areas with declining forest help. That was part of the 2014 Farm Bill.

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Just Too Muddy
2:03 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Weather Delays Opening for Chequamegon-Nicolet

Campgrounds and recreation trails in the Chequamegon-Nicolet won't open until later in May.
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You’ll have to wait several more weeks to go hiking or camping in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest. 

Spokesperson Dave Melancon says trails and campgrounds usually open around the last week in April, but conditions this year are too wet and muddy. 

“Well we’ve had a pretty rough winter, as you can tell.  So we want to keep our campgrounds and trails up in the best condition we can.  Traveling on them could cause ruts in the road, or damage to the road.  So they’re not ready for people to use yet.”

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Private camps, CNNF remain 25 miles
5:14 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

Board Tightens Ring On Firewood Purchases

Buy campfire wood locally
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The state Natural Resources Board voted unanimously in favor of key provisions to change the state's hunting culture -- changes drafted by Texas researcher James Kroll. One key provision eliminates in-person deer registrations at places like bars and gas stations, in favor of online and phone registrations.. Other changes include a reduction in deer management units, the creation of county committees to advise state wildlife experts on deer population goals.

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Holiday Activities
9:00 am
Mon December 2, 2013

Families Can Go Tree Hunting in the Chequamegon Nicolet

A five dollar permit can get you a holiday tree from the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest.
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Deer hunters may be lamenting the end of the gun season…but there’s still plenty of time for tree hunting. 

Individuals searching for a Christmas tree can cut one in the Chequamegon Nicolet National Forest…with a five dollar permit.  Spokeswoman Megan Healy says part of the appeal of cutting your own tree is the experience. 

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November 9-11
2:50 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

Fees Waived In National Forests For Veterans Weekend

The changing seasons in the Chequamegon-Nicolet NF
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The Forest Service is waiving fees at most of its day-use recreation sites this weekend in honor of Veterans Day.

This is the fourth year the Forest Service is waiving fees says spokesperson David Melancon...

 

"....we've been waiving fees for Veterans Day and a couple other major holidays for many years now and it's basically one way for the Forest Service to say thank you to our veterans..."

The fees are also waived for non-veterans.

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Gathering of Industry Representatives
1:00 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

Timber Industry to Hold Forth on Federal Policy

Members of the forest products industry are testifying on federal policies that affect them.  Great Lakes Timber Professionals has organized a hearing that runs all day Friday and Saturday.  The group’s Director Henry Shienebeck says the aim is to collect testimony to submit to Congress. 

“Really for our association it’s about how do we get a combined message to Washington that says, this is what happens when you do rules and regulations without completely understanding and taking the local economy into account when you do this.”

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Asking for More Logs
6:01 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

Too Little Logging For Lumber?

Local sawmills argue there aren't enough logs being harvested in northern Wisconsin.
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Some lumber mills in northern Wisconsin say low timber harvests from the Chequamegon Nicolet National Forest are jeopardizing their businesses.  

Sue Pukall of Arbor Vitae’s Pukall Lumber says the company is sometimes forced to buy logs hauled from Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, which costs about $200 extra per truckload.

“Ideally we should be able to source all the logs that we need within a 50-75 mile radius of our mill.  So when we have to go up into the UP, that’s obviously a lot further than 75 miles.”

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Joins other county boards
3:00 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

OC Board Asks For More National Forest Cutting

Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest
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The Oneida county board has joined other counties asking the U.S. Forest Service and Congress to make changes in policy allowing more cutting in Wisconsin's national forest and other forests.

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Quarantine on Non-Local Wood
4:24 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

To Slow Ash Borer's Spread, Buy Local Firewood

The emerald ash borer was most recently found in Superior.
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Federal and state officials are reminding campers this holiday weekend to buy firewood close to your campsite.

With the most recent discovery in Superior of the ash-tree-killing Emerald Ash Borer, the insect has moved into the north. To slow the spread of the borer, officials have put a quarantine on firewood from areas away from the campsites.

Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest spokesperson Megan Healy explains...

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School Funding
4:19 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

Budget Proposal Diverts Timber Money to K-12 Schools

The Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest spans over 1.5 million acres in northern Wisconsin.
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Some Northwoods school districts could be getting a financial boost next year, thanks to a proposal included the state budget.

The version of the budget passed by the joint finance committee would send 25 percent of timber sales from the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest to local schools.  School districts would receive different amounts based on how much forest acreage falls within their district.  Republican State Representative Rob Swearingin describes the proposal as a shot in the arm for rural schools.

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