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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.”
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...
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.