Department of Natural Resources

Ken Thomas

The DNR is gathering public input on proposed changes to deer management.  

It’s holding an online chat today  at noon on implementing the Deer Trustee Report.  Spokesperson Jennifer Pelej says this is the next step in the process of collecting feedback that began in March. 

“And we want to continue to keep the doors open with the public.  So this is just a tool for us to connect with people who might have questions about the process or the rules package.”

Joshua Mayer

The city of Rhinelander is getting funds to pay for a new boat landing.  

More than $400,000 are coming in from DNR and federal grants.  City Parks and Grounds Director Gunder Paulson says the launch will be at the site of an old DNR ranger station.

“We’re calling this the Boyce Drive boat landing.  It’s right by Shephard  Park.  And it’s at the confluence of the Pelican and Wisconsin Rivers.  Very beautiful spot.”

The project will consist of piers and a paved boat launch area.  It will also include bathrooms and a parking lot. 

Eric Engbretson / US Fish and Wildlife Service

The DNR is looking for public input on walleye stocking.  State officials are holding a meeting in Rhinelander next week.   

It’s one of a series of meetings where the DNR is hoping for feedback on its walleye management goals.  Steve Hewett from the DNR’s fisheries program says it’s also a chance to talk with the public about which lakes are stocked and why. 

Klimek Bros Well Drilling

A bill limiting the DNR’s power over high capacity wells is up for a hearing in a Senate committee Wednesday.  

Dick Daniels

Early fall marks the annual migration of songbirds as they begin to pass through Wisconsin, heading south for the winter.  

The Department of Natural Resources says homeowners can help the warblers, thrushes and other songbirds on their arduous journey by helping supply food sources and habitat.  Wildlife Biologist Ryan Brady says small backyard changes can actually make a big difference.             

The Attorney General's office has reached a judgment against Wisconsin Public Service because of violations of it's air pollution control permit.  The northeastern Wisconsin utility is being fined $80,000.

The civil complaint was filed in Marathon County Circuit Court.  DNR Air Management spokesperson Jeff Johnson talks about what happened this week.

Natalie Jablonski

Department of Natural Resources officials are weighing public input in deciding how to manage a portion of the Van Vliet Hemlocks.  

Richard Hurd


 Conservation advocates say it’s not clear how lakes will be impacted, now that the state supreme court has narrowly interpreted the DNR’s regulatory power under the public trust doctrine. 

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Wisconsin’s gray wolf population is estimated at over 800 - high enough that the state Department of Natural Resources allows a certain number of wolves to be hunted each year.  

But in the 1970s the wolf population was a fraction of that number, leading to their protection under federal and state legislation.  Jennifer Steinglein studies wolf population dynamics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  She says the recent population growth didn’t happen all at once.  Its strongest increase came within the last two decades.              

Herbert Lange / Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

The Wisconsin Natural Resources Board has approved a harvest quota of 275 wolves for the next year. Meeting in Wausau Wednesday, the board unanimously approved the higher level. Last year, 201 animals were set as the limit.

The quota includes 115 wolves set aside for the Chippewa bands off-reservation treaty rights. That quota will likely never be used as the tribes see the wolf as a sacred animal.

Sarah Johnson from the Timber Wolf Alliance in Manitowish Waters thinks the idea of raising the number by nearly 40 percent in one year without more study might be hasty.

Mike Pennington

June is invasive species awareness month and this week you’ll have a chance to brush up on your facts.  

The Department of Natural Resources is inviting the public to chat online with experts Tuesday and Thursday at noon.  DNR Forestry Invasive Plant Coordinator Tom Boos says members of the public can ask whatever questions are on their mind. 

Many outdoor activities in Wisconsin this weekend are 'free,' as the state is hosting a weekend where charges don't apply in many places and no fishing license is needed.

Wisconsin residents and visitors can fish,  hike, bike state trails for free, and ride public ATV trails at no charge. On Sunday, June 2 only, they can enjoy free admission to state parks and forests.

Department of Natural Resources aquatic education coordinator Theresa Stabo says this is the weekend to get outdoors...