Department of Natural Resources

Talking About Deer Management
4:00 am
Mon October 14, 2013

Online Deer Chat Today

The DNR is taking input on its Deer Trustee Report implementation plan.
Credit 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.”

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Increasing River Access
2:00 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

DNR Funds Rhinelander Boat Landing

The City of Rhinelander plans to build a boat landing on a stretch of the Wisconsin River that's relatively undeveloped.
Credit 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. 

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Seeking Feedback on a Changing Program
4:00 am
Mon October 7, 2013

DNR Wants Your Thoughts on Walleye

Wisconsin is increasing its stocking of larger fingerlings.
Credit 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. 

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Water Worries
6:38 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

Well Drilling Regulations Up for Committee Hearing

A proposed state Senate bill would change the approval process for commercial wells.
Credit 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.  

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Traveling South
5:59 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

DNR Says, Help a Songbird Out

Songbirds like the baltimore oriole can benefit from bird feeders and backyard habitat.
Credit 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.             

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Decision Made By Attorney General
8:50 am
Fri August 30, 2013

WPS Fined $80K For Emissions Violation

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.

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Managing for Old Growth
6:22 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

DNR Faces Management Decision for Van Vliet Parcel

Old-growth hemlock stands are rare in Wisconsin.
Credit Natalie Jablonski

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

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Impact TBD
3:39 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

Court Decision Mixed Bag for DNR Regulatory Power

The state Supreme Court issued a decision limiting the DNR's power under the public trust doctrine.
Credit 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. 

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Changing Wolf Populations
3:41 pm
Fri July 5, 2013

Wolves' Social Structure Means Dynamic Population Changes

Wisconsin's gray wolf population has rebounded most strongly in the last 15 years.
Credit 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.              

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Natural Resources
6:27 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

DNR Increases Wolf Hunting Quota

The state DNR has increased harvest quotas for wolves.
Credit 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.

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