Natural Resources
3:44 am
Mon March 9, 2015

Time To Get Ice Shacks Off Northwoods Lakes, Rivers

Off the lake by this weekend!
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Time to get the ice shacks off your favorite fishing hole.

Anywhere south of Highway 64 the shacks had to be off the hard water this past weekend. North of Highway 64, the deadline is this coming weekend says DNR Recreational Safety Warden Jeff Dauterman in Antigo. He says the warming temperatures this week could mean your home away from home could become stuck in the ice...


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Year end appeal
4:34 am
Fri December 26, 2014

Conservation Fund Finds Support In All 50 States

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A Foundation to preserve the outdoors has seen donations from across the U.S., two Canadian provinces and the Armed Services.

The Cherish Wisconsin Outdoors Fund has brought in $90,000 since it's beginning in 2013. The legislature created the fund to protect, restore and imprve habitat for Wisconsin's plants and animals.

Lindsay Renick Mayer from Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin says the Cherish Fund was established in cooperation with the DNR and the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin..

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Simple lakeshore projects
3:24 am
Mon November 10, 2014

Healthy Lakes Project Wants More "Fish Sticks"

Trout Lake
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A webinar Thursday will give lakeshore property owners information on  a new DNR initiative boosting private sector involvement to care for Northwoods lakes.

The Healthy Lakes effort will help fund a limited number of local projects focusing on simple ways to improve fish habitat, improve native plantings, divert and clean runoff water and promote beauty.

The DNR's Carroll Schaal says  this grant program was carved out the lake protection grant program.....

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Fine particles
3:44 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

All 72 Counties Meet Stringent New EPA standards

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Travelers often remark when coming to the Northwoods about how clean our air is here. A recent federal report finds all Wisconsin counties should be designated as meeting U.S. Environmental Protection Agency standards.

The EPA reviewed  data from all 50 states on fine particles. Wisconsin met or exceeded EPA standards from border to border.

Wisconsin DNR Air Management Specialist Anne Bogar says  the numbers show the state's air is cleaner...

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Last of three meetings
3:11 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

DNR Meeting On Rest Lake Dam Order Saturday(8/16)

Lake Manitowish is part of the Manitowish Chain of Lakes, which many property owners worry would be disrupted by a change at Rest Lake Dam
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The final meeting this summer to get public input on the draft operating order for the Rest Lake dam in Vilas county  is set for Saturday afternoon.

The DNR held two meetings in late June.

DNR Northern Region Director John  Gozdzialski says they want to hear from the public...

".....the purpose is to get feedback from the community, both those upstream and those downstream of the dam about their comments and concerns about the proposed operating order for the dam...."

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DNR training for loggers, foresters
5:01 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

Regrow The Woods By Saving The Woody Biomass

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The DNR is offering a series of training programs to help loggers and foresters determine how much woody debris to leave on the forest floor after logging.

Experts say when trees are removed during logging, nutrients stored in the soil are also carried away. The leftovers are called "woody biomass" and the DNR's Tricia Knoot says the leftovers are valuable for other wood-related industries. She says the goal is to give workers in the woods the info to leave some behind...

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Would be first public landing
3:55 pm
Sun July 6, 2014

Public Meeting On Adding Public Landing At Mercer Lake Set

A public information meeting is set for July 12 on a DNR proposal for a public landing on state owned land on Mercer Lake about five miles west of Woodruff. Currently there's private resort access to the lake. Public access includes a carry-in location at the Mercer Creek culvert and undeveloped pathways across state land.
Fisheries biologist John Kubisiak says the state owns 54  acres on the lake and they've put together a draft plan to put in a public boat ramp...

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Adults fared better in harsh winter
2:38 pm
Sun July 6, 2014

Young Deer Have Highest Winter Mortality

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Deer in southern Wisconsin fared better after our recent harsh winter than deer in the Northwoods...especially young deer. That assessment from car-deer killed studies and radio-collar studies done by the DNR.

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Stop spead of pests, disease
11:32 pm
Mon May 26, 2014

Tighter State Firewood Restrictions Begin June 1

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The effort to slow the spread of forest pests and diseases by transporting firewood gets ramped up next week.

The DNR's Coleen Robinson King says firewood restrictions close the allowable purchase circle even tighter...

"....as of June 1, the firewood allowed on state-managed properties will need to come from within 10 miles of that property. That means it should be harvested within 10 miles of that property...."

The former restricted zone was 25 miles.

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In Ceded Territory
5:07 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

State Ups Walleye Bag Limits In Northern Wisconsin

Sander vitreus
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Bag limits will be increasing on 447 northern Wisconsin lakes as the Chippewa bands are nearing the end of their walleye and muskie harvest.

DNR Treaty Fisheries Coordinator Joe Hennessey...

"....so these changes are being made in response to actual walleye harvest numbers accomplished by six bands of Wisconsin Chippewa...."


The six Chippewa bands harvested 27,433 walleye and 201 musky as of May 22. The average harvest of walleye since 2004 is 29,907.

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