The DNR heard from citizens Thursday in Tomahawk on proposed changes to it's shoreland zoning rules. Called NR-115, the rules...in collaboration with counties.. govern development along shorelines. The rules were revised in 2010 and county administrators said they were too burdensome to enforce. The revisions are now out for public comment.
The DNR is postponing public information hearings for the operation of the Rest Lake Dam near Manitowish Waters.
There has been considerable debate over several years as citizens have wanted to maintain the current water levels, while the DNR has asked to change them.
The DNR's John Spangenberg says the hearings, which had been set for August 9 and 10, will be postponed due to a recent state Supreme Court ruling. The court ruled the DNR had not looked at the economic impacts of water levels on the lake near Fort Atkinson....
The final Deer Trustee implementation meeting is set for Saturday in Stevens Point and the public is invited to attend. There have been six prior meetings working toward an action plan for 2014's deer season.
The DNR's report coordinator Eric Lobner outlines what the final meeting will do...
"...basically taking the recommendations from the Deer Trustee Report and converting them to action on the ground....proposals the (DNR) will use to write the rules for the 2014 deer season..."
The city of Rhinelander and the DNR have reached an agreement concerning the former ranger station on Boyce Drive.
The city has plans to build a boat launch on the site. The state had proposed demolishing the building at a cost of just over $13,000 but as City Administrator Blaine Oborn told the city council Monday, it looks like the city will get a check from the state. The city then will take care of the demo. He says the city would like to use the building as a training site first for the police department, then let the firefighters at it to train...
As part of an effort to stock more walleyes into Wisconsin lakes, the state last week announced a $13 million dollar plan to boost larger walleye fingerlings.
One part of the overall initiative was $250,000 to expand the summer Tribal Youth program, a state-tribal partnership giving high school aged tribal members the opportunity to work on natural resources related projects.
DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp says the state has wanted to expand the program and now have the dollars to do so...
DNR law enforcement officials have identified the owner of the land where the Germann Road Fire originated as well as the logging operation responsible for unintentionally igniting the fire.
On Tuesday, May 14, at approximately 2:30 p.m., a nearly 8,000 acre wildfire devastated the Townships of Gordon and Highland in Douglas County. Forty-seven structures were lost; 17 of those were homes. The fire was declared 100 percent contained as of 9 p.m. Wednesday, May 15. The fire burned a swath more than 9 miles long and a mile and a half wide.