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DNR reviewing court decision
10:34 am
Wed July 24, 2013

Rest Lake Dam Hearings Postponed

Rest Lake Dam
Credit manitowishchaindefense.org

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....

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Last of seven meetings since March
10:55 am
Fri July 19, 2013

Deer Trustee Report Meeting In Stevens Point Saturday

Bucks battle
Credit themotherco.com

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..."

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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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Site will be city boat launch in 2014
3:32 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

DNR, Rhinelander Agree On Former Ranger Station

Abandoned DNR Ranger Station
Credit WXPR Ken Krall

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...

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Speeds large species growth
4:02 am
Sat July 6, 2013

Musky Clubs Donate To Northwoods Hatchery

The musky is Wisconsin's state fish.
Credit Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Donations from the Musky Clubs Alliance have helped the Art Oehmcke state fish hatchery in Woodruff.

Last month, the state Natural Resources Board accepted $21,000 dollars from the Alliance. This is the second donation this year. Earlier, the club donated more than $7,000.

The DNR's Tim Simonson says the recent larger donation will help the young fish. He says the cost of feed minnows for the muskies has sharply risen.

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Bass populations high in Northwoods
2:23 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

Abundant Bass Fishing Opportunities Arrive Saturday

Lucky angler
Credit Wikimedia Commons

If you like bass fishing, you likely will have ample opportunities to reel them in.


That's the word from DNR northern fisheries supervisor Steve Avelallemant.... 



 


"....bass abundance in the northern part of the state is high, or I should say, higher than it has been in the past...."


The bass season opener for this area begins Saturday.

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More money in budget
7:04 am
Sat May 25, 2013

State-Youth Tribal Partnership Proposed

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...

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Destroys 8,000 acres
5:09 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

DNR Says Big Fire An Accident

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.

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Natural Resources
9:35 am
Thu May 16, 2013

Fire Danger Remains High; Officials Warn Against Burning

Douglas-Bayfield fire
Credit Wisconsin DNR

The DNR says that wildfire which burned more than nine thousand acres in Douglas and Bayfield counties is northern Wisconsin's biggest forest fire in nearly 33 years.

DNR Wildfire Prevention Specialist Catherine Koele says conditions are perfect for fire...

 

"....we all became a little complacent with all the snow and rain we've had. We thought fire season would sneak by us ....(the fire) consumed about 9,000 acres and 47 structures..."

 

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Natural Resources
3:28 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

Fire Danger Rising In Northwoods-DNR

Remnants of a fire
Credit Google Images

Words of caution from a DNR spokesperson: don't burn without checking for permits and conditions.

Forester-Ranger John Gillen in Rhinelander says they've been busy since the warm and low-humidity weather came into the region...

"....now that we lost the snowpack and we've been dry for a couple of days, that's all that it takes for our spring fire activity to build and that's what we've seen over the last couple of days..."

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