For the first time, the possibility of preventing invasive species from entering into Wisconsin has been approved. The Natural Resources Board voted to approve revisions to the state's invasive species rule known as NR40. The revisions include listing of additional species and delisting of currently regulated species under the state's Invasive Species Identification, Classification and Control rule.
The state Natural Resources Board will decide Wednesday on revisions to the state's invasive species rule.. Vilas County's Invasive Species Coordinator Ted Ritter says the changes in both the land and water invasive rules have been talked about for a long time. Dozens of species are being categorized. Ritter says one plant has drawn attention....
A new way of combating invasive smelt is meeting with mixed success – literally – at the end of a two-year study. The Crystal Lake Mixing Project was able to get rid of most of the smelt in Crystal Lake…but not all of it.
The mixing project began two years ago at the University of Wisconsin Madison’s Trout Lake Station. Its main goal was to stir up the layers of Crystal Lake, warming the bottom and making it inhospitable for cold-water-loving smelt, which were harming native populations of walleye and yellow perch.
Kids at Rhinelander schools celebrated winning awards in an aquatic invasive species poster contest Wednesday. The contest spans nine Northwoods counties…and asks kids to design a poster and slogan that spreads awareness of aquatic invasives.
Central Intermediate School fourth grade students Reagan Hartman and Elise Tesch took first and second place in their division.
“Well I drew a boat…and I wrote stop and pick off invasive species," Hartman explained.
It’s still the middle of winter - but for some gardeners it’s not too early to look ahead to spring.
The Iron County Land and Water Conservation Department runs a program to promote native plants for gardens and yards. The program includes a mid-winter sale, where gardeners can pre-order native varieties for pick-up in May or June. WXPR’s Natalie Jablonski spoke to the department’s Heather Palmquist about the native plants program.
Palmquist says native plants are well-suited for Northwoods growing conditions.
State foresters are set to begin a three-year timber management project in the Laona School Forest. DNR officials and Laona students gathered Wednesday to kick off the project.
DNR Forestry Supervisor Craig Williams says the project will benefit forest health. He says some of the trees in the oldest school forest in the country are aging, and are being affected by invasive buckthorn.