Northern Highland American Legion State Forest

The first finding of the emerald ash borer in Northcentral Wisconsin may not have as big an impact on the landscape as you might think.  Still, forest managers say it’s a blow for forest health. 

The invasive beetle was found for the first time in Oneida County this week, at a middle school in Rhinelander.  No other neighboring counties have the ash borer.

But the finding may not be as devastating for northern forests as it has been for other parts of the state. 

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Wisconsin DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp will take part in a ribbon-cutting ceremony Saturday for a new stretch of Northwoods bike trail.

The Manitowish Waters Bike Trail ceremony takes place Saturday at 1 p.m. at the wayside at the intersection of Vilas county roads "H" and "K".

The ribbon cutting concludes the completion of an 8-mile stretch of the approximately 45-mile-long trail connecting Manitowish Waters and Boulder Junction.

Northern Highland American Legion State Forest Superintendent Steve Petersen says the new trail segment has some unique features....

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A lethal tree disease has been found for the first time in near Woodruff.  Oak wilt is prevalent in southern and central Wisconsin.  But tests have confirmed its presence in the Northern Highland American Legion State Forest. 

DNR Forest insect and disease Specialist Brian Schwingle says the finding is significant.               

“It’s concerning that we found it on our largest state property, the Northern American Legion state forest, where oak is an extremely valuable tree.”