Paul DeLong

Responding to Established Presence
3:02 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

Natural Resources Board May Downgrade EAB Invasive Classification

The emerald ash borer is present in about half of Wisconsin's counties.
Credit USDA

The DNR wants to lessen statewide restrictions on the invasive emerald ash borer.

The Natural Resources Board will consider Wednesday whether to downgrade the beetle’s classification from Prohibited to Restricted. 

Chief state forester Paul DeLong says it’s an acknowledgment that emerald ash borer is already established in Wisconsin. 

“The fact that you have it, have emerald ash borer on your property for example – you no longer have to work to get rid of it necessarily.  What we’re trying to prevent is its spreading by humans.” 

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Grants May Depend on Specifics
10:00 am
Mon June 16, 2014

DNR Wants More Details On Off-Road Park

The nonprofit that wants to build an off-road park in Forest County thinks vehicle use is compatible with timber management.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

The DNR says it needs more information to determine whether an off road park in Forest County would be eligible for certain grants. 

The nonprofit Wisconsin Off-Road Vehicle Park Incorporated wants Forest County to buy the land for a 10,000-acre park. 

The group is pitching the project as a good deal for the county, saying park tourism and timber management on the land could generate revenue, while the purchase of the land could be fifty percent paid-for by DNR stewardship grants. 

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Hands-Off Approach OK'd
3:42 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

Van Vliets to Be Passively Managed

Natural Resources Board members have approved a plan to passively manage the Van Vliets.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

Presque Isle’s Van Vliet Hemlocks will become a State Natural Area.  And the mostly old-growth parcel will be managed with as little interference as possible.  The state Natural Resources Board voted today to approve the DNR’s recommendation to passively manage the entire area. 

Tom Olson President of the group Friends of the Van Vliet spoke at the meeting, citing widespread public support for letting the hemlock parcel manage itself.

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A Case of Influential Public Comment
12:00 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

Wednesday: Natural Resources Board to Consider Van Vliet Changes

DNR's management plan for a small portion of the Van Vliets drew substantial public comment.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

The state Natural Resources Board is set to decide Wednesday on a plan for the Van Vliet Hemlocks.  DNR officials are recommending the mostly old-growth parcel be managed with as little involvement as possible. 

The agency had originally planned to do some cutting on part of the site that didn’t fit the old-growth profile.  But after overwhelming public comment, the DNR changed its plan to passive management for the entire site. 

Chief DNR state forester Paul Delong says he doesn’t know whether the Natural Resources Board will approve the recommendation. 

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Forest Management Controversy
1:53 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

New Plan for Van Vliets Goes Up For Approval

Controversy over a plan for active management in the Van Vliets has prompted the DNR to change its recommendation.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

The DNR is changing its tune on a management plan for the Van Vliet Hemlocks.  The agency plans to take a hands-off approach to the 400-acre stand of mostly old growth trees.

Officials had originally proposed to actively manage a section of the forest that didn’t fit the profile of the rest of the site: meaning some trees would be cut in hopes of speeding the process of old growth development.

But community outcry appears to have changed the DNR’s mind.  DNR Chief State Forester Paul DeLong says officials received dozens of letters.

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