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DNR looking for public input on water quality standards

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 01/02/2018 - 4:13pm
- - MADISON - The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is accepting public input as part of the process for the 2018-2020 Triennial Standards Review on water quality. - - Every three years, all states are required under the federal Clean Water Act to review their water quality standards. Topics evaluated in the review include policies, rules and guidance related to designated uses, water quality criteria, antidegradation and variances.

First Day Hikes to be held at 17 properties January 1, 2018

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 12/19/2017 - 12:08pm
[EDITOR'S ADVISORY: The First Day Hike at Willow River and Perrot state parks and Stower Sever Lakes State Trail have been cancelled due to frigid temperatures in the forecast.  Additional cancellations will be noted here and on the DNR Facebook Page and Twitter feed.]MADISON - The Wisconsin State Park System is once again hosting First Day Hikes on New Year's Day. These hikes offer visitors an opportunity to begin the New Year rejuvenated and connected with nature. In its biggest year yet, First Day Hikes will be happening at 17 state properties, spanning all four corners of the State. From Bong to Pattison, and Newport to Buckhorn, everyone's invited to kick off 2018 on the right foot. - - This is the seventh year Wisconsin has participated in the nationwide First Day Hikes campaign with 17 hikes statewide -- the most ever offered. On Jan. 1, 2017, 679 participants hiked 1,748 miles at 13 different Wisconsin state park properties. Nationwide last year, more than 62,000 people took part in guided hikes that covered over 114,165 miles on 1,300 different hikes across the country, according to the National Association of State Park Directors.

DNR confirms cougar photos from Douglas County

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 12/19/2017 - 12:08pm
MADISON - Department of Natural Resources biologists confirmed four photos of a cougar wandering through Douglas County in mid-November 2017. - - A cougar was confirmed on a trail camera photo in Douglas County Nov.11, 2017Photo credit: Contributed Two of the photos were captured on the same day on two properties roughly 2.5 miles apart in the Foxboro area. Three days later, an additional two photos were captured on separate properties in the Bennett area, roughly 4.5 miles apart.

Gains for endangered turtles, bats, monarchs, State Natural Areas detailed

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 12/19/2017 - 12:08pm
Year-end review jam-packed with photos, stories and videos from the field - - - - MADISON - Wisconsin has experienced a record year for work to sustain rare prairies and oak savannas: an 85 percent reduction in rare turtles killed at one deadly roadway crossing; nearly 1,000 newly restored acres of habitat for Karner blue butterflies; and the first peregrine falcon nest in Door County since the 1950s. - - These are just a few of the gains for Wisconsin's rare wildlife and State Natural Areas through work by state conservation biologists, partners, volunteers and donors. Their stories are told in the colorful, photo-packed 2017 Annual Report of the Natural Heritage Conservation Program.

State's smallest bat flies 35 miles in 3.3 hours and into conservation history

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 12/19/2017 - 12:08pm
Conservation biologists radio-track bat to reveal summer habitat secrets - - HUDSON, Wis. -- Somewhere in a Pierce County cave, one of the state's smallest bats is getting a well-earned rest from its 35-mile flight into conservation history. - - Photo of the eastern pipistrelle bat radio-tracked by NHC conservation biologists. The wire is visible. Photo credit: Heather Kaarakka - - The bat, an eastern pipistrelle weighing less than a nickel, led state conservation biologists on a historic chase last spring.

DNR announces Urban Forestry Grant recipients for 2018

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 12/19/2017 - 12:08pm
MADISON -- Thirty communities, nonprofit groups and counties will share $465,661.99 in 2018 state grants from the Department of Natural Resources Urban Forestry Grant program to promote and sustain urban forest resources in Wisconsin. - - "Wisconsin's urban forests provide a wide range of ecological, economic and social benefits for the 70 percent of Wisconsin's population that lives in an urban area and visitors to these communities," said Alexandria Elias, urban forestry grants manager. "Beyond aesthetics, urban forests reduce air pollution, mitigate storm water runoff, conserve energy, and increase property values. The 2018 urban forest grants help communities maximize these benefits."

More than 30 candlelight events scheduled this winter at Wisconsin state parks, forests and trails

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 12:54pm
[EDITOR'S ADVISOR: This news release has been updated with the addition of a snowshoe hike Feb. 9 at the MacKenzie Center and Feb. 17 at Governor Knowles State Forest.]MADISON - Now that cold temperatures have finally arrived in Wisconsin, all that is needed are some good snowfalls to get trails ready for the more than 30 candlelight events scheduled for this winter at Wisconsin state park, forest, recreation area and trail properties. - - "Winter candlelight events have become some of the most popular activities at Wisconsin State Park System properties," said Paul Holtan, communications specialist for the state parks program. "We have had candlelight skis and hikes in the last few winters that have attracted hundreds and even over a thousand visitors."

Preliminary registration numbers available for the 2017 bear hunting seasons

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 12:54pm
- - MADISON - Preliminary registration numbers show hunters harvested 4,157 bears during the 2017 Wisconsin bear hunting seasons. - - Preliminary registration totals for the 2017 bear hunt are as follows:

Release of additional pheasants for holiday season provides opportunity to spend time with family and friends pursuing upland birds

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 12:54pm
MADISON - Bird hunters will have another option to beat cabin fever in December when the Department of Natural Resources releases nearly 1,500 additional pheasants on five public properties before the holiday season. - - Cabin fever is no match for time spent pursuing pheasants with family and friends.Photo credit: DNR - - Cabin fever is no match for time spent pursuing pheasants with family and friends.

Record number of walleye stocked in 2017

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 12:54pm
Wisconsin Walleye Initiative funding boosts state and private production - - - MADISON - A record 881,977 walleye were stocked in key Wisconsin waters this past year as state, private and tribal hatcheries continued to put Wisconsin Walleye Initiative funding to work for anglers, state fisheries officials said. - - "We're very pleased that the investment made to hatcheries through the Wisconsin Walleye Initiative and the hard work of our fisheries crews and our partners are once again paying off for Wisconsin anglers," says Justine Hasz, fisheries director for the Department of Natural Resources.

Endangered Kirtland's warbler increases numbers and nests in Wisconsin

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 12:54pm
10 years of nest monitoring, protection and habitat work by DNR and partners pay off - - - - - MADISON - Ten years after Kirtland's warblers were first documented in Wisconsin, populations of the songbird have increased and their range is expanding through the efforts of state, federal and local partners to increase and manage the endangered bird and its habitat in the state. , - - According to the recently released 2017 nesting season report., the number of Kirtland's warblers grew from eleven birds and three nests in 2007 to 53 birds and 20 total nests in 2017.

Help protect Wisconsin's woodlands from timber theft

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 12:54pm
- - - - RHINELANDER, Wis. - State officials are joining efforts with federal and tribal authorities to halt birch tree timber thefts threatening Wisconsin's woodlands, a renewable resource that is important to the state's economy, environment and culture. Increasing demand for birch products is putting the state's birch trees at risk as illegal harvests continue on national, state, county and private properties. - - - - State officials say it is difficult to determine how broad the issue of timber theft is; however, the increasing market demand for birch in home and business decor keeps making it a problem year after year. Wisconsin's paper birch is now only 2.5 percent of forested land in the state, a decline of 54 percent since 1983.

Wisconsin DNR seeking public comment on their proposal to close its gypsy moth suppression program

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 12:54pm
- - MADISON -- The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is seeking public comment on a proposal to close its successful gypsy moth suppression program due to diminishing need through a proposed change to rule NR 47.910. Public hearings will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 19, at 11:00 a.m. at the DNR service centers in Fitchburg, Milwaukee, Green Bay and Eau Claire. - - The invasive pest defoliates trees during its caterpillar stage. Designed to reduce occasional surges of gypsy moth populations in places where the insect is already established, the DNR Gypsy Moth suppression program is one of two state programs that succeeded in keeping gypsy moth numbers in check. In recent years, the program has controlled gypsy moth infestations throughout the eastern two-thirds of Wisconsin where gypsy moth already exists.

Deadline to apply for black bear permits and spring wild turkey harvest authorizations is Dec. 10

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 12/05/2017 - 1:07pm
- - MADISON - Wild turkey and black bear hunters are reminded to submit their applications before midnight on Dec. 10. Applications for permit drawings can be purchased through Go Wild or at authorized license agents. - - Black bear

Bald eagle nests increase 5.7 percent in 2017 to hit another record

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 12/05/2017 - 1:07pm
Kenosha County nest another highlight of annual survey - - - RHINELANDER - The Wisconsin bald eagle population is growing and thriving according to the 2017 bald eagle nest survey results. The comeback of the national symbol in Wisconsin continues 45 years after work to help restore eagle populations began. - - Three findings in the 2017 survey report (click on dropdown bar for nongame) tell the tale of bald eagles' recovery:

Natural Resources Board to meet December 12-13 in Madison

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 12/05/2017 - 1:07pm
- - - - MADISON - Updates on the 2017 Wisconsin firearm deer season and a request to set deer population objectives for coming years, and proposed rules related to lake trout harvest in Lake Michigan and Lake Superior and are among the items the state Natural Resources Board will address when it meets December 12 and 13 in Madison. - - The board will conduct two days of business meetings beginning at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 12 and 8:30 a.m. Dec. 13, in Room G09 of the State Natural Resources Building (GEF 2), 101 S. Webster St., Madison.

Start planning now for your Healthy Lakes project before the snow flies

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 12/05/2017 - 1:07pm
Grant funding available for simple lakeshore projects to continue improving Wisconsin's lakes - - - - MADISON -- There is still time for eligible sponsors to start planning a Healthy Lakes project before snow begins to cover the lakeshores and to submit grant applications to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to fund projects that encourage private sector innovation in caring for Wisconsin's lakes. - - Funding is available to eligible sponsors for projects that improve fish habitat, integrate native plantings, divert and clean runoff water, and promote natural beauty. Eligible sponsors include lake groups, waterfront organizations and local governments like towns and counties. Grants are capped at $25,000 and each Healthy Lakes best practice is capped at $1,000 in state funding. Applicants apply on behalf of lakeshore property owners. Application materials and assistance can be found at (exit DNR).

December Wisconsin Natural Resources features eagles, turtles and more

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 12/05/2017 - 1:07pm
- - - - - - MADISON -- Eagles have landed on the pages of Wisconsin Natural Resources magazine, with a December cover story about "Eagle encounters on the Fox." The story pinpoints prime bald eagle viewing spots in the Fox River Valley and includes information on other places around the state to see eagles in winter. - - Also in the magazine, "Tunnel vision" tells of a collaboration aimed at aiding wildlife, especially turtles, by creating an underpass for them to travel near a busy highway in central Wisconsin. The project--involving the Department of Natural Resources, Department of Transportation and UW-Stevens Point--already has shown promise in reducing animal road mortalities and improving motorist safety.

Wisconsin's annual nine-day gun deer hunt sees slight increase in statewide buck harvest

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 11/28/2017 - 2:27pm
[EDITOR'S ADVISORY: This news release has been updated to correct that the muzzleloader season runs through Dec. 6.]Opportunities for antlerless deer hunting continue through January - - MADISON - Another Wisconsin nine-day gun deer season is in the books, and preliminary registration numbers show a slight increase in statewide buck harvest. Similar to 2016, northern counties again showed the most significant increases in both buck and antlerless harvest. - - "No matter how you look at it - whether from a social or economic standpoint - deer hunting is huge for Wisconsin," said Department of Natural Resources Secretary Dan Meyer. "Nearly 600,000 hunters headed into the woods for the nine-day hunt, and there are additional opportunities to harvest a deer through January so our hunters can continue to enjoy this tradition."

Commercial large mesh gill net fishery study proposed for Lake Michigan

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 11/28/2017 - 2:27pm
Public meetings set for early December in Green Bay and Cleveland - - GREEN BAY -- Proposed research to understand the potential benefits and impacts of commercial fishers using large mesh gill nets to catch whitefish on Lake Michigan is the topic of public meetings set for Dec. 5 in Green Bay and Dec. 7 in Cleveland, Wis.