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First managed elk hunt in Wisconsin history is result of over 22 years of conservation efforts by DNR staff and partners

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 03/13/2018 - 2:02pm
- - MADISON -- Following more than 22 years of elk management and reintroduction efforts, 2018 will mark Wisconsin's first managed elk hunt in state history. - - - "This is an incredible conservation success story for Wisconsin," said Department of Natural Resources Secretary Dan Meyer. "Thanks to the efforts of so many great organizations and individuals, the northern elk herd has continued to grow to the point where we can offer this very special and long-awaited hunting opportunity."

Bonus spring turkey harvest authorization go on sale March 19

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 03/13/2018 - 2:02pm
MADISON -- Bonus turkey harvest authorizations (previously known as leftover permits) will go on sale the week of March 19 with each zone having a designated sales date. Bonus harvest authorizations can be purchased online through GoWild.Wi.Gov and at all license agents. Sales start at 10 a.m. and run until midnight each day. - - The following zones have available bonus harvest authorizations, and scheduled sales dates are as follows:

VHS found in gizzard shad in Port Washington Harbor fish kill

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 03/13/2018 - 2:02pm
Boaters and anglers urged to help stop the spread - - MADISON - Test results have confirmed that VHS as well as one other pathogen was found associated with a late January fish kill of gizzard shad in Port Washington Harbor, according to state fish health experts. DNR officials have also looked into a report of gizzard shad mortalities in the Menomonee River (Milwaukee). Samples were collected and sent for testing. The testing period takes approximately 28 days. We will have further updates once test results have been received for the Menomonee River fish. - - VHS has been confirmed in gizzard shad tested after a late January fishkill in Port Washington Harbor on Lake Michigan. Photo credit: Danielle Godard - - VHS, or viral hemorrhagic septicemia, is a virus deadly to fish and has been present in Lake Michigan for more than a decade. In addition to VHS, Enteric Redmouth was found to be associated with the Port Washington fish kill. While the potential for the transmission of Enteric Redmouth to humans is unclear, VHS is not known to be a threat to human health and safety, says DNR Fisheries Veterinarian Danielle Godard.

Construction to begin on expanded trail system, pedestrian-bicycle bridged in NH-AL State Forest

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 03/13/2018 - 2:02pm
MANITOWISH WATERS, Wis. - Visitors to the Northern Highland-American Legion State Forest will be able to bike and hike an expanded trail system through the forest thanks to a donation that will add trails to the popular Heart of Vilas County Bike Trail System. A new trail segment and bridge over the Manitowish River in the Heart of Vilas County Bike Trail system will connect this existing trail running from Boulder Junction to Manitowish Waters with a recently completed trail constructed by the Town of Mercer in Iron County to the north.Photo credit: DNR - - The State Natural Resources Board in January approved a proposal and a donation of time and materials worth approximately $1.15 million from Manitowish Waters Bike Trail Inc. for the cost of construction of the new trail, which will add approximately 4 miles of new paved bike trails, including a bridge over the Manitowish River. - - Currently, the Heart of Vilas Bike Trail system includes more than 45 miles of paved trails that connect St. Germain, Sayner, Boulder Junction and Manitowish Waters, portions of which wind through the Northern Highland-American Legion State Forest. About 3 miles of the new trail will go through state forest property.

MacKenzie Center's Annual Maple Festival April 7

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 03/13/2018 - 2:02pm
POYNETTE, Wis. -Maple Festival, a fun-filled, educational event for families is scheduled for Saturday, April 7 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the MacKenzie Center near Poynette. - - Students participating in the Maple Education Program at the MacKenzie Center gather sap that will be used to make syrup for the center's Maple Fest April 7.Photo credit: DNR - - The event features: free guided tours of the sugarbush, demonstrations of how to tap a maple tree for sap and how to make syrup, interpretative talks about how some Native Americans and pioneers made maple sugar and syrup, as well as, current methods used in our own MacKenzie sugarbush. Visitors will get to explore the Ciporoke (pronounced Chee-poe-doe-kay) a typical spring home used by members of the Ho-Chunk Nation in historic sugar bushes.

Order seedlings now for spring 2018 planting

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 03/13/2018 - 2:02pm
MADISON -- High-quality, native seedlings grown from local seed sources and seedlings that are ready for planting this spring are still available for landowners through the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources reforestation program. - - "Every year, Wisconsin landowners plant millions of tree seedlings to enhance and restore forests," according to Joe Vande Hey, manager of the Wilson State Nursery in Boscobel. "When a landowner is thinking about what species of trees to plant, the first place to turn for advice is the local DNR office. Each county has a DNR forester available to visit landowner properties, answer questions, and help the landowner get the maximum benefits from their tree planting activities."

2018 Spring Fish and wildlife rules hearing questionnaire available online

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 03/06/2018 - 12:56pm
MADISON - The questionnaire package for the 2018 Department of Natural Resources spring fish and wildlife public hearing and annual Conservation Congress county meeting and the list of meeting locations is now available for review on the Department of Natural Resources website. - - On Monday, April 9, there will be 72 public hearings [PDF], one in each Wisconsin county starting at 7 p.m. where people interested in natural resources management have an opportunity to provide their input by non-binding vote and testimony to the DNR and the Conservation Congress on proposed natural resource related advisory questions that may impact future rule changes.

State's Navarino Wildlife Area honored for accessible hunting, fishing and more

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 03/06/2018 - 12:56pm
FITCHBURG, Wis.- The Navarino State Wildlife Area has been honored with the Disability Advisory Council Richard Welsh Memorial Award for Outstanding Property. This is the first time a Wisconsin state wildlife property has been given this award. - - Department of Natural Resources wildlife staff stationed at Shawano and the staff at the non-profit Navarino Nature Center, which is located on the state property, have been working together to provide accessibility to all hunters, students, visitors and other's enjoying nature, including those with disabilities.

Visit the DNR at the 2018 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Sports Show, March 7-11

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 03/06/2018 - 12:56pm
- [EDITOR'S ADVISORY: This news release was previously issued to statewide media.] - - - - WEST ALLIS - Outdoor enthusiasts will have an opportunity to meet Department of Natural Resources staff at the 2018 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Sports Show which opens Wednesday, March 7, and runs through Sunday, March 11, at the Wisconsin Exposition Center at State Fair Park, 8200 W. Greenfield Ave. in West Allis. - - DNR Secretary Dan Meyer said the relationship between the agency and the sports show dates to the days when the agency was called the Wisconsin Conservation Department. "It's been a long and happy engagement, Meyer said, "Because the focus of our agency is customer-driven, this is a great opportunity for the public to ask questions and engage with our staff," he added.

Visit DNR at Canoecopia in Madison March 9-11

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 03/06/2018 - 12:56pm
MADISON --Visitors to Canoecopia in Madison March 9-11 can find information about paddling and camping on some of the state's premier whitewater and quiet rivers and buy Wisconsin State Park admission stickers by visiting Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources displays in the exhibit hall and lobby. - - Visitors also will be able to pick up free guides to state natural areas and to some of the native wildlife they may encounter on their trips, enter a free drawing for the bald eagle license plate that is a fundraiser for endangered species, and sign up for fishing and hunting for food classes.

Entries sought for Wisconsin Wild Turkey, Pheasant and Waterfowl Stamp design contests

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 03/06/2018 - 12:56pm
- - First place Pheasant Stamp: Robert Leum - - First place Wild Turkey Stamp: Robert Leum - - First place Waterfowl Stamp: Caleb Metrich - - MADISON - Wisconsinites with an artistic talent have until July 16 to submit artwork for the 2019 Wild Turkey, Pheasant and Waterfowl Stamp design contests. - - Funds derived from the sale of these stamps contribute to restoration and management efforts on thousands of acres of important wildlife habitat. Stamp design entries must be received or postmarked by July 16, 2018 to be eligible. Judging will take place in late July or early August.

Record 12,970 permits awarded for 2018 black bear hunt

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 02/27/2018 - 12:19pm
- MADISON - Notifications have been sent to 12,970 hunters who successfully drew a black bear permit for the 2018 hunting season. - - All hunters who applied for a harvest permit can check their status online at [EXIT DNR]. Successful applicants should have received a postcard in the mail.

Public comments sought on waterway and wetland general permit for water quality activities

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 02/27/2018 - 12:19pm
MADISON -- The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is seeking public comment on a proposed waterway and wetland general permit for certain agricultural water quality conservation activities. - - "The proposed general permit would allow county, state, and federal agencies to implement water quality conservation practices in agricultural settings through a streamlined permitting process," said Amanda Minks, DNR waterway and wetland policy coordinator.

Help native wildlife this tax season with endangered resources tax checkoff

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 02/27/2018 - 12:19pm
MADISON - Wisconsinites can double the difference they make for rare and native species and natural areas through a donation to the Endangered Resources Fund on their 2017 Wisconsin income tax form. - - Donations made through what's known as the "tax check off" are tax-deductible and are matched dollar for dollar by the state.

Aerial imagery of urban forests gives bird's-eye view of a community's tree canopy

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 02/27/2018 - 12:19pm
MADISON -- Land cover data from Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Urban Forestry program can help communities determine the current state of their urban forest, identify priority areas for tree planting and calculate the ecosystem values of their urban trees. - - Whether people see urban trees as art, infrastructure or the lungs of your community, they are important assets in Wisconsin, according to Dan Buckler, DNR urban forestry assessment specialist. Tree canopy cover data shows how much each community is covered by tree canopy versus how much is classified as non-woody vegetation, impervious surface (like concrete or rooftops), wetland or water.

City tree champions lauded for outstanding community service

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 02/27/2018 - 12:19pm
MADISON -- The Wisconsin Urban Forestry Council recently announced award recipients honoring those dedicated to protecting, preserving and increasing the number of trees that line city streets, fill community parks and beautify neighborhoods throughout the state. - - "The awards recognize and thank individuals and organizations for their work and commitment to the trees, plantings, habitat and economic benefits they provide," said Kristin Gies, co-chair of the Wisconsin Urban Forestry Council's award committee. "Each year we review the nominations and learn about the great things happening around Wisconsin that support healthy community forests."

Incidental take notice for Racine County and Kenosha County

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 02/27/2018 - 12:19pm
MADISON - A project to reconstruct the I-94 and State Highway 11 Interchange may result in the "incidental taking" of two rare plants under an authorization the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources proposes to issue for the project. Incidental take refers to the unintentional loss of individual endangered or threatened animals or plants that does not put the overall population of the species at risk. - The Wisconsin Department of Transportation is planning on reconstructing mainline I-94 in Kenosha and Racine Counties from the north end of the State Highway 142 interchange (Kenosha County) to the south end of the State Highway 20 interchange (Racine County), a distance of approximately 6.5 miles. The project includes reconstructing the State Highway 11 interchange mainline and ramps (Project I.D. 1030-24-72) and the State Highway 20 Crossroad (Project I.D. 1030-24-71). The area to be disturbed under Project I.D. 1030-24-72 is 29 acres and under Project I.D. 1030-24-71 is 9 acres for a total area to be disturbed of 38 acres.

Preliminary recommendations for 2018 antlerless quotas to be developed at March County Deer Advisory Council meetings

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 12:09pm
MADISON--County Deer Advisory Councils will begin spring meetings in mid-March to start the antlerless harvest quota and permit-setting process for the 2018 deer seasons. Various deer season structure options for each county will also be discussed by councils. - - All Council meetings are open to the public, including opportunity to provide feedback, as each council develops their preliminary recommendations for the deer seasons. A meeting schedule [PDF] is available on the CDAC web page at, search keyword "CDAC."

Newly upgraded tool from DNR helps avoid wetland disturbance

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 12:09pm
- - MADISON -- The first step land owners, developers and builders need to take before picking up a shovel or calling in the bulldozers is determining whether a proposed project site is located within a wetland. A new upgrade to the Department of Natural Resource's interactive wetland indicator map will make it easier to determine if a project has the potential to impact wetlands. - - "The advantage of this new upgrade is to target potential wetlands on a land owner's property to avoid any inadvertent wetlands disturbance during development and avoid unnecessary wetland delineation costs," says Amanda Minks, DNR Waterway and Wetland Policy Coordinator.

Urban trees well-loved by private residential landowners

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 12:09pm
MADISON -- Private residential landowners feel the most important benefits the trees in their yard provide are beauty, shade and cooling, improved air quality, privacy, and making their neighborhood a better place to live, according to the results of the recent Wisconsin Urban Landowner Survey. - - As part of a joint project involving the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, University of Wisconsin-Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Extension and the U.S. Forest Service, 6,000 surveys were sent to private residential landowners including apartment and condo owners, homeowners and multi-family housing unit owners in Green Bay, Madison, Milwaukee and Wausau.