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Spring Turkey season begins April 18

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 04/03/2018 - 12:06pm
Youth hunt runs from April 14-15 - - - - - MADISON - The 2018 spring turkey hunt is almost here and hunters are reminded to check the regulations and other helpful information on the Department of Natural Resources website to make sure they are ready for another year in the woods. - - Spring turkey hunting regulations can be found within the 2017 Small Game Hunting Regulations, 2017 Fall Turkey Regulations, and 2018 Spring Turkey Regulations [PDF]. For more general information regarding turkey hunting in Wisconsin, visit the DNR website, dnr.wi.gov, and search keyword "turkey."

Potawatomi State Park observation tower permanently closed

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 04/03/2018 - 12:06pm
Significant wood decay requires tower to be dismantled - - STURGEON BAY, Wis. - Significant wood decay has been found in the observation tower located at Potawatomi State Park creating unsafe conditions and requiring removal of the tower. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has permanently closed the tower, which has been closed for the winter season since last December. - - The Potawatomi State Park observation tower was completed in 1932. Significant decay has been found and the tower is closed and will be taken down.Photo credit: DNR - - A similar tower located at Peninsula State Park was removed in 2016 after studies found severe wood decay in that tower as well.

Work*Play*Earth Day events to be held around the state in 2018

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 04/03/2018 - 12:06pm
[EDITOR'S ADVISORY: This news release has been updated to reflect that the event at Merrick State Park has been rescheduled to April 28.]MADISON - People will again have additional opportunities to celebrate Earth Day while helping out and enjoying a Wisconsin State Park System property during the 10th annual Work*Play*Earth Day events that will be held around the state. - - - - This year there are 32 properties holding events, up from 31 in 2017. Volunteer events are sponsored by the Friends of Wisconsin State Parks and Department of Natural Resources properties. This year events will be held April 14, 20, 21, 28 and May 5 and 12.

Baiting and feeding bans go in effect for Washington, Sheboygan and Fond du Lac counties

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 04/03/2018 - 12:06pm
Move follows confirmation of CWD positive captive deer in early March - - - - MADISON - The Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection confirmed a captive deer in Washington County tested positive for CWD in early March. - - As required by law, this finding will establish baiting and feeding bans for Washington, Sheboygan and Fond du Lac counties effective April 2, 2018. The ban for Washington County will be enacted for three years. Because Fond du Lac County is adjacent to a county with a CWD positive test result, a two-year ban will be enacted. Sheboygan County is already under a baiting and feeding ban and that ban will be renewed with this newest detection.

Natural Resources Board to meet April 11 in Madison

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 04/03/2018 - 12:06pm
- - MADISON - A request for adoption of the proposed 2018 waterfowl hunting seasons, a request to purchase property for a new Milwaukee service center and an update on elk management and Wisconsin's first planned elk hunt are among the items the state Natural Resources Board will address at its April meeting. - - The board will convene at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, April 11, in Room G09 of the State Natural Resources Building (GEF 2), 101 S. Webster St., Madison.

DNR awards grants for 61 surface water management projects in 36 counties

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 04/03/2018 - 12:06pm
MADISON - Sixty-one lake, river and aquatic invasive species projects designed to improve the state's waterbodies and wetlands in 36 Wisconsin counties will soon receive more than $4 million in grant funding through the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources surface water grant program. - - Aquatic invasive species projects will receive $2.1 million dollars to control established AIS populations, of which $500,000 will support research to help improve future AIS management. Lake protection and restoration projects garnered more than $1.7 million, while about $224,000 is for river management. The following is a breakdown of the number and amounts of grants by type:

Public meetings set for Superior Coastal Plain, Northwest Sands, and Northwest Lowlands Ecological Landscape regional master plans postponed due to weather

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 04/03/2018 - 12:06pm
- - Public comment period will be extended through May 3 - - - ASHLAND, Wis. - With a spring snow storm set to impact much of the state, the public open house meetings for the Superior Coastal Plain, Northwest Sands, and Northwest Lowlands Ecological Landscapes have been postponed. Concerns over safety for the public and staff traveling to the meetings drove the decision to reschedule. - - The public open house meetings will be held later in April. Both meetings run from 5 to 7 p.m. and will be held:

County Deer Advisory Councils to gather feedback on season recommendations

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 03/27/2018 - 1:02pm
Antlerless quota, permit levels, and season structure; final meetings in April - - - - MADISON -- County Deer Advisory Councils will release their preliminary antlerless deer quota, permit level, and season structure recommendations for the 2018 deer hunting season next week. An online public comment period will begin April 2 and run through April 12 to collect feedback on these preliminary recommendations. - - To view your county's recommendations and provide feedback, visit dnr.wi.gov and search keyword "CDAC."

Over $34 million in federal funding allocated to Wisconsin for important management activities

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 03/27/2018 - 1:02pm
- - HORICON, Wis. -- Wisconsin will receive over $34 million in funding for 2018 generated through the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration and Dingell-Johnson Sport Fish Restoration acts. - - These funds will be used to enhance habitat for fish and wildlife, among other important duties, and help bolster the state's status as a world class outdoor destination. U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke visited Horicon Marsh March 20 to announce more than $1.1 billion in annual national funding for state wildlife agencies throughout the nation.

Public meetings set for Superior Coastal Plain, Northwest Sands, and Northwest Lowlands Ecological Landscape regional master plans

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 03/27/2018 - 1:02pm
[EDITOR'S ADVISORY: These meetings have been rescheduled due to a forecast for inclement weather. The Ashland meeting will be April 24 and the Spooner meeting will be held April 25. The public comment period has been extended to May 3. ]Public comment period open through May 3 - - ASHLAND, Wis. -- The public will has an opportunity through two upcoming open houses and online information to learn more about the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resource's regional master planning process for properties located in three Northwest Wisconsin Ecological Landscapes: Superior Coastal Plain, Northwest Sands, and Northwest Lowlands. The three landscapes fall in portions of Polk, Burnett, Washburn, Sawyer, Douglas, Bayfield, Ashland, and Iron Counties. - - Copper Falls State Park is one of the properties included in the master planning process for the Northwest Wisconsin ecological landscape.Photo credit: DNR - - A master plan, guided by Chapter NR 44, Wisconsin Administrative Code, establishes the level and type of resource management and public use permitted on department-managed properties. Under the regional master planning process, department staff will develop a plan for all properties located within a defined region. The regions are based on 16 previously defined ecological landscapes in Wisconsin, areas with similar ecological attributes and management opportunities. The Natural Resources Board approved the regional planning process at the June 2017 board meeting.

Draft Recreation Opportunity Analysis chapters available for public review and comments

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 03/27/2018 - 1:02pm
MADISON - The public has an opportunity through May 4 to comment on Recreation Opportunity Analysis that examines existing outdoor-based recreation opportunities and future recreation opportunities in eight regions throughout Wisconsin. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is seeking comments on draft chapters developed from information collected from the public in the fall of 2017 on the following regions: - - - Mississippi River Corridor [PDF] - Western Sands [PDF] - Lake Winnebago Waters [PDF] - Lower Lake Michigan Coastal [PDF] - Southern Gateways [PDF] - - The public is invited to provide feedback and suggestions on the draft chapters. The draft chapters can be reviewed by visiting dnr.wi.gov, and searching the keyword "ROA." A link to provide feedback is provided on the website. Public feedback for these five draft chapters is open through May 4, 2018.

Frog calling volunteers document the American bullfrog's comeback

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 03/27/2018 - 1:02pm
Wisconsin Frog and Toad Survey gets underway soon - - MADISON - Wisconsin's largest frog appears to be staging a comeback, a welcome trend documented over the last generation by hundreds of volunteers who've travelled roads near rivers, lakes and wetlands listening for the breeding calls of male frogs and toads. - - The Wisconsin Frog and Toad Survey gets underway in coming weeks, and volunteers are likely to hear more of the booming call of the American bullfrog this summer when its mating season begins.

The Wisconsin Fishing Report now available online and in hard copy

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 03/27/2018 - 1:02pm
Fish survey results and forecasts help plan those 2018 fishing trips - - - MADISON - Anglers planning their fishing trips for the general hook and line fishing season that opens statewide May 5 can get a line on where to go in 2018 in The Wisconsin Fishing Report. - - The publication is available online and in hard copy at Department of Natural Resources service centers and in the Wisconsin Natural Resources magazine. It's full of great information and "where to fish" recommendations from fisheries biologists from around the state, says Karl Scheidegger, the Department of Natural Resources fisheries biologist who coordinates the report and fisheries outreach efforts.

Lake Michigan fisheries management strategies for 2018-2020 highlight partnerships to enhance fishing for salmon and trout -

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 03/20/2018 - 2:48pm
- - MADISON -- Fish stocking trucks are starting to deliver the first trout and salmon for Lake Michigan under a new stocking plan that seeks to sustain diverse fishing opportunities and expand partnerships to make sure more stocked fish survive to catchable size and wind up on Wisconsin anglers' lines. - - The plan, developed over more than two years of discussion and input from more than 500 anglers, business owners and other stakeholders, calls for stocking Skamania steelhead for the first time in a decade, stocking larger salmon and trout that survive better, and expanding efforts with fishing clubs to place stocked fish in pens in Lake Michigan to get acclimatized and grow bigger before they're released.

Bass fishing changes, transport of CWD positive deer among questions at the 2018 Spring Fish and Wildlife Rules Hearings

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 03/20/2018 - 2:48pm
MADISON - A continuous season for bass fishing - with harvest only allowed during the current open season - restriction on moving deer that test positive for chronic wasting disease, opening the inland trout season the first Saturday in April, and a new fee to use state wildlife, fisheries and natural areas are among the questions the public can vote on at the 2018 Spring Fish and Wildlife Public Hearing and annual Conservation Congress county meetings. - - 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 Department of Natural Resources and the Conservation Congress on proposed natural resources advisory question that may lead to future rule changes.

DNR to hold public comment period, public hearing on Foxconn air permits

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 03/20/2018 - 2:48pm
- - - - MADISON - The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is seeking public comment on air permit drafts for the Foxconn liquid crystal display manufacturing facility proposed for construction in Racine County. - - The department made available for public comment the applications, draft permits and analysis documents for four air pollution control permits covering the Foxconn facility. To view the documents search the DNR website, dnr.wi.gov, for keyword Foxconn. The DNR will accept public comments through April 16, 2018.

DNR to waive fall turkey drawing; licenses on sale now

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 03/20/2018 - 2:48pm
MADISON - New this year, fall turkey hunters will no longer be required to apply or compete in a drawing for fall turkey harvest authorizations. Instead, one fall turkey harvest authorization will be issued at no additional cost with the purchase of a fall turkey or conservation patron license. Customers will need to specify their zone of choice when purchasing their license. - - In addition to the fall harvest authorization issued with the purchase of a license, bonus fall harvest authorizations will be sold over-the-counter on a first-come, first-served basis. Select turkey management zones will have a set number of bonus authorizations available for $10 apiece beginning in August. Bonus authorization levels are determined after looking at turkey harvest and population data, as well as hunter feedback and harvest authorization sales, within each zone.

Anglers now enjoy a year-round season and five-bag limit for Lake Michigan lake trout

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 03/20/2018 - 2:48pm
- - MADISON - The lake trout fishing season on Lake Michigan is now open year-round and the bag limit is five fish per day under rules effective March 17, 2018. - - Lake Michigan anglers can now enjoy a year-round season and a bag limit of five lake trout under rules effective March 17, 2018.Photo credit: Jason Richter - - The five-bag limit and continuous open season make regulations for lake trout consistent with season structure and bag limits for other Lake Michigan trout and salmon, according to Brad Eggold, Great Lakes district fisheries supervisor with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

Bird Survey Organizers Encourage Volunteers to Survey Areas in Need, Attend Regional Workshops in April

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 03/20/2018 - 2:48pm
- - ASHLAND, Wis. - With just two of five breeding seasons left to go, organizers of a comprehensive survey of birds that nest in Wisconsin have identified more than 300 locations where volunteers are needed to help gather information for the survey, known as the Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atlas II. - - "This is a perfect time to choose a location where you can help look for breeding birds and report them," says Nick Anich, atlas coordinator and a conservation biologist with Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. "The bulk of bird species will nest in June and July but some resident birds are getting started already, and it's a good time to head out to a location near you and poke around, explore some habitats and see what's out there."

Prescribed burns proposed for many DNR properties in central and southern Wisconsin this spring

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 03/20/2018 - 2:48pm
- - MADISON -- Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources staff plan to conduct prescribed burning on several department-managed properties in the west central, southeast, and southern Wisconsin this spring. - - To view a list of proposed spring 2018 prescribed burns on DNR properties and more information regarding prescribed burning in Wisconsin, visit dnr.wi.gov and search keywords "prescribed burning."