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Wisconsin DNR Weekly News

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Weekly News from the Wisconsin DNR Web Site.
Updated: 10 min 53 sec ago

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

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 11:54am
- - [EDITOR'S ADVISOR: This news release has been updated with the addition of a snowshoe hike Feb. 9 at the MacKenzie Center.]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

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 11:54am
- - 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

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 11:54am
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

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 11:54am
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

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 11:54am
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

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 11:54am
- - - - 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

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 11:54am
- - 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

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 12:07pm
- - 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

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 12:07pm
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

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 12:07pm
- - - - 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

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 12:07pm
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

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 12:07pm
- - - - - - 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

Tue, 11/28/2017 - 1:27pm
[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

Tue, 11/28/2017 - 1:27pm
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.

DNR report shows that monitored air pollutant levels continue to decrease statewide

Tue, 11/28/2017 - 1:27pm
MADISON - The Department of Natural Resources annual air quality report for Wisconsin shows that air quality in the state continues to improve. - - The Air Quality Trends Report, released this month, provides official state monitoring data through 2016 for air pollutants. The report shows that concentrations of most pollutants regulated under the Clean Air Act have been decreasing over the past decade throughout the state.

Public invited to comment on state water quality plans

Tue, 11/28/2017 - 1:27pm
MADISON-The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is seeking public comment through December 15, 2017 on a new set of Clean Water Act water quality plan updates. These plans help the Department to better understand the state's water resources and plan for future improvements. - - Targeted Watershed Assessment Projects

With the opening weekend of the 166th gun deer season concluded, hunters can look forward to more opportunities through the second weekend

Tue, 11/21/2017 - 2:26pm
- - MADISON - By the time the sun set on opening weekend of Wisconsin's 166th gun deer season, more than 582,800 hunters had purchased their license and headed into the outdoors of the annual nine-day gun deer hunt in Wisconsin. Although 587,440 licenses were sold last year, the total number of hunters that took to the field is very close to the number that purchased a license last year, the state saw approximately 6,200 additional non-residents choose to travel to Wisconsin to pursue one of their favorite activities.

December public meetings will gather feedback regarding outdoor recreation in Wisconsin

Tue, 11/21/2017 - 2:26pm
MADISON - The public will have an opportunity to provide input on outdoor-based recreation in Wisconsin as part of a Department of Natural Resources Recreation Opportunities Analysis, which is examining existing opportunities and future recreation opportunities in eight regions throughout Wisconsin. The final regions to be studied are the Southern Gateways and Lower Lake Michigan Coastal regions. The counties included in these regions are as follows: - - - Southern Gateways: Columbia, Dane, Dodge, Green, Iowa, Jefferson, Lafayette, Richland, Rock, and SaukLower Lake Michigan Coastal: Kenosha, Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Racine, Sheboygan, Walworth, Washington, and Waukesha - The public is invited to participate in this analysis by providing information through an online input form by searching the DNR website,, for keyword "ROA." The public can provide feedback online or print out the questionnaire and send completed forms to the department. Public input opportunities for these two regions are open through Jan. 2, 2018.

4 bighead carp caught on Lower Wisconsin River during fall surveys

Tue, 11/21/2017 - 2:26pm
Anglers reminded to report catching the invasive Asian carp - - - - PRAIRIE DU SAC - With state fisheries crews recently catching four Asian carp on the Lower Wisconsin River and finding another dead along the shore, anglers who catch one of the invasive carp species are reminded to keep the fish and contact their local fish biologist. - - David Rowe, DNR fisheries supervisor, on the left, and Alex Bentz, DNR fisheries technician, on the right, display a bighead carp captured during DNR fall sturgeon surveys on the Lower Wisconsin River. Photo Credit: DNR - - "Anyone who catches a fish they believe to be an Asian carp species -- bighead, silver, black or grass -- should keep the fish, make sure it's dead before they leave the riverway, and contact their local fisheries biologist to verify the species," says David Rowe, a fisheries supervisor based in Fitchburg.

Public hearing Nov. 30 on Kohler golf course proposal wetland permit and updated EIS

Tue, 11/14/2017 - 12:06pm
- - - - SHEBOYGAN, Wis. - The public will have an opportunity at an upcoming public hearing and during a public comment period to submit comments on a wetland permit application and updated draft environmental impact statement (EIS) related to a proposed golf course just north of Kohler-Andrae State Park in Sheboygan County. - - Kohler Company has proposed developing an 18-hole golf course that would be constructed immediately north of the state park on 247 acres owned by the Kohler Company. The project site is an undeveloped area between the Black River and Lake Michigan.