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Wisconsin's Great Waters Photo Contest 2018 winners announced

Tue, 07/03/2018 - 12:31pm
- - - MADISON - Nine photographers earned top honors for their entries in the Department of Natural Resources' tenth annual "Wisconsin's Great Waters" photography contest. - - "Dawn at Cave Point"Photo credit: Michael Knapstein - - Their photos will be featured in the 16-month calendar that the DNR Office of Great Waters produces each year. A new video highlights all the winning photos. Details about the contest, along with all of this year's contest entries, can be found on the Office of Great Waters page of the DNR website.

Comments sought on proposal to add more electric campsites at Mirror Lake State Park

Tue, 07/03/2018 - 12:31pm
Public comment period open through July 17 - - BARABOO, Wis. -- Ensuring all campers can continue to be accommodated at Mirror Lake State Park is the goal of a master plan variance open for public review and input. The proposed variance will allow park managers greater flexibility in deciding where campsites with electricity can be added and keep all land management at Mirror Lake State Park under its current classification. - - The park has experienced an increase in visitors who desire sites with electricity but has not always been able to accommodate them. Master plans that specify the number of electrical sites allowed in each campground at the park have limited the ability of park managers to meet these visitor's needs.

DNR rule revisions for manure spreading take effect July 1

Tue, 06/26/2018 - 12:53pm
MADISON - New rule revisions designed to reduce manure groundwater contamination, specifically in the northeast section of the state, take effect July 1. - - The changes, under the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources' ch. NR 151, Wis. Adm. Code, relate to Silurian bedrock, which are areas where the soil depth to bedrock is shallow and the bedrock may be fractured.

Floods in northwestern Wisconsin will result in some long-term closures at state properties

Tue, 06/26/2018 - 12:53pm
Many properties across the north unaffected and remain openSUPERIOR, Wis. - Heavy rains across northwestern Wisconsin in mid-June will result in some long-term closures of roads and other state facilities. Water has begun receding and state park and transportation officials have a better picture of repairs that will be needed at a number of properties. According to the National Weather Service the area has received 7 to 12 inches of rain from June 15-18. - - Portions of a dam washed out at Pattison State Park, about 13 miles south of Superior, closing Highway 35 that crossed the dam within the park. Wisconsin Department of Transportation and Natural Resources officials have been assessing the damage and beginning preparations for dam and road repair, which could take weeks.

Coalition forms in Wisconsin to reverse decline of monarch butterflies

Tue, 06/26/2018 - 12:53pm
MADISON - Monarch butterfly populations have dropped more than 80 percent over the last 20 years in the eastern U.S., and a new statewide consortium has formed to work together to reverse the decline in Wisconsin. - - A new statewide consortium has formed in Wisconsin to work together to reverse the decline in monarch butterfly populations.Photo credit: Jay WatsonThe Wisconsin Monarch Collaborative includes more than 70 stakeholders representing agriculture, transportation, utilities, public and private land management, research, education and government.

State high schooler wins scholarship at archery in schools world tournament

Tue, 06/26/2018 - 12:53pm
MADISON -- A Wisconsin youth archer from Cadott placed third at the June 7 - 9 National Archery in the Schools Program World Tournament at Louisville, Ky., where he also became the first state student to win $10,000 for post-high school education at the awards ceremony. - - Kaden Christenson (right) with NASP President Roy GrimesPhoto credit: DNR - - Kaden Christianson was among the 4,967 student archers from 358 schools who competed at the 10th annual world tournament in the nation's bluegrass state. Event organizers say more than 10,000 spectators also attended the student competitors.

Discounted fishing licenses the ticket for fun over the Fourth of July holiday

Tue, 06/26/2018 - 12:53pm
MADISON - Wisconsin's $5 first-time buyer resident fishing license or a one-day fishing license may be just the ticket for fun for family, friends and visitors gathered for the fourth of July holiday. - - "Wisconsin fishing is a great value and these discounted licenses make it even easier to get your family, friends and visitors out on the water over the holiday," says Justine Hasz, Wisconsin's fisheries director.

Fireworks prohibited on state lands and can be a cause of wildfires

Tue, 06/26/2018 - 12:53pm
MADISON - People who will be out celebrating the Fourth of July Holiday are being reminded that fireworks are prohibited on all Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources lands including state parks, state forests and state owned public hunting and fishing properties and anyone using fireworks should take precautions and prevent wildfires now and during the next few weeks. - - "For the safety of our guests and our natural resources, fireworks are prohibited on state properties," said Chris Madison, chief ranger with the Wisconsin State Park System. "Fourth of July favorites, the sparkler and the snake, are not defined as 'fireworks' per state law, but most park and forest rangers and managers discourage their use because they are a fire hazard."

Flooding, washouts close some parks and trails in northwestern Wisconsin

Tue, 06/19/2018 - 3:14pm
Many properties across the north unaffected and remain openSUPERIOR, Wis. - Heavy rains across northwestern Wisconsin last weekend and early this week have flooded some roads and caused washouts on some highways, roads, state parks, forests and trails. According to the National Weather Service the area has received 7 to 12 inches of rain from Friday through Monday. - - The dam forming Interfalls Lake at Pattison State Park washed out, taking out part of Highway 35 and closing the road. Photo credit: DNR - - There are several Wisconsin State Park System property and portions of properties that are closed due to the rain and flooding in Douglas, Ashland, Bayfield, Iron, Burnett and Price counties. Amnicon Falls State Park, located about 7 miles east of Superior, is currently closed but is expected to reopen the afternoon of June 19. Pattison State Park about 13 miles south of Superior is open for camping only; all trails, observation areas, picnic and day-use areas are closed.

Private well owners encouraged to check wells after recent flooding in northern Wisconsin

Tue, 06/19/2018 - 3:14pm
MADISON - Recent heavy rains in many northern Wisconsin counties have affected private property owners and state properties. - - The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is offering the guidance below as many property owners will begin assessing damage, checking wells and septic systems and removing storm related debris. In particular, heavy rains can create conditions that affect private wells and drinking water.

Groundbreaking for Willow River State Park dam reconstruction June 26

Tue, 06/19/2018 - 3:14pm
- - HUDSON, Wis. - State and local officials will celebrate the groundbreaking for the reconstruction of Little Falls Dam on the Willow River within Willow River State Park at a ceremony at 1 p.m. on June 26. The public is welcome to attend. - - The Willow Falls Dam before it was breached. Photo credit: DNR - The dam, which was breached in 2015 due to structural concerns, will be rebuilt beginning this summer. Photo credit: DNR - - The Willow River was dammed in the park, forming the 172-acre Little Falls Lake in the 1920s. The lake has been a popular recreation area in the park, offering non-motorized boating, fishing and a swimming beach. In 2015 dam inspections indicated elements of the dam need to be brought into compliance, as well as possible structural issues related to the foundation.

Pollinator Week June 18-24 highlights insects' importance to ecosystems and crops

Tue, 06/19/2018 - 3:14pm
Plant for pollinators and take other steps at home or on the farm to help them - - [Editor's Note: Join us Wednesday, June 20, about 2:30 - p.m., for a Facebook Live stream as DNR Conservation Biologist Amy Staffen - highlights plants she's added to her yard to benefit pollinators. Catch - this live stream via the Wisconsin DNR Facebook Page. Make sure - you're notified when we go live by clicking the "Follow" button on our - Facebook page. Or view the video at your leisure on our Facebook page - under the "Live Videos" tab and in our feed.] - MADISON - Pollinators are critical for Wisconsin ecosystems and crops including cranberries, peppers and tomatoes, and Pollinator Week, June 18-24, highlights steps city and rural residents can take to help protect and increase pollinator habitat. - - A pollinator is any animal that visits flowering plants and transfers pollen from flower to flower, aiding plant reproduction. In Wisconsin, native pollinators include bees, butterflies, moths, flower flies, beetles, wasps, and hummingbirds. Populations of some pollinators in Wisconsin, including several bumble bees and butterflies, are declining and habitat loss is one of the major causes.

Operation Dry Water: DNR conservation wardens join local boat patrols for safety weekend

Tue, 06/19/2018 - 3:14pm
[EDITOR'S ADVISORY: Additional regional contacts are available: South Central Wisconsin Recreation Warden Marty Stone, 608-778-2035 or martin.stone@wisconsin.gov; Northeast Wisconsin Recreation Warden Darren Kuhn, 920-615-6075 or darren.kuhn@wisconsin.gov, South Eastern Wisconsin Recreation Warden Jason Roberts, 262-903-9399 or jason.roberts@wisconsin.gov; West Central Wisconsin Recreation Warden Matt Groppi, 715-284-1421 or matthew.groppi@wisconsin.gov, Northern Wisconsin Recreation Warden Mark Little, 715-492-1047 or mark.little@wisconsin.gov.]MADISON -- Boaters and paddlers enjoying Wisconsin's waters June 29-July 1 could see more state conservation wardens and local boat patrols on the water during the 10th annual national Operation Dry Water. - - Lt. Adam Hanna of the Recreation Safety and Outdoor Skills section says wardens will be on the water with one mission - keep the waters safe for all to enjoy.

All hands are on deck this Fourth-of-July weekend to stop aquatic invasive species in Wisconsin

Tue, 06/19/2018 - 3:14pm
MADISON -- Thousands of Wisconsinites and visitors will take to the water this Fourth-of-July for the state's busiest boating holiday. During the tenth annual Landing Blitz, June 29-July 4, many boaters will be greeted at landings and access points by Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources staff, volunteers and regional Aquatic Invasive Species partners sharing a simple but powerful message: YOU can protect lakes and rivers from aquatic invasive species. - - Eurasian watermilfoil is one of the invasive plants inspectors will be looking for during the Landing Blitz.Photo credit: DNR - - The Landing Blitz is a statewide effort to remind boaters and users of all other watercraft that they can take actions to stop the spread of aquatic invasive species, which pose great risks to the health of our lakes and fisheries.

Natural Resources Board to meet June 27 in Madison

Tue, 06/19/2018 - 3:14pm
- - MADISON - Information about the 2017 ruffed grouse harvest and 2018 spring drumming survey results, statement of scope approvals related to 1) marten protection closed areas, 2) chronic wasting disease, and 3) site-specific phosphorus water quality criteria, requests for approvals of master plans for the Southern Region Planning Group and Kettle Moraine Waters groups, and a request to initiate a planning process to establish recreational trail uses at Blue Mound State Park for trail are among the items the state Natural Resources Board will address when it meets June 27 in Madison. - - The board will convene at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June 27, in Room G09 of the State Natural Resources Building (GEF 2), 101 S. Webster St., Madison. On Tuesday, June 26, the board will tour and/or receive presentations at locations around the Madison and Poynette areas beginning at approximately 11:15 a.m.

Proposed master plan variance designates additional ATV/UTV access routes through Northern Highland-American Legion State Forest

Tue, 06/19/2018 - 3:14pm
- - - - DNR public comment period open through July 3 - - - - - WOODRUFF, Wis. - The public will have an opportunity to comment on plans for expanded recreational opportunities in the Northern Highland-American Legion State Forest through the designation of approximately 11 miles of all-terrain and utility vehicle routes on Department of Natural Resources roads in the forest. The roads proposed for ATV/UTV designation will contribute to the eventual completion of a north-south route through the forest, connecting communities and providing additional recreation opportunities. - - A master plan variance is a change in the use or management of an area that is consistent with the area's land management classification and objectives. This variance proposal accompanies an October 2017 amendment to the recreation portion of the state forest's 2005 Master Plan. The 2017 amendment designated about 42 miles of existing DNR roads as ATV/UTV routes or trails to connect the larger regional network. It also authorized the department to designate an additional 160 miles of ATV/UTV routes and trails on existing DNR roads that help build the overall network. The proposed variance adds approximately 11 miles to help build the overall network.

Kirtland's warbler success, breeding bird atlas and biking featured in Summer Wisconsin Natural Resources magazine

Tue, 06/19/2018 - 3:14pm
MADISON -- Summer is on its way and so is the latest issue of Wisconsin Natural Resources magazine. The current edition focuses on everything that's great about summer in Wisconsin, starting with the cover story on a special songbird, the Kirtland's warbler. "A happy tune" tells about state conservation work with this endangered species, an innovative effort that uses Kirtland's song recordings to help draw the bird to areas of northern Wisconsin with optimal habitat. - - - - Birds also are featured in Summer issue stories about the ongoing Breeding Bird Atlas II survey project as well as "Our treasured terns," a look at the challenges faced by Wisconsin's four main species of these natural heritage birds that inhabit Great Lakes shorelines, coastal islands and inland lake marsh areas.

Incidental take notice for State Highway 22 Project, Columbia County

Tue, 06/19/2018 - 3:14pm
- - MADISON -- The State Highway 22 Project may result in the "incidental taking" of a rare lizard and turtle under an authorization the 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 in the process of developing plans for a proposed project on Wisconsin State Highway 22 that is located in Columbia County. The purpose of the project is to replace the existing pavement surface that has exceeded its service life. The project begins near the U.S. Highway 51 intersection and extends northerly approximately 11 miles to the southern limits of the Wisconsin Highway 16 Interchange.

Public meeting set for Northeast Sands Ecological Landscape regional master plan

Tue, 06/12/2018 - 2:22pm
Public comment period open through July 11FLORENCE, Wis. - The public has an opportunity through an upcoming open house, office hours, and online information to learn more about the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources' regional master planning process for properties located in the Northeast Sands Ecological Landscape. This landscape encompasses portions of Florence, Marinette, Oconto, Menominee, and Shawano counties. - - A master plan, guided by Chapter NR 44, Wis. Admin. 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, distinct areas of the state that present different ecological attributes and management opportunities. The Natural Resources Board approved the regional planning process at the June 2017 board meeting.

Wisconsin ruffed grouse survey results indicate a decrease in breeding grouse -

Tue, 06/12/2018 - 2:22pm
MADISON - Roadside ruffed grouse surveys completed this spring showed statewide drumming activity decreased 34 percent between 2017 and 2018; while this decline does not follow the generally predictable grouse population cycle, the 2018 drumming observations do fall within the normal range of variability of the grouse cycle. - - Ruffed grousePhoto credit: Kevin FeindThe survey results showed a 34 percent decrease statewide over 2017 levels. The down turn was seen in both the central (-29 percent) and northern (-38 percent) forest regions of the state. These two areas comprise the primary grouse range in Wisconsin. While the decreases in the southwest (-14 percent) part of the state were smaller by percentage, and an increase in the southeast was observed, these areas are not within the primary range for grouse. The drumming activity in southwestern and southeastern Wisconsin are at or near historic lows, and likely would not significantly add to grouse abundance in the state.