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Wisconsin DNR Weekly News

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Weekly News from the Wisconsin DNR Web Site.
Updated: 7 min 34 sec ago

Record 12,970 permits awarded for 2018 black bear hunt

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Natural Resources Board to meet February 28 in Madison

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 12:09pm
MADISON - A request for adoption of proposed emergency rules relating to deer and turkey registration, a request to revisit Lake Michigan lake trout bag limits, proposed rules related to erosion control and storm water management at construction sites, and a proposed land exchange at Kohler-Andrae State Park are among the items the state Natural Resources Board will address when it meets February 28 in Madison. - - The board will convene at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 28, in Room G09 of the State Natural Resources Building (GEF 2), 101 S. Webster St., Madison.

Volunteer training set for Rare Plant Monitoring Program

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 12:09pm
Native plant enthusiasts sought to see how state's rare treasures are faring - - MADISON -- People who enjoy looking for plants can see some of the state's rarest and most beautiful native species up close in 2018 by participating in volunteer training for the Wisconsin Rare Plant Monitoring Program in coming weeks. - - Josh Mayer, a volunteer for the Wisconsin Rare Plant Monitoring Program, found a new population of narrow-leaved dayflower, a rare native plant, in Grant County in 2017. Photo credit: Josh Mayer - - "If you already enjoy searching for rare plants or "botanizing," we invite you to put your effort to a direct conservation benefit," says Kevin Doyle, a Department of Natural Resources conservation botanist who coordinates the volunteer program. "Our volunteers get to see rare plants in some of the state's most pristine places and their contributions are critical to native plant conservation in Wisconsin."

Hundreds of natural resources volunteers gather in Eau Claire on March 22-24

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 12:09pm
MADISON - More than 12,000 Wisconsin volunteers searched for rare plants, identified frogs, bats, birds and other species, and cut, dragged and burned invasive plants in 2017 to help care for the natural resources they love. - - On March 22-24, 2018, hundreds of these citizen scientists and stewards will gather in Eau Claire for the Wisconsin Summit for Natural Resources Volunteers. They'll share their work through oral and poster presentations, get the latest research updates and training, enjoy field trips and network with others who are passionate about Wisconsin's natural resources.

DNR awards grants for surface water project planning

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 12:09pm
MADISON -- Communities throughout Wisconsin will soon reap the benefits of 222 grants awarded by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources providing nearly $2.9 million in assistance for projects to improve water quality, reduce runoff, create aquatic habitat and reduce the spread of invasive species. - - Surface water planning grants provide assistance for lake and river planning projects and aquatic invasive species (AIS) education, prevention and planning. This year, the grants will leverage an additional $1.4 million in matching funds by lake and river associations, local governments and nonprofit groups.

Urban Nonpoint Source and Storm Water Management Grant Program applications are now available

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 12:09pm
MADISON - Cities, villages, towns, counties, regional planning commissions, tribal governments and special purpose lake, sewage, or sanitary districts have until April 16 to apply for competitive grants to assist them with the control of pollution from diffuse urban sources that is carried by storm water runoff. - - The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is now accepting grant applications for the Urban Nonpoint Source and Storm Water Management Grant Program. The local government must have either jurisdiction over the project area or be required to control storm water discharge with an inter-governmental agreement between the municipality and the Department of Natural Resources.

Anglers re-write state fish records in catch and release and by weight categories

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 12:49pm
MADISON -- Records are made to be broken, and anglers quickly proved this truism in the first year of Wisconsin's new program recognizing catch-and-release state record fish. Traditional state records for fish by weight also fell in 2017, but the bigger story was the multiple first-time records hauled in by two anglers. - - "We're happy that some anglers have taken advantage of the new Live Release record fish category. We're expecting a lot more activity in 2018 as more people learn about this exciting opportunity," says Karl Scheidegger, the Department of Natural Resources fisheries biologist who coordinates the state record fish programs.

Keith Warnke hired as Wisconsin DNR R3 Team Supervisor

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 12:49pm
MADISON - The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has named Keith Warnke as the state's new R3Team supervisor. - - Keith WarnkePhoto credit: DNR - - Warnke will oversee the development and coordination of a specialized team dedicated to recruitment, retention and reactivation of hunters, anglers and trappers - a priority within the DNR and conservation agencies nationwide. Warnke will remain in the Madison DNR office, where he has served as the hunting and shooting sports coordinator since 2011. Warnke also guided the state's big game program for seven years. His first full-time job with the DNR included hunter recruitment programs during the 1990s.

LEARN TO HUNT: Hunters asked to consider teaching new hunters of all ages

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 12:49pm
MADISON -- The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Learn to Hunt coordinator says the early winter weeks February and March are ideal times to plan spring turkey Learn to Hunt events for youths, adults and families interested in nature and eating healthy. - - Keith Warnke, DNR hunting and shooting sports coordinator, says those planning their own spring hunt outings can be among the most effective mentors for those interested in learning about safe and effective hunting, and its role in conservation and harvesting healthy foods.

2017 a top year for State Natural Area habitat restoration

Tue, 02/06/2018 - 1:22pm
- - MADISON - Prairies, oak barrens and oak savannas and other imperiled natural communities on Wisconsin State Natural Areas got a big boost in 2017 and stand to get more of the same in 2018. - - Thanks to warm and dry fall weather in 2017, success in securing grant money, strong partnerships, donors and volunteers, State Natural Areas containing these rare natural communities received a record level of management.

Winter volunteer workdays at State Natural Areas provide perfect opportunity to get outside and enjoy great scenery

Tue, 02/06/2018 - 1:22pm
MADISON - Now is your chance to get outside and get some exercise while exploring some of Wisconsin's most pristine public lands. Sign up for any of the nearly two dozen winter volunteer workdays scheduled at State Natural Areas throughout Wisconsin this winter. - - Morning workdays are scheduled at many sites throughout the state, typically from 9 a.m. to noon, mostly on Saturdays. Volunteers need no training beforehand, but are provided equipment and training on site to complete the work, which typically involves helping cut, pile and burn brush or scattering prairie seeds on snow.

Wisconsin Habitat Partnership Fund proposals due April 6

Tue, 02/06/2018 - 1:22pm
MADISON - A new Wisconsin Habitat Partnership Fund will provide $1 million to improve wildlife habitat and increase the amount of land accessible to the public for hunting, trapping and wildlife viewing. - - Eligible projects include habitat restoration, enhancement, or management activities that benefit priority wildlife habitat and enhance the public experience in the outdoors. Eligible applicants include local units of government, tribes and qualified 501(c)(3) conservation organizations.