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Wisconsin DNR Weekly News

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Weekly News from the Wisconsin DNR Web Site.
Updated: 18 min 25 sec ago

Invasive Species Month gets a new name and focus

Tue, 06/12/2018 - 2:22pm
Moves from Awareness to Action; Invader Crusader Award Winners Announced - - - - MADISON - After 15 years, Invasive Species Awareness Month is getting a new name and focus: Wisconsin Invasive Species Action Month. - - "Now that many Wisconsin residents and visitors are aware of the problems with invasive species, the Wisconsin Invasive Species Council has changed the name and focus of the month to move people from awareness to action," says Tom Buechel, the council's chair.

Entries sought for Wisconsin wild turkey, pheasant and waterfowl stamp design contests

Tue, 06/12/2018 - 2:22pm
MADISON -- Wisconsinites with an artistic talent are reminded that they have until July 16 to submit artwork for the 2019 Wild Turkey, Pheasant and Waterfowl Stamp design contests. - - - 2018 Wild Turkey Stamp by Robert Leum of Holmen

DNR webinar set to clarify implementation of Act 183

Tue, 06/12/2018 - 2:22pm
- - - - MADISON -- The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources will host a webinar on June 26 at 2 p.m. as part of the implementation of a new law that effects projects impacting some Wisconsin wetlands. The law, Act 183, will go into effect on July 1 and establishes permit exemptions on placing fill material in certain types of wetlands. The webinar will explain the exemptions and help to clarify the process for claiming an exemption. - - "Exemptions apply to certain types of nonfederal and artificial wetlands, but it can be challenging to determine the type of wetland you're dealing with," said Robert Rosenberger, Watershed Management Deputy Program director.

DNR makes it easier to address water quality in agriculture

Tue, 06/12/2018 - 2:22pm
- - MADISON - A new Water Quality Conservation General Permit will streamline the regulatory process for government agencies that address water quality concerns in agricultural settings. - - The Department of Natural Resources in partnership with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and county land conservation departments in Wisconsin finalized the permit that includes, but is not limited to, grassed waterways, filter strips, lined waterways, grade stabilization structures, stream crossings, and water and sediment control basins.

Try your hand at hunting through the Sandhill Learn to Hunt Deer program

Tue, 06/12/2018 - 2:22pm
- - BABCOCK, Wis. - Anyone with an interest in trying out a new hobby in the outdoors is encouraged to apply by June 30 for a Learn to Hunt Deer course at Sandhill Wildlife Area. - - Sandhill's Learn to Hunt Deer course emphasizes important lessons taught in hunter's safety with hands-on instruction, teaches valuable lessons through a workshop, and ends with a mentored deer hunt for participants.

Data collected during the 2017-18 winter tracking reveal overwinter minimum wolf count of 905-944 in Wisconsin

Tue, 06/05/2018 - 2:01pm
- - MADISON - Following continued monitoring efforts, data suggest that Wisconsin's wolf population may have begun to stabilize and remains above established recovery goals. - - Data collected by over 100 volunteer trackers and Department of Natural Resources staff during the 2017-18 winter reveal an overwinter minimum wolf count of 905-944 wolves [PDF], a 2.2 percent decrease from the 925-956 wolves detected during the 2016-17 count [PDF]. The number of packs detected increased slightly, from 232 packs last year to 238 this past winter. Wisconsin's wolf population had been increasing consistently over the past 25 years.

Natural Resources Board approves 2018 deer harvest quotas and season structure

Tue, 06/05/2018 - 2:01pm
- - MADISON - The Wisconsin Natural Resources Board approved the 2018 antlerless deer quotas, harvest authorization levels and deer hunting season framework at its May 23 meeting in Madison. - - 2018 Deer Season Structure (click image for larger size PDF)Photo credit: DNR - - The 2018 deer season framework represents the efforts of the County Deer Advisory Councils to move the deer herd in each county toward a three-year population objective of increasing, maintaining or decreasing the herd. This is the councils' fourth year developing deer management recommendations that consider both scientific herd metrics and public feedback. This year, the public submitted over 7,000 comment forms online during the April 2-12 public comment period in addition to input provided directly at council meetings.

Take 2-hour training to learn to identify Karner blue butterflies and their habitat

Tue, 06/05/2018 - 2:01pm
Rare butterflies in flight now; help protect and monitor their populations - - - - MADISON - Wisconsin has more Karner blue butterflies than any other place in the world and volunteers can attend training this June to help collect information about this federally endangered butterfly and its habitat to help advance recovery efforts, state endangered species officials say. - - Karner blue butterflies look similar to some other blue butterflies. See how to tell them apart; pictured here is a female. Photo credit: Mickey Kienitz - - "Our goal is to train volunteers to be able to identify Karner Blue butterflies so they can help us collect information from the state as a whole," says Chelsea Gunther, DNR Karner blue butterfly recovery coordinator. "We've only been able to survey the largest known occupied sites over the years, so expanding our capacity to collect information on areas where we're not sure if Karners are still present will improve our data and give us a better statewide picture."

Share the land - enroll in Voluntary Public Access and Habitat Incentive Program before Aug. 1

Tue, 06/05/2018 - 2:01pm
- - - - MADISON - Landowners are encouraged to share the land through the Voluntary Public Access and Habitat Incentive program. Landowners can earn extra income in exchange for opening their land on a short-term basis to low-impact recreation such as hunting, fishing and trapping and wildlife observation. - - Over 175 landowners are currently providing access to 33,000 acres of habitat on 229 properties for outdoor recreators to enjoy.