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Arbor Vitae WI 54568


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

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - 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

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - 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

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - 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

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - 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

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - 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

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - 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

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - 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

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - 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 -

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - 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.

Invasive Species Month gets a new name and focus

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - 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

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - 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

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - 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

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - 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

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - 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

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - 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

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - 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

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - 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

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - 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.

Application period for Wisconsin elk hunt ends May 31

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 05/29/2018 - 2:13pm
MADISON - The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources reminds hunters that the opportunity to apply for a tag to participate in Wisconsin's first managed elk hunt in state history taking place this fall, ends Thursday, May 31. - - Check out this Facebook Live segment with DNR big game ecologist Kevin Wallenfang to learn more about this once in a lifetime hunting opportunity. - - "Interest in the hunt has been high and very positive," said DNR deer and elk ecologist Kevin Wallenfang. "Everyone has the same odds of drawing a tag, and we encourage anyone with an interest to get their application in to be one of five lucky state hunters to have an opportunity to hunt elk in Wisonsin."

Slinger High School student wins 2019 state park sticker design contest

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 05/29/2018 - 2:13pm
MADISON - A pair of hiking boots hitting the trail by Slinger High School sophomore Rory Macha, is the winning design for the 2019 Wisconsin State Park admission sticker design contest. The winning design will be printed on state park and forest annual vehicle admission stickers and will be displayed on more than 265,000 vehicles. - - 2019 Wisconsin State Park design contest winner by Rory Macha.Photo credit: Rory Macha - - "This design is a great fit for the Wisconsin State Park System's new OutWiGo initiative that encourages people to hit Wisconsin's thousands of miles of trails and encourages everyone to improve their overall health and wellness by getting out and active in the outdoors," said Ben Bergey, Wisconsin State Park System director.