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Arbor Vitae WI 54568


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Deer hunters with disabilities are encouraged to sign up for a sponsored hunt before Sept. 1 deadline

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 08/15/2017 - 4:44pm
- - MADISON -- Eligible hunters who are interested in participating in the 2017 gun deer hunt for hunters with disabilities are encouraged to contact a land sponsor to sign up for a hunt before the Sept. 1 hunter participation deadline. - - - - As of the June 1, 2017 sponsor application deadline, 70 landowners have enrolled over 80,000 acres of land (an increase from 2016) across 42 counties for the October 7-15 hunt. For a complete list of 2017 sponsors, visit dnr.wi.gov and search keywords "disabled deer hunt."

Wisconsin Recycling Excellence Award nominations accepted through August 31

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 08/15/2017 - 4:44pm
- - MADISON - The nomination period is open for the Wisconsin Recycling Excellence Awards offered by the Department of Natural Resources. - - In its fifth year, the awards are given to recognize recycling initiatives and to encourage communities to increase the effectiveness of their programs from successes and lessons learned.

County Deer Advisory Council meetings provide public with opportunity to get involved in deer management

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 08/08/2017 - 12:04pm
MADISON - Beginning Aug. 21, County Deer Advisory Councils will review deer population data and other key information in order to develop preliminary three-year population objectives within their counties. - - Council meetings will also discuss potential changes to Deer Management Unit (DMU) boundaries. Each CDAC meeting is open to the public - meetings are currently being scheduled and will be available at dnr.wi.gov, keyword "CDAC."

'Jump into Summer Fun' continues this August at Wisconsin state park system properties

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 08/08/2017 - 12:04pm
- - MADISON - August is summer at its hottest at Wisconsin state park system properties and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is featuring summer activities all month on its Facebook page and Twitter account. People are encouraged to share their own experiences using the hashtag #WIstateparks. - - August is the peak of family fun summer trips and the first week of the month we featured family fun getaways and properties with family friendly recreation opportunities. Whether it is renting canoes or kayaks at Hartman Creek or Governor Dodge state parks or hanging out on a sunny afternoon at the pool and splash pad at Blue Mound, Wisconsin state park properties offer families plenty of ideas for summer fun.

Wisconsin Community Tree Map launched to help track the value of state's urban forests

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 08/08/2017 - 12:04pm
- - MADISON - The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources' Urban Forestry program unveiled an interactive map today that provides a new way of learning about urban forests in the state. The Wisconsin Community Tree Map plots individual trees according to species, diameter, health condition and other attributes for participating communities statewide. - - "This new tool will help explain the value of urban forests and their ability to improve air quality, reduce energy use, increase property values and control storm water," said Jeff Roe, DNR urban forestry team leader. "This will help communities make data driven decisions for their urban forest management strategies."

Public Shooting Opportunities Coming to Private Ranges in Southern Wisconsin

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 08/08/2017 - 12:04pm
- - MADISON -- Thirteen private shooting ranges in southern Wisconsin are offering public-access hours under terms of public grants the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources recently awarded to fund facility improvements. - - The Shooting Range Grant Program allows ranges to apply for federal funds generated by excise tax and various firearm and hunting equipment and to use these funds for range-related projects, according to John Motoviloff, DNR shooting sports specialist. Successful applicants are eligible to have a percentage of their costs reimbursed--up to 50 percent for private ranges and up to 75 percent for public ranges.

August archery-in-schools training: How to start and teach

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 08/08/2017 - 12:04pm
- - MADISON -- Anyone interested in bringing the lifetime sport of target archery to local schools will have an opportunity to attend a three-day certification training session coming to Sparta in August.Dan Schroeder, archery education administrator for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, will lead the National Archery in the Schools Program's Basic Archery Instructor Trainer class in Sparta from August 16-18. Schroeder, certified through the national program, says attendees will learn how to safely run an archery program and how to teach skills such as proper shooting form and techniques. - - - - Instructor training is being offered for the National Archery in the Schools Program.Photo Credit: DNR - - "Besides all the fun and thrills of being in a sport from teamwork to competition, archery teaches motivation, attention, positive behaviors - all skills needed in real life," Schroeder said, adding the archery program is designed to be taught during school hours and most likely in the physical education classes. "This is a sport that welcomes all."

August is inaugural National Shooting Sports Month

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 08/01/2017 - 3:59pm
Share your hobby highlights with DNR's social media - - MADISON -- The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is joining a national foundation in marking August as National Shooting Sports Month to promote the activity and its dedication to safety and skill-building as fun and appropriate for youth to adult and open to persons with varying physical abilities. - - DNR Hunting and Shooting Sports Coordinator Keith Warnke says the National Shooting Sports Foundation's inaugural month-long celebration is an opportunity to introduce and to promote the state's growing number of private shooting ranges with public access hours, youth trap-shoot activities and firearm safety for hunters of all ages.

Wild turkey, pheasant and waterfowl stamp design contest winners announced

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 08/01/2017 - 3:59pm
MADISON - Twenty-one talented wildlife artists submitted a total of 34 pieces of artwork for the 2018 Wisconsin wild turkey, pheasant, and waterfowl stamp design contest. - - The judging panel of Paul Heinen, Joe Wagner, and Cary Reich from the Nature Conservancy Wisconsin Field Office choose the winners on July 27.

Natural Resources Board to meet August 8-9 in Milwaukee

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 08/01/2017 - 3:59pm
MADISON - A request for adoption of a series of rules related to the Wisconsin Pollutant Discharge Elimination System and information items on Great Lakes commercial fishing, Lake Michigan integrated fisheries plan and an update on the progress of the Deer Management Assistance Program are among the items the state Natural Resources Board will address when it meets August 9 in Milwaukee. - - On Tuesday, August 8, the board will tour and/or receive presentations at locations around the Milwaukee area beginning at 10:45 a.m. beginning at the Road Air Monitoring Station, near College Avenue. The regular business meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, August 9, in the Hilton Hotel Downtown, 509 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee.

Monarch citizen scientists featured in August issue of Wisconsin Natural Resources

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 08/01/2017 - 3:59pm
Click on image to go to the August edition - - MADISON - The monarch butterfly is ready for its close up in the August issue of Wisconsin Natural Resources magazine. The issue features a striking cover photo of a monarch tagged for research and a story on "Minding our monarchs," including details on how citizen scientists can help these winged wonders. A second story, "Port Edwards earns monarch crown," shares how one couple's dedication has helped to net Monarch Village USA designation for that central Wisconsin city. - - Water-related stories are a big part of the current magazine. "Roadmap to a revitalized Green Lake" looks at ways the treasured spot is being aided through a comprehensive lake management plan, while "To catch a crayfish" tells how biology students at Pittsville High School in Wood County are helping their local Yellow River ecosystem with removal of an invasive species. "Confessions of a 'river keeper'" profiles retired teacher Paul Hayes, who is leading restoration work at Weister Creek in the state's Driftless Area. And "Milwaukee duo plans walk on waters" offers information on Great Lakes outreach efforts--in the form of an upcoming 330-mile hike from Lake Michigan to Lake Superior--by two women who work for Milwaukee County Parks.

Third year of reintroduction effort provides 31 Kentucky elk to Wisconsin's Northwoods

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 07/18/2017 - 4:53pm
- - WINTER, Wis. -- After another successful winter trapping effort, 31 elk are now roaming their new home in northern Wisconsin after being released from their acclimation and quarantine pen. - - - - Video Credit: DNR - - This year's class represents the third year of Wisconsin's elk translocation efforts and the first year that elk have been released into the Clam Lake elk range in over 20 years. Following two years of translocation efforts in Jackson County, focus shifted back to the original northern herd that resides primarily in Sawyer County, which originated from 25 Michigan elk released in 1995. Twenty-eight elk arrived at the holding pen in late March, but numbers grew slightly as pregnant cows gave birth this summer.

Wisconsin Bureau of Parks and Recreation Management Hiring Rangers

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 07/18/2017 - 4:53pm
MADISON - People who are interested in a career where they will be surrounded by some of Wisconsin's most beautiful landscapes can apply for ranger positions that the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is in the process of recruiting for at multiple locations throughout the state. - - Rangers find themselves traversing a career path surrounded by the outdoors and rewarded by helping families create lasting memories. Photo Credit: DNR - - "A Wisconsin park ranger is the face of the Wisconsin State Park system, providing outstanding customer service and public safety to millions of visitors from around the world that recreate each year in one of the premier state park systems in the nation," said Chris Madison, chief ranger for the park system. "Rangers find themselves traversing a career path surrounded by the outdoors and rewarded by helping families create lasting memories. They are experts at maintaining and managing outdoor recreation, natural resources, interpretation and providing high-quality customer service."

August 1 deadline approaches for fall hunting and trapping seasons

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 07/18/2017 - 4:53pm
MADISON - Aug. 1 is an important deadline for hunters and trappers who wish to pursue wild turkey, sharp-tailed grouse, bobcat, fisher and otter this fall. - - Permit applications for fall hunting can be purchased for $3 ($6 for bobcat applications) online at GoWild.wi.gov, at Department of Natural Resources service centers, and at all license agents.

August public meetings will gather input for Recreation Opportunities analysis process

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 07/18/2017 - 4:53pm
- - MADISON - In August, Department of Natural Resources staff will gather input at five public open houses to shape future planning regarding outdoor recreation opportunities in northern and northeastern Wisconsin. - - In spring 2017, the DNR staff began the Recreation Opportunities Analysis process to collect information regarding existing outdoor-based recreation opportunities and identify future recreation needs in eight regions throughout Wisconsin. This process will identify future opportunities for providing high-quality recreation experiences and the potential role of DNR properties in helping to meet those needs.

After a 50-year absence, endangered frogs call again in Trempealeau County

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 07/18/2017 - 4:53pm
Volunteer's discovery of Blanchard's cricket frogs confirmed - - - - MADISON -- For the first time in half a century, the unique clicking call of the Blanchard's cricket frog has been documented in the marshes of Trempealeau County. - - In June 2017, Department of Natural Resources conservation biologist Andrew Badje confirmed that what Wisconsin Frog and Toad Volunteer John Collison heard in Trempealeau County was indeed Blanchard's cricket frogs making their characteristic call. The call sounds like two ball bearings clicking together at increasing speed and was last reported in 1965.

Applicants sought for Wildlife Rehabilitation Advisory Council

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 07/18/2017 - 4:53pm
- - - - MADISON - People with experience in wildlife rehabilitation, wildlife health and the captive wildlife industry are encouraged to apply to serve on the Wisconsin Wildlife Rehabilitation Advisory Council before Aug. 31, 2017. - - The council was established in 2013 to assist the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources staff with recommendations pertaining to decisions regarding wildlife rehabilitation and captive wildlife matters. Council members will also identify and implement education and training opportunities and assist department staff with inspections of licensed wildlife rehabilitation facilities.

Applications available for general permits for small-scale dredging projects in public waters

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 07/18/2017 - 4:53pm
- - - - MADISON - A new general permit that streamlines approvals for small-scale dredging in the state's lakes, rivers and streams has been finalized after a public comment period and is now available for applications. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources received and considered over 700 comments related to the draft general permit before issuing the final permit. - - The new general permit outlines standards and conditions for the dredging of lakes and streams that have to be met in order be considered for coverage under a general permit and replaces the current small-scale dredging general permit for rivers and streams that was promulgated under Administrative Rule in 2005.

Applications available for general permits for projects with wetlands associated with certain construction sites

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 07/18/2017 - 4:53pm
- - MADISON - A new general permit that addresses impacts to wetlands that formed in depressions created as a result of grading and construction activities within uplands has been finalized after a public comment period and is now available for applications. - - The new general permit outlines standards and conditions for certain discharges of dredged and/or fill material into wetlands that formed as a result of grading and construction activities. These standards and conditions in the new general permit have to be met in order be considered for coverage under a general permit.

Public comments sought on process to streamline fish habitat projects in public waters

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 07/18/2017 - 4:53pm
MADISON -- A new general permit that streamlines approvals for stream fish habitat projects has been drafted and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is seeking public comment on the language. The public comment period on the general permit runs until the close of business August 11, 2017. - - The proposed general permit, once in place, is valid for five years. It will allow the DNR, Land Conservation Department, Natural Resources Conservation Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services and their partners to apply for coverage under the permit. The permit allows parties to place in-stream fish habitat structures and work on stream banks that may impact wetlands for the purpose of restoring stream habitats if the project meets all eligibility criteria and conditions.