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Jump into summer fun continues this July at Wisconsin state park system properties

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 07/11/2017 - 11:34am
MADISON -Summer is in full swing and Wisconsin state park system properties offer visitors many opportunities to beat the heat and enjoy the outdoors. This July, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources will highlight ideas for enjoying the many opportunities for water sports at state park properties on its Facebook page and Twitter account. People are encouraged to share their own experiences using the hashtag #WIstateparks. - - High water this summer at Crystal Lake in the Northern Highlands-American Legion State Forest isn't stopping beach goers from enjoying the lakePhoto Credit: DNR - - From Great Lake's beaches to crystal clear inland waters, visitors can find many spots to swim, paddle, sail boat or just hang out on the beach. The first week of July featured Great Lake's beaches. Check out the posts on the DNR Facebook page and post photos of your favorite Great Lake's beach. This coming week will look at some fantastic inland beaches at state properties.

Online chat will answer questions about becoming a conservation warden

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 07/11/2017 - 11:34am
MADISON - People who have questions about the hiring process involved to recruit the Class of 2018 Wisconsin Department of Natural Reslurces conservation wardens can participate in an online chat scheduled for noon, Wednesday, July 12. - - The DNR recently launched its hiring process to fill the next recruit class of wardens. With that process comes questions. Anyone interested in finding out more about the process or about what the warden positions involve can participate.

DNR to hire 20 full-time conservation wardens; new & experienced urged to apply -

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 3:31pm
MADISON -- The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Bureau of Law Enforcement has announced it will hire 20 full-time conservation wardens to fill vacancies statewide in a process officials say will recognize experience in compensation packages and welcome all levels of applicants. - - - - Lt. Jeffrey King, bureau assistant training director who has been a conservation warden for more than 17 years, said the application period will open Friday, June 30, and close at the end of the business day on July 14. Those new to law enforcement as well as experienced law enforcement officers are encouraged to apply for what King calls a career bigger and more diverse than the entire Wisconsin outdoors.

Spring waterfowl survey results show good production with lots of wetlands

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 3:31pm
MADISON -- Wisconsin's spring 2017 waterfowl population surveys indicate increased numbers of breeding waterfowl pairs and relatively good wetland conditions, which should result in increased waterfowl production this year across the state. - - The Wisconsin breeding duck population estimate of 479,099 represents an increase of 23 percent compared to 2016, and 9 percent above the long-term (44-year) average. Of the species-specific population estimates for the three top breeding ducks in Wisconsin, (mallard, blue-winged teal and wood duck) the blue-winged teal, showed the largest increase from 2016.

No permits available for 2017 sharp-tailed grouse hunting season

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 3:31pm
- - MADISON -- As a result of recent declines in the number of sharp-tailed grouse in spring surveys conducted by wildlife management staff, the Department of Natural Resources has decided that zero permits be made available for the fall 2017 hunting season. - - Each year, the Sharp-tailed Grouse Advisory Committee, which consists of DNR wildlife biologists and interested conservation groups, uses spring dancing ground surveys to recommend permit levels for the sharp-tailed grouse hunting season. This decision comes as a result of a review of the spring 2017 survey data, which identify an 18 percent decline in the number of sharp-tailed grouse observed.

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

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 3:31pm
- - MADISON - Thousands of Wisconsinites will take to the water this fourth-of-July weekend for the state's busiest boating holiday, and many will be greeted at boat landings by volunteers sharing a simple but powerful message: You have the power to protect lakes and rivers from aquatic invasive species. - - The weekend will be host to the ninth annual Landing Blitz, a statewide effort to remind boaters and other water lovers to take action to stop the spread of aquatic invasive species, which pose great risks to the health of our lakes and fisheries.

$5 fishing licenses: Get hooked on fun over July Fourth holiday

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 3:31pm
- - MADISON - Wisconsin's $5 first-time buyer resident fishing license or a reduced price one-day fishing license may be just the ticket for fun for family, friends and visitors getting together for the coming July 4th holiday, state fisheries official say. - - "Wisconsin fishing licenses are always a great value and these introductory licenses make it even easier to get your family, friends and visitors out on the water to give fishing a try," says Justine Hasz, Wisconsin's fisheries director.

Most fireworks illegal in state forests and parks

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 3:31pm
MADISON - People planning on camping in a Wisconsin state park or forest for the Fourth of July should enjoy fireworks displays in nearby communities -- not at picnic areas, campsites or other areas within state parks, forests and trails. - - Fireworks are illegal in Wisconsin state parks and forests, according to Robert "Chris" Madison, chief ranger for the Wisconsin Bureau of Parks and Recreation.

County Deer Advisory Council application period closes July 1

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 3:31pm
MADISON - Qualified applicants are encouraged to apply for County Deer Advisory Council seats before the application period closes for all counties July 1, 2017. - - Council members meet annually to review deer management data, gather public input from citizens and are a key step in establishing the deer seasons by providing recommendations to the Department of Natural Resources and the Natural Resources Board regarding deer management decisions in their county.

Waterfowl bands must be reported online beginning July 2

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 3:31pm
- - Previously used phone number will no longer be in service - reporting to be done online - - MADISON - As of July 2, 2017, the Bird Banding Lab's "1-800 bird band" phone number, which allows the public to report waterfowl bands, will no longer be in service. - - Following July 2, these bands can be reported online at (exit DNR). It is important to note that even if the band features a "1-800" number, you can report it using this new website. To report a band, you will need the band number (or numbers if the bird has more than one band).

First state live release fish records set -

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 06/20/2017 - 1:09pm
- - Six traditional records fall in a stringer of great fish tales - - MADISON - Four Wisconsin anglers have reeled in their place in fishing history by establishing the first state records for fish caught and released live. - - Rod Eberly of Appleton submitted the first ever application under the new live release state record fish program launched earlier this year by the Department of Natural Resources. Eberly's historic catch was a 17.75-inch white bass caught and released May 8 from the Fox River in Brown County.

Natural Resources Board to meet June 27-28 in Hudson

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 06/20/2017 - 1:09pm
MADISON - A request for approval of the Menominee River State Recreation Area Master Plan, a request to approve management plans for 12 State Natural Areas, and a request to initiate an amendment process for the Kohler-Andrae State Park Master Plan are among the items the state Natural Resources Board will address when it meets June 28 in Hudson.The regular business meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June 28, in the County Board Room of the St. Croix County Government Center, 1101 Carmichael Road, Hudson. On Tuesday, June 27, the board will tour and/or receive presentations at locations around the Hudson area beginning at 11:20 a.m. at the UW-Hudson Center, 2501 Hanley Road. - - The Menominee River State Recreation Area encompasses 7,652 acres of land in Dickinson and Menominee Counties, Mich., and Marinette County, Wis. The Menominee River Area master plan process is a collaborative effort between both the Wisconsin and Michigan Departments of Natural Resources. With public ownership on both sides of the river, this joint master plan will help create a "one place, one feel" experience. The board action will address only Wisconsin recreational and conservation goals.

Online chats answer questions about oak wilt, jumping worms, zebra mussels and other forest and aquatic pests

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 06/20/2017 - 1:09pm
MADISON - Before hitting the woods for a camping trip or the lake for fishing, Wisconsin residents can join in live online chats on Tuesday, June 27, and Wednesday, June 28, at noon to learn about firewood rules and other ways to slow the spread of forest pests and aquatic invasive species.  - - Eurasian watermilfoil leavesPhoto Credit: Contributed - - Oak wilt, jumping worms, Eurasian water milfoil, and other invasive species are threats to the forests and waterways of Wisconsin, but few invasive species are present everywhere in the state. Simple precautions - like buying local firewood and inspecting boats for aquatic plants and animals before leaving the launch - continue to make a huge difference for places that remain free of certain pests and diseases.

Preliminary spring turkey harvest registrations see slight decrease from 2016

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 06/13/2017 - 1:30pm
MADISON - Preliminary totals show turkey hunters registered 43,341 birds during the 2017 spring turkey hunting season in Wisconsin, a slight decrease from the spring 2016 season. - - "Overall, turkey hunters experienced another successful spring season," said Mark Witecha, Department of Natural Resources upland wildlife ecologist. "The spring turkey harvest exceeded my expectations considering the persistent, rainy conditions in the second week of the season and an estimated 27 percent decline in turkey production in 2016."

Shakespeare in the Park returns for third season at Wisconsin State Parks

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 06/13/2017 - 1:30pm
MADISON - Visitors to Wisconsin State Park System properties will have 16 opportunities to enjoy "Shakespeare in the Park" performances this summer. The performances begin July 17 and run through July 30. - - A scene from last summer's Summit Players production of Shakespeare in the Park.Photo Credit: Summit Players - - The Wisconsin-based traveling theatre group Summit Players Theatre is returning for a third season to Wisconsin state park system properties, this year performing Shakespeare's The Comedy of Errors. All performances are free, but a daily or annual state park admission sticker is needed to enter most park system properties. Each performance is preceded by a 45-minute educational workshop.

Wild parsnip blooms early, time to mow or take other control steps

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 06/13/2017 - 1:30pm
- - MADISON- Wild parsnip, an invasive plant that can cause painful burns to people who come into contact with it, is blooming early in Wisconsin. Invasive plant experts encourage property owners to mow this plant or take other actions now to prevent its spread. - - Wild parsnip can be pulled from the ground or cut with a sharp shovel 1 to 2 inches below the soil surface. Photo Credit: Kitty Kohout - - "The warm weather last week probably pushed wild parsnip to bloom. The earlier you can control it the more successful your efforts will be," says Kelly Kearns, invasive plant coordinator for the Department of Natural Resources Natural Heritage Conservation program. "Mowing is the easiest way to prevent it from seeding - it won't kill it but it will prevent it from spreading."

June public meeting will gather feedback regarding outdoor recreation in northern Wisconsin

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 06/13/2017 - 1:30pm
[EDITOR'S ADVISORY: This news release was previously issued to Northwoods media outlets.]MADISON - Department of Natural Resources staff will hold a June 19 public meeting to gather input regarding the draft Northwoods Region portion of the Recreation Opportunities Analysis. - - This initial Northwoods Region ROA draft [PDF] identifies future opportunities to provide high-quality recreation experiences and the potential role of DNR-managed properties in helping to meet those opportunities within the region.

Newport State Park designated as International Dark Sky Park

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 06/06/2017 - 4:04pm
ELLISON BAY, Wis. - Newport State Park, Wisconsin's only wilderness state park, has now also become the first state park in Wisconsin to be designated an International Dark Sky Park, one of just 48 parks in the world to earn the designation. - - The dark sky at Newport State Park.Photo Credit: Denny Moutray - - Located on the western shore of Lake Michigan on the northern tip of Door County, Newport has a dark sky that offers excellent nighttime viewing with an unobstructed view of the eastern horizon. As a designated wilderness park, the 2,373-acre park offers only backpack camping and has minimal developments beyond the park office, picnic area and trails.

Jump into summer fun this June at Wisconsin state park system properties

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 06/06/2017 - 4:04pm
MADISON - Visitors to Wisconsin state park system properties can jump into the start of summer this June by camping, getting fit, taking a day trip or exploring paddle watersports and then sharing their experience with others through social media. - - Jump in to fun this June at a Wisconsin state park system property.Photo Credit: DNR - - Throughout June the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources will feature activities and events visitors can participate in at a state park property on its Facebook page and Twitter account. Park visitors are encouraged to share their own experiences using the hashtag #WIstateparks.

Public comments sought on Forestry Exploration Center draft management plan

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 06/06/2017 - 4:04pm
[EDITOR'S ADVISORY: This news release was previously issued to media in southeastern Wisconsin.]  Comments accepted through June 27, 2017 MADISON - The public comment period for a draft management plan for the Forestry Exploration Center, located in Milwaukee County, is open for public comment through June 27, 2017.This draft management plan includes proposed improvements for accessibility and education, including: trailhead kiosks; wayfinding signs and maps along trails; a wheelchair accessible trail; a ravine overlook; woodland seating areas; trail side benches; and a self-guided nature trail experience. The Forestry Exploration Center [EXIT DNR] is a non-profit organization dedicated to forestry education in Wisconsin. The FEC and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources have a public/private partnership to make this 50-acre property in Wauwatosa a model of sustainable forestry and educational outreach.