Arbor Vitae Town Office
10675 Big Arbor Vitae Dr
Arbor Vitae WI 54568

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Mon-Fri: 9:00am - 3:00pm
Sat-Sun: Closed

Phone: 715.356.3120
Fax: 715.356.1071

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Wildlife Alerts and Information

Wisconsin ruffed grouse survey results indicate an increase in breeding grouse

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 06/06/2017 - 4:04pm
- - MADISON - Roadside ruffed grouse surveys [PDF] completed in spring 2017 showed statewide drumming activity increased 17 percent from 2016, based on data collected to monitor breeding grouse activity. - - For complete survey results, visit and search keywords "reports."

Enroll in Wisconsin's Deer Management Assistance Program and improve habitat for deer and other wildlife populations

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 06/06/2017 - 4:04pm
- - MADISON - Wisconsin's Deer Management Assistance Program continues to grow with the addition of 189 new properties in 2017 and a total enrollment of 268,000 acres across the state. - - Interested landowners, hunters and land managers are encouraged to join over 1,200 current DMAP cooperators managing habitat on the property they own or hunt.

County Deer Advisory Council application period open until July 1

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 06/06/2017 - 4:04pm
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 provide recommendations to the Department of Natural Resources and the Natural Resources Board regarding deer management decisions in their county. - - Councils include representatives in the following areas of expertise: agriculture, forestry, tourism, transportation, hunting, land management and local government. Both hunters and non-hunters are encouraged to apply for vacancies, but applicants must have experience or involvement with at least one of these seven stakeholder categories. A majority of council members have expressed satisfaction with their overall CDAC experience.

Blue-green algae bloom season is on the horizon

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 06/06/2017 - 4:04pm
MADISON -- Those heading out to lakes and rivers are reminded to be on the lookout this summer for blue-green algae blooms on water bodies across the state. Some blue-green algae are capable of making toxins that can cause illnesses for people and animals who accidentally ingest or inhale water containing algae, or have prolonged skin contact with the algae. - - "Blue-green algae are in all lakes and rivers in Wisconsin, but they only become a problem when they form nuisance-level growths, called blooms, on some water bodies," said Gina LaLiberte, DNR's statewide blue-green algae coordinator. "Actively growing blooms are usually green and have a 'pea soup' appearance, but blooms may also appear as blue, white, red, or brown scums that may be foamy or in mats."

Dame's rocket blooming; easy steps encouraged to control its spread

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 06/06/2017 - 4:04pm
MADISON -- Throughout Wisconsin the invasive plant known as dame's rocket has started blooming and state invasive species experts are encouraging gardeners to take steps to prevent its spread and to follow rules prohibiting the sale, giveaway or planting of this invasive plant. - - Dames rocket.Photo Credit: Nisa Karimi - - Dame's rocket is regulated as a "Restricted Invasive plant" in Wisconsin, making it illegal to buy, sell, give it away or plant it. The flowering plant has spread from garden beds to woodlands and other natural areas. Because of the high number of seeds produced by each plant, dame's rocket can often spread rapidly and out-compete native wildflower populations.

Report: Volunteers kick their work into high gear on state natural areas in 2016

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 06/06/2017 - 4:04pm
MADISON - The number of volunteers groups helping care for state's natural areas has doubled in the past year and the groups have benefitted seven times as many acres as the previous year, according to a recently released report from the State Natural Areas Volunteer Program. - - Thirty-six groups devoted 5,820 hours in 2016 at 43 state natural areas, sites that represent some of Wisconsin's best remaining prairies, oak savannas, wetlands and lakes. Their efforts directly impacted 3,514 acres and represented $139,736 in value.

Horticulturist at Olbrich Gardens, Hayward area groups among 2017 Invader Crusader award winners

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 06/06/2017 - 4:04pm
MADISON -- The lead horticulturist of Madison's Olbrich Gardens, the president of a nonprofit association working to control invasive plants, and the coordinator of volunteers helping to care for State Natural Areas are among the eight Wisconsin residents and two groups receiving awards for their significant contributions to education about and the prevention and control of invasive species in Wisconsin. - - The Wisconsin Invasive Species Council will present Invader Crusader Awards in a ceremony June 8 at the MacKenzie Environmental Center in Poynette. The ceremony, which begins at 1 p.m., is among the activities marking June as Invasive Species Awareness Month.

Precision Machine celebrates Green Tier anniversary

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 06/06/2017 - 4:04pm
- - ALGOMA -- Precision Machine Inc., a leader in value added machining, is celebrating four years in Wisconsin's innovative Green Tier program. - - Precision Machine is participating in Tier 1 of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Green Tier program, which is designed to encourage new goal setting and innovation. "Precision Machine should be proud of its environmental leadership and its benefits to the community," said DNR Northeast Secretary's Director Jean Romback-Bartels. As part of the celebration, Bartels toured the company and met with their management and environmental committee.