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Arbor Vitae WI 54568

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Urban trees well-loved by private residential landowners

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 12:09pm
MADISON -- Private residential landowners feel the most important benefits the trees in their yard provide are beauty, shade and cooling, improved air quality, privacy, and making their neighborhood a better place to live, according to the results of the recent Wisconsin Urban Landowner Survey. - - As part of a joint project involving the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, University of Wisconsin-Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Extension and the U.S. Forest Service, 6,000 surveys were sent to private residential landowners including apartment and condo owners, homeowners and multi-family housing unit owners in Green Bay, Madison, Milwaukee and Wausau.

Natural Resources Board to meet February 28 in Madison

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 12:09pm
MADISON - A request for adoption of proposed emergency rules relating to deer and turkey registration, a request to revisit Lake Michigan lake trout bag limits, proposed rules related to erosion control and storm water management at construction sites, and a proposed land exchange at Kohler-Andrae State Park are among the items the state Natural Resources Board will address when it meets February 28 in Madison. - - The board will convene at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 28, in Room G09 of the State Natural Resources Building (GEF 2), 101 S. Webster St., Madison.

Volunteer training set for Rare Plant Monitoring Program

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 12:09pm
Native plant enthusiasts sought to see how state's rare treasures are faring - - MADISON -- People who enjoy looking for plants can see some of the state's rarest and most beautiful native species up close in 2018 by participating in volunteer training for the Wisconsin Rare Plant Monitoring Program in coming weeks. - - Josh Mayer, a volunteer for the Wisconsin Rare Plant Monitoring Program, found a new population of narrow-leaved dayflower, a rare native plant, in Grant County in 2017. Photo credit: Josh Mayer - - "If you already enjoy searching for rare plants or "botanizing," we invite you to put your effort to a direct conservation benefit," says Kevin Doyle, a Department of Natural Resources conservation botanist who coordinates the volunteer program. "Our volunteers get to see rare plants in some of the state's most pristine places and their contributions are critical to native plant conservation in Wisconsin."

Hundreds of natural resources volunteers gather in Eau Claire on March 22-24

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 12:09pm
MADISON - More than 12,000 Wisconsin volunteers searched for rare plants, identified frogs, bats, birds and other species, and cut, dragged and burned invasive plants in 2017 to help care for the natural resources they love. - - On March 22-24, 2018, hundreds of these citizen scientists and stewards will gather in Eau Claire for the Wisconsin Summit for Natural Resources Volunteers. They'll share their work through oral and poster presentations, get the latest research updates and training, enjoy field trips and network with others who are passionate about Wisconsin's natural resources.

DNR awards grants for surface water project planning

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 12:09pm
MADISON -- Communities throughout Wisconsin will soon reap the benefits of 222 grants awarded by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources providing nearly $2.9 million in assistance for projects to improve water quality, reduce runoff, create aquatic habitat and reduce the spread of invasive species. - - Surface water planning grants provide assistance for lake and river planning projects and aquatic invasive species (AIS) education, prevention and planning. This year, the grants will leverage an additional $1.4 million in matching funds by lake and river associations, local governments and nonprofit groups.

Urban Nonpoint Source and Storm Water Management Grant Program applications are now available

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 12:09pm
MADISON - Cities, villages, towns, counties, regional planning commissions, tribal governments and special purpose lake, sewage, or sanitary districts have until April 16 to apply for competitive grants to assist them with the control of pollution from diffuse urban sources that is carried by storm water runoff. - - The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is now accepting grant applications for the Urban Nonpoint Source and Storm Water Management Grant Program. The local government must have either jurisdiction over the project area or be required to control storm water discharge with an inter-governmental agreement between the municipality and the Department of Natural Resources.

Anglers re-write state fish records in catch and release and by weight categories

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 02/13/2018 - 12:49pm
MADISON -- Records are made to be broken, and anglers quickly proved this truism in the first year of Wisconsin's new program recognizing catch-and-release state record fish. Traditional state records for fish by weight also fell in 2017, but the bigger story was the multiple first-time records hauled in by two anglers. - - "We're happy that some anglers have taken advantage of the new Live Release record fish category. We're expecting a lot more activity in 2018 as more people learn about this exciting opportunity," says Karl Scheidegger, the Department of Natural Resources fisheries biologist who coordinates the state record fish programs.

Keith Warnke hired as Wisconsin DNR R3 Team Supervisor

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 02/13/2018 - 12:49pm
MADISON - The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has named Keith Warnke as the state's new R3Team supervisor. - - Keith WarnkePhoto credit: DNR - - Warnke will oversee the development and coordination of a specialized team dedicated to recruitment, retention and reactivation of hunters, anglers and trappers - a priority within the DNR and conservation agencies nationwide. Warnke will remain in the Madison DNR office, where he has served as the hunting and shooting sports coordinator since 2011. Warnke also guided the state's big game program for seven years. His first full-time job with the DNR included hunter recruitment programs during the 1990s.

LEARN TO HUNT: Hunters asked to consider teaching new hunters of all ages

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 02/13/2018 - 12:49pm
MADISON -- The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Learn to Hunt coordinator says the early winter weeks February and March are ideal times to plan spring turkey Learn to Hunt events for youths, adults and families interested in nature and eating healthy. - - Keith Warnke, DNR hunting and shooting sports coordinator, says those planning their own spring hunt outings can be among the most effective mentors for those interested in learning about safe and effective hunting, and its role in conservation and harvesting healthy foods.

2017 a top year for State Natural Area habitat restoration

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 02/06/2018 - 1:22pm
- - MADISON - Prairies, oak barrens and oak savannas and other imperiled natural communities on Wisconsin State Natural Areas got a big boost in 2017 and stand to get more of the same in 2018. - - Thanks to warm and dry fall weather in 2017, success in securing grant money, strong partnerships, donors and volunteers, State Natural Areas containing these rare natural communities received a record level of management.

Winter volunteer workdays at State Natural Areas provide perfect opportunity to get outside and enjoy great scenery

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 02/06/2018 - 1:22pm
MADISON - Now is your chance to get outside and get some exercise while exploring some of Wisconsin's most pristine public lands. Sign up for any of the nearly two dozen winter volunteer workdays scheduled at State Natural Areas throughout Wisconsin this winter. - - Morning workdays are scheduled at many sites throughout the state, typically from 9 a.m. to noon, mostly on Saturdays. Volunteers need no training beforehand, but are provided equipment and training on site to complete the work, which typically involves helping cut, pile and burn brush or scattering prairie seeds on snow.

Wisconsin Habitat Partnership Fund proposals due April 6

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 02/06/2018 - 1:22pm
MADISON - A new Wisconsin Habitat Partnership Fund will provide $1 million to improve wildlife habitat and increase the amount of land accessible to the public for hunting, trapping and wildlife viewing. - - Eligible projects include habitat restoration, enhancement, or management activities that benefit priority wildlife habitat and enhance the public experience in the outdoors. Eligible applicants include local units of government, tribes and qualified 501(c)(3) conservation organizations.

Incidental take notice for Lafayette County

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 02/06/2018 - 1:22pm
MADISON - A proposed Lafayette County bridge replacement project may result in the "incidental taking" of a rare frog 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. - - This project consists of the replacement of an existing bridge on Bethel Grove Road and will include grading, resurfacing and permanent signing. The project consists of 0.56 acres total of which approximately 0.2 acres is asphalt and gravel shoulder.

Family, big fish and fun on tap for Feb. 10 Lake Winnebago system sturgeon season opener

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 01/30/2018 - 1:49pm
OSHKOSH, Wis. - Family, friends, big fish and fun are on tap Feb. 10 for the opening day of sturgeon spearing season on the Lake Winnebago system. - - The Winnebago System is home to the world's largest self-sustaining population of lake sturgeon, with an estimated 19,000 adult females and 24,000 adult males, and a unique spearing season dating back more than 85 years.

Public meetings set for mid-February and early March to update sturgeon management plan

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 01/30/2018 - 1:49pm
OSHKOSH, Wis. - Wisconsin's oldest fish species - lake sturgeon present when dinosaurs roamed the earth - is set for an updated management plan. Sturgeon lovers can help shape that plan by attending one of eight public meetings statewide in mid-February and early-March. - - "Wisconsin's sturgeon team is in the early stages of a process to update the sturgeon management plan and we want to hear from anglers and others interested in sturgeon," says Ryan Koenigs, the sturgeon biologist who leads the Department of Natural Resources sturgeon team. "These meetings provide people an opportunity to comment on the state's sturgeon management program and will set the stage for development of the plan."

Next three weekends offer best opportunities to participate in candlelight events at state properties

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 01/30/2018 - 1:49pm
- - [EDITOR'S ADVISORY: A candlelight event scheduled for this Saturday, Feb. 3 at Blue Mound State Park has been cancelled due to poor conditions.]MADISON - Interested in experiencing the beauty of a Wisconsin winter night? Ski or hike along a trail illuminated by candles! More than 20 candlelight events are scheduled at state park, forest and other DNR properties across Wisconsin over the next three weekends. - - "Despite the lack of snow in southern Wisconsin so far this winter, turnout at candlelight events has been very good," says Ben Bergey, director of the Wisconsin State Parks System for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. "We're hoping the weather cooperates and we receive fresh snow and milder temperatures over the next two weekends."

Mid-winter Wisconsin waterfowl survey results show increase in waterfowl use compared to 2017

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 01/30/2018 - 1:49pm
- - MADISON- Results from Wisconsin's 2018 Mid-winter waterfowl show an increase in waterfowl seen compared to 2017 totals. - - Despite sub-zero degree weather during much of the survey, Wisconsin saw an increase in waterfowl in the state compared to 2017. Winter weather varies each year -- so far, 2018 has seen milder weather compared to last winter. Species like mallard ducks and Canada geese that move with the snowline were both observed during the January 2018 survey.

Scott Walter hired as Wisconsin DNR large carnivore specialist

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 01/30/2018 - 1:49pm
- - MADISON - The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has named Scott Walter as the state's new large carnivore specialist. - Scott Walter, Wisconsin DNR's new large carnivore specialist, will oversee the development and coordination of wolf, bear and cougar management within Wisconsin. - - Photo credit: DNR - - Walter will oversee the development and coordination of wolf, bear and cougar management within Wisconsin. Walter will be stationed in the Madison DNR office, and is coming to this position from the Ruffed Grouse Society, where he served as the director of conservation programs. In his former position, he worked with staff, members, DNR personnel and the public to develop and apply a variety of programs and projects.

Hunter Ethics Award honors character, not harvest: Nominate by Feb. 15

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 01/30/2018 - 1:49pm
LA CROSSE, Wis. -- If a hunter's action impressed you as kindness, courtesy, respect, responsible -- or any way you witnessed a moral compass in action -- consider nominating the individual for the annual Wisconsin Hunter Ethics Award for 2017. - - First awarded in 1997, the annual Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources honor recognizes the hunter whose action are emblematic of Wisconsin's hunting heritage. A heritage that is of an outdoor tradition enjoyed responsibly, respectfully and safely by and for all and not about trophy bucks or number of pheasants.

Deer Management Assistance Program application deadline for priority consideration set for March 1, 2018

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 01/30/2018 - 1:49pm
MADISON - Landowners, hunters and land managers with properties of 160 acres or more are encouraged to enroll in the Deer Management Assistance Program prior to March 1, 2018. - - Applications submitted prior to this deadline will receive priority access to the program's perks, including a site visit in 2018 by a professional wildlife biologist and forester.