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

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Stocking of 740,000 catchable size trout underway to provide more fishing opportunities

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 04/10/2018 - 1:49pm
MADISON - Stocking trucks are rolling from state fish hatcheries now and will deliver about 740,000 catchable-size trout to inland waters in time for opening day of the 2018 regular inland trout season. - - Catchable-size trout provide a variety of angling opportunities.

Ecologists ask for public's help in reporting occupied bald eagle nests in southeastern Wisconsin

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 04/10/2018 - 1:49pm
MADISON - State ecologists conducting aerial surveys for occupied bald eagle nests this spring are asking for the public's help in locating nests in southeastern Wisconsin. - - Bald eagles are on their nests in southern Wisconsin, including this one along the Lower Wisconsin Riverway in the Spring Green Area, and DNR aerial surveys for occupied nests are underway. Photo credit: Michael Balfanz - - The discovery last year of a bald eagle nest in Kenosha County leaves Milwaukee and Walworth counties as the only remaining counties with no confirmed active bald eagle nests, though conservation biologists believe it is only a matter of time before the nation's symbol sets up housekeeping there too.

Volunteers help keep Wisconsin's State Natural Areas pristine

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 04/10/2018 - 1:49pm
50,000 bundles of invasive Phragmites removed at one site MADISON - Volunteers helped control invasive plants and assisted with priority land acquisitions to enlarge Chiwaukee Prairie State Natural Area in Kenosha County, while Madison area volunteers wrapped up six years of cutting and treating more than 50,000 bundles of invasive Phragmites at Cherokee Marsh State Natural Area. - - These are just two examples of how volunteers help care for State Natural Areas, which represent some of Wisconsin's best remaining prairies, oak savannas, wetlands and lakes and are home to 75 percent of the animal species and 90 percent of the plants listed as threatened or endangered in the state.

Madison group, volunteers from Richland Center, La Farge, Blanchardville win awards for outstanding efforts to enhance Wisconsin's natural resources

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 04/10/2018 - 1:49pm
MADISON - A Richland Center birder who has counted cranes for 35 years, a longtime Lafayette County volunteer aiding bats, birds and plants, a Madison area organization dedicated to clean lakes and a La Farge High School student promoting bat conservation have received Wisconsin Citizen-based Monitoring Awards for their outstanding efforts in volunteer monitoring of Wisconsin's natural resources. - - "This year's award winners represent the very best of citizen-based monitoring in the state," said Eva Lewandowski, a conservation biologist who coordinates citizen-based monitoring efforts for the Department of Natural Resources' Natural Heritage Conservation Program. "We're recognizing people who not only are volunteering their time to monitor the state's natural resources, but are going even further to coordinate projects, share results, and encourage others to volunteer."

Public meetings rescheduled for Superior Coastal Plain, Northwest Sands, and Northwest Lowlands Ecological Landscape regional master plans

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 04/10/2018 - 1:49pm
Public comment period open through May 3ASHLAND, Wis. - Two upcoming open houses will focus on regional master planning process for properties located in three Ecological Landscapes: Superior Coastal Plain, Northwest Sands, and Northwest Lowlands. These three landscapes include portions of Polk, Burnett, Washburn, Sawyer, Douglas, Bayfield, Ashland, and Iron Counties. These open houses were previously noticed but had to be rescheduled due to snow storms earlier this month. - - The properties in this planning effort are important recreation destinations. The popular Copper Falls, Big Bay, Pattison, and Amnicon Falls state parks will all have their master plans updated.

Attention anglers and artists! Enter to win Wisconsin's trout stamp contests

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 04/10/2018 - 1:49pm
MADISON - Artists and anglers - and those sharing both passions - are invited to submit their original artwork for the Great Lakes Salmon and Trout Stamp and the Inland Trout Stamp contests now through July 2. - - The winning art will appear on the 2019 Great Lakes Salmon and Trout Stamp and the 2019 Inland Trout Stamp. More information on contest rules and the application are found online at by searching "trout stamp contest."

Turkey Donation Program provides opportunity to help families in need this spring

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 04/10/2018 - 1:49pm
MADISON - Now in its second year, the Turkey Donation Program returns this spring to provide hunters with an opportunity to donate a harvested turkey to families in need. - - "This is a great opportunity for turkey hunters to participate in a sport they enjoy and at the same time provide food assistance to Wisconsin families across the state," said Noah Balgooyen, Department of Natural Resources Turkey Donation Program coordinator.

Celebrate first-time turkey hunting success by getting a free "First Turkey Certificate"

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 04/10/2018 - 1:49pm
- - MADISON - To help commemorate a turkey hunter's first harvest or hunting experience, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources provides a free, personalized certificate available online - sign-up is easy, and can be done in a matter of minutes online. - - First-time hunters can submit a certificate by visiting and searching keyword "first certificates."

DNR wildlife biologists team up with volunteers to complete spring and summer wildlife surveys

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 04/10/2018 - 1:49pm
- - MADISON - As spring weather sweeps across state wildlife biologists and cooperating volunteers are hard at work in the field to monitor Wisconsin's wildlife. - - Each spring, Department of Natural Resources staff and volunteers complete surveys to learn more about Wisconsin's pheasants, ruffed grouse, frogs, and a variety of other wildlife species. Spring and summer surveys take place during all hours on designated roadside routes, and these procedures may require biologists to make frequent stops for short, pre-determined periods of time. Motorists are reminded to be aware these ongoing efforts.

Anglers reminded to keep paper copy of license on boundary and outlying waters

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 04/10/2018 - 1:49pm
MADISON -- Anglers who fish Wisconsin's boundary and outlying waters are reminded to carry a paper copy of their fishing license under law enforcement agreements with the neighboring states and federal agencies that share enforcement duties on these waters, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Chief Warden Todd Schaller says. - - Schaller says the reason the paper copy is required of all anglers is because other states' and federal officers with jurisdiction on these waters do not have access to Wisconsin's Go Wild or the driver's license information to confirm fishing licenses. Use this handy step-by-step guide to help you reprint your license on your own.

Spring Turkey season begins April 18

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 04/03/2018 - 12:06pm
Youth hunt runs from April 14-15 - - - - - MADISON - The 2018 spring turkey hunt is almost here and hunters are reminded to check the regulations and other helpful information on the Department of Natural Resources website to make sure they are ready for another year in the woods. - - Spring turkey hunting regulations can be found within the 2017 Small Game Hunting Regulations, 2017 Fall Turkey Regulations, and 2018 Spring Turkey Regulations [PDF]. For more general information regarding turkey hunting in Wisconsin, visit the DNR website,, and search keyword "turkey."

Potawatomi State Park observation tower permanently closed

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 04/03/2018 - 12:06pm
Significant wood decay requires tower to be dismantled - - STURGEON BAY, Wis. - Significant wood decay has been found in the observation tower located at Potawatomi State Park creating unsafe conditions and requiring removal of the tower. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has permanently closed the tower, which has been closed for the winter season since last December. - - The Potawatomi State Park observation tower was completed in 1932. Significant decay has been found and the tower is closed and will be taken down.Photo credit: DNR - - A similar tower located at Peninsula State Park was removed in 2016 after studies found severe wood decay in that tower as well.

Work*Play*Earth Day events to be held around the state in 2018

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 04/03/2018 - 12:06pm
[EDITOR'S ADVISORY: This news release has been updated to reflect that the event at Merrick State Park has been rescheduled to April 28.]MADISON - People will again have additional opportunities to celebrate Earth Day while helping out and enjoying a Wisconsin State Park System property during the 10th annual Work*Play*Earth Day events that will be held around the state. - - - - This year there are 32 properties holding events, up from 31 in 2017. Volunteer events are sponsored by the Friends of Wisconsin State Parks and Department of Natural Resources properties. This year events will be held April 14, 20, 21, 28 and May 5 and 12.

Baiting and feeding bans go in effect for Washington, Sheboygan and Fond du Lac counties

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 04/03/2018 - 12:06pm
Move follows confirmation of CWD positive captive deer in early March - - - - MADISON - The Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection confirmed a captive deer in Washington County tested positive for CWD in early March. - - As required by law, this finding will establish baiting and feeding bans for Washington, Sheboygan and Fond du Lac counties effective April 2, 2018. The ban for Washington County will be enacted for three years. Because Fond du Lac County is adjacent to a county with a CWD positive test result, a two-year ban will be enacted. Sheboygan County is already under a baiting and feeding ban and that ban will be renewed with this newest detection.

Natural Resources Board to meet April 11 in Madison

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 04/03/2018 - 12:06pm
- - MADISON - A request for adoption of the proposed 2018 waterfowl hunting seasons, a request to purchase property for a new Milwaukee service center and an update on elk management and Wisconsin's first planned elk hunt are among the items the state Natural Resources Board will address at its April meeting. - - The board will convene at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, April 11, in Room G09 of the State Natural Resources Building (GEF 2), 101 S. Webster St., Madison.

DNR awards grants for 61 surface water management projects in 36 counties

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 04/03/2018 - 12:06pm
MADISON - Sixty-one lake, river and aquatic invasive species projects designed to improve the state's waterbodies and wetlands in 36 Wisconsin counties will soon receive more than $4 million in grant funding through the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources surface water grant program. - - Aquatic invasive species projects will receive $2.1 million dollars to control established AIS populations, of which $500,000 will support research to help improve future AIS management. Lake protection and restoration projects garnered more than $1.7 million, while about $224,000 is for river management. The following is a breakdown of the number and amounts of grants by type:

Public meetings set for Superior Coastal Plain, Northwest Sands, and Northwest Lowlands Ecological Landscape regional master plans postponed due to weather

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 04/03/2018 - 12:06pm
- - Public comment period will be extended through May 3 - - - ASHLAND, Wis. - With a spring snow storm set to impact much of the state, the public open house meetings for the Superior Coastal Plain, Northwest Sands, and Northwest Lowlands Ecological Landscapes have been postponed. Concerns over safety for the public and staff traveling to the meetings drove the decision to reschedule. - - The public open house meetings will be held later in April. Both meetings run from 5 to 7 p.m. and will be held: