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Wisconsin DNR Weekly News

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Weekly News from the Wisconsin DNR Web Site.
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Fall webworms start making an appearance

Tue, 07/17/2018 - 2:55pm
- - MADISON--Web-like nests of fall webworm caterpillars, a common native pest active from July through September in Wisconsin, are beginning to appear in parts of the state. - - "Fall webworms are rarely large enough to cause lasting damage to trees, but the presence of nests and feeding damage from caterpillars can greatly affect how the tree looks," says Todd Lanigan, forest health specialist for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

Aug. 1 deadline looms for Upriver Lakes Sturgeon Spearing Drawing

Tue, 07/17/2018 - 2:55pm
- OSHKOSH, Wis. -- Sturgeon spearers have until Aug. 1 to apply for a 2019 Upriver Lakes sturgeon spearing license or purchase a preference point to be used in future drawings. - - - - Benjamin Berger's 2018 opening day fish weighing 155.6 pounds and measuring 75.6 inches. This is the heaviest fish harvested from the Winnebago System since the 2014 spearing season. Applications for the 2018 upriver lakes season must be purchased by Aug. 1.

Spring turkey harvest sees 10 percent decline from 2017

Tue, 07/10/2018 - 1:15pm
- - - MADISON - Preliminary totals show turkey hunters registered 38,885 birds during the 2018 spring turkey hunting season in Wisconsin, a 10 percent decrease from the spring 2017 season.Weather this spring played a significant role in the decreased harvest numbers. With much of the state covered in snow at the beginning of the season, we saw a steep decline in the number of turkeys registered during the Youth Hunt and Period A. The remaining time periods had similar harvest to last year, with a slight decline in Period F when record high temperatures were recorded throughout the state. - - With much of the state covered in snow at the beginning of the season, there were steep declines in early season harvests.Photo credit: Jerry Davis"Unfortunately, turkey hunters experienced less-than-ideal conditions during the Youth Hunt and first period," said Mark Witecha, upland wildlife ecologist for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. "We saw declines in hunter participation in all zones early in the season, so it appears many were deterred by late winter weather that impacted the state."

Biologists ask paddlers, anglers and others to photograph and report freshwater mussels

Tue, 07/10/2018 - 1:15pm
- - MADISON - With high water levels receding on many streams and rivers, state conservation biologists are now encouraging paddlers, anglers, and other water lovers to take a few minutes to help protect some of the most important yet least known members of Wisconsin's aquatic ecosystems: native freshwater mussels. - - A new video shows how volunteers can help Wisconsin's native mussels by searching for and reporting the species they find. Photo credit: DNR - - A new video shows volunteers how to search shorelines or shallow water for freshwater mussels native to Wisconsin and known by such colorful names as white heelsplitter, fatmucket, Wabash pigtoe, abd flutedshell. Volunteers are asked to photograph the mussels they collect and return live mussels to the water, then report that information to DNR's Wisconsin Mussel Monitoring Program.

Bird conservation collaborative celebrates 15 years of progress, hatches a new strategic plan

Tue, 07/10/2018 - 1:15pm
- - MADISON - A coalition of 180 Wisconsin organizations dedicated to conserving birds is celebrating 15 years of accomplishments, unveiling a new strategic plan to guide the next five years, and digging deeper into declining populations of purple martins, chimney swifts, whip-poor-wills, and other insect-eating birds. - - Purple martin.Photo credit: Jack BartholmaiChimney swifts emerging from a chimney. - - The Wisconsin Bird Conservation Initiative (exit DNR) has accomplished great things for Wisconsin's birds," says Craig Thompson, a Department of Natural Resources section chief and bird expert leading DNR involvement in the collaboration.

Blue-green algae bloom season is here

Tue, 07/10/2018 - 1:15pm
Webinar about the health risks to be held July 16MADISON -- Heavy rains and high temperature are fueling the growth of blue-green algae, also known as cyanobacteria, in water bodies around the state, so the Wisconsin Departments of Natural Resources and Health Services are teaming up to present an informational webinar about the health risks of blue-green algae. Some blue-green algae can cause illnesses for people and animals who accidentally ingest or inhale it, or have prolonged skin contact with the algae. - - The webinar will take place July 16 at noon. Participants can log on to learn more about blue-green algae and its health effects, how to differentiate blue-green algae from other algae, and ways to stay safe this summer when spending time on the water. People may participate through the DNR media website.

Recycling Excellence Award nominations now open

Tue, 07/10/2018 - 1:15pm
MADISON -- The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is accepting nominations for the 2018 Recycling Excellence Awards until Aug. 31. - - Communities and organizations are eligible and encouraged to apply for recognition of recent recycling initiatives. The DNR offers the Recycling Excellence Awards not only in recognition of efforts made but also as a way of highlighting ideas with proven track records that communities might use to improve their recycling endeavors.

Spring waterfowl survey results show good breeding numbers and quality habitat conditions

Tue, 07/03/2018 - 12:31pm
MADISON - Wisconsin's 2018 spring waterfowl population surveys indicate stable to increased numbers of breeding waterfowl pairs as well as relatively good wetland conditions, which should result in increased waterfowl production this year across most of the state. - - "Overall, we saw fewer numbers of birds than the 2017 estimates; however, we did see an increase in the Mallard population estimate and stable estimates for wood ducks and Canada geese," said Taylor Finger, DNR migratory bird ecologist. "We continue to be at or above the long-term average for all but blue-winged teal."

First case of chronic wasting disease reported for Marinette County

Tue, 07/03/2018 - 12:31pm
MADISON - Due to the detection of chronic wasting disease in a captive white-tailed deer, Marinette County is now listed as a CWD-affected county and a baiting and feeding prohibition is in effect. This represents Marinette County's first known occurrence of the disease. - - Florence County is within a 10-mile radius of the breeding farm on which this positive deer was found. State law requires that the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources enact a ban on feeding and baiting of deer in counties or portions of counties within a 10-mile radius of a captive or free-roaming domestic or wild animal that tests positive for CWD or tuberculosis. As of July, baiting and feeding of deer will be prohibited in 43 Wisconsin counties including the additions of Marinette and Florence.

Wisconsin's Great Waters Photo Contest 2018 winners announced

Tue, 07/03/2018 - 12:31pm
- - - MADISON - Nine photographers earned top honors for their entries in the Department of Natural Resources' tenth annual "Wisconsin's Great Waters" photography contest. - - "Dawn at Cave Point"Photo credit: Michael Knapstein - - Their photos will be featured in the 16-month calendar that the DNR Office of Great Waters produces each year. A new video highlights all the winning photos. Details about the contest, along with all of this year's contest entries, can be found on the Office of Great Waters page of the DNR website.

Comments sought on proposal to add more electric campsites at Mirror Lake State Park

Tue, 07/03/2018 - 12:31pm
Public comment period open through July 17 - - BARABOO, Wis. -- Ensuring all campers can continue to be accommodated at Mirror Lake State Park is the goal of a master plan variance open for public review and input. The proposed variance will allow park managers greater flexibility in deciding where campsites with electricity can be added and keep all land management at Mirror Lake State Park under its current classification. - - The park has experienced an increase in visitors who desire sites with electricity but has not always been able to accommodate them. Master plans that specify the number of electrical sites allowed in each campground at the park have limited the ability of park managers to meet these visitor's needs.

DNR rule revisions for manure spreading take effect July 1

Tue, 06/26/2018 - 12:53pm
MADISON - New rule revisions designed to reduce manure groundwater contamination, specifically in the northeast section of the state, take effect July 1. - - The changes, under the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources' ch. NR 151, Wis. Adm. Code, relate to Silurian bedrock, which are areas where the soil depth to bedrock is shallow and the bedrock may be fractured.

Floods in northwestern Wisconsin will result in some long-term closures at state properties

Tue, 06/26/2018 - 12:53pm
Many properties across the north unaffected and remain openSUPERIOR, Wis. - Heavy rains across northwestern Wisconsin in mid-June will result in some long-term closures of roads and other state facilities. Water has begun receding and state park and transportation officials have a better picture of repairs that will be needed at a number of properties. According to the National Weather Service the area has received 7 to 12 inches of rain from June 15-18. - - Portions of a dam washed out at Pattison State Park, about 13 miles south of Superior, closing Highway 35 that crossed the dam within the park. Wisconsin Department of Transportation and Natural Resources officials have been assessing the damage and beginning preparations for dam and road repair, which could take weeks.

Coalition forms in Wisconsin to reverse decline of monarch butterflies

Tue, 06/26/2018 - 12:53pm
MADISON - Monarch butterfly populations have dropped more than 80 percent over the last 20 years in the eastern U.S., and a new statewide consortium has formed to work together to reverse the decline in Wisconsin. - - A new statewide consortium has formed in Wisconsin to work together to reverse the decline in monarch butterfly populations.Photo credit: Jay WatsonThe Wisconsin Monarch Collaborative includes more than 70 stakeholders representing agriculture, transportation, utilities, public and private land management, research, education and government.

State high schooler wins scholarship at archery in schools world tournament

Tue, 06/26/2018 - 12:53pm
MADISON -- A Wisconsin youth archer from Cadott placed third at the June 7 - 9 National Archery in the Schools Program World Tournament at Louisville, Ky., where he also became the first state student to win $10,000 for post-high school education at the awards ceremony. - - Kaden Christenson (right) with NASP President Roy GrimesPhoto credit: DNR - - Kaden Christianson was among the 4,967 student archers from 358 schools who competed at the 10th annual world tournament in the nation's bluegrass state. Event organizers say more than 10,000 spectators also attended the student competitors.

Discounted fishing licenses the ticket for fun over the Fourth of July holiday

Tue, 06/26/2018 - 12:53pm
MADISON - Wisconsin's $5 first-time buyer resident fishing license or a one-day fishing license may be just the ticket for fun for family, friends and visitors gathered for the fourth of July holiday. - - "Wisconsin fishing is a great value and these discounted licenses make it even easier to get your family, friends and visitors out on the water over the holiday," says Justine Hasz, Wisconsin's fisheries director.

Fireworks prohibited on state lands and can be a cause of wildfires

Tue, 06/26/2018 - 12:53pm
MADISON - People who will be out celebrating the Fourth of July Holiday are being reminded that fireworks are prohibited on all Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources lands including state parks, state forests and state owned public hunting and fishing properties and anyone using fireworks should take precautions and prevent wildfires now and during the next few weeks. - - "For the safety of our guests and our natural resources, fireworks are prohibited on state properties," said Chris Madison, chief ranger with the Wisconsin State Park System. "Fourth of July favorites, the sparkler and the snake, are not defined as 'fireworks' per state law, but most park and forest rangers and managers discourage their use because they are a fire hazard."

Flooding, washouts close some parks and trails in northwestern Wisconsin

Tue, 06/19/2018 - 3:14pm
Many properties across the north unaffected and remain openSUPERIOR, Wis. - Heavy rains across northwestern Wisconsin last weekend and early this week have flooded some roads and caused washouts on some highways, roads, state parks, forests and trails. According to the National Weather Service the area has received 7 to 12 inches of rain from Friday through Monday. - - The dam forming Interfalls Lake at Pattison State Park washed out, taking out part of Highway 35 and closing the road. Photo credit: DNR - - There are several Wisconsin State Park System property and portions of properties that are closed due to the rain and flooding in Douglas, Ashland, Bayfield, Iron, Burnett and Price counties. Amnicon Falls State Park, located about 7 miles east of Superior, is currently closed but is expected to reopen the afternoon of June 19. Pattison State Park about 13 miles south of Superior is open for camping only; all trails, observation areas, picnic and day-use areas are closed.

Private well owners encouraged to check wells after recent flooding in northern Wisconsin

Tue, 06/19/2018 - 3:14pm
MADISON - Recent heavy rains in many northern Wisconsin counties have affected private property owners and state properties. - - The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is offering the guidance below as many property owners will begin assessing damage, checking wells and septic systems and removing storm related debris. In particular, heavy rains can create conditions that affect private wells and drinking water.

Groundbreaking for Willow River State Park dam reconstruction June 26

Tue, 06/19/2018 - 3:14pm
- - HUDSON, Wis. - State and local officials will celebrate the groundbreaking for the reconstruction of Little Falls Dam on the Willow River within Willow River State Park at a ceremony at 1 p.m. on June 26. The public is welcome to attend. - - The Willow Falls Dam before it was breached. Photo credit: DNR - The dam, which was breached in 2015 due to structural concerns, will be rebuilt beginning this summer. Photo credit: DNR - - The Willow River was dammed in the park, forming the 172-acre Little Falls Lake in the 1920s. The lake has been a popular recreation area in the park, offering non-motorized boating, fishing and a swimming beach. In 2015 dam inspections indicated elements of the dam need to be brought into compliance, as well as possible structural issues related to the foundation.