- - MADISON - The Voluntary Public Access and Habitat Incentive Program is the perfect way to earn extra income and provide opportunities for others to enjoy the outdoors. - - - VPA-HIP gives landowners extra income and provides outdoor enthusiasts of all types a new place to enjoy their time in Wisconsin.Photo Credit: DNR - - - Enrolled landowners earn income in return for opening their land to year-round public hunting, fishing, trapping and wildlife observation.
MADISON -- As fishing activity ramps up in waters with early season opportunities and anticipation builds for the general inland season fishing opener on May 6, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources reminds anglers that a few extra minutes spent emptying live wells and cleaning plant debris from anchors and trailers plays a critical role in preventing the spread of aquatic invasive species. - - DNR research covering 1,000 state lakes released in October 2016 shows the spread of aquatic invasive species has not increased, as would be predicted, but rather has remained stable - an indicator that prevention efforts may be playing a role. Given the recent identification of a few highly undesirable species such as starry stonewort and round gobies in a limited number of inland waters, continued prevention efforts are more important than ever, said Bob Wakeman, DNR's aquatic invasive species coordinator.
[EDITOR'S ADVISORY: This news release has been updated to correct the comment deadline on the draft Lake Michigan fisheries management plan. The deadline for comments is May 20, 2017.]MADISON -- The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has completed the final draft of its long-term fisheries management plan for Wisconsin's Lake Michigan waters and invites citizens to provide final input. Lake Michigan has seen drastic ecological changes in recent years and the new plan will guide fisheries management through the next 10 years. - - "We listened to what the public said during public input sessions and incorporated this feedback along with our own thoughts into the draft 10-year plan," said Brad Eggold, DNR Great Lakes district fisheries supervisor. "Now, it's time to see whether we are on track with the expectations and desires of the public."
MADISON -- Anglers of all ages will soon have many more reasons to get excited about the upcoming inland fishing season opener on May 6 thanks to efforts by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to stock "catchable" trout in locally accessible lakes, ponds and streams. - - For 2017, more than 650,000 trout including adult broodstock, yearlings and large fingerlings are being stocked in more than 300 inland waters statewide. In all, some 240,000 rainbow trout, 221,000 brook trout and 198,000 brown trout will be delivered before the inland season opener on the first Saturday in May.
MADISON -- Approximately 80,000 hunters will be heading to the field for the 2017 spring turkey hunting season, with the first season starting April 19. - - The first step in a successful turkey hunt is making sure you have a safe turkey hunt. Photo Credit: DNR - - Jon King, conservation warden and hunter education administrator with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, says there are two key factors needed for safe turkey hunting.
MADISON - Early spring is the best time to check gardens, yards and woodlands for garlic mustard and take measures to control this rapidly spreading invasive plant, state invasive plant experts say. - - "It's important to control garlic mustard in early spring before the plants flower," says Kelly Kearns, an invasive plant specialist with the Department of Natural Resources. "Preventing the introduction of seeds and regular scouting are the keys to keeping uninfested yards and woodlands free of garlic mustard or other invasive plants."
MADISON - People will again have additional opportunities to celebrate Earth Day while helping out and enjoying a Wisconsin state park, forest, trail, recreation area or wildlife property during the ninth annual Work*Play*Earth Day events that will be held around the state. - - This year there are 31 properties holding events, up from 28 in 2016. Volunteer events are sponsored by the Friends of Wisconsin State Parks and Department of Natural Resources properties. This year events will be held April 21, 22, 29 and May 6.
MADISON -- Spring weather has finally arrived, and Department of Natural Resources biologists and cooperating volunteers are hard at work in the field to monitor Wisconsin's wildlife. - - - - DNR staff and voluteers complete spring and summer surveys to learn more about Wisconsin's pheasants, ruffed grouse, and frogs, and many other species.Photo Credit: DNR - - DNR staff and voluteers complete spring and summer surveys to learn more about Wisconsin's pheasants, ruffed grouse, and frogs, and many other species.
MADISON - Wisconsin landowners who want to boost wildlife habitat on their property -- whether a city lot or hundreds of acres -- have a new resource to help them choose native plants that can thrive where they live, benefit a wide variety of wildlife and promote water quality. - - Adding even just a few native plants to your property, like this cardinal flower, can help boost habitat for wildlife. Photo Credit: USFWS - - - - "Wisconsin's Native Plants: Recommendations for landscaping and natural community restoration," [PDF] was developed by Amy Staffen and Lucas Olson, conservation biologists with the Department of Natural Resources, to help people boost habitat on their property by adding native plants that have historically thrived and evolved in the area where they live.
State residents have recycled nearly 250 million pounds of electronics since 2010 - - MADISON - Now that spring is finally arriving across Wisconsin, many people are emptying basements, cleaning out closets and finding new homes for clutter that accumulated over the winter. For many state residents, that includes unused electronics like computers, cell phones or TVs. - - - - While it may be tempting to toss old cell phones in the trash or haul an outdated TV to the curb, state law bans most electronics from Wisconsin's landfills and incinerators. Instead, residents can use E-Cycle Wisconsin to recycle electronics at nearly 400 locations around the state.
MADISON -- Wisconsin Waterfowl Association volunteers received valuable training to assist Department of Natural Resources staff with management efforts at Rome Pond Wildlife Area through the Adopt a Wildlife Area program. - - WWA volunteers, including TJ Schnulle, Todd Berger, Brent Berger, Greg Tubbs, Tom Seibert, Don Guenther, Ron Churchill, Anne Churchill, and Kevin Banaszak received chainsaw training from a certified instructor to help with management efforts at Rome Pond Wildlife Area.Photo Credit: DNR - - As part of the training, volunteers from Jefferson, Waukesha and West Bend received instruction in proper chainsaw use and techniques. Following training, brush and willow removal took place near the north launch of Rome Pond.
Hearings and Conservation Congress meetings held in each county of the state - - MADISON - Hearings that offer citizens and stakeholders the opportunity to help guide natural resource management in Wisconsin get underway in all 72 Wisconsin counties [PDF] at 7 p.m. on Monday, April 10. - - The spring fish and wildlife hearings are held in conjunction with annual county Conservation Congress meetings and feature nonbinding votes and testimony on proposed rule changes as well as advisory topics relating to fish and wildlife management. The spring hearing questionnaire [PDF] and details on all county meeting locations can be found by searching the Department of Natural Resources website for keywords "spring hearings."
Preliminary CDAC recommendations open for public review and comment through April 13 - - - - MADISON -- Preliminary recommendations developed by each County Deer Advisory Council at their March meetings are now available for public review and comment. - - To provide feedback, use the online survey tool found on the Department of Natural Resources website, dnr.wi.gov, searching keyword "CDAC." The survey is open through April 13, and all results will be provided to council members prior to April meetings.
MADISON -- The 2017 spring turkey hunt is almost here, and hunters are reminded to check out 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 2016 Small Game Hunting Regulations, 2016 Fall Turkey Regulations, and 2017 Spring Turkey Regulations [PDF]. For more general information regarding turkey hunting in Wisconsin, visit the DNR website, dnr.wi.gov, and search keyword "turkey."
MADISON -- As they begin to swim up and gulp down their first few meals after hatching, the young Skamania steelhead at Kettle Moraine Springs State Fish Hatchery are making important progress toward Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources goals of ensuring a diverse Lake Michigan fishery. - - The fish, hatched from eggs provided by the state of Indiana as part of cooperative interstate management efforts, represent the first batch of Skamania steelhead to be reared in the state hatchery system since 2008. Over the next three to five years, DNR fisheries managers intend to continue collecting eggs from Indiana to stock the Kewaunee and Root rivers with some 35,000 fish each.
MADISON -- Get out the binoculars! There's excitement in Wisconsin's woods, fields and backyards as young wild animals emerge, making spring a fun time to observe wildlife from a distance. - - Dianne Robinson, a Department of Natural Resources wildlife biologist who chairs a multi-agency Keep Wildlife Wild committee, reminds observers to watch the fun of the young animals from afar.
Discovery means 70 of 72 counties have active nests - - MADISON -- Kenosha County has its first documented active bald eagle nest in 45 years of surveying, bringing to 70 the number of Wisconsin counties where the nation's symbol has made a comeback. - - The discovery leaves Milwaukee and Walworth counties as the only remaining counties with no confirmed active bald eagle nests, but conservation biologists believe it is only a matter of time before the nation's symbol sets up housekeeping there too.
MADISON - A proposed emergency board order to set the 2017 Wisconsin waterfowl season structure and bag limits is among the items the state Natural Resources Board will address when it meets April 12 in Madison. - - The regular business meeting will begin at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, April 12, in Room G09 of the State Natural Resources Building (GEF 2), 101 South Webster St., Madison. Some board members will be participating in the meeting via conference call.
Long-time Natural Resources Board member Christine Thomas among inductees - - STEVENS POINT, Wis. -- A University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point Dean of the College of Natural Resources who served for 11 years on the state Natural Resources Board is among three new members who will be inducted into the Wisconsin Conservation Hall of Fame this year. - - Christine ThomasContributed photo - - Christine Thomas, along with Hugh Iltis, a distinguished UW-Madison professor of botany, and Milly Zantow, a pioneering recycling advocate for Wisconsin, will be inducted into the Wisconsin Conservation Hall of Fame during a ceremony on Earth Day, Saturday, April 22.
- - MADISON - Just in time for spring, the latest issue of Wisconsin Natural Resources magazine is packed with information about the state's beautiful outdoors areas - and great ways to enjoy them. - - - - Anchoring the April issue is a story highlighting some of the many field trips organized by the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin. "Unleash your wild side" includes trip dates and details, plus information on how to register for the excursions designed to accommodate a variety of interests and age groups.