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Oshkosh, Stoughton to Benefit from DNR Brownfields Awards -

Northern Wisconsin DNR News - Tue, 03/07/2017 - 12:02
MADISON -- Two Wisconsin communities will benefit from Department of Natural Resources brownfields awards to help investigate contamination at two former manufacturing properties, soon to be destined for new life. - - In Oshkosh, the Housing Authority seeks to convert the former Waite Grass Rug Factory into new housing, parking, daycare and office space. In Stoughton, the Stoughton Redevelopment Authority wants to clean up the former Millfab Holley Moulding property, getting that site ready for redevelopment.
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Entries Sought for Wisconsin Wild Turkey, Pheasant, and Waterfowl Stamp design contests

Northern Wisconsin DNR News - Tue, 03/07/2017 - 12:02
- - MADISON - Wisconsin artists have until July 20 to submit artwork for the 2018 Wild Turkey, Pheasant and Waterfowl Stamp design contests. - - Funds derived from the sale of these stamps contribute to restoration and management efforts on thousands of acres of important wildlife habitat. Stamp design entries must be received or postmarked by July 20, 2017 in order to be eligible. Judging will take place in a closed session on July 27, 2017.
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Public comment period for draft management plans for State Natural Areas extended -

Northern Wisconsin DNR News - Tue, 03/07/2017 - 12:02
MADISON - The public comment period for draft management plans for 13 State Natural Areas located in south-central Wisconsin and the Door County Peninsula has been extended through March 21, 2017. - - Draft property management plans for these 13 properties, which include current conditions, recreational opportunities, property and acquisition boundaries, habitat management prescriptions, and motorized road inventories are available online at dnr.wi.gov, keywords "master planning" - select the link titled "Tier 3 Management Plans."
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DNR staff and landowners work together through the Southwest Wisconsin CWD, Deer and Predator Study

Northern Wisconsin DNR News - Tue, 02/28/2017 - 13:21
- - - - - MADISON - While inconsistent weather has provided challenges, a Department of Natural Resources Southwest Wisconsin Chronic Wasting Disease, Deer and Predator Study is underway with help from a number of partners and landowners. - - DNR staff are hard at work in the field (with help from a number of landowers) to learn more about Wisconsin's wildlife.Photo Credit: DNR - - - - The early stages of this groundbreaking research kicked off in the fall of 2016, which stemed from Gov. Scott Walker's commitment to reevaluate chronic wasting disease in Wisconsin. This study will evaluate factors like predation, habitat conditions, hunter harvest, and CWD to measure impacts on deer survival and deer populations in southern Wisconsin.
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Visit the DNR exhibit at the 2017 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Sports Show, March 8-12

Northern Wisconsin DNR News - Tue, 02/28/2017 - 13:21
WEST ALLIS, Wis. -- Outdoor enthusiasts will have an opportunity to meet Department of Natural Resources staff at the 77th Annual 2017 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Sports Show which opens Wednesday, March 8, and runs through Sunday, March 12, at the Wisconsin Exposition Center at State Fair Park, 8200 W. Greenfield Ave. in West Allis. - - DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp said the relationship between the agency and the sports show dates back to the days when the agency was called the Wisconsin Conservation Department. "It's been a long and happy engagement, Stepp said, "Because the focus of our agency is customer-driven, this is a great opportunity for the public to ask questions and engage with our staff," she added.
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12,850 permits awarded for 2017 black bear hunt -

Northern Wisconsin DNR News - Tue, 02/28/2017 - 13:21
MADISON - Notifications have been sent to 12,850 hunters who successfully drew a black bear permit for the 2017 hunting season.Successful applicants should have received a postcard in the mail - status updates are also available at gowild.wi.gov (exit DNR). - - This year's harvest quota of 5,000, approved by the Natural Resources Board at its January 2017 meeting, was set with the intention of reducing the population in northwest Wisconsin and stabilizing the population in the rest of the state. The 2017 quota and permit levels will both see an increase compared to those approved in 2016.
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Enrollment open for Voluntary Public Access and Habitat Incentive Programs -

Northern Wisconsin DNR News - Tue, 02/28/2017 - 13:21
Provide public access to the outdoors in return for incentives and technical assistance - - - MADISON - The Voluntary Public Access and Habitat Incentive Program, with funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service, is currently enrolling new properties in 52 eligible counties throughout Wisconsin. - - Enrolled landowners can earn income through opening their property to year-round public hunting, fishing, trapping and wildlife observation.
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March public meetings provide opportunity to share information regarding beaver and trout management -

Northern Wisconsin DNR News - Tue, 02/28/2017 - 13:21
MADISON -- Department of Natural Resources staff will hold public meetings in March to improve understanding of the benefits free-flowing cold-water systems provide trout, create awareness of the positive and negative impacts of beaver, and discuss efforts to achieve balance in beaver management. - - DNR staff will provide an overview of the beaver management plan, background on cold water trout management as it relates to beaver management, and beaver control plans by county at each meeting.
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Input sought on draft management plans for 13 State Natural Areas -

Northern Wisconsin DNR News - Tue, 02/28/2017 - 13:21
MADISON - Draft management plans for 13 State Natural Areas located in south-central Wisconsin and the Door County Peninsula are available for public comment through March 10, 2017. - - State Natural Areas protect outstanding examples of Wisconsin's native landscape of natural communities, significant geological formations and archeological sites and protect some of Wisconsin's rarest natural community types, geological features, and wildlife. These natural areas are valuable for research and educational use, preservation of genetic and biological diversity, and also provide ecological benchmarks to help determine the impact of use on managed lands.
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Spring snowmelt and rain can contaminate wells

Northern Wisconsin DNR News - Tue, 02/28/2017 - 13:21
- - Well owners encouraged to be vigilant as the - seasons change - - MADISON -- Warming temperatures, snow melt, residual frozen ground and rain can create conditions that may affect private wells and drinking water. - - "Our recent round of snow, rain and mixed precipitation throughout the state serves as a reminder that changing spring weather can lead to well contamination," said Marty Nessman, DNR private water supply field supervisor. "At this time of year we encourage well owners to watch for signs of flooding and note any change in the color, smell or taste of their drinking water."
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Anglers urged to pull ice fishing shelters before deadlines - or ice gives way!

Northern Wisconsin DNR News - Tue, 02/28/2017 - 13:21
MADISON -- Winter's recent string of spring temperatures and thinning ice has state recreational safety specialists encouraging anglers to remove their ice fishing shelters prior to the official deadlines. - - The first in a series of deadlines for ice anglers to remove ice fishing shelters from inland and boundary waters was February 20--the date for the Wisconsin-Iowa boundary waters, affecting the Mississippi River south of the Minnesota-Iowa border. This date corresponded with Iowa regulations.
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County Deer Advisory Council meetings provide great opportunity to get involved in deer management -

Northern Wisconsin DNR News - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 12:08
- - MADISON -- Beginning March 13, County Deer Advisory Councils will review deer population data and other key information in order to develop preliminary antlerless quota and permit level recommendations on public and private lands within their counties. - - Council meetings will also determine if any additional deer hunting opportunities beyond the normal seasons may be offered in 2017. Each CDAC meeting is open to the public - a meeting schedule is available by searching the Department of Natural Resources website, dnr.wi.gov, for keyword "CDAC."
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Apply for Wisconsin's Deer Management Assistance Program by March 1 to improve habitat for wildlife -

Northern Wisconsin DNR News - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 12:08
MADISON -- Landowners, hunters and land managers interested in improving wildlife habitat on land they own or hunt are encouraged to sign up for Wisconsin's Deer Management Assistance Program before the March 1, 2017 application deadline. - - - - DMAP engages landowners and hunters to balance wildlife and habitat needs on a given property. Landowners can designate anyone as a representative for their property to allow friends or family that may not own land themselves to take the lead on habitat management. Applications are accepted at any time for automatic access to Level 1 benefits, including an online library of habitat and deer management resources, communication with local DNR staff, annual DMAP reports, volunteer opportunities and invitations to regional DMAP workshops.
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Tune in to Wild Turkeys in Wisconsin and get ready for the spring turkey hunt -

Northern Wisconsin DNR News - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 12:08
MADISON -- This March, tune in to "Wild Turkeys in Wisconsin" and learn more about one of Wisconsin's most popular game birds - the wild turkey. - - "Wild Turkeys in Wisconsin" will teach viewers about the history and biology of the wild turkey, with an emphasis on the restoration and management of this species in Wisconsin.
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DNR awards grants for surface water project planning

Northern Wisconsin DNR News - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 12:08
MADISON -- The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has awarded 215 grants in 67 counties totaling more than $3.1 million for projects to improve water quality and aquatic habitat. - - The surface water planning grants support lake and river project planning and aquatic invasive species education, prevention and planning. This year, the grants will leverage an additional $1.8 million in matching funds by lake and river associations, local governments and nonprofit groups.
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Natural Resources Board to meet March 1 in Madison -

Northern Wisconsin DNR News - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 12:08
- - MADISON - Proposed rule related to lake trout harvest in Lake Michigan and a proposed rule related to updating recreational license products available online are among the items the state Natural Resources Board will address when it meets March 1 in Madison. - - The regular business meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 1, in Room G09 of the State Natural Resources Building (GEF 2), 101 South Webster St., Madison.
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2016 Lake Michigan sportfishing harvest highest since 2012 -

Northern Wisconsin DNR News - Tue, 02/14/2017 - 11:55
MILWAUKEE, Wis. -- Lake Michigan anglers reported significantly improved results for many species in 2016, reeling in nearly 385,000 salmon and trout, including the third highest number of coho salmon since 1992. - - "During much of 2016, favorable weather and water temperatures helped produce solid results and we are pleased to see anglers benefit from ongoing efforts to provide a diverse and balanced fishery," said Brad Eggold, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Great Lakes district fisheries supervisor. "While the chinook harvest showed healthy increases over the past two years, coho salmon proved to be the big story with more than 125,000 fish harvested."
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Department of Natural Resources and Milwaukee Bucks present "DNR Nights" -

Northern Wisconsin DNR News - Tue, 02/14/2017 - 11:55
- - MILWAUKEE - The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is teaming up with the Milwaukee Bucks once again for "DNR Nights." - - - - Anyone presenting a 2016 or 2017 hunting or fishing license is eligible for reduced pricing on tickets for select home games at the BMO Harris Bradley Center in Milwaukee. As an added bonus, "DNR Nights" ticketholders will have a blaze orange Bucks beanie hat mailed to them.
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DNR invites proposals for wetland restoration projects; $6.4 million available -

Northern Wisconsin DNR News - Tue, 02/14/2017 - 11:55
- - MADISON -- Land trusts, conservation groups and government organizations are encouraged to apply for some $6.4 million available to fund wetland restoration projects. - - The money, available from the Wisconsin Wetland Conservation Trust, may be used to cover all aspects of restoration including land acquisition, site construction and long-term maintenance and monitoring. The wetland conservation trust program was created in 2014 as an additional method of wetland mitigation for Wisconsin by allowing the purchase of wetland mitigation credits specified by U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and DNR wetland permits.
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Remember wildlife and their habitat at tax time - Donations via income tax form sustain wild Wisconsin -

Northern Wisconsin DNR News - Tue, 02/14/2017 - 11:55
- - MADISON - Each year, more than 10,000 people use tax season to donate to the Endangered Resources Fund - this simple gesture can help protect and restore endangered birds, bats, turtles, martens and more. - - Video Credit: DNR - - These generous donations, along with sales of Endangered Resources license plates, direct donations and matching funds, provide over 25 percent of funds that support the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Bureau of Natural Heritage Conservation. From bats to bullsnakes, orchids to orioles and native prairies to natural areas, Natural Heritage Conservation program staff work with Wisconsin volunteers, organizations, private landowners and businesses to help sustain Wisconsin's wildlife.
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