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Great Lakes Photo Contest winners announced

Tue, 05/30/2017 - 16:16
MADISON - Six photographers from Wisconsin earned top honors for their entries in the Department of Natural Resources' ninth annual "Wisconsin's Great Lakes" photography contest. - - Their photos will be featured in a calendar available this summer at Great Lakes events and at lakeshore state parks and regional DNR offices.  
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Groups receive grants for volunteer monitoring efforts

Tue, 05/30/2017 - 16:16
- MADISON - Twenty-one Wisconsin organizations, local governments and projects will share a combined $85,000 contribution from the Department of Natural Resources to expand volunteer efforts to help monitor Wisconsin's natural resources. - - This funding is part of the Citizen-based Monitoring Partnership Program, through which DNR has supported 261 high-priority monitoring projects since 2004. Sponsoring organizations typically contribute nearly $4 in donated time and money for every $1 the state provides toward these projects.
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Preliminary 2016 river otter and fisher harvest information now available -

Tue, 05/30/2017 - 16:16
- - MADISON - Trappers harvested 1,474 river otters and 546 fishers, according to preliminary harvest data for Wisconsin's 2016-17 river otter and fisher season. - - Preliminary data combines both state and tribal harvest information. Final harvest information should be available by mid-June. River otter and fisher harvest is distributed across the entire state through the allocation of harvest permits by management zones. River otters were taken in 72 counties and fishers were taken in 42 counties during the 2016-2017 season. Tribal harvest accounted for 22 fisher and 13 otter.
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Wisconsin Natural Resources magazine celebrates Wyalusing State Park

Tue, 05/30/2017 - 16:16
- - - - - - MADISON -- The June issue of Wisconsin Natural Resources magazine features two stories that mark special anniversaries and another pair that delve into invasive species. There also are updates on elk and bats, plus all the standing features of the magazine now in distribution. - - On the cover this month is Wyalusing State Park, celebrating its 100th year in the Wisconsin State Park System. "A century of scenic grandeur" takes readers back to 1909, when renowned landscape architect John Nolen wrote of the "exquisitely beautiful" area that would eventually become Wisconsin's fourth state park in 1917. The history of the park along with its present-day amenities are explored.
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June 3-4 Free Fun Weekend in Wisconsin includes many events across the state

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 15:37
MADISON - A 100th anniversary celebration of Wyalusing State Park, a celebration of the 25th anniversary of the restoration of the Seth Peterson Cottage on Mirror Lake, more than 20 fishing clinics across the state, an art fair along the Willow River and a family fun day with outdoor skills are among the events that highlight Free Fun Weekend in Wisconsin on June 3-4. - - The first weekend in June offers ample opportunities for people to enjoy the outdoors in Wisconsin. Admission stickers are waived for Wisconsin's state parks and forests, trail passes normally required for those 16 or older who bike, in-line skate or horseback ride on state trails are waived, and no fishing licenses are needed to fish state waters. State park and forest campers still need to pay for their campsites, and fees are not waived at Heritage Hill State Park, which is operated by a non-profit organization that charges a per-person admission to the park.
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Wyalusing State Park to celebrate 100th anniversary June 3

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 15:37
- PRAIRIE DU CHIEN, Wis. - The public is invited to come out and celebrate Wisconsin's fourth oldest state park during a 100th anniversary celebration on June 3 at Wyalusing State Park. The celebration coincides with Free Fun Weekend in Wisconsin, when entrance fees to all state parks, forests and trails are waived. - - A group of men at a park party around 1908 in formal suits and hats. A few carry walking sticks. One of a series of photographs most likely taken by John Nolen, the well-known landscape architect who recommended Wyalusing become a state park.Photo Credit: UW Madison Digital Collections - - Wyalusing is one of four locations for Wisconsin's first state parks recommended by landscape architect John Nolen in a 1909 report to the State Parks Board. The State Parks Board recommended acquisition of the property, which the legislature approved in 1912. Development of the property took a few more years and the park officially opened in June 1917, making Wyalusing Wisconsin's fourth state park following Interstate in 1900, Peninsula in 1909 and Devil's Lake in 1911.
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"Universe in the Park" returns this summer to Wisconsin State Parks and Forests

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 15:37
- - First session May 28 at Kohler-Andrae State Park - - MADISON - If the weather cooperates, visitors to Wisconsin state parks and forests will have 44 opportunities at 21 different parks this summer to view and learn about the night sky by participating in the "Universe in the Park" outreach program conducted by students and staff of the Department of Astronomy at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. - - If nights are clear, UW-Madison astronomy students set up telescopes for viewing the night sky during Universe in the Park programs.Photo Credit: DNR - - If the sky is clear, after a short talk and slideshow about astronomy, participants can gather around telescopes to view astronomical objects.
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Slow the spread of invasive species by keeping firewood local

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 15:37
MADISON - People heading out camping this Memorial Day weekend and through the summer can do their part to protect Wisconsin's urban and wildland trees by burning firewood locally, and not moving it from location to location. - - "Keeping firewood local is one way everyone can do their part to protect Wisconsin's forests," Andrea Diss-Torrance, invasive forest pest program coordinator with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.
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Cedarburg student wins 2018 state park sticker design contest

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 15:37
MADISON - A design of the sun setting behind a lake-side campsite won the 2018 Wisconsin State Park admission sticker design contest for Carly Rishel, a senior at Cedarburg High School. The winning design will be printed on state park and forest annual vehicle admission stickers and will be displayed on more than 265,000 vehicles. - - Winning design by Carly Rishel - Cedarburg High School
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Canine distemper confirmed in multiple counties

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 15:37
MADISON -- State wildlife health officials have confirmed that canine distemper has been identified in raccoons, gray foxes and skunks that were submitted to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources for testing from Vilas, Kenosha and Racine counties. Examination and testing of animals collected from Ashland, Oneida, Portage, and Adams counties are still pending. - - Canine distemper is caused by a virus that is highly contagious among certain species of wildlife including raccoons, gray foxes, skunks and other closely related mammals. When canine distemper affects the nervous system of wild animals, the signs observed are similar to those observed in animals with rabies and can include lack of fear of people, weakness, aimless wandering or stumbling, seizures and sometimes aggression. All animals that have been submitted in this outbreak have also been tested and found to be negative for rabies.
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Deadline is July 3 for high school artists to enter DNR trout and salmon stamp contests

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 15:37
MADISON - High school students can be part of Wisconsin conservation history and build their resumes and portfolios by entering their artwork in the state's contests for the 2018 designs of the inland trout and Great Lakes salmon and trout stamps. Entries are due July 3. - - Students in grades 9-12 are invited to enter the design contests for 2018 trout and salmon stamps. The 2017 inland trout stamp is shown. Photo Credit: DNR - - Winning entries will be featured on the collectors' stamps that anglers and others may buy, on the cover of the trout fishing regulations, and on Department of Natural Resources web pages. The winning artists also receive a plaque.
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Fawn season! Admire from afar, mom is near

Tue, 05/16/2017 - 13:41
MADISON - Outdoor enthusiasts fortunate to see one of Wisconsin's whitetail deer fawns, born between late April and July, are reminded by state wildlife officials to enjoy the wildlife view from afar for the fawn's safety. - - Fawns have already started to be born this year. If you see a fawn in the wild, leave it alone and its mother will return to care for it.Photo Credit: DNR - - DNR Wildlife Biologist Dianne Robinson says the fawn's mother is nearby, but out of sight of observers.
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Mighty musky await anglers in northern Wisconsin -

Tue, 05/16/2017 - 13:41
WOODRUFF, Wis. -- Plenty of big fish--including a 55-inch monster in Sawyer County--await anglers planning to fish the northern musky opener May 27, based on spring netting surveys in 2017 and angler reports from recent years. - - "We've had three crews measure fish over 50 inches and one that measured 55 inches," says Jeff Kampa, fisheries supervisor for Bayfield, Barron and Sawyer counties, where the 50-inchers were captured and released this spring during surveys.
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Submit turtle crossing reports to the DNR -

Tue, 05/16/2017 - 13:41
MADISON -- With the spring breeding season beginning for many Wisconsin turtle species, Department of Natural Resources conservation biologists are once again asking citizens to submit their observations of where turtles and other wildlife are found crossing roads. - - A spiny softshell turtle seen near a roadside.Photo Credit: David Grey - - "In a little over four years, more than 1,000 citizens have reported 1,021 turtle road crossings throughout Wisconsin," says Andrew Badje, a DNR conservation biologist who coordinates the Wisconsin Turtle Conservation Program. "These reports have helped us identify problem areas throughout the state so we can work with road agencies to take steps to make these sites safer for motorists and less deadly for turtles."
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Natural Resources Board to meet May 23-24 in Madison -

Tue, 05/16/2017 - 13:41
MADISON -- A request to approve antlerless deer harvest quotas, antlerless permit levels and a deer hunting season framework for 2017 and a request to approve the 2017 waterfowl hunting seasons are among the items the state Natural Resources Board will address when it meets May 24 in Madison. - - The regular business meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 24, in Room G09 of the State Natural Resources Building (GEF 2), 101 South Webster St., Madison. On Tuesday, May 23, the board will have an informal meeting with the Wisconsin Conservation Congress District Leadership Council (previously known as the Executive Council) at approximately 6:30 p.m., with social hour at 5:30 p.m., at Great Dane Pub, 123 E. Doty Street, Madison.
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Chart Energy & Chemicals pursues Tier 2 of Wisconsin's Green Tier

Tue, 05/16/2017 - 13:41
MADISON - A La Crosse company that designs and manufactures equipment used in the liquid gas supply chain has applied for participation in Tier 2 of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Green Tier program.Chart Energy & Chemicals, a subsidiary of Chart Industries, designs and manufactures cryogenic equipment used in the separation of oxygen, nitrogen and noble gases in the processing of natural gas. In addition, their distribution and storage products are fundamental to the delivery and end-use of liquid gases in many industrial and energy applications. - - The company is seeking to participate in Tier 2 of Green Tier, a voluntary program that is intended to promote and recognize superior environmental performance by companies operating in Wisconsin. Tier 2 is designed for companies with a fully functional environmental management system and with a history of superior environmental performance. Chart Energy & Chemicals has incorporated an environmental management system that received ISO 14001 certification in 2016. The EMS is a "plan-do-check-act" tool that helps a company understand its environmental impacts and set benchmarks to measure future environmental performance. These contracts seek to enable environmental improvements and may allow participants to negotiate customized contracts for certain types of regulatory flexibility. Chart Energy & Chemicals is not currently seeking regulatory flexibility.
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New Field Notes newsletter gives readers unique look into Wisconsin DNR wildlife research

Tue, 05/16/2017 - 13:41
- - - - MADISON -- Anyone interested in learning more about wildlife research in Wisconsin, especially the Southwest Wisconsin Chronic Wasting Disease, Deer and Predator study, is encouraged to check out the brand new "Field Notes" newsletter. - - - - Deer are captured and collared as part of the Southwest Wisconsin Chronic Wasting Disease, Deer and Predator study.Photo Credit: DNR - - Whether readers prefer to learn through text or graphics and video footage, this monthly newsletter provides a unique look at Department of Natural Resources staff, volunteers and the wildlife who help researchers learn more about Wisconsin's outdoors.
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June 1 deadline to sponsor 2017 disabled deer hunt is fast approaching

Tue, 05/16/2017 - 13:41
Help others experience hunting and become a sponsor todayMADISON -- Sponsors and landowners interested in hosting a gun hunt for deer hunters with disabilities are reminded of the fast approaching June 1 deadline to sign up their lands for the October 2017. - - Sponsors are required to enroll at least 60 acres of land and must allow at least 3 disabled hunters access during the October 7-15 hunt.
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Bat disease takes its toll; Wisconsin sites see 30-100 percent decreases -

Tue, 05/09/2017 - 14:29
Call goes out to report surviving bats this summer - - - MADISON -- A bat disease that has raced across the eastern U.S. and Canada , killing upwards of 7 million bats, is following the same pattern in Wisconsin, winter hibernacula surveys show. - - Twenty-four of 28 counties with known bat hibernacula are now confirmed to have bats infected with white-nose syndrome or the fungus that causes it, and sites in their second and third year of infection are seeing population decreases of 30 to 100 percent.
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Free Fun Weekend is June 3-4 -

Tue, 05/09/2017 - 14:29
Free fishing and free admission to state parks and trails among offerings - - MADISON - Free fun is on tap June 3 and 4 for everyone in Wisconsin's great outdoors. - - - - On these two days, Wisconsin residents and visitors can fish for free, hike or bike state trails for free, enjoy free admission to state parks and forests and ride public ATV trails for free.
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