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Lumberjack RC&D funds six projects for 2024

Last week Lumberjack Resources Conservation and Development (RC&D) Council met last week for their regular quarterly meeting. At the February meeting, which was postponed from January, the council considered six projects from around the northern portion of the state for funding.

Timing of prescribed burns yields varying results

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) just announced their prescribed burns for this year in a recent press release. Late winter and early spring are traditionally when prescribed burns take place.

Climbing temps mean more ATV/UTVs on the roads

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) urges users of all recreational vehicles to be mindful of safety in this year’s changing conditions when operating throughout the state.

Fish Like a GIRL

Whether it is a tackle bag, a tackle box or a whole boat, this is the time of year we, as anglers, go through everything we carried around all year last year.

The Lake Where You Live

I’ve enjoyed good fishing for bluegills this winter, and as I’ve pulled them up through the Birch Lake ice I’ve been struck by their simple beauty.
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Northwoods Yard & Garden

Looking for landscape plants with multi-season interest, easy to grow, and pest and problem free? Ornamental grasses could be for you. With all the species available where does one start in making a wise choice for northern Wisconsin landscapes?

Using dogs to help detect Chronic Wasting Disease

Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) is an always-fatal neurological disease affecting cervids such as white tailed deer. In recent years, CWD has been found in both the wild and captive deer herd in the Northwoods.

Verified wolf threat in Arbor Vitae

Early Monday morning Nick Krueger was awakened by his hunting dogs barking outside.

How do nitrates effect public health?

A recent Nitrate Watch webinar from the Izaak Walton League of America featured David Cwiertny from the Center for Health Effects of Environmental Contamination. Cwiertny spoke about public health effects of nitrates. While many believe one of the only issues is “blue baby” syndrome, but there are other issues as …

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announces national recovery plan for gray wolves

Over the last two decades, the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) has repeatedly indicated the gray wolf is no longer in need of protection under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).
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Fish Like a GIRL

I was asked by the Vilas County Land and Water Conservation Department to be on their local advisory committee to give input on the next 10-year land and water management plan for the county.

The Lake Where You Live

I can’t claim not to enjoy this (so far) incredibly mild winter after the way the season beat us into abject submission well into April last year. But this winter is definitely weird, especially as it relates to life on my lake, and probably yours.

Plug me in

I still remember the days of putting on miles in the woods hiking with boots seemingly weighing at least three hundred pounds or more in the attempt of keeping your feet warm when you finally reached your deer stand, only to find out that your feet were soaked with sweat. …

Natural Resources Board approves bear quota for 2024

As is customary every year, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) came to the Natural Resources Board (NRB) for approval of the black bear harvest quotas for the fall hunting season. Wildlife bureau director Eric Lobner spoke to the board and first gave a review of the 2023 season.

Spring hearings offer in-person option for 2024

Each year the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the Wisconsin Conservation Congress (WCC) hold what are known as the Spring Hearings. In these hearings, stakeholders are asked to weigh in on a number of natural resource related proposals. The meetings are held on the second Monday in April in …
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