Gypsy Moth Aerial Spraying Update (DNR)

Below is information about the Wisconsin DNR’s upcoming aerial suppression spray for gypsy moths in Dane County at sites in the cities of Madison and Sun Prairie.

WHAT: Aerial spraying for gypsy moth by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Gypsy Moth Suppression Program.

WHENSpraying is imminent in Dane County (Wednesday, April 23, 2018)

WHERE: Seven sites in Dane County, in the cities of Madison and Sun Prairie. Maps of spray sites can be viewed online at

WHY: The spraying is necessary to suppress populations of gypsy moth, a destructive and invasive pest that feeds on the leaves of oaks, maples, crabapple, birch and many other species of trees and shrubs.

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Public Meetings Set for the Draft Northern Lake Michigan Coastal Regional Master Plan

Public comment period open through June 12

STURGEON BAYWis. – The public will have an opportunity at two open house meetings and through a comment period to provide input on a draft master plan for Department of Natural Resources lands in Door and Oconto counties and parts of Marinette and Shawano counties. The draft Northern Lake Michigan Coastal regional master plan establishes the level and type of resource management and public use permitted on these department-managed properties.

State-owned lands covered by this master plan include state parks–five on the Door Peninsula–as well as State Natural Areas and numerous wildlife and fisheries areas. The state parks covered by this plan include Rock Island, Newport, Peninsula, Whitefish Dunes, Potawatomi, Grand Traverse Island and Copper Culture Mounds.

The public input sessions will provide the public an opportunity to learn more about the regional planning process, review the draft recommendations for resource and recreation management on DNR properties in the region and provide feedback.

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Gypsy Moth Aerial Spraying Update (DATCP)

WHAT: Gypsy moth aerial treatments by the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection’s Gypsy Moth Slow the Spread (STS) Program. The STS aerial program for 2018 consists of 36 treatment sites, involving approximately 90,000 acres across 14 counties in western Wisconsin. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources’ Suppression Program is also treating 7 sites in Dane County totaling 485 acres.

WHEN: Tuesday, 22-May-2018, weather permitting.

WHERE: Select sites in Grant, Green, Lafayette, Dane, Vernon, Crawford, and Eau Claire counties. A progress chart and maps of treatment sites can be viewed online at

WHY: The treatments are necessary to control the spread of gypsy moth, a destructive and invasive pest that feeds on the leaves of oaks, maples, crabapple, birch, and many other species of trees and shrubs.

PLAN DETAILS: The first Btk treatments will begin in the previously mentioned counties covering 15 sites. Most sites may have more than one treatment planned and will be treated again on a later date.

TREATMENTS: Planes will apply Foray 48B, which is approved for use in certified organic production or food processing by the Organic Materials Review Institute. The insecticide contains Bacillus thuringiensis var. kurstaki or Btk. Btk is a naturally occurring soil bacterium that is poisonous to gypsy moth caterpillars when consumed. Btk breaks down in sunlight within a few days.

OTHER DETAILS: Applications can start as early as sunrise and will continue until the day’s plan is complete and as weather conditions allow. Treatment applications require calm winds, high humidity, and no precipitation.

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2018 Omnibus Bill Nixes DUNS and SAM Requirements for Farmers

Madison, Wis. ‒ April 23, 2018 ‒ Effectively immediately, Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) financial assistance program participants will no longer need a Dun and Bradstreet Universal Number System (DUNS) number, or to register in the System for Award Management (SAM). The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018 (2018 Omnibus Bill), signed by President Donald Trump on March 23, eliminated these requirements.

According to U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, DUNS and SAM were designed for billion-dollar government contractors, not everyday farmers trying to support their families. These changes help streamline the customer experience of farmers, which is a top priority at USDA, he said.

“This change greatly simplifies the contracting process for our customers and staff,” said Angela Biggs, Wisconsin State Conservationist. “Conservation program participants will soon receive letters from their local NRCS office with more details.”

The exemption does not apply to any current or future agreements or federal contracts with eligible entities, project sponsors, vendors, partners, or other non-exempt landowners or producers.

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Results of 2018 Spring Fish & Wildlife Rules Hearings

On Monday, April 9 there were 72 public hearings held simultaneously across the state in each county. The hearings, held annually on the second Monday in April, are combined with the county meetings during which attendees can introduce and vote on citizen resolutions to address natural resources related issues. The spring hearings covered three major areas: elections for county Conservation Congress delegates; DNR wildlife and fisheries ideas for potential rule changes; and Conservation Congress proposals for future rule development. The spring 2018 questionnaire, which explains the questions in more detail, can be found here.

  • To view the 2018 Spring Hearing Statewide Results click here
  • To view the 2018 Spring Hearing Results by County click here
  • To view the 2018 Spring Citizen Resolution Results click here

Public Meetings Set for Regional Master Plans for 3 Ecological Landscapes in Northwest WI

Public comment period extended to May 3rd. 

ASHLAND, Wis. — The public has an opportunity through two upcoming open houses and online information to learn more about the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resource’s regional master planning process for properties located in three Northwest Wisconsin Ecological Landscapes: Superior Coastal PlainNorthwest Sands, and Northwest Lowlands. The three landscapes fall in portions of Polk, Burnett, Washburn, Sawyer, Douglas, Bayfield, Ashland, and Iron Counties.

A master plan, guided by Chapter NR 44, Wisconsin Administrative Code, establishes the level and type of resource management and public use permitted on department-managed properties. Under the regional master planning process, department staff will develop a plan for all properties located within a defined region. The regions are based on 16 previously defined ecological landscapes in Wisconsin, areas with similar ecological attributes and management opportunities. The Natural Resources Board approved the regional planning process at the June 2017 board meeting.

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County Deer Advisory Council (CDAC) Meetings

Contact: Maggie Stewart608-261-7588
Detailed information: County Deer Advisory Council will review data and form preliminary 2017 antlerless harvest quota, permit level and season structure recommendations. County contacts

Monday, March 12

Douglas County – 6 p.m., Douglas County Government Center (Courthouse), 1316 N 14th St.,Superior
Vernon County – 6 p.m., Kickapoo Valley Reserve Visitor Center, S3661 S. 131, La Farge
Walworth County – 7 p.m., Advia Credit Union, 837 N. Wisconsin St., Elkhorn
Door County – 7 p.m., Door County Courthouse, 421 Nebraska St., Sturgeon Bay
Fond du Lac County – 7 p.m., City County Government Building, Rooms G and H, 160 S. Macy St., Fond du Lac
Forest County – 7 p.m., Crandon Fire House, 910 N, Lake Ave., Crandon
Green County – 7 p.m., Green County Justice Center, 2841 6th St., Room: Lower level conference rooms, Monroe
Lafayette County – 7 p.m., Darlington Elementary School, 11630 Center Hill Road, Darlington
Racine County – 7 p.m., Sturtevant Government Building, 9531 Rayne Rd., Sturtevant
St. Croix County – 7 p.m., Baldwin DNR Service Center, 890 Spruce St., Baldwin

Tuesday, March 13

Manitowoc County – 6 p.m., Viking Bow and Gun Club, 13431 Rusch Rd., Valders
Iron County – 6 p.m., Mercer Town Hall, 2657 Railroad St., Mercer
Menominee County – 6 p.m., Menominee County Courthouse (lower level boardroom), W3269 Courthouse Ln., Keshena
Ashland County – 6:30 p.m., Ashland DNR Service Center, 2501 Golf Course Road, Ashland
Crawford County – 6:30 p.m., Prairie Du Chien City Hall Conference Room, 214 East Blackhawk Ave., Prairie Du Chien
Juneau County – 6:30 p.m., Mauston Library, 111 W. State St.Mauston
Brown County – 7 p.m., Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary, 1600 E Shore Drive., Green Bay
Dane County – 7 p.m., Fitchburg DNR Service Center, 3911 Fish hatchery Road, Fitchburg
Dodge County  – 7 p.m., Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center, N7725 Hwy 28, Horicon
Iowa County – 7 p.m., DNR Service Center, 1500 North Johns St., Dodgeville
Jefferson County – 7 p.m., UW-Extension Office, Rm. 8 & 9, 864 Collins Rd., Jefferson
La Crosse County – 7 p.m., La Crosse DNR Service Center, 3550 Mormon Coulee Road., La Crosse
Marathon County – 7 p.m., Marathon County Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department, 212 River Dr., Wausau
Price County – 7 p.m., Price County Courthouse, County Board Room, 126 Cherry St., Phillips
Richland County – 7 p.m., East Hall, UW-Richland, 1200 Hwy 14, Richland Center
Trempealeau County – 7 p.m., Independence City Hall, 23688 Adams St.Independence
Waushara County – 7 p.m., Waushara County Courthouse Room 263, 209 S. St. Marie St.,Wautoma

Wednesday, March 14

Rock County – 7 p.m., Janesville DNR Service Center, DNR Conference Room, 2514 Morse St.,Janesville
Sheboygan County – 7 p.m., Camp Y-Koda, W3340 Sunset Rd., Sheboygan Falls
Vilas County – 7 p.m., Boulder Junction Community Center, 5392 Park St. (HWY M), Boulder Junction
Washburn County – 7 p.m., Spooner High School, 801 Cty Hwy A, Spooner
Waukesha County – 7 p.m., DNR Service Center Rm. 151, 141 NW Barstow St., Waukesha
Wood County – 7 p.m., Sand Hill Wildlife Area Skills Center, 1715 County Hwy X, Babcock

Thursday, March 15

Bayfield County – 6 p.m., Bayfield County Courthouse, 117 E. Fifth St., Washburn
Pepin County – 6 p.m., Pepin County Government Center, 740 7th Ave. W, Durand
Outagamie County – 7 p.m., Outagamie Conservation Club, N3502 Mayflower Road, Hortonville
Pierce County – 7 p.m., Ellsworth High School Library, 323 Hillcrest St.Ellsworth

2018 Spring Fish and Wildlife Rules Hearings

Contact(s): Kari Lee-Zimmermann – 608-266-0580

MADISON – The questionnaire package for the 2018 Department of Natural Resources spring fish and wildlife public hearing and annual Conservation Congress county meeting and the list of meeting locations is now available for review on the Department of Natural Resources website.

On Monday, April 9, there will be 72 public hearings, one in each Wisconsin county starting at 7 p.m. where people interested in natural resources management have an opportunity to provide their input by non-binding vote and testimony to the DNR and the Conservation Congress on proposed natural resource related advisory questions that may impact future rule changes.

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2015-2016 Wisconsin Council on Forestry Biennial Report

The Wisconsin Council on Forestry Biennial Report for 2015-2016 can now be viewed. The Council is a board composed of individuals that represent all areas of forestry in Wisconsin. They advise the Governor, the Legislature, Department of Natural Resources, and other state agencies on aspects of forestry in the state.

The 34-page report covers accomplishments of the board, items the Council advised the Division of Forestry on, statistics about Wisconsin’s forests (including forested area, species composition, age class, volume, growth, the urban forest, forest health, ownership, incentives, etc.), economic opportunities and development, effects of state and local government laws, recommendations on staffing and funding for forestry programs, and raising the public’s knowledge and awareness of forestry issues.

It is a great snapshot of forestry in the state. You can find past biennial reports here

Updated Forest Tax Rates

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has released the new tax rates for use in 2018 through 2022 for land in the Managed Forest Law (MFL). These new tax rates are effective January 1, 2018.

The updated MFL tax rates saw an all around decrease. Open land entered before 2005 saw a decrease of 5¢ to $0.74 per acre. Closed land entered before 2005 dropped 12¢ to $1.75 per acre. Open land entered after 2004 decreased 10¢ to $2.04 per acre. Lastly, closed land entered after 2004 saw a reduction of 38¢ to $10.68 per acre.

Land in Forest Crop Law (FCL) will have the same tax rates in 2018. The current FCL tax rates were recalculated in 2012 and are effective until 2022. They are scheduled to be recalculated in 2022.