Return of the Canadian Softwood Lumber Tariff

The Trump administration is slapping duties on billions of dollars of lumber imported from Canada, marking an escalation of trade tensions. The Commerce Department said that countervailing duties ranging from 3% to 24% would be applied retroactively on five Canadian lumber exporters. Overall the duties average about 20% and could amount to $1 billion. Additional penalties could be levied if Commerce determines Canadian lumber is being dumped into U.S. markets.  (read more...)

Wisconsin celebrates Forest Appreciation Week leading up to Arbor Day on April 28

Weekly News – April 25, 2017 – Wisconsin DNR

MADISON – Celebrations across the state are taking place to celebrate Forest Appreciation Week, which is capped off by Arbor Day on Friday, April 28. Governor Scott Walker issued a proclamation recognizing Forest Appreciation Week and Arbor Day. Wisconsin has celebrated Arbor Day since 1883. (read more..)

Going Paperless May Not Be Greener After All

02/23/2016   Source: Two Sides North America, 2016

“Go paperless, go green” is a common theme these days as many corporations and governments encourage their customers and employees to switch to electronic transactions or communications. But are appeals to help the environment by eliminating paper based on sound science or on marketing strategies aimed at cost cutting?

Read more at the following link: http://tinyurl.com/gsyq9od

New native plant list helps landowners boost wildlife habitat

Weekly News – April 11, 2017 – Wisconsin DNR

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. (read more...)

Landowners encouraged to look for and control garlic mustard

Weekly News – April 18, 2017 – Wisconsin DNR

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. (read more)

Invasive Plant Pest and Disease Awareness Month: Help Keep Pests from Bugging Wisconsin

WI DATCP Contact: Donna Gilson, 608-224-5130, donna.gilson@wi.gov  or Bill Cosh, Communications Director, 608-224-5020, William2.Cosh@wi.gov

MADISON – You’ve heard it before, and we hate to be pests, but now that cabin and camping season is starting, remember: Don’t move firewood.

“This is probably the single most important thing you can do – or not do – to prevent spreading insects and diseases that could severely damage our forests,” says Brian Kuhn, director of the Plant Industry Bureau in the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection.

April is Invasive Plant Pest and Disease Awareness Month. Most Wisconsin residents are probably aware of pests like the gypsy moth and emerald ash borer. Kuhn’s bureau conducts an annual aerial spray program to control gypsy moth populations, and 50 of the state’s 72 counties are under a quarantine for the pest. Emerald ash borer, a much newer invader, has now been found in 41 Wisconsin counties. [Read more…]

Building bat houses now can aid bats that survive white-nose syndrome

MADISON – People can help bats that survive white-nose syndrome this winter by building a bat house where they can raise their young during summer months.

“Bats surviving white-nose syndrome need all the help they can get to raise their young and help rebuild populations,” said Heather Kaarakka, a Department of Natural Resources conservation biologist who works with Wisconsin’s bat populations for the Natural Heritage Conservation Bureau.

For easy instructions and how-to videos, check out the Department of Natural Resources’ bat house web pages at dnr.wi.gov, keyword “bat house.” DNR’s Bat House Building Handbook provides full instructions for building and installing bat houses. [Read more…]

Wildfire activity increases; DNR is geared-up and ready for the battle

Forty-four wildfires have burned in the last week with more anticipated this weekend due to strong winds and dry conditions in parts of the state. 

As the DNR suspends burning permits in several counties where the DNR has burning authority, the public is being asked to use extreme caution, especially with brush or burn piles, and follow the fire restrictions over the next few days until the fire danger minimizes.

“Already, we have more than doubled the number of wildfires this year compared to last year at this time,” said Catherine Koele, DNR wildfire prevention specialist. “We’ve had more than 190 wildfires since the snow-cover disappeared and we have a lot of fire season left before things green-up and the fire danger subsides.” [Read more…]

Three new members inducted into Wisconsin Conservation Hall of Fame

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 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. [Read more…]

Birch tree bandits cut and run in Minnesota and Wisconsin

Thieves are illegally cutting down thousands of birch trees in northern Minnesota and Wisconsin to make a quick buck off city dwellers who love the paper-white logs, limbs and twigs in their home decor.

The thefts have caught county sheriffs and state natural resource officials by surprise over the past few months, sending them scrambling to determine how big the problem is and how to keep it from getting worse.

In the meantime, the thieves are leaving gaps in the northern landscape that will take at least a decade to refill with birch.

Chief Deputy Mike Richter with the Washburn County Sheriff’s Office in Wisconsin was among those scratching their heads when word spread that swaths of birch saplings were being felled by crooks. “And then I learned some stuff about the market,” he said. [Read more…]