Tips needed on Illegal Elk Shootings in Jackson Co

Dec 9, 2022

DNR Seeks Tips From The Public On Illegal Elk Shootings In Jackson County   MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) requests the public’s help in solving the illegal killings of two cow elk in separate events in Jackson County during the recent gun-deer season. DNR staff received and responded to a mortality signal from a cow elk’s monitoring collar on Sunday, Nov. 20.

Change in Forest Tax Rates (FCL & MFL) Announced

Nov 11, 2022

Good news on taxes for owners of MFL acres. The Wisconsin Department of Revenue has updated the tax rate for land enrolled in the Managed Forest Law and Forest Crop Law, and the rate is slightly lower for MFL.  FCL acres remain taxed at the same or higher rate, depending upon when they were enrolled. Tax rates are calculated based upon a fixed formula.

Powassan Virus – a tick-borne virus

Nov 7, 2022

As reported on NBC Channel 26 by: Valerie Juarez Nov 04, 2022 A Wausaukee man is battling for his life after a tick bit him this summer. Since August, 71-year-old Al Dennis hasn’t been able to walk or talk. Doctors said the tick that bit him was carrying an extremely rare disease and it was not Lyme Disease, but was the Powassan virus.

Emerald Ash Borer found in Menominee County

Aug 20, 2022

In partnership with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR), the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) has detected emerald ash borer (EAB) for the first time in Menominee County. County forestry staff detected this ash tree-killing beetle along the roadside right-of-way of non-tribal land in the area of Legend Lake on August 3. The county is unique because it shares coterminous boundaries with the Menominee Indian Reservation.

DNR To Host Intro To Hunting Webinar Series Beginning July 28

Jul 22, 2022

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will host the first of several educational hunting webinars beginning July 28 for members of the public that are new to hunting or hunting curious. The webinar series is in partnership with the National Wild Turkey Federation, Pheasants Forever and Becoming an Outdoorswoman. The series is designed for those interested in learning about hunting, fishing and trapping. EVENT DETAILS What: Wanna Go Hunting? Let’s Get Started!

New Report on WI Forests and Carbon Sequestration

Jul 21, 2022

Wisconsin Academy Announces 10 Forestry Recommendations to Fight Climate Change The Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters has identified ten key forestry recommendations that will offset the impact of climate change in Wisconsin. The recommendations are outlined in the newly released report, Wisconsin’s Forested Lands: Opportunities for Carbon Sequestration and Storage. This report is part of the Wisconsin Academy’s Climate-Critical Lands project, a research initiative which looks at the potential for carbon storage in Wisconsin landscapes.

WDNR Division of Forestry, 5-year Strategic Direction published

Jul 18, 2022

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR)’s Division of Forestry’s Strategic Direction is a five-year plan that builds off of the Wisconsin forestry community’s 10-year Statewide Forest Action Plan. It allows us to connect our vision for the future using tangible strategies and actions.

DATCP to Survey for Spongy Moth in 47 Wisconsin Counties

May 23, 2022

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) will be setting more than 10,000 traps for spongy moth (formerly known as gypsy moth) in 47 counties from mid-May through early June. DATCP requests that property owners allow trappers access to place traps and not disturb the traps once in place.

USDA Biological Control Lab Seeks Green Ash Trees

Apr 28, 2022

Emerald ash borer (EAB) is an invasive insect from Asia that was first introduced into the United States in 2002. The Emerald ash borer (EAB) has been found in 64 of Wisconsin’s 72 counties.  Since its discovery, EAB has caused the death and decline of tens of millions of ash trees. Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is using ash trees against the pest to help preserve and protect the tree species.

Northern long-eared bat proposed as endangered

Apr 8, 2022

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced on March 22, 2022, a proposal to reclassify the northern long-eared bat as endangered under the Endangered Species Act. The bat, currently listed as threatened, faces extinction due to the range-wide impacts of white-nose syndrome, a deadly disease affecting cave-dwelling bats across the continent. Bats are critical to healthy, functioning ecosystems and contribute at least $3 billion annually to the U.S.