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Weekly News Published - October 28, 2014 by the Central Office

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Deer Hunt Wisconsin 2014 television program helps set the stage for another exciting nine-day gun deer season in Wisconsin - tune in!

MADISON - With another nine-day gun deer hunting season just around the corner, hunters can be sure they are prepared for another exciting fall hunting experience by tuning in to Deer Hunt Wisconsin 2014.

Deer Hunt Wisconsin 2014 is the 23rd annual hour-long special designed to help hunters prepare for the upcoming firearms deer season. Host Dan Small will interview Wisconsin deer management experts to discuss changes to this year's hunt and offer helpful tips and tricks as you gear up and head out into the woods.

Deer Hunt Wisconsin 2014 will air on the following stations:

  • Milwaukee Public Television - Thursday, Nov. 6 at 9 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 8 at 9 a.m.;
  • Wisconsin Public Television (digital channel) - Thursday, Nov. 6 at 9 p.m.;
  • Fox Sports Wisconsin - Tuesday, Nov. 11 at 10 p.m. (following Milwaukee Bucks coverage), Wednesday, Nov. 12 at 11 a.m., 2 p.m., and 7 p.m. and Monday, Nov. 17 at 9 p.m.; and
  • Fox Sports North - Tuesday, Nov. 11 at 9 p.m. (following Minnesota Wild coverage), Wednesday, Nov. 12 at 2 a.m. and 3 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 15 at 11 a.m. and Monday, Nov. 17 at 9 p.m.

Stay tuned for additional viewing opportunities. For more information, visit dnr.wi.gov and search keywords "deer show." For more general information regarding this year's deer hunt, search keyword "deer."

Deer Hunt Wisconsin 2014 is a production of Dan Small Outdoors, LLC, in cooperation with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Dan Small, Deer Hunt 2014 Host, 414-588-4082

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DNR receives grant for multistate New Zealand mudsnail monitoring effort

MADISON -- The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has been awarded a $32,000 grant by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service through the Mississippi River Basin Panel to lead a project that will help determine the distribution of the invasive New Zealand mudsnail in Illinois, Iowa and Wisconsin.

The New Zealand mudsnail was found in Dane County's Black Earth Creek in 2013 - the first appearance of the harmful invader in the Midwest outside of the Great Lakes basin. Although it measures just one-eighth of an inch in length, New Zealand mudsnails can multiply quickly through asexual reproduction and outcompete native insects that are used by trout and other fish for food. The snails also have a "trap door" that can be used to close their shells and prevent drying.

Maureen Ferry, a DNR aquatic invasive species monitoring coordinator, said the snail's small size makes them very transferable and once they begin to colonize a new stream, they are difficult to detect with traditional sampling methods.

Mudsnails
New Zealand mudsnails.
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"The small size of the snails makes them easy to move from stream to stream and their ability to seal their shells allows them to survive out of water for one month, possibly more," Ferry said. "By learning where they are located, we can better target prevention efforts."

The aquatic invasive species coordinators from Iowa and Illinois agree with the approach.

"We know that Iowa trout anglers fish streams all across the country," said Kim Bogenschutz, of the Iowa DNR. "Being able to detect a new infestation quickly will help us protect Iowa's valuable streams."

Kevin Irons, of the Illinois DNR, said effective prevention efforts include draining water from equipment and removing plants, debris and mud with a stiff bristle brush and tap water. Irons said the joint research may yield new clues to help stop the spread of the aquatic hitchhikers.

"Through the grant, we look forward to working with Wisconsin and Illinois to gain new insights into preventing the snails," he said.

Thanks to the grant, awarded in mid-September, Wisconsin DNR will search for New Zealand mudsnails using environmental DNA surveillance. The technique is especially effective at detecting the presence of the species at low densities where traditional sampling techniques may fail to find them. A pilot project led by Wisconsin DNR earlier this year helped refine the technique that will be used to carry out the grant work.

The Wisconsin DNR will collaborate with the United States Geological Survey and the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point to process eDNA samples from 28 sites across Wisconsin and eight sites each in Iowa and Illinois. The work has already started and results will be available by early 2015.

Bob Wakeman, aquatic invasive species coordinator for the Wisconsin DNR, said the effort is a prime example of the strong partnerships needed to combat the snails and other invasive species.

"Wisconsin's aquatic invasive species program is based on partnerships, both within the state and throughout the region," Wakeman said. "Our close ties to neighboring states will allow us to understand how widespread the New Zealand mudsnails are, while our relationships with Wisconsin scientists will allow us to efficiently get the necessary eDNA work done."

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Bob Wakeman, aquatic invasive species coordinator, 262-574-2149, Robert.Wakeman@wisconsin.gov

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Local governments receive awards for recycling excellence

MADISON - The Department of Natural Resources is recognizing 20 local governments for their superior recycling efforts in 2013.

The DNR's Recycling Excellence Award program publicly acknowledges communities with outstanding recycling performance while highlighting the many ways communities of all sizes are able to increase the effectiveness of local recycling programs. This is the awards program's second year.

"These awards reflect the high level of community interest in recycling here in Wisconsin. We're really pleased to recognize the hard work and creativity of our local recycling partners," said Ann Coakley, Waste and Materials Management Program director.

This year, the DNR is recognizing local governments in eight award categories. Four of these categories are based on data from the 2013 Recycling Annual Report. An additional four categories--the Excellence in Wisconsin Recycling awards--are presented to communities nominated for their successes. Several of the awards have multiple winners, reflecting the large number of Wisconsin communities with high-performing recycling programs.

Excellence in Wisconsin Recycling - Projects and Initiatives

Recognizes finite projects in 2013 that demonstrated cost effectiveness while increasing the community recycling rate.

  • City of Janesville (Rock County)
  • Village of Lake Delton (Sauk County)
  • Eau Claire County

Excellence in Wisconsin Recycling - Overall Program

Recognizes outreach efforts committed to improving community recycling programs.

  • Outagamie County
  • Dunn County
  • Village of Bayside (Milwaukee County)

    Honorable Mention:

    • City of Burlington (Racine County)
    • Town of Brooklyn (Green County)

Excellence in Wisconsin Recycling - Special Events

Recognizes effective recycling at special events offering recycling for the first time or expanding existing programs.

  • Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA) 2013 (Portage County)
  • Chippewa County

Excellence in Wisconsin Recycling - Innovation

Recognizes a program that demonstrates unique and innovative approaches to recycling.

  • Town of Brooklyn (Green County)
    • Honorable Mention:

    • Town of Randall (Kenosha County)

Recycling Champion Award

Recognizes programs with consistently high recycling rates for the last three years.

  • Village of Suamico (Brown County)

Recycling Rate Leader

Recognizes the highest recycling rate in 2013.

  • City of Prairie du Chien (Crawford County)
  • Forest County Potawatomi (Forest County)
  • Village of Stockbridge (Calumet County)

Most Improved Recycling Rate over Three Years

Recognizes programs with consistent improvement in recycling rates for the last three years.

  • Town of West Kewaunee (Kewaunee County)

Most Improved Recycling Rate over Previous Year

Recognizes programs with the most improved recycling rate from 2012 to 2013.

  • Village of Sturtevant (Racine County)
  • Town of Mackford (Green Lake County)
  • City of Two Rivers (Manitowoc County)
  • Town of Sumpter (Sauk County)

An online list of award recipients and criteria can be found by searching the DNR website dnr.wi.gov for "responsible unit recycling."

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Melanie Burns, Waste Management Specialist, 414-263-8652

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