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Weekly News Published - May 31, 2016 by the Central Office

 

Wisconsin in the process of updating statewide outdoor recreational plan

MADISON - The public will have opportunities over the next several months to weigh in on how they recreate in Wisconsin's outdoors and what they feel should be priorities for receiving funding for recreational development and opportunities.

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is in the process of updating the Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan, or SCORP, for 2017-2022. The plan serves as a blueprint for state and local outdoor recreation planning as required by the Federal Land and Water Conservation Fund, which provides funds to state and local agencies for acquisition, development and maintenance of outdoor recreational land and facilities.

"By identifying outdoor recreation demand throughout the state and by projecting outdoor recreation activity trends relevant to the immediate future, SCORP gives Wisconsin communities direction in outdoor recreation planning," said John Pohlman, a planner with the DNR Bureau of Facilities and Lands.

Fifteen combined federal and state outdoor recreation programs use the priorities established in the SCORP to rank projects for funding. This includes grants for recreational trails, snowmobile and all-terrain vehicle facilities, recreational boating facilities and grants to local government through the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program for a variety of park facilities.

The DNR will be sending out a survey to assess Wisconsinites' participation in outdoor recreation and to better understand citizens' concerns and needs related to satisfying experiences in the outdoors. This fall, department staff will also survey visitors at a variety of properties, focusing on learning what activities they pursued, what features and attributes lead them to the properties, their level of satisfaction with the visit, and travel‐related spending.

This information will ultimately help set priorities for funding future recreation projects from the Land and Water Conservation Fund. This year Wisconsin is expected to receive about $1.6 million from the LWCF grants.

People can learn more about the planning process and sign up for periodic updates by searching the DNR website, dnr.wi.gov, for keyword "SCORP."

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New online TROUT tool helps anglers find places to fish

MADISON, Wis. - A new online map and user tool for trout will help anglers find places to fish and gain information about local regulations.

Developed by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources fisheries bureau, the tool is available through dnr.wi.gov, using the keyword "TROUT." The map includes public land and DNR fishing easements.

"With more than 13,000 miles of trout streams, revised regulations and several important new classifications and easements this year alone, Wisconsin anglers have more places to go trout fishing than ever before," said Joanna Griffin, DNR trout coordinator. "The new tool will help anglers locate great places to fish, find access points and check regulations. The database contains the latest information available - an important factor since this year alone, we have 14 streams with upgraded classifications. It also includes 27 streams that were recently documented as sustaining trout populations with six of these earning the coveted Class 1 designation."

The TROUT tool, an acronym for Trout Regulations and Opportunities User Tool, will optimize anglers' time on the water by showing where publicly accessible land is relative to roads, bridge crossings and trout streams. This tool provides anglers with:

The tool allows anglers to click a colored section of stream to see the specific regulation for that section of water. Check the fisheries regulations page for more information. An additional layer to the map provides insight in to the type of the fishery by identifying the trout stream classification.

Users may zoom in or out to find more detailed information. Once a location is identified, anglers may click to open a window describing the bag limit and season.

DNR continues to welcome entries for trout and salmon stamp contests

In other trout news, DNR continues to seek entries for the inland trout stamp design contest and Great Lakes salmon and trout stamp design contest for the 2017 year stamps.

Artwork for the 2017 inland trout stamp contest and Great Lakes salmon and trout stamp contest must be submitted by July 1, 2016. The concurrent contests are open to those ages 18 and older - youth contests are planned for the 2018 editions.

Subject matter for stamps must feature species of trout and salmon found in Wisconsin's waters or appropriate subject matter relating to trout and salmon fishing. Artists are not limited in their choice of colors or medium, but the medium selected must be of permanent quality such as pen and ink, oil, watercolor etching or pencil.

Once the artwork has been submitted, DNR will create an online gallery and open the voting through the web and Facebook in July. The top 10 entries from the online voting will then move to a final round of judging by a panel of three to five judges with expertise and interest in trout, salmon and wildlife art.

The top three entries will be ranked and put on display at the 2016 Wisconsin State Fair from Thursday, August 4 through Sunday, Aug. 14.

To learn more, visit DNR.wi.gov and search "Trout Stamp Contest." Entries must be delivered or postmarked by July 1, 2016 and sent to the Wisconsin Great Lakes Salmon and Trout Stamp Contest or the Wisconsin Inland Trout Stamp Contest, Attn: Trout Coordinator, Wisconsin DNR (FH/4), Box 7921, Madison, WI 53707-7921.

Questions may be directed to Joanna Griffin, DNR trout coordinator at Joanna.Griffin@Wisconsin.gov or 608-264-8953.

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Invader Crusaders receive recognition at annual award ceremony June 9

MADISON -- The 12th annual Invader Crusader Award ceremony will take place June 9, 1 p.m. at Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center in Horicon. The public is invited to attend.

The Invader Crusader awards are presented annually by the Wisconsin Invasive Species Council to honor Wisconsin citizens and organizations--both volunteer and professional--for their significant contributions to the prevention, management, education, or research of invasive species that harm Wisconsin's land and waters. For 2016, a total of eleven awards will be presented to individuals and groups from around the state.

The Invader Crusader Awards ceremony kicks off Invasive Species Awareness Month, which runs through June. Invasive Species Awareness Month aims to raise awareness on the impacts of invasive species which threaten Wisconsin's water and land by displacing native plants and animals and by disrupting natural habitat systems. Invasives also threaten the productivity and economic viability of Wisconsin's agricultural and forest lands by creating overwhelming competition with crops and harming trees.

The Wisconsin Legislature created the Wisconsin Invasive Species Council in 2001. The Council is charged with providing recommendations to the Wisconsin DNR on invasive species classification and allocation of funds of invasive species control and conducting studies of issues related to controlling invasive species.

2016 Invader Crusader Award Winners

Winners in the Volunteer Individual category:

Winners in the Professional Individual category:

Winners in the Volunteer Group category:

Winner of the Sustaining Crusader Award:

  • Mike Fort (Waukesha County)
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    Learn about efforts to leave a healthy lakes legacy in Wisconsin Natural Resources magazine's June issue



    MADISON - The June issue of Wisconsin Natural Resources magazine recognizes that June is Invasive Species Awareness Month and gears up for Lakes Appreciation Month in July by offering six stories on those themes.

    These include features on the Healthy Lakes program ("Let's make healthy lakes together!") promoting simple and inexpensive best practices to improve habitat and water quality, "Clean Boats, Clean Waters" relaying how citizens make a difference in combating aquatic invasive species, and "A boatload of volunteers" telling the story of Wisconsin's Citizen Lake Monitoring Network, celebrating 30 years. "Beetles are winning the battle against purple loosestrife" highlights a biocontrol success story and "A war on water lettuce" relives how community and multi-agency action eradicated an aquatic invasive. "CSI: Mendota" shares how scientists are using environmental DNA to find invasives in low numbers.

    The National Parks Service turns 100 this year. To celebrate the centennial, we feature several National Park Service properties in Wisconsin in "Happy birthday national parks." Fish and fishing are highlighted in "Bringing northerns back to Green Bay" and "Kid fishing - it's all about the attitude." One author shares his quest for his white whale in "The 2-year tom" and another finds great horned owlets nesting in "Teeing up great photos." Wisconsin communities are recognized for recycling excellence in "And the award goes to . . ."

    This issue we debut a cooking column, "Keeping it wild: Outdoor foods and forays." "Wisconsin Traveler" goes inside the Potosi Brewery and "Back in the Day" shares memories of Camp Meenahga. "Wisconsin, Naturally" features Grandma Lake Wetlands.

    This issue also contains a 32-page insert, "Planning our conservation future," that looks at partnerships and plans (Wisconsin Wildlife Action Plan and Fish, Wildlife and Habitat Management Plan) behind efforts that include ecological restoration that also benefits wildlife, state fish hatchery upgrades, shooting range upgrades, bat monitoring and more.

    WNR magazine also has an e-newsletter "Previews and Reviews" to keep our readers informed about upcoming stories and past articles. Sign up to receive the e-newsletter and other email updates.

    (Under the Publications box, select Wisconsin Natural Resources magazine).

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