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Weekly News Published - January 10, 2017 by the Central Office

 

Anyone with an interest in Wisconsin's deer herd encouraged to attend special January County Deer Advisory Council meetings

[EDITOR'S ADVISORY: Due to a winter storm moving across Wisconsin today, some meeting locations or dates have been changed.  The Shawano County meeting has been moved to the DNR Shawano Office and the Taylor County meeting has been rescheduled to Thursday, Jan. 12.  People interested in attending these meetings should check the online DNR Meeting Calendar for updates.]

MADISON -- County Deer Advisory Councils will hold a special meeting in January for the specific purpose of discussing recommendations for responding to chronic wasting disease at both statewide and local levels.

Councils will review information regarding CWD and discuss the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources' 15-year Chronic Wasting Disease Response Plan. This response plan will guide the department's approach to CWD in Wisconsin, and is currently under review by DNR, DATCP and the Conservation Congress along with a stakeholder-based CWD Response Plan review committee.

During a public comment period, which ran from Dec. 20 to Jan. 3, 2017, more than 1,600 people submitted feedback on preliminary action items developed by the Response Plan review committee. The DNR would like to thank those who participated in the public comment period and encourage everyone with an interest in Wisconsin's deer herd to attend a January CDAC meeting. Preliminary action items [PDF] currently under consideration by the Response Plan review committee can be found at dnr.wi.gov, keywords "CWD response plan."

At the special January meeting, each council will review preliminary recommendations from the review committee and online public feedback to provide feedback on preliminary action items in the plan review. The response plan covers a wide range of topics including, but not limited to, CWD surveillance and monitoring, hunting season tools, captive cervid regulations, biosecurity and safety, research, and public involvement.

For CDAC meeting information, search keyword "CDAC" and select the link labeled "find your county's January meeting location, date and start time [PDF]." Meeting dates can also be found through the public meetings calendar - search keywords "County Deer Advisory Council."

A final report on the CWD response plan review will be presented to the Natural Resources Board in March 2017.

For more information regarding chronic wasting disease in Wisconsin, search keyword "CWD."

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Snapshot Wisconsin rolls into Dodge, Racine and Vernon counties

MADISON - Snapshot Wisconsin, a new program that allows landowners to play an important role in wildlife management, is looking for volunteers to assist with the next phase of a pilot study in Dodge, Racine and Vernon counties.

Snapshot Wisconsin is a citizen science effort to capture images of all types of wildlife including deer, elk, bears, fox, bobcats, whooping cranes and more to and learn more about Wisconsin's wildlife. This project is led by Department of Natural Resources staff in partnership with the University of Wisconsin-Madison and UW-Extension.

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Snapshot Wisconsin is a great way to learn more about Wisconsin's wildlife - including bobcats.
Photo Credit: DNR

To qualify to participate, volunteers must have access to at least 10 acres of contiguous private land in Dodge, Racine or Vernon counties and agree to maintain a trail camera on that land for at least one year. Training and supplies will be provided and no prior experience with trail cameras is necessary. In-person training sessions will be held in Dodge County later this winter.

Volunteers can sign up at dnr.wi.gov, keywords "Snapshot Wisconsin."

"When everything is up and running, Snapshot Wisconsin will be the largest volunteer based monitoring project in Wisconsin," says Jennifer Stenglein, DNR Snapshot Wisconsin program coordinator. "By volunteering, participants will have a great opportunity to help collect and categorize photos of Wisconsin wildlife."

Photos collected through this project offer a unique opportunity to view wildlife in their normal routines in the wild and data collected will help researchers better understand Wisconsin's ecological landscapes.

Snapshot Wisconsin is also recruiting applicants in Iowa, Iron, Jackson, Manitowoc, Sawyer and Waupaca counties, tribal members or affiliates on tribal lands and educators statewide. Additional counties will be rolled out over the next few years.

Christina Locke, co-coordinator of Snapshot Wisconsin, will talk about the results of a pilot study, how trail camera pictures are used currently, and how they will be used in the future at a program Thursday, Jan. 12 at 7 p.m. at the Ice Age Visitor Center in the Northern Unit of the Kettle Moraine State Forest, off Highway 67 half mile west of Dundee.

And, be sure to follow the department's Facebook page [EXIT DNR] for Snapshot Wisconsin updates, which will include photos from a number of project volunteers.

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Waukesha based Payne & Dolan seeks Green Tier participation

WAUKESHA, Wis. - The public has an opportunity to comment on an application to Wisconsin's Green Tier program from Payne & Dolan, Inc. Payne & Dolan is a Waukesha-based asphalt production and infrastructure construction firm, providing construction materials and services.

Payne & Dolan is applying for Tier 1 of the Green Tier program, which is designed to encourage, recognize and reward companies that are committed to superior environmental performance. Green Tier encourages businesses to voluntarily collaborate with the Department of Natural Resources, maintain a good environmental record, and implement an Environmental Management System (EMS), which will be used to set goals, assess their progress and identify improvements.

Payne & Dolan pursues ecologically safe and environmentally sound methods of operations. Recent environmental achievements include:

By the end of the 2017 season, an Environmental Management System will be developed as part of Green Tier participation. Future areas of engagement for improved environmental performance will target reducing their carbon footprint, enhancing supply chain performance, and furthering outreach and training efforts.

The DNR will accept public comments on Payne & Dolan's Green Tier application through Feb. 10, 2017. Comments may be directed to Tom Eggert, Wisconsin DNR, OB/7, PO BOX 7921, Madison, WI, 53707, by email to Thomas.Eggert@wisconsin.gov or by calling 608-267-2761.

More details about Payne & Dolan's application can be found on the DNR website.

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Last Revised: Tuesday, January 10, 2017

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