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Weekly News Published - August 8, 2017 by the Central Office

 

County Deer Advisory Council meetings provide public with opportunity to get involved in deer management

MADISON - Beginning Aug. 21, County Deer Advisory Councils will review deer population data and other key information in order to develop preliminary three-year population objectives within their counties.

Council meetings will also discuss potential changes to Deer Management Unit (DMU) boundaries. Each CDAC meeting is open to the public - meetings are currently being scheduled and will be available at dnr.wi.gov, keyword "CDAC."

"Setting population objectives and reviewing DMU boundaries are discussions that occur only every three years," said Kevin Wallenfang, DNR CDAC coordinator. "These meetings and the resulting recommendations set the stage for the number of antlerless permits and the season structures that are used in each county for the next three year period. As a result, it is important that the hunters from each county will attend and provide their input as they will be impacted for the next several years based on the results of these meetings. "

August CDAC meetings will develop preliminary recommendations, and a public feedback period in mid-September will include an online survey. Councils will reconvene in October to determine final deer season recommendations in each county. Final population objectives and DMU boundaries will be determined at the December 2017 Natural Resources Board meeting based on the information received through this public involvement process.

Councils will accept public comments prior to forming both preliminary and final recommendations. The public is encouraged to attend and provide feedback at any CDAC meeting or send comments to CDAC members - a contact list for each council and other helpful information is available at dnr.wi.gov, keyword "CDAC." For additional information, contact DNRCDACWebMail@Wisconsin.gov.

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'Jump into Summer Fun' continues this August at Wisconsin state park system properties

MADISON - August is summer at its hottest at Wisconsin state park system properties and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is featuring summer activities all month on its Facebook page and Twitter account. People are encouraged to share their own experiences using the hashtag #WIstateparks.

August is the peak of family fun summer trips and the first week of the month we featured family fun getaways and properties with family friendly recreation opportunities. Whether it is renting canoes or kayaks at Hartman Creek or Governor Dodge state parks or hanging out on a sunny afternoon at the pool and splash pad at Blue Mound, Wisconsin state park properties offer families plenty of ideas for summer fun.

The recently renovated pool and new splash pad at Blue Mound State Park are one of many opportunities for people to
The recently renovated pool and new splash pad at Blue Mound State Park are one of many opportunities for people to "Jump in to Summer" at Wisconsin state park system properties.
Photo Credit: DNR

This week we ask visitors to share which is their favorite state property and why. Share a photo or video of you visits to document why its your favorite, and don't forget the opportunity to vote the in Friends of Wisconsin State Parks Gold Seal Award contest.

Daytime isn't the only time to enjoy the parks, there is plenty of action on hot summer nights as well. On week three we'll feature campfire sing-alongs, astronomy programs and evening music concerts that extend the fun well into the evening at properties.

Finally on week four we will visit the splendor of the Door Peninsula, home to five separate state parks, all with unique features that make each a jewel in the park system.

To participate, follow the suggestions on the DNR Facebook Page and Twitter account. Links for both can be easily found in the footer of the DNR website, dnr.wi.gov. Search for keyword "parks" to find out more about properties and activities.

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Wisconsin Community Tree Map launched to help track the value of state's urban forests

MADISON - The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources' Urban Forestry program unveiled an interactive map today that provides a new way of learning about urban forests in the state. The Wisconsin Community Tree Map plots individual trees according to species, diameter, health condition and other attributes for participating communities statewide.

"This new tool will help explain the value of urban forests and their ability to improve air quality, reduce energy use, increase property values and control storm water," said Jeff Roe, DNR urban forestry team leader. "This will help communities make data driven decisions for their urban forest management strategies."

New tree mapping tool.
New interactive mapping toolprovides a new way of learning about urban forests.
Photo Credit: DNR

There are currently tree inventories from 38 communities incorporated into the Wisconsin Community Tree Map, totaling over 350,000 trees, which includes the recently inventoried State Capitol Park grounds. Tree inventories are records kept by organizations, typically municipalities, to identify trees and track management activities in the urban forest. The application is also connected to the U.S. Forest Service's i-Tree database of tree benefits, enabling users to quantify the annual value of individual, or groups, of trees.

"There are many uses of this new system," said Dan Buckler, DNR urban forest assessment specialist. "Urban forestry managers and other stakeholders interested in explaining the extent and benefit of the urban forest will appreciate the application's ability to make charts and graphs that could be inserted into presentations and reports. Customized maps can be saved and printed, and spreadsheets and GIS data can also be exported for further analysis and exploration."

Communities that want to upload or update their inventories, or are interested in creating one, are encouraged to contact DNRUrbanForestryAssessment@wisconsin.gov.

Training opportunities will be available for communities wishing to learn more about how to use the Wisconsin Community Tree Map. If interested in a training opportunity, please contact DNRUrbanForestryAssessment@wisconsin.gov by August 31.

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Public Shooting Opportunities Coming to Private Ranges in Southern Wisconsin

MADISON -- Thirteen private shooting ranges in southern Wisconsin are offering public-access hours under terms of public grants the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources recently awarded to fund facility improvements.

The Shooting Range Grant Program allows ranges to apply for federal funds generated by excise tax and various firearm and hunting equipment and to use these funds for range-related projects, according to John Motoviloff, DNR shooting sports specialist. Successful applicants are eligible to have a percentage of their costs reimbursed--up to 50 percent for private ranges and up to 75 percent for public ranges.

Motoviloff said the ranges receiving grants, worth a total of $340,000, are:

Izaak Walton League of Fond du Lac; North Bristol Sportsmen's Club; Sauk Prairie Trap and Skeet; Wisconsin Trapshooters Association; Iola Conservation Club; Cassville Conservation Club; Door County Rod & Gun; Wausau Rod & Gun Club; Wern Valley; Osceola Rod & Gun; Brill Area Sportsmen's Club; Fishbowl United Sportsmen's Club; and, Hudson Rod & Gun.

"This opens up shooting access for those living in the southeast counties." Motoviloff said, "That is where Wisconsin is most densely populated, but has limited public opportunities."

Publicly owned ranges may apply for these grants on an annual basis. Privately owned ranges may apply every two years, with Sept. 15, 2018 being the next deadline.

Here are the ways the ranges plan to use the funds:

To learn about other public shooting opportunities in Wisconsin, visit the DNR website at dnr.wi.gov and search "Shooting Ranges."

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August archery-in-schools training: How to start and teach

MADISON -- Anyone interested in bringing the lifetime sport of target archery to local schools will have an opportunity to attend a three-day certification training session coming to Sparta in August.

Dan Schroeder, archery education administrator for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, will lead the National Archery in the Schools Program's Basic Archery Instructor Trainer class in Sparta from August 16-18. Schroeder, certified through the national program, says attendees will learn how to safely run an archery program and how to teach skills such as proper shooting form and techniques.

National Archery in the Schools Program
Instructor training is being offered for the National Archery in the Schools Program.
Photo Credit: DNR

"Besides all the fun and thrills of being in a sport from teamwork to competition, archery teaches motivation, attention, positive behaviors - all skills needed in real life," Schroeder said, adding the archery program is designed to be taught during school hours and most likely in the physical education classes. "This is a sport that welcomes all."

The training also will welcome all, Schroeder says. "The class is open to all public, private, parochial and home school educators who work with grades third through high school seniors, as well as parents interested in growing archery programs and opportunities for their kids," he said.

Schroeder says no special skills are needed. "You don't need previous archery experience or skills," he said. "Just a desire to learn and to support a program for youth."

If attendees want to become certified as Trainers through the NASP national program, attendance all three days is required. If interested in just the Basic Archery Instructor portion of the class attendees only need to attend the class on August 18.

Here's more:

"The Wisconsin NASP program continues to grow across the state. This class is designed to certify people, of all skill levels, to help grow the program and introduce more youth across the state to this terrific program," he said.

For more information contact Schroeder at: daniel.schroeder@wisconsin.gov.

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