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DNR News Releases

Spring prescribed burns proposed for southern Wisconsin
MADISON -- The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is planning to conduct prescribed burning on a number of DNR properties in southern Wisconsin this spring if appropriate weather conditions exist.
Central Office
Friday, March 24, 2017 11:45:04 a.m.
Highway reconstruction may result in the incidental take of rare plant and insect
EAU CLAIRE, Wis. -- The reconstruction of County Highway Q may result in the "incidental taking" of a rare plant and insect under an authorization the Department of Natural Resources proposes to issue for the project. Incidental take refers to the unintentional loss of individual endangered or threatened animals or plants that does not put the overall population of the species at risk.
Central Office
Thursday, March 23, 2017 1:23:02 p.m.
Maple Fest to be held April 1 at MacKenzie Center

[EDITOR'S ADVISORY: This news release was previously issued in the March 21 Wisconsin DNR Weekly News.]

POYNETTE, Wis. - Free guided tours of the sugar bush, demonstrations of how to tap a maple tree for sap and how to boil the sap down in the "sugar shack" to make syrup are among the fun-filled activities planned at the annual Maple Syrup Festival at the MacKenzie Center near Poynette. The educational event for families will be held Saturday, April 1 from 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
Central Office
Thursday, March 23, 2017 1:13:52 p.m.
Strong partnerships shine in third year of elk translocation efforts

EDITOR'S NOTE: Photos and video footage of the March 23, 2017 elk release will be available Friday, March 24.

Madison - Twenty-eight Kentucky elk have arrived at their new home in the Flambeau River State Forest in Sawyer County. Once released into the wild, the "class of 2017" will join the current Clam Lake herd.
Central Office
Thursday, March 23, 2017 11:25:06 a.m.
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DNR, partners work to improve Pine Lake Fish habitat
WILD ROSE, Wis. - Wood in the water is good and efforts by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources in coordination with the We Really Kare fish club and Crossways Campus Ministries aim to improve fish habitat in Pine Lake in Waushara Co.

Central Office
Tuesday, March 21, 2017 2:16:15 p.m.
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Rhinelander Wastewater Treatment Plant and Town of Sullivan Sanitary District awarded 22nd annual Laboratory of the Year awards

[EDITORS ADVISORY: high resolution copies of these photos are available by contacting Paul Holtan, 608-267-7517 or]

MADISON -- The Department of Natural Resources has recognized the Rhinelander Wastewater Treatment Plant and Town of Sullivan Sanitary District as the 2017 Registered Laboratories of the Year. The award is presented annually to recognize laboratories for their outstanding commitment to producing high quality data.

Central Office
Monday, March 20, 2017 11:49:29 a.m.
DNR responding to manure spill in Brown County
GREEN BAY, Wis. - The Department of Natural Resources is responding to a manure spill, estimated at 100,000 gallons, at the James Kroll Farm on Finger Road, County Road V, between County Road P and South Michiels Road in southeast Brown County.
Central Office
Thursday, March 16, 2017 12:25:03 p.m.
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Are you in search of Spring fun? Head to Horicon for family-friendly events in March
HORICON, Wis. - Anyone in search of spring activities should keep Horicon in mind - fun activities at the marsh range from waterfowl migration, hiking or one of many family-friendly events.

Central Office
Tuesday, March 07, 2017 2:08:18 p.m.
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Sign up for hunter education courses at Crex Meadows and experience the thrill of hunting in Wisconsin
GRANTSBURG, Wis. - A Hunter Safety Education course will be hosted at Crex Meadows State Wildlife in March for anyone looking to experience hunting in Wisconsin.

Central Office
Tuesday, March 07, 2017 10:53:20 a.m.
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Chippewa Moraine State Recreation Area draft recreation recommendations ready for public review; public comment period open through March 28
CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. - Draft recreation recommendations for the Chippewa Moraine State Recreation Area are open for public review through Tuesday, March 28, 2017.

Northwest District
Tuesday, March 07, 2017 10:12:29 a.m.
Last revised: Wednesday, November 02, 2016

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