Wildlife and forestry research
Wildlife and forestry research provides technical expertise to meet department needs for science-based decision making. This is achieved by providing a balance of research on landscape-scale ecosystem projects, socially and economically important species, and species and habitats that are rare, threatened or endangered. Our findings inform DNR policymakers, stakeholders, and partners. We also investigate emerging issues such as climate change, biomass, toxicology and restoration to address issues as they develop.
Research is funded primarily by state, federal and nongovernmental grant funding to implement and complete priority research activities and transfer information to managers, policymakers and administrators.
Wildlife and forest research involves many aspects of our natural environment. These include:
- Wildlife surveys
- Forest ecology, social science, and economics
- Citizen monitoring
- Former research projects
Wildlife and forestry research staff are located at two research stations: Science Operations Center-Madison, and the Northern Forest Research Unit, Rhinelander.
Wolf, bear, and furbearer ecologist
107 Sutliff Avenue
Rhinelander, WI 54501
Former research directors/section chiefs, 1946 - present
- Irvin Buss 1946-1948
- Cyril Kabat 1949- 1960
- James Hale 1961-1978
- Jim March 1978-1981
- Bob Dumke 1981-1992
- Jerry Bartelt 1992-2007
- Karl Martin 2008 - Present