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2010 Wisconsin deer hunting season framework map available

MADISON - The 2010 deer hunting seasons structure map is now available on the Department of Natural Resources website. The map identifies Deer Management Units (DMU) as regular, herd control or chronic wasting disease management earn-a-buck. The complete 2010 Deer Hunting Regulations will be available later this summer.

For 2010, a total of 66 DMUs are designated as regular units meaning they will have traditional nine-day gun hunts with buck plus antlerless quota rules. This is an increase from 62 regular units in 2009 and from 22 units in 2008.

Antlerless deer harvest is carefully managed by permits in regular units and 18 regular units will have no antlerless deer harvest permits available to deer hunters in 2010. This is up from 13 units with no antlerless permits available in 2009 and is the fastest possible way to increase herd populations in units where the herd is below established goals. In remaining regular units antlerless deer harvest permits are limited and unit-specific and may be purchased by residents for $12 each and by nonresidents for $20 each. Unit specific antlerless permits will go on sale in August.

At the suggestion of hunters and hunter groups, the department is proposing eliminating harvest of antlerless deer by bow hunters in gun quota units that do not have antlerless permits available. Public hearings on this proposal are scheduled for May 17 in Rhinelander, May 18 in Fitchburg and May 24 in Green Bay. For more information on the proposal and hearing times and locations contact Jason Fleener (608) 261-7589 jason.fleener@wisconsin.gov or review the proposal online.

For 2010, 46 DMUs are designated as herd control. Located mainly in the agricultural regions of the state, deer populations in herd control units are estimated to be more than 20 percent above established goals. There is an unlimited supply of antlerless deer harvest permits available for HC units at $2 each. The permits are not unit specific. Hunters can also use the antlerless permit that comes with each archery and gun deer license in any herd control unit. Herd control units will also have an Oct. 14-17 antlerless deer only gun hunt.

There are 22 DMUs designated as Chronic Wasting Disease Management Units in 2010. These units will have unlimited earn-a-buck rules as they have in past seasons and will also be included in the Oct. 14-17 antlerless deer only gun hunt. Earn-a-buck requires hunters to first harvest an antlerless deer before a buck. Unused buck authorizations from the 2009 season can be used to harvest a buck in the 2010 season. Hunters may shoot as many antlerless deer as they wish and will receive a buck authorization for each antlerless deer registered.

Youth gun deer hunt

Youth ages 10-15 with or without a hunter safety certificate will be able to participate in the Oct. 9-10 Youth Deer Hunt in 2010. Youth hunters 10-15 years of age who do not have a hunter safety certificate can hunt with a mentor under the mentored hunting program created in 2009. Youth 12-15 years of age who do have hunter safety certificate must be accompanied by an adult 18 years of age or older during this youth hunt. Youth participating in this hunt will be able to shoot one antlered buck with their gun buck deer carcass tag and additional antlerless deer per antlerless deer carcass tag valid in the DMU where the youth is hunting.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Jason Fleener - (608) 261-7589 or Bob Manwell - (608) 264-9248

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All boats required to operate at slow-no-wake within 100 feet of shoreline

MADISON - A new boating rule in Wisconsin is designed to make lakes safer while protecting shorelines and improving water quality. The law prohibits boaters from operating their boats at speeds greater than slow-no-wake within 100 feet of lake shorelines.

The law applies to all lakes, including the lake areas of flowages.

"The law will make it safer for people wading, swimming or fishing near shore, and it should help reduce conflicts between near-shore recreationists and boaters," said Scott Bowe, a Department of Natural Resources conservation warden in Chippewa County.

Moreover, boats operating in shallow waters often churn up sediment and chop up vegetation, decreasing water quality, and potentially spreading invasive aquatic species like Eurasian water-milfoil. Slowing these boats will reduce this problem. In addition, eliminating near shore wakes will reduce shoreline erosion.

This change is in addition to current law which already prohibits boaters on lakes from operating at speeds greater than slow-no-wake within 100 feet of docks, rafts, piers and buoyed restricted areas.

Personal watercraft (PWC) operators must also follow these laws in addition to speed restrictions that apply specifically to PWCs. PWC operators cannot operate at a speed greater than slow-no-wake within 200 feet of the shoreline of any lake. They also are required to cut back to slow-no-wake speed when passing within 100 feet of other boats, including other PWCs. This law applies to both rivers and lakes.

Slow-no-wake is defined as the minimum speed required to maintain steerage. Speed violations are the primary source of boating complaints in the summer. Speed is also a frequent cause of boat crashes, especially at night, Bowe said.

People operating boats at night need to slow down to avoid colliding with people, boats or structures lawfully on the water. Running lights are required from sunset to sunrise.

When on unfamiliar waters, boaters are responsible for knowing all the rules. This means checking at boat ramps for local ordinances that might further regulate boating on that body of water.

More information about boating safety and Wisconsin Boating Regulations (pdf; 9.6kb) are available on the DNR website.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Conservation Warden Scott Bowe, Chippewa Falls, (715) 239-6586 or communications specialist Ed Culhane, (715) 839-3715

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Return of forgotten hunting gear earns La Crosse area man hunting ethics award

LA CROSSE - After an afternoon of bow hunting for deer in the Coulee Experimental State Forest, Peter Smith returned to the parking area at dusk to find his truck was the only one left.

As Smith put away his gear, he noticed someone had left bow, arrows, backpack, sweatshirt and sunglasses in the lot. He waited for a full hour to see if the owner would return.

The actions Smith took that night and the next day had an unexpected result, and he was invited to attend the late April meeting of the Natural Resources Board where he was presented with the 2009 La Crosse Tribune/Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Hunter Ethics Award.

In presenting the award, warden supervisor Steven Dewald noted that Smith made five different efforts to locate the owner and return the equipment before succeeding. The owner of the gear, Darren Russell of La Crosse, had shot a large buck that day and was so excited he'd left his gear behind.

"Russell had recently moved to Wisconsin from Michigan," Dewald said. "He said he was happy to find out hunters in Wisconsin were so honest."

When the hunter didn't return that night, Smith put the gear in his vehicle to safeguard it. He found Russell's back tag in the backpack with his name and address on it. He drove to the nearest registration station but no one had reported missing gear. He called the La Crosse area DNR office but it was closed. He spent more than an hour trying to find the hunter's home on La Crosse's south side without luck. Finally, he took the gear to Dewald's home and asked the warden for help. Dewald located the hunter and returned the gear, worth several hundred dollars.

Smith, 66, is a La Crosse County Town of Medary resident and 1961 graduate of Logan High School. Chosen for the 13th annual Hunter Ethics Award, he reacted with humility.

"I'm a little embarrassed by it," he said. "I just represent a lot of hunters who would have done the same thing."

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Steve Dewald, DNR warden supervisor, (608) 785-9970

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Changes proposed to rules governing the use of state properties

Hearing set to receive public comment

MADISON - Proposed changes related to visitor activities and fees on state lands managed by the Department of Natural Resources are available for public review and comment either online or at two scheduled public hearings.

"Every two years we review our operating policies for department managed properties in light of public health and safety, protection of natural resources and consistency," said Steve Miller, director of the DNR Bureau of Facilities and Lands. "Changing recreational demands, new or growing technologies, changing environmental conditions and increased costs of doing business all contribute to necessary changes in the way we operate."

The changes would be to Chapter NR 45, Wis. Adm. Code, which is the principle rule governing the conduct of visitors to the properties and facilities owned, acquired by easement, or leased by the Department of Natural Resources. Some of the change proposals affect all properties while others impact only single properties or groups of properties or specific parts of a water body.

The proposed rule and supporting documents (exit DNR), including the fiscal estimate, may be viewed and downloaded from and comments submitted electronically through the Wisconsin Administrative Rules website or by contacting Kathryn Fitzgerald (608) 267-2764 kathryn.fitzgerald@wisconsin.gov.

The State Natural Resources Board authorized public hearings on the proposed rule changes (pdf; 762kb) at its March meeting. The public hearings on the proposed changes will be held at 5 p.m., with the record held open until at least 6 p.m.:

People may also submit written comments by mail or on line to Kathryn Fitzgerald, DNR-FL/6, PO Box 7921, Madison, WI 53707-7921, [kathryn.fitzgerald@wisconsin.gov].

Proposed changes being considered include:

Changes to state park and forest camping fees are proposed and include:

"Our first priority is always visitor safety followed by high quality experiences and natural resource protection on public lands," said Dan Schuller, Director, Bureau of Parks and Recreation. "Periodically we find it necessary to propose changes of this kind to maintain those standards. Public comment is welcome and all comments will be summarized and presented to the Natural Resources Board for its review prior to considering these changes."

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Kathryn Fitzgerald (608) 267-2764

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Updated trout stocking numbers available

MADISON - Updated information on where and how many legal-sized trout were stocked this spring for the 2010 inland fishing season are now available online on the "Catchable-size Trout Stocking 2010" page of the Department of Natural Resources website.

Trout stocking
Catchable size trout were stocked in scores of waters statewide and in several dozen urban fishing ponds, as shown here, before the 2010 season opened May 1.
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The numbers and locations where the fish were stocked now reflect fish stocked from the Lakewood Rearing Station as well as from the Nevin Fish Hatchery, Osceola Fish Hatchery and St. Croix Falls Hatchery. The Lakewood numbers were not included in those totals posted to the web on April 20.

The majority of Wisconsin's 10,000 miles of trout streams are self-sustaining, and fish managers are predicting a banner year for wild trout in many waters, according to forecasts in the 2010 Wisconsin Fishing Report.

But the DNR stocks some waters that cannot naturally sustain fish populations overwinter to provide additional fishing opportunities, and these so-called put-and-take waters have traditionally been popular fisheries.

Additional fish were raised and stocked through cooperative rearing agreements with fishing clubs, and about 70,000 fish were stocked in urban fishing waters, small lakes and ponds cooperatively managed with the local municipality and used as a place for fishing clinics and kids fishing.

The trout stocked are between 16 and 18 months old and are typically at least 9 inches long. The DNR tries to make sure that 80 to 90 percent of these fish are legal size or better.

Late shifts scramble stocking

A number of vacancies and the confirmation earlier this year of viral hemorrhagic septicemia in fish from Lake Superior forced late shifts in fish production and stocking. As a result, many northern inland waters originally planned to get brook and rainbow trout did not get them.

Southeastern waters normally stocked with brown trout and rainbow trout are getting more rainbows this year and no brown trout. A combination of factors led to fewer browns produced by hatcheries this year for stocking, according to Sue Beyler, fisheries supervisor based in Waukesha.

"Because we had a slight surplus of rainbows available from our hatcheries, we were able to replace normal brown trout stocking with at least some rainbows in Waubesse Lake in Racine County, Rock Lake in Kenosha County and Lake Beulah in Walworth County," says Beyler.

Fewer brown trout resulted in no trout being stocked in Meyer Pond in Sheboygan County, she says.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Al Kaas (608) 267-7865; Mike Staggs (608) 267-0796

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Ten groups receive state river protection awards

MADISON - Ten citizen-led river preservation and protection groups from across Wisconsin received awards for their efforts to help protect and manage Wisconsin's rivers during a May 1 ceremony in Madison.

The award presentations highlighted an evening sponsored by the River Alliance of Wisconsin and the Department of Natural Resources to celebrate local efforts and a DNR program that since 2000 has provided 232 grants to 100 different groups and governments for river protection and management in 50 Wisconsin counties.

Department of Natural Resources Secretary Matt Frank presented the river protection awards on behalf of Gov. Jim Doyle at the ceremony and highlight the success of the state's river protection grant program.

"We are pleased to help recognize these local heroes who turn a modest state investment into major achievements that keep Wisconsin's rivers healthy," Frank said.

Groups receiving the awards included:

Bad River Watershed Association. Located in Bayfield, Ashland and Iron counties, The Bad River Watershed Association was founded in 2002 with the help of their first river protection grant. The association has engaged more than 100 volunteers to collect water chemistry and other data in previously unsampled or minimally sampled locations in the Bad River watershed. DNR used their data in 2006 to help designate 44 northern stream segments as Endangered Resource Waters/ outstanding resource waters. Their Culvert Program has involved more than 50 volunteers to review road crossings in the watershed to find problem fish passage and sedimentation sites. Eight problem culverts have been replaced and 12.5 miles of previously unconnected trout and aquatic habitat in the watershed has been restored. Using program funds in 2009, the association developed a watershed action plan for Marengo River Watershed. Involving citizens, government agencies to work together to develop the action plan., through which they created a Citizen Involvement Team, a new volunteer program called "Get to Know Your Watershed," a newsletter devoted to the project called the "Marengo Riffles," and a traveling map of the watershed to capture local resident's project ideas.

Friends of Pheasant Branch Conservancy. Located in Middleton and established in 1995 with a commitment to stewardship, the conservancy developed outreach and education programs for neighborhood residents and schools with hands-on activities that help people understand the interaction of environmental and human forces in the Pheasant Branch Watershed. The friends group also: prepared plans and monitoring inventories including plants, wildlife and floodplain health; generated more than a million dollars in gifts and grants to purchase critical habitat segments; used volunteer efforts for prairie plantings and seed collection; and partnered with the city to developed trail systems to provide public access to the sanctuary.

Friends of the Black River. The Friends of the Black River organized in 2003 to protect the nearly 200 miles the Black River flows, from the Medford area to La Crosse where it joins the Mississippi River. Initial grant funds were used to prepare newsletters, hold open forums, support river clean ups and obtain nonprofit status. With the support of following planning grants, the friends group worked with the local river property owners to maintain and secure public access to enjoy the river with kayak and canoe training, snowshoe trips, bird watching adventures and scheduled field trips on the river and its tributaries. Friends of the Black River hosts annual river clean ups and monthly educational programs. In 2007, they partnered with the DNR and West Wisconsin Land Trust in purchasing a 50 acre critical piece of Black River frontage property that was added to Black River State Forest by raising more than $50,000 in a matter of weeks

Lakeshore Natural Resource Partnership. One of the original DNR Basin Partnership teams, the Lakeshore team evolved into their own nonprofit organization by 2003 to support local efforts to maintain and improve the Lakeshore Basin's natural resources, including Door, Kewaunee and Manitowoc counties, and the eastern portions of Calumet and Brown Counties. Using river protection grant funds and partnerships, they began the "We All Live on the Water" campaign promoting a series of water quality seminars on issues such as the economic impact phosphorus and algae have on tourism, sustainable food production and the Great Lakes Compact effects on the region. The "Explore and Restore" your local rivers campaign, a collaboration between Woodland Dunes Nature Center, the Wisconsin Maritime Museum, UW Extension and partnership, provides an interpretive map brochure to all riparian landowners on the main branch of the Manitowoc River, the East and West Twin Rivers, and Silver Creek. The team helped the growth of the Friends of the Branch River and is currently working with the Friends of Pine River, both tributaries of the Manitowoc River system through the "Explore and Restore" program, and connects art and environmental communities through the Water Edge's Artist program. with events such as paint-outs on various waterways to increase local participation on river restoration efforts and further develop a stewardship ethic.

Milwaukee Riverkeeper. Formerly Friends of Milwaukee's Rivers, Milwaukee Riverkeeper has been an advocate for the Milwaukee, Menomonee, and Kinnickinnic River watersheds since 1995, and has received a total of eight grants in the 10 years of the river protection grant program. The group helped develop the Milwaukee River Watershed Corridor Plan, promoting the importance of natural areas and river corridors in protecting water quality and wildlife habitat through creation of a high school curriculum, a brochure for riparian property owners, and working with local governments to strengthen shoreland protection ordinances and regulations. They developed the Milwaukee Urban Water Trail, inventorying public access for over 25 miles of Milwaukee's urban rivers, and promoting paddling, fishing and other forms of riverfront recreation. Riverkeeepers coordinate the Citizen Based Stream Monitoring Program for the Milwaukee River Basin, coordinating with the DNR and UWEX to train volunteers to monitor over 80 sites throughout the watershed. They collaboration with organizations in the Milwaukee area to advocate for protection of the Milwaukee River Greenway, commonly known as Milwaukee's "Central Park", which protects over 800 acres of existing natural areas along 8 miles of the Milwaukee River through. The Municipal Stormwater Outreach Program was initiated to help address the growing problems created by municipal stormwater pollution, and to assist municipalities to address these problems through outreach activities and education. Riverkeepers trained 21 volunteers, who made 41 presentations to approximately 574 people about how they could help reduce pollution and get involved in local volunteer activities such as storm drain marking and river clean-ups.

Northwoods Land Trust. Northwoods Land Trust has been promoting conservation through private land owners of natural shorelands, river corridors, woodlands, wetlands and other natural resources, as public benefits for future generations in Vilas, Oneida, Forest, Iron, Florence and Price Counties since 2001. They have received three planning grants since 2007 to provide education on voluntary conservation options and technical assistance for owners of private property on river or stream segments identified as priorities. Each landowner is sent a conservation guide to protect Northwoods property, resulting in conservation easements permanently protecting more than 700 acres of land and about 2.5 miles of river and stream frontage. The $20,000 of DNR grant funds leveraged over $1.15 million of donated conservation easement values from the landowners.

Rock River Coalition. The Rock River Coalition began in 1994 and joined the DNR Basin Partnership in 1998 and now has a Friends of Badfish Creek chapter. The coalition has received 16 river protection grants to protect 3,800 square miles of the Basin throughout 10 counties in South Central Wisconsin. The group established successful stream and wetland monitoring programs and trained more than 180 people to measure water quality at 56 locations in the basin. Completed in 2006, the Rain Garden in Every Community program was a partnership between schools, communities and the coalition that resulted in 300 students from eight schools helping design and build 12,050 square feet of rain gardens which infiltrate 1,982,786 gallons of rain water each year. A $10,000 River Grant leveraged $175,475 resulting in 46,145 square feet of shoreline and 6,000 linear feet of shoreline protected. The coalition developed a statwide Water Stars program to develop a new municipal recognition project, where communities are able to earn up to five stars for work in the areas of surface water, groundwater, land use, habitat and human health. The coalition also developed a presentation on the impact of phosphorus on lakes and streams and on the need to restrict the use of excessive application of phosphorus fertilizer on residential lawns and sponsors an annual "Take your legislator down the river" event.

Sheboygan River Basin Partnership. The partnership formed in 1988 to improve natural resource management and encourage cooperation and citizen involvement, with the primary goal: "To protect, restore, and improve the natural resources of the Sheboygan River Basin through a cooperative effort of Federal, Stated and Private Entities." The partnership secured six grants through the river protection grant program. Initial grants were used to build the organization and develop partnerships by conducting educational programs and events. The partnership began a monitoring and assessment project on Willow Creek, a tributary to the Sheboygan River with populations of brook and brown trout, juvenile and adult coho salmon, chinook salmon, and steelhead and is the only Lake Michigan tributary in Wisconsin with naturally reproducing chinook and coho salmon. The partnership works with communities to implement land and management practices to improve the water quality and continue educating public on the uniqueness of Willow Creek. They developed an Adopt-A-Stream Program to engage citizens in stream based projects that connect them to their local waterways and to educate them about their watershed, while at the same time protecting and improving streams and rivers in the Sheboygan River Basin.

Wisconsin Clear Waters Chapter of Trout Unlimited. The Wisconsin Clear Waters Chapter of TU has been working in west-central Wisconsin for more than 40 years. In 2004 and 2005, the chapter received its first river protection grant to restore Gilbert Creek in Dunn County and again in 2008 and 2009 to restore Elk Creek in Chippewa County. They leveraged more than $250,000 and partnered with Dunn County Fish & Game Association and various educational, environmental and government agencies to restore the habitats of the two creeks. Using more than 3,400 volunteer hours, Gilbert Creek's fish and riparian habitat went from a remnant population of only 12 wild brook trout per mile before restoration to nearly 1500 per mile within three years without stocking assistance. Restoration of Elk Creek trout habitat has become an educational Mecca for school biology classes and environmental focus groups tracking the rate of response to restoration, invasive species control and aquatic diversity. Formerly absent birds such as bobolinks, eastern meadowlarks and pheasants nest successfully in the riparian prairie while leopard frogs, salamanders and ducks now thrive in these restored wetlands

Woodland Dunes Nature Center. Woodland Dunes Nature Center, established in 1974, covers nearly 1,200 acres and is home to more than 400 species of plants, 260 species of both resident and migratory birds, 40 species of mammals, 7 species of amphibians, and thousands of species of invertebrates. Since 2006, the center has received three river protection grants. Woodland Dunes worked to raise awareness about the East and West Twin River with education programs and the formation of a Twin River Stewardship group to do monthly water monitoring. The Rivers at Risk project involved UW-extension, Wisconsin Maritime Museum's and Lakeshore Natural Resource Partnership to create and publish a series of brochures/posters on the health, threats and positive actions people can take to help the Manitowoc River, East and West Twin Rivers and Silver Creek. The brochures also discuss the natural history and ecology of the watersheds and natural areas one can visit to access the rivers. A series of education events were hosted by the Maritime Museum and Woodland Dunes throughout the spring and summer to highlight the rivers and launch the brochures. The Explore and Restore project, in collaboration with Lakeshore Natural Resource Partnership, involves creating park signs to be placed in the parks along the rivers in Manitowoc and Two Rivers with information about the rivers based on of the brochures created through the Rivers at Risk program. A series of educational events are also planned around each of the rivers as well as a rain barrel class to promote water conservation and stormwater runoff reduction.

River Alliance of Wisconsin. A special award was presented to the River Alliance of Wisconsin for their outstanding technical support provided to local river groups across the state and for their commitment to the rivers of Wisconsin over the last ten years. At the same time the legislature created an appropriation to fund the river protection grant program, they created a companion appropriation to support a contract for a nonprofit river technical assistance organization to provide technical assistance to aid all the local groups that would be receiving planning grant money. The companion appropriation allows for an annual contract of approximately $50,000. River Alliance has been DNR's partner and nonprofit river technical assistance contractor for the entire last ten years. They've received a total of $725,000 in contract funds to provide technical assistance to local river groups. In related river work across the state, River Alliance has received $110,000 in contract funds to develop and maintain a statewide citizen-based river monitoring network. Recently, River Alliance has continued to extend it's technical and educational resources to AIS prevention and education in our river, receiving a $133,000 grant to support Project Red, educating citizens on recognition and prevention of the spread of aquatic invasive species. Like all good long partnerships, some times we've been on the same page, some times we've had to work to understand each other, but we've always kept Wisconsin's rivers at the heart of our partnership.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Liesa Lehman Kerler - (608) 264-8554

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Learn to deer hunt applications still available

BABCOCK - There are still openings for young people to participate in a learn to hunt deer workshop and a special deer hunt for youth and beginner hunters that will be held this fall at the Sandhill Wildlife Area near Babcock.

The one-day workshop includes information on deer biology and management, instruction on compasses, scouting for sign, firearm safety, hunt rules and regulations, and hunter ethics. Those who complete the workshop are allowed to return for a special hunt on November 1-2 at Sandhill Wildlife Area.

The youth workshop is offered to young hunters, 12 to 15 years old. Each child must be accompanied by an adult, 21 years or older, who acts as chaperone and teacher. Youth workshops will be held on August 3, 5 and 7.

A one-day beginner adult workshop is offered to people 16 or older who have never hunted deer with a gun before. Beginner adults must also be accompanied by an adult chaperone. The beginner adult workshop will be held on Saturday, September 25.

To qualify for the program, all participants must either be enrolled in a hunter safety course or must possess a valid Hunter Safety Certificate. Students will be required to have a license by the time of the hunt. Previous participants are ineligible.

Chaperones should have some deer hunting experience and are expected to attend the workshop as well as the hunt with the student. Their primary role is to assist the beginner in developing the skills necessary to become a responsible hunter and outdoors person. The chaperone will not be allowed to carry a firearm during the hunt. The skills center can provide a chaperone volunteer if an applicant cannot find a person with deer hunting experience.

Applications for the learn to deer hunt workshops will be available throughout May at DNR Service Centers or on the Sandhill Outdoor Skills Center page of the DNR website. Applications must be postmarked on or before May 31, 2010. Enrollment is limited to 100 students. Applicants will be randomly selected and successful applicants will be notified by June 20. A fee of $40 will be charged to enter program. Fee waivers are available for those unable to afford the fee.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Sandhill Outdoors Skills center (715) 884-6333 or (715) 884-6335

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Grants available for forest and wildland fire suppression

MADISON - Local fire fighting agencies have until July 1 to apply for a Department of Natural Resources grant for suppressing forest and wildland fires. This program provides funds on a 50/50 cash match basis.

Local fire departments and county or area fire organizations are eligible to apply for Forest Fire Protection Grants, which were established in 1997 to strengthen local fire departments' and county or area fire organizations' capabilities to assist the DNR forestry staff in suppression of forest fires.

The grant program provides funds for the purchase of forest fire suppression equipment and training, including: personal protective equipment (clothing must meet NFPA 1977 standards); forest fire training; forest fire prevention, forest fire tools and equipment; communication equipment; rural fire mapping and numbering; and off-road all-wheel drive initial-attack vehicles.

Applications were mailed recently to Wisconsin fire organizations statewide and are also available on the DNR Web site. FFP applications must be postmarked on or before July 1, 2010.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Eileen Trainor - (608) 267-0848; Chris Klahn - (608) 297-2214

[EDITOR'S NOTE: The Forest Fire Protection (FFP) Grant Program is one of 33 grant programs administered by the Bureau of Community Financial Assistance. The bureau issues approximately 3,600 grant awards each year to local units of government, Indian Tribes, nonprofit conservation organizations, fire departments, dry cleaners, and individuals. People can learn more about these DNR grant programs on the Community Financial Assistance pages of the DNR website.

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