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DNR introduces streamlined water quality permit process for large-scale dairy operations

MADISON - As part of its ongoing effort to streamline permitting processes and free up more staff time for inspections and compliance checks, the state has issued a standardized water quality protection permit now available to large-scale dairy operations.

The "general permit" would be available to operations with up to 4,000 milking cows and would require them to meet the same protections that are now contained in the individually written permits such operations have. Other large-scale operations that house other animals such as sheep, chickens and turkeys would continue to require an individual permit, according to Russ Rasmussen, who leads the Department of Natural Resources Bureau of Watershed Management.

Issuance of the permit, known as a Wisconsin Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (WPDES) permit, follows a lengthy public notice and comment period, informational hearings held throughout the state in spring 2010, and detailed review and response to the comments that were received on the proposal.

"The General Permit for Large Dairy operations is an important step in making sure livestock producers get their permits in a timely fashion while maintaining the same requirements and environmental protections offered in our individual permits," Rasmussen says. "Our staff will gain the time they need to complete other critical activities such as inspecting large-scale operations already covered under a permit and focus on those aspects of the permit process that actually make a difference to the environment."

Under state and federal law, large farms must get water quality protection permits when they reach 1,000 animal units (roughly 700 milking cows) because of the volume of their manure and the increased potential risk it poses to Wisconsin waters if a spill or runoff occurs.

Use of the Large Dairy Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO) General Permit is limited to dairy operations with 1,000 to 5,720 animal units, roughly 700 to 4,000 milking cows, and would require these operations to meet the same water quality standards used in individual permits.

Application materials for operations covered under a general permit and the level of DNR review they receive will essentially be the same for individual and general permits, Rasmussen says. The time savings will result from less paperwork spent in drafting permits and conveying coverage under the general permit rather than writing an individual permit from scratch for each applicant.

DNR retains the ability to write individual permits when staff determines it's necessary to protect public health and lakes, rivers, wetlands and groundwater. Individual permits will also continue to be issued for other non-dairy large-scale livestock operations (e.g., swine, beef, poultry) and for dairy operations that will have more than 5,720 animal units.

Members of the public will still have an opportunity to comment on a DNR decision to cover an operation under the general permit, as well as the operation's plan for spreading manure and process wastewater on cropped fields, known as a nutrient management plan. This public comment process must be completed before the DNR can cover a given operation under the permit.

A copy of the finalized general permit and other materials related to the permit are available on the Wisconsin's Largest Farms and Manure Management page of the DNR website (click on the "General Permits" tab).

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Tom Bauman, (608) 266-9993

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Spring turkey season opens April 13

Youth turkey hunt on April 9 & 10

MADISON - The April 13 opening of the 2011 spring wild turkey hunting season is just around the corner, and state wildlife officials say hunters can look forward to a good spring hunt. They are also encouraging experienced hunters to consider taking a youth out during the April 9 and 10 statewide spring turkey youth hunt.

More than 225,700 permits were made available for this spring's hunt, the same number of permits offered for the 2010 spring season. More than 145,500 of those permits were issued in the preference drawing for the spring 2011 season, leaving 80,178 tags available for sale. Remaining permits went on sale March 21. As of April 5, there were still permits available for three zones in later hunting periods. Remaining permits can be purchased until they are sold out or the season ends. Visit the spring turkey leftover permit availability page for up-to-date information.

"From the information gathered during annual surveys, the wild turkey population continues to show relatively good, healthy numbers," says Scott Walter, Department of Natural Resources upland wildlife ecologist. "The results of the 2010 10-week brood survey were mixed, indicating a downturn in the number of turkey broods observed, while brood size increased slightly from 2009 levels. Overall, turkey brood production appears to have leveled off somewhat but remains slightly below the statewide long-term goal."

Hunters harvested 47,722 turkeys in 2010, a 9 percent decrease from the near-record harvest of 52,581 birds in 2009. Spring success rates over the past few years have been in the 22 to 25 percent range.

The 2011 spring turkey season starts on April 13 and consists of 6 five-day time periods that end on May 22. Find out more on the wild turkey page of the DNR website.

Turkey Youth Hunt set for April 9 and 10

The 2011 Spring Turkey Youth Hunt will occur statewide on April 9 and 10. The two-day spring youth hunt, successfully initiated in 2007, occurs each year during the weekend preceding the opening of the regular spring turkey season. The youth hunt allows close one-on-one mentoring of future hunters in a relaxed atmosphere without competition for hunting spots from regular season hunters.

Thanks to the Mentored Hunting Program that took effect starting with the 2009 fall season, youth hunters aged 10 and 11, in addition to youth ages 12 through 15, may now also participate in the 2011 youth turkey hunt. Under the Mentored Hunting Program, youth ages 10 through 15 may hunt during the two-day youth turkey hunt without first having completed hunter education, so long as they do so with a qualified adult mentor and follow the rules of the program. Youth ages 12-15 who have already completed hunter education may hunt during the youth hunt while accompanied by an adult 18 years of age or older. Each youth must have a valid spring 2011 turkey harvest permit, license, and stamp.

Youth are allowed to hunt on April 9 and 10 in the turkey management zone for which their permit is valid, regardless of the time period their permit is issued for, and may harvest only one male or bearded turkey during the two-day hunt. A youth who does not successfully harvest a turkey during the two-day youth hunt may use the unfilled permit during the time period and in the zone for which the permit was issued. There is no special application procedure for the youth hunt, but young hunters must either be issued a tag through the drawing or purchase a leftover tag. All other spring turkey hunting regulations apply.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT: Krista McGinley, (608) 264-8963, Sharon Fandel (608) 261-8458 or Scott Walter, (608) 267-7861

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Turkey tech heads no match for safety scholars

Firearm safety, being a sure-shot makes for better outing

MADISON - Some hunters may think today's high-tech gadgets are the key to bagging a turkey, but a state hunting safety specialist says the real key to success is being skilled in firearm safety and knowledge about the wild bird itself.

"Today's turkey hunter has about as many choices for gear as we all do when we want to buy a candy bar at the local convenience store," said Tim Lawhern, Department of Natural Resources conservation warden. "Ultimately it's a hunter's knowledge, skill and well-practiced abilities that make or break the hunt."

Lawhern, who has been working with hunter education programs in Wisconsin, nationally and internationally for more than 20 years and is a 49-year veteran turkey hunter, says the two biggest safety pitfalls for turkey season hunters are mistaking another hunter for a turkey and failure to create and honor an agreed-upon hunting plan.

"The majority - nearly 80 percent - of our spring turkey hunting incidents involve hunters not taking enough time to make sure the target they are aiming at is indeed a turkey," Lawhern said. "It is very easy for the eye to think a turkey is nearby in the spring when there are changing light conditions along with changes in vegetation."

Lawhern says he has seen plenty of cases where the strong desire to see a turkey produces a momentary image that isn't real. "That moment, while short, lasts long enough for some to pull the trigger."

Adding confusion to the scenario may be all the latest technology tools including decoys, fancy blinds and calls. Lawhern's choice to make sure you have a legal bird in your sight? Binoculars.

"The only legal turkey in the spring is a male or bearded turkey," Lawhern said. "If you don't see a beard on that bird, don't shoot."

Another key step to ensure a safe hunt is planning your hunt. "If you are hunting with two or more in a group, the plan is crucial. Obeying it is critical. If not, it is easy to end up with a potentially dangerous situation of one hunter pursuing the other hunter's decoy or call," he said.

Lawhern says the four basic firearm safety guidelines also are required and should be part of the hunters' reflexes.

Those four guidelines are: Treat every firearm as if loaded; Always point the muzzle in a safe direction; Be sure of your target and what's behind it; and, Keep your finger outside the trigger guard until ready to shoot.

"It is great fun to see all the new choices for gear and technology for today's turkey hunter," Lawhern said. "However, all the fancy equipment will never replace the need for true skill and knowledge about the wild game."

The spring wild turkey season runs from April 13 to May 22.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Tim Lawhern, Administrator and Conservation Warden, 608-264-6133 or Joanne M. Haas, Office of Communications, 608-267-0798

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Work*Play*Earth Day events a chance to help out and enjoy state parks

MADISON - People can help Wisconsin State Parks and Trails get ready for the busy summer season while helping celebrate Earth Day 2011 by participating in the third annual Work*Play*Earth Day! Events being sponsored by the Friends of Wisconsin State Parks

Volunteers can join Department of Natural Resources staff, local friends group members, and people from nearby communities for a day of getting their hands dirty helping repair and improve park and trail facilities, then taking time to have some fun enjoying those facilities.

Some of the work volunteers will help out with include planting trees, raking campsites, repairing picnic tables, cleaning-up trails, and pulling invasive species.

When the work is done, volunteers join staff in hiking or biking park trails, visiting nature centers or interpretive displays, or enjoying any of the recreational opportunities available at the different parks.

Each work day will run from approximately 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., but the schedule may vary slightly at each location. Volunteers should wear work boots or athletic shoes, long pants and bring their own work gloves. Lunch and snacks, donated by area businesses, will be served at many locations.

Work*Play*Earth Day events are schedule on five consecutive Saturdays in April and early May at nine parks and trails around the state.

Advanced registration is free, but required. People can register through the Friends of Wisconsin State Parks website [www.fwsp.org/]

Work*Play*Earth Day 2911 events

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Jenna Assmus -(608) 264-8994 or by email at jenna.assmus@wisconsin.gov

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Trash burning is hazardous, alternatives offered

MADISON - Anyone taking a match to a debris pile this spring may want to think twice. If the pile contains household trash, the fire will be adding dangerous pollutants to the air.

A study by the U.S Environmental Protection Agency found that the amount of cancer causing dioxin and furan emissions from 15 households burning trash each day is the same as those emissions from a 200 ton per day municipal waste incinerator with high efficiency emission control technology.

"Burning any material, whether plastic, paper or wood, produces a variety of hazardous and toxic air pollutants, including carcinogens such as arsenic, benzene and formaldehyde. Children and others with asthma are especially at risk from smoke from burning garbage," said Jim Zellmer, of the Department of Natural Resources waste and materials management program. "If you burn trash, you're affecting your health and the environment more than you know. Where there's smoke, there's pollution," he added, "and other risks."

Because of its environmental risk, burning trash in Wisconsin is illegal. In addition, Wisconsin's recycling law and local ordinances prohibit landfilling or burning recyclable materials. Agricultural and horticultural plastics like silage film, haylage bags, bale wrap, woven tarps, nursery pots, and trays must also be recycled or landfilled. It is also illegal to burn plastics in Wisconsin. Materials that are not recyclable should go to a legal disposal facility, not a burn barrel or pile.

Materials that are legal to burn, such as leaves and brush, are regulated under state code. Burning permits are required for debris burns and only authorize the burning of legal materials.

More information on how to handle waste materials is available on the DNR website.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Jim Zellmer, Waste and Materials Management Supervisor, 920-662-5431

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Stocking experiment could improve Lake Wazee fishery

EAU CLAIRE - The state Department of Natural Resources is proposing to stock cisco - a species of forage fish common to northern Wisconsin lakes - into Jackson County's Lake Wazee in an effort to improve sport fish populations.

The lake lies in the excavated pit that was once the Jackson County Iron Mine. Mining operations closed in 1983, and the lake gradually filled with water till it matched surrounding groundwater elevation. There is no lake outlet or inlet.

The spring-fed, 154-acre lake, with a maximum depth of 355 feet, is part of the Lake Wazee Recreation Area. Jackson County prohibits motors on Lake Wazee to protect its pristine water quality and to enhance a quiet, outdoors experience. The county park features public camping, year-round trails, lake swimming, scuba diving and fishing.

The lake is oligotrophic, which means it lacks nutrients and plant life but is high in dissolved oxygen. It currently supports a mix of cold water and warm water species, including brown and rainbow trout (cold) and smallmouth bass and walleye (warm) as a result of DNR fish stocking.

Current practice is to manage the lake as a put-grow-and-take fishery with regulations specific to Wazee. Studies show that sport fish in Lake Wazee have below average growth rates because food is scarce. The DNR proposes to collect several hundred cisco from a Vilas County lake with similar water quality and chemistry and introduce them to Lake Wazee.

Cisco survival will be monitored. If the stocking is successful it will establish a long-term, self-sustaining population of forage fish, which will in turn support larger populations of faster-growing game fish.

The stocking plan is supported by the Jackson County Forests and Parks Committee and the Jackson County Wildlife Club, partners in managing the Lake Wazee Recreation Area.

If inadvertently introduced to surrounding lakes or streams cisco would not survive due to their specific coldwater lake habitat requirements.

"There is no other body of water in Jackson County where they would have any chance of surviving," said Pete Segerson, the DNR's fisheries field team leader at Black River Falls.

If the project is approved, cisco would be netted out of the northern lake in October when fisheries biologists would expect to get a good mix of male and female fish. Some larger cisco, 9 to 10 inches long, will be in the mix. These fish will be less vulnerable to predation.

The plan will take a few years to prove out. Biologists will sample the lake three to four years after stocking to determine if the cisco are surviving and reproducing.

The proposed action is not anticipated to result in significant adverse environmental effects. DNR staff have made a preliminary determination that an environmental impact statement will not be required. Copies of the environmental assessment that led to the DNR's preliminary determination can be obtained by contacting Pete Segerson at Wisconsin DNR, 910 Hwy 54 East, Black River Falls, WI 54615, or at 715-284-1447, or by email at peter.segerson@wisconsin.gov.

Public comments, written or oral, on the environmental assessment are welcome. The deadline for public comments is 4:30 p.m. April 30.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Pete Segerson, fisheries field team leader, Black River Falls, 715-284-1447 or Ed Culhane, DNR communications, Eau Claire, 715-839-3715

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Watch out for gypsy moth - and act soon

EDITORS' NOTE: This is the first of several articles that will be submitted between now and July regarding gypsy moth in Wisconsin. Each article will highlight a different strategy for managing gypsy moth populations. All of these strategies are effective and some readers may find one more useful than the rest for their situation. Please consider sharing information from all of these releases with your audiences .


MADISON - As spring approaches, state forestry officials are urging homeowners to look for signs of gypsy moths. Beginning in late April, a new generation of gypsy moth caterpillars will hatch in Wisconsin.

"At high numbers, gypsy moth caterpillars are a tremendous nuisance. They strip trees of their leaves, which may kill the tree," says Bill McNee, a gypsy moth suppression coordinator with the Department of Natural Resources in Oshkosh. "The insect's favorite food is oak leaves, but it will feed on many other tree species such as birch, crabapple, aspen and willow," said McNee.

Wet weather last year helped kill many caterpillars before they had a chance to lay egg masses, which means fewer will be hatching this spring. However, gypsy moth populations are still at damaging levels in parts of northeast, southeast, and south central Wisconsin. In response to the threat, eight counties will participate in a state-organized aerial spray program this spring. Final maps of the areas that will be sprayed by planes this May are available at the state gypsy moth web site [gypsymoth.wi.gov] (exit DNR).

With or without aerial spray treatments, homeowners are urged to take action to reduce the number of caterpillars that will hatch and feed on their trees.

gypsy moth egg mass
Gypsy moth egg mass

"As soon as possible in April, search for the tan-colored egg masses and destroy any within reach," McNee says. Egg masses are about the size of a nickel or a quarter.

The egg masses can be found on any protected surface including trees, houses, firewood piles, bird houses, and other outdoor objects. Before mid-April, oil the egg masses with a horticultural oil labeled for gypsy moth, such as Golden Pest Spray Oil. DO NOT use products such as motor oil or axle grease because they can harm the tree. If property owners prefer, they can scrape the masses into a can and drown them in soapy water for at least two days to kill the eggs.

"Do NOT simply scrape the egg masses onto the ground, step on them, or break them apart. Many of the eggs will still survive and hatch," McNee cautions. "You will have 500 to 1,000 fewer caterpillars for every egg mass you properly oil before mid-April or drown before hatch."

After oiling or removing all of the egg masses within reach, people can place sticky barrier bands on trees. A demonstration of the technique is available on the University of Wisconsin-Extension website at: [fyi.uwex.edu/gypsymothinwisconsin] (exit DNR).

"These bands will prevent crawling caterpillars from climbing into your trees," says Mark Guthmiller, DNR gypsy moth suppression coordinator in Madison. At a convenient height, wrap a belt of duct tape 4-6 inches wide around each tree trunk, shiny side out. Smear the center of the band with a sticky, horticultural pest barrier available at garden centers. "Routinely sweep the caterpillars from the base of the tree into a bucket of soapy water to kill them," says Guthmiller.

People who have many egg masses on their property and are not in an aerial spray area can also hire a certified arborist to protect yard trees after gypsy moth caterpillars hatch. Insecticide treatments are most effective when done in May and early June.

"Spray while the caterpillars are small so they don't become a nuisance or strip the tree's leaves," McNee says. "Arborists are busy in the spring, so determine whether this is an option for you and then make arrangements soon."

People can find certified arborists by searching the Wisconsin Arborist Association Web site at [www.waa-isa.org] (exit DNR). Also look in the phone book under 'Tree Service'.

More information on the gypsy moth's life stages and control options for yard trees and woodlots is available on the state gypsy moth web site [gypsymoth.wi.gov] (exit DNR).

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Bill McNee, DNR Gypsy Moth Suppression Coordinator, northeast and southeast Wisconsin, (920)662-5430; Mark Guthmiller, DNR Gypsy Moth Suppression Coordinator, south-central Wisconsin, (608) 275-3223; Colleen Robinson Klug, Suppression Program Public Information Officer, statewide, (608) 266-2172.

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Don't prune oaks April through July to avoid oak wilt

MADISON - People who value their oak trees should not prune them from April through July, according to the latest recommendations from state forestry officials. The reason? Spring and early summer pruning makes oak trees vulnerable to oak wilt, a serious and almost-always fatal fungal disease of red oaks.

Special care should also be taken to avoid wounding oaks from April through July, according to Kyoko Scanlon, Department of Natural Resources forest pathologist. Any action that might provide an opening into the tree such as carving initials into the tree or attaching a birdfeeder or clothes line, could provide an opportunity for the oak wilt fungus to invade and establish itself in the tree.

If an oak tree is pruned from April through July, a wound dressing or paint should be applied to the cut surface as soon as the wound is created. Even half an hour can be enough time for beetles that transmit the disease to land on a fresh wound and infect your tree, according to Scanlon. While the risk of spreading oak wilt is low after July, she said homeowners should avoid pruning or wounding oaks until autumn, to be on the safe side.

"Oak wilt can spread from a diseased tree to a healthy tree through a connected root system as well as by insects," according to Scanlon. "Very small sap beetles transport fungal spores by landing on fungal mats found beneath the cracked bark of trees that died the previous year. The spores are then transmitted from the beetle body onto the fresh wound of a healthy oak tree while the beetle is feeding at the pruned or damaged site. A beetle that transmits oak wilt disease is not capable of boring into a tree," Scanlon added.

If a wound is left unprotected, a new oak wilt pocket may develop in a location where oak wilt did not previously exist and will radiate to other oaks through the connected root systems. If no management steps are taken, Scanlon said the pocket could continue to expand year after year. Once oak wilt establishes itself in an area, control of the disease is both difficult and costly. The prevention of oak wilt is the best approach.

Scanlon said builders and developers should also be very careful as many oak wilt infections and deaths have occurred through inadvertent damage to roots, trunks, or branches during the construction process.

Oak wilt is found in all Wisconsin counties except Ashland, Bayfield, Calumet, Door, Douglas, Forest, Iron, Kewaunee, Lincoln, Manitowoc, Price, Rusk, Sawyer, Sheboygan, Taylor, Vilas, and Washburn. Oak wilt was confirmed in Oneida County for the first time last summer.

The disease kills many oaks in the state by interfering with the tree's water and nutrient-conducting systems, essentially starving the tree. Leaves begin to wilt and the tree may eventually die. Trees in the red oak group, such as northern red and northern pin oak are especially vulnerable. Once wilting symptoms become visible the tree loses most of its leaves and dies very quickly, often within weeks. Trees in the white oak group - those with rounded or lobed leaves - are more resistant to oak wilt and the disease progresses much more slowly, often one branch at a time. White oaks could live with oak wilt for many years, and some trees may recover from the disease.

"Besides oaks, pruning deciduous trees in general should be avoided in the spring, as this is the time when tree buds and leaves are growing and food reserves are low," says Don Kissinger, a DNR urban forester. "The best time to prune any deciduous tree is winter, followed by mid-summer, after leaves have completed their growth."

Anyone interested in learning more about oak wilt and other forest pests as well as tree pruning should visit the Forest Health pages of the DNR website for more information. Additional information about proper pruning techniques is available from your community forester, a University of Wisconsin-Extension agent (exit DNR), or DNR urban forestry coordinators.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT: Kyoko Scanlon 608.275-3275 or Don Kissinger 715.359-5793.

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Wisconsin Bat Festival April 16 at Lussier Center, Madison

MADISON - Bats are some of the most amazing wildlife Wisconsin has to offer. Learn about - and get close - to these remarkable flying mammals at the Wisconsin Bat Festival April 16 at the Lussier Family Heritage Center, 3011 Lake Farm Road, Madison. There will be formal presentations featuring bats from around the world at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., including a live Gigantic Flying Foxbat from Malaysia with a 6-foot wingspan!

Family fun events in addition to the presentations include bat house building (tools and assistance provided, there is a small additional fee for materials) and hands-on science projects.

Special guests include Rob Mies director of the Organization for Bat Conservation and Dave Redell, DNR bat ecologist. Both will be on hand to answer questions, lead presentations and provide an introduction to Wisconsin's bat species. Redell also will share Wisconsin plans for addressing White Nose Syndrome, a killer of bats that is slowly marching its way toward Wisconsin.

Admission for adults (16 yrs and up) is $8. Kids are free with an adult.

Information on the Wisconsin Bat Festival is available on the Wisconsin Bat Monitoring Program website. More information about bats can be found on the Saving Wisconsin Bats page of the DNR website.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Dave Redell (608) 261-8450

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Friends of Sandhill open house day April 30

EDITOR'S ADVISORY: The Friends of Sandhill have rescheduled their open house at the Sandhill Wildlife Area to Saturday, April 30.

BABCOCK, Wis. - The public is invited to join the Friends of Sandhill volunteers for a day of celebrating the Sandhill Wildlife Area and its rich history and ecology.

The 9,150-acre State Wildlife Area was named for a series of gently rolling sandy ridges crisscrossing the property, which is located near Babcock, southwest of Wisconsin Rapids in central Wisconsin's Wood County.

The property features low, sandy uplands of oak, aspen and jack pine forests, large marshes, and many flowages. A small herd of American bison, white-tailed deer, ruffed grouse, Canada geese, ducks, loons, bald eagles, sandhill cranes, shorebirds, songbirds, hawks, owls and furbearers find a home at Sandhill.

The Friends will host an open house from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 30 at the Sandhill Outdoor Skills Center. Bring your family and explore the trails by foot or bike, learn about the educational programs offered through the skills center and talk to volunteers and staff. Refreshments will be served, and locally made crafts will be for sale! For more information contact Vicki Palen at 715-652-2950 or by email at bovisvet@tznet.com

More information about the Sandhill Outdoor Skills Center is available on the DNR website

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Look for the Loon

MADISON -- As tax day rapidly approaches, Wisconsin residents can consider making a vital contribution to help preserve and protect Wisconsin's natural resources through the checkoff on state income tax forms.

The majority of the Department of Natural Resources Bureau of Endangered Resource's conservation work is funded by donations, and because these donations are matched dollar-for-dollar by the state, donations are doubly important.

"Making a donation on a Wisconsin income tax form is an investment in a healthy and prosperous environment, crucial to both the quality of life and the economy of our state," says Laurie Osterndorf, director of the DNR endangered resources program.

Past donations have helped the Bureau of Endangered Resources manage more than 650 State Natural Areas that include outstanding examples of Wisconsin's native landscapes and are home to 90 percent of the plants and 75 percent of the animals on Wisconsin's endangered and threatened species list.

Some recent successes of the Endangered Resources Program include the delisting of bald eagles in 2007 and ospreys and trumpeter swans in 2009.

Loon Graphic on Tax Form

"Donations are more critical now than ever, however," Osterndorf says, "as Wisconsin's cave bats are under danger from white-nose syndrome, a mysterious and devastating disease that is spreading to the Midwest from the Eastern United States. So remember, look for the loon silhouette next to the line entitled Endangered Resources Donation on your tax form to make an investment in Wisconsin's natural resources."

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Bureau of Endangered Resources (608) 266-7012

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