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Wisconsin seeks feedback on strategy to cut nutrient pollution

MADISON - Wisconsin has made significant progress in cutting phosphorus that contributes to the Gulf of Mexico dead zone and can achieve required reductions to the gulf and improve water quality at home by implementing existing regulations, according to a draft nutrient reduction strategy now available online and open for public comment through Sept. 18.

"This strategy gives the big picture of where Wisconsin is right now and what we need to do to continue with the state's overall improvement to water quality," says Jim Baumann, the Department of Natural Resources water resources engineer coordinating the effort. "We invite people to review the draft strategy. We want to hear from them on how we can all work together to improve water quality in our waters, which will also help water quality in the Gulf."

Wisconsin's Nutrient Strategy was developed by state, local and government agencies, business, industrial, agricultural and environmental groups over the past year in response to EPA's call for each state contributing to the Gulf dead zone to develop a nutrient-reduction framework. About two-thirds of Wisconsin drains into the Mississippi River system and the nutrients that Wisconsin and other states send down the river have resulted in oxygen levels so low in a part of the gulf that fish and other aquatic life can't survive.

Baumann says Wisconsin's draft strategy aims to first address nutrient-related surface water problems in Wisconsin lakes and streams. This in turn will help mitigate the causes of the dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico.

The draft strategy documents that Wisconsin's phosphorus contribution to the Mississippi River basin has decreased 23 percent since 1995 because of phosphorus removal efforts by municipal and industrial wastewater treatment plants and through efforts to reduce phosphorus from farms, urban areas and other nonpoint sources. The state's phosphorus contribution to the Lake Michigan Basin has decreased an estimated 27 percent, the report says.

The draft strategy concludes that no new regulations for phosphorus are necessary for Wisconsin to meet the dead zone goal of reducing nutrient contributions to the Mississippi River by 45 percent, using 1995 as the base year. But to reach that target, Wisconsin must continue to implement existing requirements.

Excessive phosphorus levels in lakes and rivers can decrease the level of dissolved oxygen that fish and other aquatic creatures need to live, causing fish kills. The nutrient also can fuel excessive algal blooms and potentially produce blue-green algae, which can produce toxins harmful to animals and humans.

Comments will be accepted through Sept. 18 and may be e-mailed to Jim Baumann at james.baumann@wisconsin.gov.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Jim Baumann, 608-261-6425

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Bumper crop of small walleyes stocked; 400,000 bigger ones on target for fall stocking

Wisconsin Walleye Initiative underway to improve walleye fishing

LAKE MILLS - Good news for walleye anglers: state fish hatcheries have finished stocking the first of two waves of walleye to go out this year and the number of fish stocked far surpassed original estimates, state fisheries officials say.

Four state fish hatcheries equipped to grow "coolwater" fish such as walleye and musky sent more than 2.3 million walleye out the door earlier this summer, 560,000 fish more than originally expected.

These fish were 1 to 3 inches long when they were transferred into their new homes. They are the "small fingerlings" that DNR has traditionally stocked the most of because growing the fish to the "large fingerling" size of 4 to 7 inches would cost significantly more and exceed hatchery capacity, according to Mike Staggs, DNR fisheries director.

This year is different. In September and October, DNR will be stocking hundreds of thousands of the large fingerlings, made possible by the recently passed state budget that provided DNR more money to produce and procure larger size walleye for stocking.

Normally, DNR would stock 3 to 4 million smaller walleye and 60,000 to 70,000 of the larger fingerling walleye. But the Wisconsin Walleye Initiative allows DNR to hold back more fish instead of stocking them at the smaller size, and give them extra growing time. As a result, DNR will be stocking more than 400,000 larger fingerling walleye this fall and will be planning to produce and stock even more in coming years.

"The fantastic walleye production our hatcheries had so far has not only allowed us to stock more lakes with small fingerlings, but is now giving us a chance to stock as many large fingerlings as we can this fall," Staggs says.

The Wisconsin Walleye Initiative developed by DNR and Gov. Scott Walker aims to improve walleye populations statewide by producing more larger walleye for stocking in waters where it can improve walleye fishing.

"We'd like to thank Governor Walker for supporting this Initiative," said DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp. "Stocking plays an important role in maintaining our state's walleye populations, and we think this initiative will help improve walleye fishing in Wisconsin."

Research shows the best walleye fisheries are universally self-sustaining through natural reproduction and produce populations two to three times higher than those waters stocked even at the highest levels.

But stocking more of the larger fish is also the quickest way to increase walleye populations on the broadest scale. Recent research in northern Wisconsin lakes shows that the larger stocked fish survive better.

Stagg says the DNR is mobilizing to put the Walleye Initiative funding, available July 1, to work. Production of the larger walleye fingerlings at state hatcheries has increased, and DNR is drafting the rules and contracts that will allow the agency to buy walleye from private fish farms and provide competitive grants to build the capacity of tribal, municipal and private hatcheries to produce larger walleye for stocking as well, he says.

Banner production year at Lake Mills State Fish Hatchery leads the way

The smaller walleye fingerlings stocked earlier this summer in Wisconsin waters were hatched in May and raised in outdoor ponds at Lake Mills Hatchery, Art Oehmcke Hatchery in Woodruff, Gov. Tommy G. Thompson Hatchery in Spooner and the Winding Creek rearing ponds.

Lake Mills had its best production year ever, producing a total of 1,570,633 small fingerling walleyes, well up from the 1.1 million fish they expected to produce, says Jesse Landwehr, pond foreman.

He says the banner production year reflects some of the tweaks he and staff have been making to their propagation process over the years to improve it, and to ideal weather conditions when DNR staff drained the ponds to collect the fish to place in stocking trucks.

Overcast, cooler conditions meant the fish were less stressed when they were caught in the nets and placed in the trucks, allowing better survival.

Landwehr says the Lake Mills Hatchery was not only able to meet the "quotas" or requests they were responsible for meeting for stocked fish, but had surplus fish they were able to feed into the propagation system.

Ultimately, that meant more waters got more fish, and that stocking trucks in some cases didn't have to travel as far, saving gas money and staff time.

Also importantly, the banner production year also meant that Lake Mills had enough fish that for the first time, they could hold some of the small fingerling walleye longer to experiment with growing them larger on artificial fish food. They also were able to supply local cooperators the small fingerlings so the cooperators could raise those fish to the larger size.

That means that the Lake Mills Hatchery is joining the three other facilities in raising more large walleye for stocking in the fall under the Wisconsin Walleye Initiative.

Landwehr says the walleye growing now in outside ponds and also in tanks inside would be stocked out early in October at the large fingerling size.

Staggs says DNR fisheries staff and partners have done a great job in getting the walleye initiative rolling and encourages anglers and others to follow major developments through the Wisconsin Walleye Initiative web pages.

"Because of the late notice, things are hectic but we'll produce and procure as many large fingerlings as we can and stock them in as many lakes as we can," he says.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Mike Staggs, 608-220-2609

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Lake surveys for aquatic invasive species deliver immediate benefits

Preliminary results foster quick action, reflect good news and some surprises

LAKE GORDON, FOREST COUNTY - County staff over the weekend pulled by hand patches of an aggressive invasive species they found earlier that week in the Nicolet National Forest, illustrating a key side benefit emerging from a five-year effort led by the Department of Natural Resources to survey lakes statewide for aquatic invasive species.

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John Preuss wades in to pull out by hand an aggressive invasive plant found earlier in the week in Lake Gordon.

The surveys are allowing DNR staff, local partners and volunteers to identify early infestations of invasive species and, as they did Saturday with the yellow floating heart, take immediate steps to get rid of them before the invaders' populations have a chance to expand.

"The surveys are having an immediate benefit, as we saw with Lake Gordon," says Maureen Ferry, who is coordinating the survey for DNR. "We've had many instances where they've turned up new populations of invasive species that DNR and partners have been able to address immediately."

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Statewide surveys are allowing county and state staff to respond quickly when a new population of invasive species is detected, as John Preuss, left, and Chris Hamerla, right, did with yellow floating heart.

Yellow floating heart is a concern because it can grow in dense patches, excluding native species, creating areas with low oxygen levels underneath the floating mats, and interfering with fishing, swimming and boating. The discovery last week of yellow floating heart in Lake Gordon is believed to be the first time the plant has been found in an inland Wisconsin lake; it had previously only been found in a few private ponds. Possession, sale, transfer and introduction of the species is illegal in Wisconsin without a permit.

John Preuss, Lumberjack Resource Conservation and Development aquatic invasives coordinator for Lincoln, Langlade and Forest counties, found the yellow floating heart mid-week when he was conducting surveys on Lake Gordon with DNR aquatic invasive species specialists Jennifer Steltenpohl and Ryan Mottiff.

Preuss returned to the lake Saturday with Chris Hamerla, AIS coordinator for the Golden Sands Resource Conservation and Development Council, and the two spent hours carefully pulling the plant from near a boat landing and campsite.

"We hand-pulled the two populations on Saturday and pulled a total of six-and-a half bags," Preuss says. "We took our time and believe we did a good job. We made sure to get the rhizome and did our best to make sure no pieces escaped. We made sure to get under the roots and get them out of the sediment."

Preuss will work with the U.S. Forest Service to monitor Lake Gordon and nearby lakes and increase awareness among campers of yellow floating heart.

Surveys to detect aquatic invasive species are taking place this summer on 200 randomly selected lakes with public access. The effort, funded through the federal Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, is the first of this scale in the United States and will result in more than half of Wisconsin's 1,600 lakes with public access being monitored for invasive species, says Ferry.

Monitoring includes people in boats doing a visual survey along the entire lakeshore, snorkeling at all boat launches and at "high risk" locations, raking up plants to see if Eurasian water-milfoil and other plant invaders are present, and dipping nets into the water to look for invasive waterfleas and juvenile zebra mussels.

Ferry says the surveys are ultimately aimed at helping DNR and partners know how widespread the different invasive species are and if the rate they are spreading is increasing, decreasing, or staying the same. Such information can better help direct prevention and control efforts in the future, she says.

Right now, though, the surveys are paying off by fostering a rapid response to new discoveries when they are often more easily and less expensively addressed.

Last summer, for instance, DNR staffer Matt Hager spotted just six strands of Eurasian water milfoil, a harmful non-native plant that chokes lakes and clogs propellers, as he boated and snorkeled slowly across the surface of North Lake in Florence County. He carefully hand pulled the plants for disposal before alerting the Spread Eagle Chain of Lakes Association. No new milfoil plants have been found so far in the 2013 surveys on North Lake. In addition, the Spread Eagle Chain of Lakes Association successfully applied for a Rapid Response Grant from the DNR that will allow them to monitor, map and hand pull any milfoil populations that may remain - as well as work with UWSP zebra mussel researchers on a long term adaptive management plan.

"The best part is when we've helped a community get the information and funds they need to keep a lake in good shape for their kids," Ferry says. "Boating, swimming, fishing and all."

Preliminary results from two years of monitoring

Preliminary results from two years of surveys for aquatic invasive species have found some good news and some surprises, Ferry says. "The good news is many of the potentially most harmful invasive species, like zebra mussels, occupy a tiny fraction of those lakes that provide suitable habitat for them."

University of Wisconsin research shows that of the 15,000 lakes in Wisconsin, about 4,000 are suitable for zebra mussel. The surveys have shown that only 164 lakes are invaded by zebra mussels.

Likewise, spiny water fleas have only been found in six waters. And 70 percent of the lakes with public access surveyed were free of Eurasian water-milfoil, despite its being in Wisconsin for more than 50 years and being documented to damage waters with high levels of the plant, Ferry says.

"It's too early in our surveys to tell whether the spread of certain species is slowing, speeding up or staying the same, but findings like these are encouraging. We're also encouraged that 93 percent of boaters say they're taking the prevention steps, and encouraged by the fantastic interest and commitment among lake association members and other volunteers to help increase awareness of invasive species and the steps we can all take to avoid spreading them."

One surprise from the surveys thus far is that one particular aquatic invasive species, mystery snails, is more widespread than thought. Studies to date, however, have documented little ecological harm from mystery snails, so DNR and partners are trying to figure out how much of a concern this species is, Ferry says.

"What we do know, however, is that mystery snails do not belong in Wisconsin waters. Their discovery reminds us that there are lots of new invasive species with the potential to establish and spread in Wisconsin," she says. "So we need to be vigilant and make sure to prevent these species from becoming the next big problem species."

Species2011 Survey2012 SurveyCurrent Totals
Eurasian Water Milfoil39642
Zebra Mussels34149
Banded Mystery Snails2635327
Chinese Mystery Snails4925485
Curly-Leaf Pondweed1413511

Visit the DNR's AIS web page to find out more about the distribution of AIS in Wisconsin.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Maureen Ferry, DNR, 608-261-6450

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Office of Business Support welcomes new printing sector development specialist

MADISON - Printers now have a sector specialist to turn to at the Department of Natural Resources for help in navigating and complying with state environmental laws affecting their businesses.

Jessica Lawent, a longtime DNR air management specialist, has been selected to serve as DNR's new printing sector specialist.

Lawent will work in DNR's Office of Business Support and Sustainability, where she will help the industry with regulatory compliance issues along with developing businesses across the sector to be more competitive, profitable and sustainable.

"Jessica brings a rich history of helping small and medium businesses understand and comply with environmental regulations," says OBSS Director Al Shea. "I am confident she will help Wisconsin's vital printing industry succeed in a highly competitive national market."

Lawent has a diverse background in environmental management and currently works as a DNR air management specialist helping fleets reduce vehicle emissions and assisting businesses through the Wisconsin Partners for Clean Air program.

Lawent will continue to work for DNR's Air Program while also working as DNR's printing sector specialist. Before working on air regulatory issues, Lawent served as DNR's community mercury sector development specialist.

"This is a great opportunity for me - I am excited to start working with an industry that is a state leader in sustainable businesses and thrives economically," said Lawent. "The industry is very enthusiastic about its accomplishments and I feel I can help it make even more progress."

As the printing sector development specialist, Lawent plans to enhance business and DNR relations, advise companies on sustainable business practices and creative solutions to environmental issues, and help companies apply for and obtain grants to implement innovative measures.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Al Shea, 608-219-6427

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DNR plans to increase pheasant stocking in 2013

POYNETTE - The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources plans to release 75,000 pheasants on 92 public properties across the state in 2013. These stocking levels are up from 54,000 pheasants released on 70 public properties in 2012.

"The additional properties stocked this year will allow hunters to explore and find success on properties they may not have hunted in the past," said Bob Nack, DNR Poynette game farm manager. "There's certainly something special about a fall pheasant hunt, and being able to expand opportunities for our pheasant hunters is very exciting."

The pheasant stocking program is largely supported by pheasant hunters, through the purchase of pheasant stamps, according to Nack.

"Being able to increase stocking levels translates directly into more recreational opportunities for the hunters who support the program," said Nack.

The department will be releasing pheasants on 22 new properties in traditional pheasant range. In addition to the new properties, most properties stocked in the past will see increases in the number of pheasants released.

"By stocking this way, we are aiming to evenly distribute hunting pressure on public hunting grounds while also providing opportunities in new areas that can support the birds and are accessible to urban residents," said Scott Walter, DNR upland game bird specialist.

Of the 22 new properties, 14 are located in southern Wisconsin, seven in eastern Wisconsin, and one in northwestern Wisconsin. Properties were selected based on the amount of pheasant hunting cover and proximity to large population centers.

A 2013 stocking information sheet and property maps can be found by visiting the DNR's web site and searching keywords "pheasant stocking."

"We are excited about the increase in pheasant production and look forward to an exciting fall pheasant hunting season," said Dr. Vic Connors, Friends of Poynette Game Farm president. The department partners with Friends of Poynette Game Farm, a non-profit group dedicated to supporting quality pheasant hunting opportunities through a stocking program.

To further increase hunting opportunities, DNR also cooperates with conservation clubs enrolled in the Cooperative Day-old Chick Program. Through the program, the conservation clubs raise the pheasant chicks and then release them on local public hunting grounds and private lands open to public pheasant hunting. In 2013, the department provided 36,250 rooster chicks to 34 clubs.

The list of private lands open to pheasant hunting is available by calling the Poynette game farm office, 608-635-8120, after Oct. 1.

The 2013 pheasant hunting season runs from noon, Oct. 19 to Dec. 31.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Bob Nack, 608-635-8120; Scott Walter, 608-267-7861

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Applications now being accepted for two state grant programs for dams

MADISON - Municipal dam owners can tap into $3.5 million dollars in state funding available to help them maintain or repair their dams and another $500,000 for dam removal projects.

Applications for the municipal dam grant program are being accepted by the Department of Natural Resources now and are due by Jan. 22, 2014. Dam removal grant applications are accepted on a continual basis and awards are made to eligible projects until the funding is depleted.

"We're happy the state budget will allow us to help more communities address dam safety needs," says Meg Galloway, Wisconsin's chief of the Dam and Floodplain Section.

The funding is included in the 2015-2017 budget and is the same amount allocated in each of the last two budgets following June 2008 flooding that constituted the state's costliest natural disaster ever.

June 2008 flooding in southern Wisconsin caused estimated damages of at least $765 million dollars to businesses, residences, farm crops and public property; August 2007 floods in southern Wisconsin also caused significant damages.

Wisconsin dams and their operators handled the record amount of flowing water with no lives lost and no major property damage occurring as a result of dams failing, but a number of them suffered significant damage, Galloway says.

DNR awarded 19 Municipal Dam grants in 2009 and 15 more with funds from the 2011-2013 budget.

In addition to dams damaged by flooding last decade and already in this decade, Wisconsin has aging dams that are in need of repair; roughly one-third of Wisconsin's 3,800 dams were built before 1940; the next third have been constructed since then. The age of the remaining third is unknown.

Any Wisconsin city, town, village, county, Tribe or public inland lake protection and rehabilitation district that owns a dam may apply for financial assistance through the Municipal Dam Grant Program, according to Kari Beetham, DNR dam grant manager. Application materials are now available.

To be considered for funding for the grant program, complete grant applications must be received at DNR in Madison by Jan. 22, 2014. Applications received after this date will be held for future funding cycles should additional funds become available. All eligible applications received by the application date will be scored and ranked. Ranked projects will comprise the priority funding list. Using the priority funding list, grants will be awarded until funds are depleted. Successful applicants will be notified as soon after March 23, 2014 as possible.

Likewise, any Wisconsin city, town, village, county, Tribe, public inland lake protection and rehabilitation district, or any other dam owner may also apply for a grant to remove a dam under the Dam Removal Grant Program. These application materials are available on the DNR's Dam Removal Grant Program web page and applications are accepted on a continual basis until all available funding is committed.

For more information or a printed version of the application materials, please contact Kari Beetham at kari.beetham@wisconsin.gov, or by phone at 608-264-9207.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Bill Sturtevant, 608-266-8033; Meg Galloway, 608-266-7014

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Wildlife professionals to gather in Milwaukee

Public invited to register for Oct. 5-10 event

MILWAUKEE - The host of Animal Planet's "Monsters Inside Me" shares top billing with wolves, moose, a disease killing bats and deer management when hundreds of wildlife professionals from around the world gather Oct. 5-10 in Milwaukee for the Wildlife Society's 20th annual conference.

Registration for the conference and field trips to see migratory birds stopping over in Horicon Marsh, Kettle Moraine and Lake Michigan are open to the public.

"We're excited to be hosting the premier wildlife management conference in Milwaukee," says Karl Martin, director of Wisconsin DNR wildlife and forestry research. "This conference is a great venue to share ideas, learn about new wildlife management techniques and explore possible partnerships that can help us better manage and conserve the wildlife so important to Wisconsin's people, our environment and our economy."

Dan Riskin, who appears on a Discovery Channel television show about parasites called "Monsters Inside Me," along with science writer Nancy Baron and University of Wisconsin Life Sciences Communications professor Dominique Brossard will give the opening address, emphasizing the growing need for science communications by encouraging wildlife professionals to share their science widely and engage with the public.

Another main session will highlight the recovery of wolves in the United States and the importance and conflict surrounding their change in status from endangered species to game species. Led by Curt Meine, Aldo Leopold biographer, the session also will include speakers from around the globe who will participate in the discussion on wolves.

Along with these themes, each day of the conference will include concurrent sessions on wildlife damage management, wildlife disease and toxicology and ecology of communities, mammals, herptiles and birds. Field trips around the Milwaukee area and Wisconsin will be offered the first and last days of the conference to wildlife areas such as Horicon Marsh, Kettle Moraine and Lake Michigan to observe migratory birds.

Also new to this year's conference are volunteer opportunities where attendees can give back to the community and improve the environment through a variety of scheduled events at Boerner Botanical Gardens, Milwaukee Urban Ecology Center and Hunger Task Force (to name a few).

Registration and a complete schedule including symposia, field trips and volunteer opportunities can be found at The Wildlife Society's conference website.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Karl Martin, DNR, 608-224-7138; Darryl Walter, The Wildlife Society, 301-263-6000

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Wisconsin secures federal grants to aid rare or declining plants and animals

MADISON - Imperiled species in Wisconsin such as the wood turtle, northern cricket frog and eastern meadowlark will benefit from $1.5 million in federal grants aimed at preserving species with low, declining or endangered populations.

The biggest portion of funds coming to Wisconsin will go to help private landowners maintain and restore prairies and oak savannas on their properties in Wisconsin's Driftless Area to benefit more than 30 species of concern.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced the grant awards Aug. 16. Eleven states received $5.1 million, with projects led by the Department of Natural Resources or in which DNR is a partner garnering more than one-third of the federal dollars.

Dan Ashe, Fish and Wildlife Service director, said that the winning projects "are receiving funding because they are tied to well-thought-out conservation plans that identify the highest-priority areas where we can make the biggest difference for imperiled species."

Erin Crain, director of DNR's Bureau of Natural Heritage Conservation is pleased with the awards and says it continues DNR staff's long history of securing competitive federal grants to get work done in Wisconsin. "These projects are central to our ability to support rare species and landowners who wish to manage their properties to preserve native Wisconsin landscapes," she says.

One DNR grant will help manage public and private lands within the Driftless Area, the western and southwestern portion of the state that escaped the last glacial period and as a result supports a variety of rare plant and animals and is characterized by rugged topography, springs, cold-water streams and rock outcroppings.

The bulk of the $500,000 grant award will allow DNR's Landowner Incentive Program to continue providing funds to landowners for on-the-ground management benefiting rare and declining species and includes brush control, prescribed burning and management of invasive species.

Minnesota is a partner in the project and regional and national conservation organizations such as Trout Unlimited and the Upper Mississippi River and Great Lakes Region Joint Venture also have identified the mixed open woodlands, grasslands and waterways of the Driftless Area as key lands for conservation. The project will result in 800 acres of improved oak savanna, woodlands, and prairies benefiting more than 30 species of greatest conservation need.

A look at Wisconsin's Landowner Incentive Program

Two others grants that Wisconsin will benefit from involve many state partners, including one to enable states to develop long-term conservation strategies for up to 40 snake species potentially impacted by a fungal skin disease. The Massachusetts Department of Fish and Game is the lead agency in this effort, which also involves New Hampshire, Connecticut, Vermont, New Jersey, Tennessee, Minnesota and Illinois as well as Wisconsin.

A third grant Wisconsin will benefit from seeks to improve habitat for a number of rare turtle species. The grant was awarded to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and also involves Iowa, Michigan and Wisconsin. Conservation actions will primarily benefit the imperiled wood turtle and the rare smooth softshell turtle, with ancillary benefits to the Blandings turtle and other turtle Species of Greatest Conservation Need. Actions include nest site management, reduction of adult turtle mortality through establishment of road and bridge crossings, habitat restoration.

All 50 states and six territorial wildlife agencies have approved State Wildlife Action Plans that collectively provide a nationwide blueprint for actions to conserve species with the greatest conservation need. Species of Greatest Conservation Need (SGCN) have low and/or declining populations and are in need of conservation action. Included are species already listed as endangered or threatened and those on the Wisconsin Natural Heritage working list.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Dawn Hinebaugh, DNR, 608-266-5243; Rori Paloski DNR, 608-264-6040

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Public comment period on DNR scientific integrity policy ends September 11

MADISON - The public has until September 11 of this year to comment on a Department of Natural Resources policy on scientific integrity.

The scientific integrity policy outlines core issues that surround the integrity of science and scholarly activities, including conflicts of interest, the scientific method, peer review and publishing of scientific information.

After sharing the agency's scientific integrity policy at last spring's Natural Resources Board meeting, Science Services Director Jack Sullivan welcomes the public's comments and questions as the policy moves through the review process.

"For the DNR to continue to be a world-class scientific institution, we need to have guidelines that define the core values of scientific integrity," Sullivan said. "These principles of scientific integrity and science-based decision making have been the foundation of the DNR since its inception."

Comments and questions can be submitted to Ellen Puccio at Ellen.Puccio@Wisconsin.gov. The public comment period ends September 11, 2013.

Once the 21-day notice period is complete, DNR staff will consider all comments, revise the document as needed and make the final guidance available.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Dreux Watermolen, 608-266-8931; Ellen Puccio, 608-261-4922

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