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Spring turkey harvest sees increase despite harsh winter

MADISON - Despite a long and severe winter, Wisconsin turkey hunters registered a total of 41,815 birds during the 2014 spring turkey hunting season. This is a 10.7 percent increase from the 2013 spring season.

"I think many hunters were pleasantly surprised by the number of birds they were seeing in the field, given the prolonged winter weather," said Scott Walter, upland wildlife ecologist for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. "It certainly appears that impacts were localized, with winter flocks inhabiting areas without access to food likely seeing the greatest impacts."

Zone 1 produced the highest overall turkey harvest at 12,188 birds, followed by zones 3 and 2, where hunters registered 10,519 and 10,363 turkeys respectively. Success rates were up in zones 1-5 and down only slightly in zones 6 and 7, where winter weather likely had some impact on overall turkey numbers. In 2014, the statewide success rate was 19.9 percent, compared to 17.9 in 2013.

"Decent weather for hunting throughout much of the season certainly allowed hunters to hit the woods hard this spring and likely contributed to the increase in harvest," said Krista McGinley, DNR assistant upland wildlife ecologist. "The fact that we saw an increase also paints a picture of a turkey population that's still in good shape."

The National Wild Turkey Federation has identified a large portion of the heavily wooded northern region as a focus area. NWTF will concentrate funding and management efforts to address habitat-limiting factors within these focus areas.

"In the northern forest we need to provide foods that can sustain turkeys through harsh winters and brood habitat to increase productivity so that flocks can quickly recover from severe winters", said Rick Horton, NWTF conservation field supervisor.

The number of permits issued for this year's hunt decreased slightly (by less than 0.5 percent), from 211,307 to 210,496. This decline in part reflects a department decision to reduce over-the-counter permit availability by 25 percent in zones 4 and 5 and eliminate leftover permits entirely in zones 6 and 7.

"I think the modest permit reduction was a nice compromise that allowed us to respond to hunter concerns," said Walter.

2014 fall season

The fall turkey season will require many hunters to employ a different hunting strategy compared to the spring season. In the fall, hunters generally try to ambush turkeys moving between roosting and feeding sites or break up flocks and try to call in a bird as the flock reassembles.

The number of birds available for hunters to pursue this fall will depend to some extent on weather conditions experienced over the next month.

"Thus far, we've had a fairly wet spring," said Walter. "Warm, dry weather over the next month or so will help to ensure that a good crop of young turkeys is produced."

The fall 2014 wild turkey season will run from Sept. 13 to Nov. 20, with an extended season in Turkey Management Zones 1 through 5, from Dec. 1 to Dec. 31. The deadline for applying for a fall permit through the lottery process is Aug. 1. Applications cost $3 and can be purchased through the Online Licensing Center, at license sales locations or by calling toll-free 1-877-WI LICENSE (1-877-945-4263).

The 2014 Fall Turkey and 2015 Spring Turkey regulations are included in the 2014 Wisconsin Small Game Hunting Regulations pamphlet and will be available soon on the hunting regulations page of the DNR website. For a hard copy, visit DNR service centers and license vendors. For more information, visit dnr.wi.gov and search keyword "turkey."

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Scott Walter, DNR upland wildlife ecologist, 608-267-7861 or Krista McGinley, DNR assistant upland wildlife ecologist, 608-261-8458

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Ruffed grouse survey indicates minor population decline

MADISON - Ruffed grouse populations in Wisconsin have shown another slight decline this spring, according to a recent roadside ruffed grouse survey. Results from this survey help DNR biologists monitor the cyclic population trends of ruffed grouse in the state.

"The index that Wisconsin uses to track ruffed grouse decreased 1 percent between 2013 and 2014," said Brian Dhuey, DNR wildlife surveys coordinator. "This decrease is quite minor, and isn't unexpected at this point in the population cycle. Ruffed grouse populations are known to rise and fall over a nine to 11 year cycle. The last peak in Wisconsin's cycle occurred in 2011. We are headed to the low point in the cycle, which usually occurs in years ending in a 4, 5, or 6, so we are either at the low point or getting close; only time will tell."

Roadside surveys to monitor the number of breeding grouse have been conducted by staff from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, U.S. Forest Service, tribal groups and numerous grouse enthusiasts and volunteers since 1964. Surveyors begin 30 minutes before sunrise and drive along established routes, making 10 stops at assigned points and listening for four minutes for the distinctive "thump, thump, thump" sound made by drumming male grouse.

The number of drums heard per stop in 2014 was down 1 percent statewide from the previous year. One of the primary regions for grouse in the state, the central region, showed a 24 percent drop in the number of drums heard per stop. A second primary region in northern Wisconsin showed a 3 percent increase.

According to Scott Walter, DNR upland wildlife ecologist, maturation of southern Wisconsin's forest community in recent decades and the resulting loss of dense, brushy areas that grouse need for cover has led to a lower ruffed grouse population.

"Ruffed grouse are closely linked to young forest habitats that develop following disturbances, notably logging activities," Walter said. "While we often focus as hunters on grouse numbers in a single year, it's important to remember that the long-term health of grouse and other early-successional wildlife is dependent upon the availability of the dense young cover they require. In Wisconsin, we need to ensure that enough timber harvests are occurring to meet the habitat needs of ruffed grouse and other early-successional dependent wildlife"

In regard to the slight increase in northern Wisconsin, Gary Zimmer, coordinating biologist for the Ruffed Grouse Society, points to this past winter's harsh weather.

"While cold temperatures and deep snow are generally hard on resident wildlife populations, ruffed grouse often thrive in winters like the one we just experienced," noted Zimmer. "Grouse roost under the snow, which can effectively serve as a blanket to hide them from predators' view and keep them warm even during very cold periods. It might be well below zero out in the open, but under even a few inches of snow the temperature might only be a few degrees below freezing. Grouse also utilize tree buds as food during winter, so snow cover doesn't reduce food availability."

Zimmer continues, "Weather conditions, especially during the brood rearing period in late May and early June, also play an important role in the fall ruffed grouse numbers. Newly-hatched grouse chicks are very sensitive to chilling, and warm, dry conditions allow high survival during the first few weeks of life."

"Grouse hunters are used to the cyclic nature of ruffed grouse populations, and know that during low periods grouse can still be found in the best cover. Hunters might have to work a bit harder to flush birds, but sunny October days with your dog in the north woods are tough to beat, and Wisconsin still has some of the best grouse hunting in the country," Zimmer said.

Complete survey results can be found by visiting dnr.wi.gov and searching for "wildlife reports." For more information on ruffed grouse in Wisconsin, search "ruffed grouse hunting."

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Scott Walter, upland wildlife ecologist, 608-267-7861 or Brian Dhuey, wildlife surveys coordinator, 608-221-6342

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Wisconsin Natural Resources Board to meet in Milwaukee June 24-25

Meeting at the Ambassador Inn at Marquette, 2301 W. Wisconsin Ave.

MILWAUKEE -- The Wisconsin Natural Resources Board will visit Milwaukee for their June 2014 meeting. The board will take part in a day-long tour on Tuesday, June 24, and board meeting at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June 25, in the Marquette Room at the Ambassador Inn at Marquette, 2301 W. Wisconsin Avenue in Milwaukee.

The seven-member board sets policy for the Department of Natural Resources. The agenda and supporting documents can be found by searching the DNR website dnr.wi.gov for keyword "NRB."

The agenda for the June board business meeting includes:

The board provides opportunities for citizens to appear and submit written comments regarding issues that come before the board. Requests for citizen participation and for public appearances on specific action items must be made, and written comments must be submitted, to the Natural Resources Board Liaison before 11 a.m. on Friday, June 20. Please call 608- 267-7420 or email the board liaison, Laurie Ross [Laurie.Ross@wisconsin.gov].

Because of strong public interest in the wolf issue, for the first time the board will allow remote testimony to be taken from the DNR Rhinelander Service Center. Registration with the Board Liaison is required to speak at the remote location. For complete information about registering to speak, see the Natural Resources Board public participation Web page.

On Tuesday, June 24, the board will tour and/or receive presentations at several locations in Milwaukee:

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Laurie Ross, Natural Resources Board liaison, 608- 267-7420

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Mississippi River habitat project wraps up as similar efforts help fish survive a harsh winter

FERRYVILLE, Wis. - Work is expected to begin again this week on a massive project near here to recreate habitat in the Upper Mississippi River to benefit fish and wildlife. Biologists conducting fish surveys this spring found that similar habitat projects completed along the river in past years helped fish survive the harsh winter of 2014.

A new video shows federal and multi-state efforts to rebuild islands in Capoli Slough using sand and other material dredged from the river's main navigation channel and adjacent backwaters.

The island-building portion of the project wrapped up last year and re-created more than 30 acres of islands that once existed in this part of the Mississippi River. Capoli Slough is the eighteenth Mississippi River habitat project completed in Wisconsin since 1986 under authority of the Upper Mississippi River Restoration Environmental Management Program.

This year, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and partners, including the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Upper Mississippi River Wildlife and Fish Refuge and the Iowa Natural Resources Department, will be putting the finishing touches on the Islands

"Everything should be finished up by September and then it's going to take a while, seven to 10 years, for the over winter fishery to become established," says Jeff Janvrin, DNR's Mississippi River habitat specialist. "The islands are designed to provide overwintering habitat for bluegills, crappie, largemouth bass and other backwater fish species and to support a wide variety of wildlife the rest of the year."

The overwintering benefits of such large-scale habitat projects for fish and anglers were seen this spring. While fish biologists in much of the state worried that the extended ice cover on some lakes would lead to more fish kills than normal fish biologists were marveling at the fish populations upstream of past habitat projects.

"Two of our five nets emptied the first day of sampling (on Lake Onalaska) contained hundreds of pounds of fish, including 546 northern pike and yellow perch - a huge catch," says David Heath, DNR fish biologist stationed in La Crosse. "Not only were the number of these two species very high, there where hundreds of pounds of other fish, primarily bluegill and crappie.

"There were so many fish in these nets that the crew had to abandon these as netting locations on subsequent days since there were too many fish to process and the weight of fish was too much to safely handle."

The locations where they set the nets were immediately upstream of a habitat project designed to include overwintering habitat. That project was completed in 2000 by the U.S. Corps of Engineers and other partners.

"In addition, in spite of a hard winter, with thick ice and heavy snow cover, we did not receive any reports of dying fish in these two overwintering projects as well as several others, while at the same time, other locations throughout Wisconsin, including the Mississippi River reported winterkilled fish."

One of the reported fish kills on the Mississippi River this past winter is in a location that is planned for rehabilitation. "Hopefully, once this project is completed, there will be no more fish kills there," Heath says.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Jeff Janvrin, 608-785-9005 or 608-386-0341; Dave Heath, 608-785-9993

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New Field Guide to Wisconsin Streams comprehensive guide to stream plants, fishes, insects, frogs and reptiles

MADISON - Wisconsin has more than 80,000 miles of streams and now there's a comprehensive, photo-packed guide unlocking the secrets of the plants, fishes, insects, frogs and reptiles that call them home.

The field guide was co-authored and edited by a trio of state stream scientists and is available at a discount through the publisher, the University of Wisconsin Press (exit DNR). The soft-cover book is priced to cover the production cost, and neither the Department of Natural Resources nor the DNR authors receive any revenues from its sale.

Field Guide to Wisconsin Streams

"The long-awaited Field Guide to Wisconsin Streams represents a major achievement, drawing on the knowledge of more than 150 contributors from within the DNR as well as external partners and institutions," says Susan Sylvester, a longtime DNR water manager and head of DNR's water quality program.

"They have produced a field guide originally intended to help our biologists and others who manage streams, but it's beautifully illustrated and easy to use and will be a great companion for anyone who explores and cares about Wisconsin's streams."

Mike Miller, the lead author from DNR, is a Wisconsin native who has been fascinated by streams since he was about 8 years old, spending much of his free time playing in and along a small stream flowing by his house in Plymouth. He is an avid fly fisher but spends more time in boots taking various groups stream side to teach about stream ecology and the importance of healthy watersheds.

"I just finished the semester teaching UW graduate students about watershed ecology, last weekend was out with 15 Brownies, and will be out with dozens if not hundreds of students of all ages over the summer and fall, discussing the importance of protecting Wisconsin's water resources" he says.

Miller says the impetus for the field guide was that about six years ago he hired a field crew to do stream surveys across the state and the person doing the fish identification work was using a field guide for eastern states which didn't have many of Wisconsin's fish species.

"I asked him to use a different key and yet I kept seeing occasional photographs of the field crew working and this crew member was still using the one field guide," he says. "So what started out as an internal document to help DNR staff better identify fish and aquatic insects, grew into a more extensive guide. We approached UW Press seeking permission to use some of their copyrighted fish illustrations for use in the guide and they thought the guide would be a worthy effort and offered to publish it as a book."

The other primary co-authors and editors are Katie Songer, an environmental scientist, and educator who has worked with DNR and Ron Dolen, an environmental scientist who has worked on watershed studies and trained citizen volunteer stream monitors at DNR. Songer and Dolen put in countless hours contacting illustrators, photographers, and contributors, researching and drafting entries, and working through painstaking details of design, layout, and review to bring the project to fruition.

More than 1,200 images illustrate the species in the field guide, and there are descriptions of the species, lookalikes, and distribution maps. The guide identifies:

"My hope is the field guide will be of value to all who are interested in learning more about Wisconsin's aquatic resources. The more we know about streams, what lives in them, and how they are impacted by human activities, the more likely we are to value and wisely manage these natural resources" Miller said.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Mike Miller, 608-267-2753

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Great Lakes Photo Contest winners announced

MADISON - Seven photographers from Wisconsin earned top honors for their entries in the Department of Natural Resources' sixth annual "Wisconsin's Great Lakes" photography contest, which this year drew more than 500 entries.

Cana Island lighthouse
Cana Island lighthouse by Chris Miller.

Sheri Erickson of Wilson, Elena Balcerek of South Milwaukee, Chris Miller of Sister Bay. and Debbie Beyer of Sheboygan won first place honors in the contest's four categories.

Erickson, along with Andrew Jalbert of Monona and Philip Schwarz of Menomonie, won second place for their photographs.

This year's winning photos will be featured in the 2014-2015 sixteen-month calendar that DNR's Office of the Great Lakes will give out at the 2014 Wisconsin State Fair in West Allis, July 31- Aug. 10, 2014, according to Jo Temte, the Great Lakes office water specialist who coordinates the contest.

Photographers from across Wisconsin as well as California, Nevada, Michigan, Florida and Illinois submitted nearly 500 beautiful photos of Lake Michigan and Lake Superior, Temte says.

Steve Galarneau, who directs DNR's Office of the Great Lakes, called the number and quality of photos submitted "amazing."

"We are thrilled with the overall participation in the contest and enjoy seeing so many photographers return year after year," Galarneau says. "Their love for the Great Lakes shines through in their images and in the stories they share about how they got those images and what they mean to them."

A video of the winning photos can be viewed now on WIDNRTV, DNR's YouTube channel, and their photos will be featured in a calendar available this summer at the Wisconsin State Fair.

DNR also coordinates a Wisconsin's Great Lakes Writing Project and this year received 15 submissions, which also can be found on the Office of the Great Lakes website. Writings by Patricia Williams of Iola, Karen Gersonde of Milwaukee, and Annette Clark of Reeseville will be featured in this year's calendar.

DNR's Office of the Great Lakes is now accepting photos of Lake Michigan and Lake Superior for next year's contest. Contest information and instructions for submitting photos and writings can be found on the Office of the Great Lakes website.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Jo Temte (608) 267-0555

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10th annual Invader Crusader Awards recognize efforts in fighting invasive species

MADISON -- The 10th annual Invader Crusader award ceremony took place June 5 at Olbrich Botanical Gardens in Madison. In total, nine awards were presented to individuals and groups from around the state to recognize their efforts in fighting invasive species and taking initiatives to educate others.

"This year's pool of nominations was the strongest we have seen yet, representing a lot of good work by a lot of good people," says Paul Schumacher, Wisconsin Invasive Species Council chair. "Those who submitted nominations also deserve a lot of credit and a hearty thank you for taking the time to recognize the efforts of Wisconsin's Invader Crusaders."

Invader Crusader awards are given during the month of June, which is Invasive Species Awareness Month. During June, the Wisconsin Invasive Species Council advertises events on its website in which hundreds of citizens of all ages across the State will take part. These events include volunteer invasive species removal and education activities at nature centers, botanical gardens, natural areas, lakes, rivers, agricultural fields, parks, schools, institutions of higher learning, and more.

2014 Invader Crusader Award Winners

Girl Scout Troop 2789, Volunteer Group - Oconomowoc: Isis Eiserling, Maddy Keefe, Haley Pfister, and Jennifer Schroll

The four young women of Girl Scout Troop 2789 are being honored for their impressive efforts engaging other community members, volunteer groups, and local businesses in a successful purple loosestrife biocontrol project around Lac La Belle. They are continuing their work by teaching other community groups how to replicate the project.

Troop 2789 invasive team
The volunteer invasive team from Girl Scout Trool 2789 with DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp.
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Door County Invasive Species Team, Professional Group - Door County

A collaboration of natural resource professionals and interested public members working to identify, monitor, and control invasive species in Door County, the Door County Invasive Species Team marshals human and financial resources to manage invasive species across Door County. Solid planning enhances the team's ability to strategically engage the talents of its members, reach out to key audiences, and engage volunteers efficiently - maximizing the benefits of thousands of hours of volunteer work across the county, on both aquatic and terrestrial species.

Jason Nickels, Professional Individual - Mequon

Jason Nickels
Jason Nickels
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Nickels' crusade against invaders is both intensive and extensive. As Director of Education and Restoration at the Mequon Nature Preserve, Nickels implemented an intensive plan to control or eradicate all invasive species in the largest nature preserve in the four-county Milwaukee area. The reach of his success extends to the 7,000 students and 10,000 people that annually visit the facility and learn about invasive species. Students and visitors now marvel at the 190-year old white oak that was "discovered" after buckthorn was removed from a 6-acre woodlot. The preserve's transformation teaches about both the damage that invasive species can do and the incredible restoration that can result when invasives are intensely managed.

Tammy Bieberstein, Volunteer Individual - Madison

Tammy Bieberstein
Tammy Bieberstein
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Fourteen years ago, Bieberstein founded the Madison Area Weed Warriors. On a shoestring budget, she leads volunteer work parties each weekend in April and May. Not only have her volunteers put in over 4,600 hours in Madison's eight conservation parks, they use their new invasive species identification and management skills in the places they live, work, and play. Bieberstein engages the community in all of her efforts to combat invasive species, spreading the word through Madison schools and community groups.

Chrystal Seeley-Schreck, Professional Individual - Madison

Chrystal Seeley-Schreck
Chrystal Seeley-Schreck with DNR Secretary Stepp
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A consummate education professional, Seeley-Schreck effectively orchestrated a daunting task: educate and engage people about brand new rules regulating Wisconsin's invasive species. Whether her audience was nurseries or pet stores, road crews or gardeners, bicyclists or local governments, Seeley-Schreck brought the message home, earned the respect of the regulated community, and, perhaps most importantly, changed behaviors for the better. Ultimately, Seeley-Schreck stepped in to lead DNRs Invasive Species Team.

Greg Karch, Volunteer Individual - Oshkosh

Greg Karch
Greg Karch with DNR Secretary Stepp and Paul Schumacher, chair, Wisconsin Council on Invasive Species
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Karch's passion is angler education, with a strong focus on youth. He incorporates Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers! curriculum into the many seminars and clinics that he teaches. This past year, he volunteered over 400 hours in angler education and held his 100th fishing clinic. His "Learn 2 Fish With Us" angler education program has reached 10,000 anglers, most of them youth. Learning how to prevent the spread of invasive species is just as important as learning casting skills and lure selection techniques, and Karch is sure to instill this belief in all of his seminar participants.

Tom Ward, Professional Individual - Manitowoc County

Tom Ward
Tom Ward
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Ward has been going strong for 32 years and has spent his entire career as a conservationist, working to protect natural resources and prevent the spread of invasive species. His record of achievement is extensive, rich with a variety of both aquatic and terrestrial projects, spans eight counties, and focuses on developing sustained volunteer groups that continue improving Wisconsin's lands and waters.

Mike Yanny
Mike Yanny
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Mike Yanny, Professional Individual - Menomonee Falls

Yanny has helped build bridges between the nursery industry, regulators, and the conservation community since work on Wisconsin's invasive species rule began. Owner of JN Plant Selections, LLC and senior horticulturist at Johnson's Nursery, Yanny served on teams of experts evaluating species considered for regulation. He goes above and beyond, helping regulators construct good regulations and helping the nursery industry understand the need for, the value of, and how to comply with those regulations. Ultimately, Yanny helps to change attitudes so that we all can enjoy healthier natural ecosystems.

Judy Ruch
Judy Ruch
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Judy Ruch, Volunteer Individual - Presque Isle

"Let the little ones lead" is Ruch's motto. Inspired by children's ability to learn safety lessons, Judy developed an hour-long program about stopping the spread of aquatic invasive species that can be adjusted for preschoolers through elementary years. The program was such a success that the Wisconsin DNR worked with her to disseminate it to libraries statewide and through DNR's website where teachers across the country have found it and brought it home to their students.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Jennifer Feyerherm, invasive species event coordinator, 608-695-5797 or Jennifer.Feyerherm@Wisconsin.gov

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Season open and close dates selected for muskrat and mink trapping in Wisconsin

MADISON - Beginning in fall 2014, muskrat and mink trapping seasons in Wisconsin will have consistent open and close dates state-wide, with one notable exception. The Mississippi River zone will retain opening dates used in previous years.

"This new season structure reduces confusion over multiple zones and different season dates and strikes a reasonable compromise for muskrat and mink trappers," said John Olson, DNR furbearer ecologist. "It will provide consistency and make things much simpler for harvesters."

In developing the rule, muskrat trappers relayed that the previous, staggered opening dates allowed some people to take advantage of multiple season openers by travelling to other zones. Fur quality improves during the fall season as winter approaches, so the timing of the season opener is very important.

Through public hearings and coordination with interest and advisory groups, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has selected the following open and close dates for the upcoming muskrat and mink trapping seasons:

In future years, seasons will open on the Saturday nearest Oct. 25 and close the Sunday nearest Mar. 7.

For more information on muskrat and mink trapping in Wisconsin, please visit dnr.wi.gov and search keyword "trap."

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: John Olson, DNR furbearer ecologist, 715-685-2934

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DNR and WTA to offer five advanced wolf trapper education courses for fall 2014

MADISON - The Wisconsin Trappers Association and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources will partner to offer a series of advanced wolf trapper education courses in Sept. and Oct. 2014.

These courses will cover a number of topics, including basic season framework, wolf ecology, trapper ethics and responsibility and hands-on trap set demonstrations.

Five training sessions will be offered throughout the state:

All training sessions will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. - the cost of each workshop is $15.

It is important to note that the courses listed above are considered "voluntary advanced trapping" courses and will not fulfill the basic trapper education course required to legally trap a wolf in Wisconsin.

For more information regarding wolves and wolf trapping in Wisconsin, please visit dnr.wi.gov and search keywords "wolf trapper ed." For information on mandatory trapper education, search keywords "trapper education."

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Geriann Albers, DNR assistant furbearer ecologist, 608-261-6452 or John Irwin, Wisconsin Trappers Association wolf trapper education coordinator, 715-341-7596

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Burns & McDonnell welcomed into Green Tier

MILWAUKEE- Burns & McDonnell, an engineering, architectural, construction and environmental consulting firm has been accepted as a Tier 1 member of the Green Tier program for their Milwaukee Office.

Burns & McDonnell provides services to a broad range of clients across a multitude of industries including aviation, power generation and transmission, water treatment, environmental remediation, transportation, refineries and industrial buildings. The company is based out of Kansas City, with offices in Milwaukee and Madison, and is full owned by its 4,300 employees.

Green Tier encourages a collaborative approach to environmental performance between the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and Wisconsin businesses. As part of Green Tier, Wisconsin organizations voluntarily commit to reduce their environmental footprint by developing and implementing environmental management systems.

The small but growing Milwaukee branch is proud to be welcomed into the Green Tier Program and share the honor with other companies committed to superior environmental and economic performance throughout the state, according to Rebecca Vanderbeck, manager of the firm's Milwaukee office. Burns & McDonnell is excited at the opportunity to make a big impact throughout the state and further the company's already impressive body of work.

Vanderbeck said the Milwaukee branch has identified these issues as priorities moving forward:

David Langford, Burns & McDonnell Vice President and Director of Sustainability, said, "The firm has been a leader in developing and incorporating sustainable practices, and assisting multiple clients with their sustainability programs. We are very pleased to have been accepted into the Green Tier Program."

Burns & McDonnell have established themselves globally providing sustainability services ranging from air quality, energy use optimization, environmental restoration, green infrastructure, renewable energy, sustainable reporting, sustainable design-build, waste management, water management and wetlands and ecosystems.

Burns & McDonnell's engineers, architects, scientist and technologists provide expertise in sustainable solutions in all the industries they serve. More than 250 of their global experts have achieved Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEEDŽ) accredited professional status, and more than 130 are certified as Envision Sustainability Professionals (ENV SPs). Burns & McDonnell help identify and implement sustainable solutions to move businesses forward, and have been doing so since 1898.

In exchange for Burns and McDonnell's commitment to superior environmental performance, the DNR grants benefits including: a single point of contact with the department for easier communications, the use of the Green Tier Logo in written marketing materials, and annual public recognition of participation.

More details about Burns & McDonnell can be found at www.burnsmcd.com (exit DNR). More information about Burns & McDonnell's participation in Green Tier is available on the DNR website.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Christine Lilek, DNR, 920-387-7898 OR Rebecca Vanderbeck, Burns & McDonnell, 414-489-0208

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Service Litho-Print Inc. applies for Green Tier

OSHKOSH, Wis. -- The public has an opportunity to comment on an application for Wisconsin's Green Tier program by Service Litho-Print Inc. The application is for Service Litho-Print's Oshkosh facility in northeastern Wisconsin.

Service Litho-Print is applying for Tier 1 of the Green Tier program, which is designed to encourage, recognize and reward companies that are committed to superior environmental performance. Green Tier encourages businesses to voluntarily collaborate with the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). Applicants must have a good environmental record as well as implement an Environmental Management System (EMS), a framework that helps companies achieve environmental goals through consistent control of its operations.

Service Litho-Print offers sustainable packaging options to all customers and has in place a three part sustainability initiative. Service Litho-Print believes that by continuously finding ways to increase efficiency and reduce its carbon footprint, they allow the benefits to flow to its customers in reduced costs, product innovations and faster turnaround times. This commitment will be further developed through Green Tier participation and with the development of a new EMS.

The DNR will accept public comments on Service Litho-Print's Green Tier application through July 10, 2014. Comments may be directed to Jessica Lawent, Wisconsin DNR, 2300 N. Martin Luther King Dr., Milwaukee, WI, 53212, by email to Jessica.lawent@wisconsin.gov, or by calling 414-263-8653.

More details about Service Litho-Print Inc., can be found at www.service-litho.com (exit DNR). More information about Service Litho-Print's participation in Green Tier is available on the DNR website.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Jessica Lawent, 414-263-8653

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