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World student archery tournament comes to Alliant Energy Center in Madison July 11-13

MADISON - The 6th annual National Archery in the Schools World Tournament will take place in Madison at the Alliant Energy Center July 11-13, 2014. The event will showcase archers from all around the world and is open to the public.

The National Archery in the Schools Program is an in-school curriculum for students in grades four to twelve. A number of schools participating in the NASP program have created after school programs and archery teams in addition to their in-school archery program.

"While the National Archery in the Schools Program focuses on the process of shooting and shooting safely rather than the outcome or score of the arrow, the NASP tournaments offer participants in the program an opportunity to demonstrate their proficiency in the sport," said Dan Schroeder, NASP coordinator for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, which is serving as host for the world tournament.

Archers qualify for the NASP World Tournament based on their scores at the NASP national tournament. Archers and teams from countries outside of the United States follow a similar qualification process through their respective provincial and national tournaments. In 2014, archers are expected from Canada, South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe, and Mongolia.

Competitive flight times are as follows:

The public is welcome as spectators for a fee of $5 per day for people 8 years old and up and parking of $6.50 per day. Food and beverage will be sold on site.

Last year, the NASP World Tournament was held in St. Louis, Mo. Participation from 2012 to 2013 increased by 134 percent -- 2,907 archers competed at the 2013 world tournament. Additional growth is expected in 2014.

Josh Ohlert and Riley Mabe, the overall male and female champions in 2013 respectively, scored the highest individual world tournament scores ever recorded by NASP at last year's world tournament.

Ohlert and Wendi Thomas, the male and female high school champions in 2013, have graduated and will not be defending their title in 2014. However, Mabe enters ninth grade this fall and will defend her title.

A pair of two-time defending world champion teams, Trigg County High School of Cadiz, Ky. and Caudill Middle School of Richmond Ky., will each try to achieve a third straight victory in 2014.

For more information regarding the National Archery in the Schools Program, please visit dnr.wi.gov and search keyword "NASP" or visit www.naspschools.org (exit DNR). For tournament information, visit www.nasptournaments.org.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Dan Schroeder - 608-235-4619

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Clean Boats Clean Waters and DNR to educate boaters in annual "Landing Blitz"

MADISON - Clean Boats Clean Waters volunteers and Department of Natural Resources staff will be at boat launches throughout the state during the July 4 weekend helping boaters inspect their boats and learn the necessary steps to slow the spread of aquatic invasive species. The sixth annual "Landing Blitz" aims to educate and reward boaters for taking steps in preventing the spread of invasives such as zebra mussels and Eurasian water-milfoil.

"The Landing Blitz is always a great event for both boaters and our Clean Boats Clean Waters volunteers," says Bob Wakeman, aquatic invasive species coordinator. "We're happy to see it inspired Michigan to start their own Landing Blitz, which can only strengthen our joint efforts to stop the spread of invasive species. We would also like to thank all the volunteers over the years who have helped make this campaign successful"

DNR anticipates another banner year that will hopefully encourage other states to blitz their lakes as well. The Landing Blitz uses the busiest weekend of the boating season, running from July 3 to 6, to educate boaters on steps they can take to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species and highlights the role of the Clean Boats Clean Waters program in those efforts.

Boaters spotted already practicing the important prevention steps of "Inspect your boat, remove plants and animals, drain water from live wells and buckets and never move live fish" might be rewarded with a free "Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers" towels.

The Landing Blitz has grown steadily throughout its brief history. For example, ninety lakes participated in 2011. By 2013, the total grew to 290 lakes in 54 counties involving 167 participating groups such as lake associations, local and county governments, tribal entities and non-profit groups.

Clean Boats Clean Waters is a partnership between DNR, the University of Wisconsin Extension Lakes program in Stevens Point.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Bob Wakeman, aquatic invasive species coordinator 262-719-0740

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DNR Deer Management Assistance Program off to a solid start

MADISON -- Wisconsin's new Deer Management Assistance Program has completed its first enrollment period. A number of Wisconsin landowners are eager to work in partnership with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources toward a common goal - providing for healthy deer and habitat management.

DMAP is one of several new programs and changes resulting from a two-year review of Wisconsin's deer management program. DMAP will give landowners the tools and technical assistance needed to manage their property for deer and other wildlife. The program encourages sound land stewardship practices on private and public land and is intended to improve relationships between landowners, hunters and DNR.

DMAP offers three levels of enrollment, with benefits increasing from levels 1 through 3.

As of May 30, landowners had submitted 41 level 1 applications, 56 level 2 applications and 17 level 3 applications. These landowners represent 46 counties in Wisconsin and close to 44,000 total acres of land.

"I'm really excited about the number of applications we received in our first month of enrollment," said Bob Nack, DMAP coordinator. "Clearly, there is a strong interest and demand for this program from Wisconsin landowners - nearly 44,000 acres is an impressive amount in only our first month."

A majority of landowners were responsive to maintaining healthy deer and healthy habitat on their lands. Among all applicants thus far, 92 percent wish to improve habitat for deer and other wildlife through DMAP enrollment. Improved hunting and recreational opportunities is also a priority for many - 66 percent of current applicants are interested in increasing the antler size of harvested bucks. Many landowners (47 percent) look forward to improving relationships with neighboring landowners.

"Landowners will benefit from getting to know their local wildlife biologist and networking with other landowners in the state," Nack said,

In 2014, properties at levels 2 and 3 will be selected for enrollment from a pool of applicants. Applicants not accepted at these levels in 2014 will be enrolled at level 1 and will automatically be considered for enrollment at levels 2 or 3 in 2015.

"DMAP enrollment statistics illustrate the public's interest in hands-on wildlife management. Collaboration between landowners, hunters and the department will help improve wildlife habitat and deer herds and help Wisconsin continue its world-class hunting and wildlife viewing traditions," Nack said. DMAP applications for all three levels will be accepted through the online MyDMAP database or via hard copy.

For an application or additional information regarding the DMAP program, search the DNR website dnr.wi.gov for keyword "DMAP."

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Bob Nack, DMAP coordinator, Bureau of Wildlife Management, 608-264-6137

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PCBs levels continue to decline in key Lake Michigan sport fish

MADISON -- New research shows a continuing decline in PCB levels in key Lake Michigan sport fish more than 30 years after regulations on manufacture, use and disposal were put into place.

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources researchers Paul Rasmussen, Candy Schrank and Meghan Williams, in a paper published in the June 16 online edition of the Journal of Great Lakes Research, describe a statistical model based on fish samples collected from 1975 to 2010 that quantified how toxic polychlorinated biphenyls have diminished in chinook and coho salmon -- two prized fish among sport anglers and home chefs. The researchers found that over time, the rate of decline has moderated - from decreases of 16.7 percent annually in chinook and 23.9 percent annually in coho from 1975 to the mid-1980s - to decreases of 4 percent per year in chinook and 2.6 percent per year in coho from the mid-1980s to 2010.

"Although the rate of decline has slowed from the early days of the ban, the continuing improvement is significant," said Candy Schrank, an environmental toxicologist and fisheries expert with DNR. "PCBs remain the contaminant of greatest concern for the health of people who eat fish from Lake Michigan and these findings will help us evaluate ongoing efforts to reduce the amount of chemical contamination entering the lake and to learn about how PCBs move in the environment."

Until their U.S. ban in 1979, PCBs were used to make electrical transformers, carbonless papers, cutting oils and hydraulic fluids. However, because the man-made PCBs are slow to break down in the environment, they remain a problem today along with continuing sources of contamination such as mercury.

The new study and its supporting data are among a number of factors taken into account as DNR monitors for multiple contaminants to update fish consumption advisories designed to protect the health of people who eat fish. The current advisory recommends that people should eat no more than one meal per month of chinook and coho salmon from Lake Michigan. While the new PCB data are not expected to result in a short-term advisory change, they signify an important, positive trend.

Schrank said the DNR study of coho and chinook mirrors the findings of other researchers with respect to PCB concentrations in water, gull eggs and lake trout from Lake Michigan as well as some fish in Lake Ontario. The DNR research took into account the size of the fish (older, larger fish accumulate more chemicals over time) and seasonal changes (salmon gorge themselves on smaller fish during the summer and contain higher fat and chemical concentrations in fall).

In a separate study published earlier this month in the Journal of Great Lakes Research, Schrank, Williams and Dr. Henry Anderson from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services reported on the concentration of beneficial fatty acids such as omega-3 and omega-6 in key Wisconsin sport fish including Lake Michigan coho and chinook.

"These and other Wisconsin sport fish contain enough healthy omega-3 and other beneficial compounds that they don't need to be eaten every day to provide cardiovascular advantages," Schrank said. "In fact, an eight ounce serving of coho or chinook provides nearly twice the daily intake of healthy compounds recommended for the prevention of heart disease by the Harvard School of Public Health."

The abstract of the PCB study may be found at www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0380133014001373; the abstract of the beneficial fatty acid study may be found at www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S038013301400118X (both links exit DNR). Further information on Wisconsin's fish consumption advice can be found by searching the DNR website dnr.wi.gov for "eating your catch."

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Candy Schrank, environmental toxicologist, 608-267-7614, Candy.schrank@wisconsin.gov; Jennifer Sereno, communications, 608-770-8084, Jennifer.sereno@wisconsin.gov.

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Wisconsin is a great place for fairs, festivals and music - and recycling!

MADISON - It's hard to picture a Wisconsin fair or festival without great food and drinks, and this year event planners can help keep the leftover bottles, cans and packaging out of landfills with increased event recycling.

State and local laws require recycling at home and on the road, with ways to recycle materials like clean cardboard, aluminum cans and glass or plastic bottles necessary at all events and gatherings. The Department of Natural Resources provides free recycling signs and information to help event organizers and attendees follow the law.

These free materials are found by searching the DNR website dnr.wi.gov for "recycling away from home."

"At fairgrounds and concert venues, beer tents and exhibition halls, even sporting events and private parties, Wisconsin residents already look for ways to recycle," said Cynthia Moore, DNR recycling program coordinator. "Simple steps like posting clear signs and pairing trash cans with recycling bins can reduce litter. A little planning goes a long way."

Polk County Fair
At events like the Polk County Fair, placing collapsible recycling bins next to trash barrels encourages recycling and reduces cross-contamination .
Amanda Haffele Photo

Festival, fair and other event attendees should look for recycling containers and ask property managers when they don't see a place to recycle.

Event organizers can download, print or order DNR resources to encourage vendor recycling, create successful collection systems and reduce overall amounts of waste. The free resources include the "Recycling and Waste Reduction at Your Special Event [PDF]" guide, signs and labels for recycling bins and a brand new Special Event Vendor Recycling Info Sheet [PDF].

recycling bin
New recycling bins for the pilot bin distribution program.
WDNR Photo

In cooperation with the Wisconsin Beverage Association, Wisconsin Council on Recycling and Associated Recyclers of Wisconsin, the DNR will also make repurposed soft drink syrup barrels available this year as low-cost recycling bins for event planners with a limited budget. Event planners can learn more about the barrel program by contacting Waneta Kratz at Waneta.Kratz@wisconsin.gov.

"While organizing a recycling effort at these events may seem daunting," Moore said, "a number of recent event organizers have shown that it can be done effectively and efficiently. Providing easy recycling at special events is a great reminder of how everyone everywhere can reduce waste and keep our environment clean."

Moore noted that local governments who allow the use or lease of their buildings, parks and grounds for festivals or other events must provide for recycling themselves, or require event organizers to recycle in the permit, lease agreement or contract.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT: Cynthia Moore, 608-267-7550

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DNR FIN'terns help neighborhood youth catch on to fishing fun

MADISON -- School's out and youth looking for summer fun will find it close to home thanks to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Fishing in the Neighborhood program.

This summer, DNR's FIN program will bring six teams of interns -- or FIN'terns -- to community centers around the state to teach fishing fundamentals and connect people with local aquatic resources. The 12 interns serve at the Urban Ecology Center and Milwaukee Christian Center in Milwaukee, the Bad River Boys & Girls Club in Odanah, Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary in Green Bay, Warner Park Community Recreation Center in Madison and Indianhead Community Action Agency in Ladysmith.

Theresa Stabo, DNR aquatic resources education director, says the program works with neighborhood centers and other nonprofits to encourage participation among low-income youth who might not otherwise have a chance to go fishing. Particular emphasis is given to youth from communities of color and where English is not the first language spoken in the home. DNR hires and trains college-age students for the intern positions and provides equipment for them to use with the local participants.

Funding for the program comes from the Sport Fish Restoration Act, which taxes fishing equipment and motorboat fuel; a grant from the Wisconsin Environmental Education Board helps fund the Milwaukee Christian Center located in Kosciuszko County Park. In return for their work, the interns receive a stipend or regular paychecks from DNR. Some interns make arrangements for college credit with their schools.

"Outdoor activities such as fishing promote lifelong physical and emotional well-being while establishing important social connections and a sense of personal responsibility," Stabo says. "From DNR's standpoint, we're thrilled to see kids participating in activities that are part of Wisconsin's outdoor heritage."

The program builds community engagement by introducing the young anglers to local fishing clubs, setting up fishing trips and organizing presentations on science-related topics such as fish biology and lake ecology. At the same time, the internships serve to attract women and minorities to the field of natural resources. While the interns' main duties involve engaging youth in fishing and related outdoor activities, they also have some opportunities to job shadow field biologists.

Since its start in 2005, Stabo estimates more than 2,000 youth have participated in the Fishing in the Neighborhood program at nine locations statewide. Local scheduling information and program details are available by calling the local community centers: Urban Ecology Center, Milwaukee, 414-344-5460; Milwaukee Christian Center, 414-645-4624; Bad River Boys & Girls Club, Odanah, 715-685-9489; Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary, Green Bay, 920-391-3671; Warner Park Community Recreation Center, Madison, 608-245-3690; Indianhead Community Action Agency, Ladysmith, -715-532-4222.

CONTACT: Theresa Stabo, aquatic resources education director, theresa.stabo@wisconsin.gov, 608-266-2272 or Jennifer Sereno, communications, Jennifer.Sereno@wisconsin.gov, 608-770-8084.

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Public information meetings in Manitowish Waters on Rest Lake dam draft order

Two meetings Friday, June 27 and a third meeting set for
August 16 to provide additional opportunities for input

MANITOWISH WATERS, Wis. -- Two public information meetings will be held Friday, June 27 and a third on Saturday, Aug. 16 to give the public a chance to learn more and provide feedback on a draft operating order for the Rest Lake dam.

In an effort to balance environmental, recreational and long-term economic interests, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has issued a draft operating order for the Rest Lake dam in Vilas County to restore a more natural water flow and extend the navigation season with more consistent water levels.

The operating order for the dam -- which governs water depth and stream flows on the Manitowish River and Manitowish chain of lakes -- replaces an order dating to the 1930s that allows for a reduction of water levels by 3.5 feet each fall. The new order calls for a smaller 1-foot fall drawdown, similar to other northern Wisconsin flowage systems including the Minocqua chain of lakes, the Eagle River chain, the Three Lakes chain and Twin Lakes (North and South Twin lakes).

The draft order also establishes a one-year implementation delay to provide waterfront property owners on the Manitowish chain with the opportunity to prepare for the more consistent year-round water levels.

The draft order follows years of study including consideration of environmental, recreational and economic factors. Previously, the agency conducted several public forums as well as an environmental assessment that included economic data submitted by individuals and groups.

Key benefits of the draft order include improved year-round navigability and recreational opportunities; improved spring river flows that support fish, wildlife and habitat; more consistent water levels and a more stable shoreline; and more predictable dam operations similar to others in the region that serve high property value chains.

Before issuing the final order, DNR will hold informational meetings on Friday, June 27 from 12:30 to 5 p.m. and from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Manitowish Waters town hall and again on Saturday, Aug. 16 from 12:30 to 6 p.m. also at the Manitowish Waters town hall.

For more information about the proposed operating order for the Rest Lake dam, including information for property owners on the Manitowish chain of lakes, search the DNR website dnr.wi.gov for "Rest Lake dam."

Written comments may be submitted until Sept. 5 by email to DNRRestLake@Wisconsin.gov or by mail to: DNR Service Center, 2501 Golf Course Road, Ashland, WI 54806, attn. John Spangberg.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: John Gozdzialski, Secretary's Director - Northern Wisconsin, 715-635-4002, John.Gozdzialski@wisconsin.gov or Jennifer Sereno, communications, 608-770-8084, Jennifer.Sereno@wisconsin.gov.

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Last Revised: Tuesday, June 24, 2014




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