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ARCHIVED Weekly News Published August 24, 2010

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Recycle electronics; don't trash them after Sept. 1

MADISON - Beginning Sept. 1 Wisconsin residents may no longer dump old televisions, computers or cell phones in the trash. Under a new state program, it will be easier for people to conserve valuable resources and prevent pollution by recycling or donating unwanted electronics.

E-Cycle Wisconsin makes electronics recycling easier by providing a list of collection sites across the state.

Wisconsin's electronics recycling law, passed in October 2009, bans the disposal of a wide range of consumer electronics in state landfills and incinerators as of Sept. 1. The law also creates a statewide electronics recycling program, under which electronics manufacturers pay to recycle a certain amount of electronics from households and schools each year.

Electronics are the fastest growing component of waste in the United States, according to Ann Coakley, director of the DNR Waste and Materials Management Program.

"There are millions of pounds of unwanted, broken and out-of-date electronics in Wisconsin alone," Coakley said. "Electronics contain resources that are too valuable to waste, and we can help both our economy and the environment by recycling them."

It will also help the environment. Besides saving landfill space, electronics can contain harmful materials like mercury, lead, cadmium and other heavy metals, as well as chemical flame retardants. When disposed of improperly, these pollutants pose a risk to human and environmental health.

Recycling old electronics provides materials for manufacturing new products, including electronics. Properly recycling materials like steel, gold, silver, copper and glass from electronics reduces the need for mining and refining new materials.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact Ann Coakley - (608) 261-8449

EDITOR'S NOTE: The Department of Natural Resources has a electronics disposal ban media kit available with more information on the electronics disposal ban, including a list of banned devices, recycling options and other resources.

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Leftover fall 2010 wild turkey permits go on sale August 28

Leftover permits will be sold on an over-the-counter basis

MADISON - Remaining permits for the 2010 fall turkey hunting season will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis starting Saturday, August 28.

In total, 95,700 permits were available for the fall 2010 turkey season. More than 48,900 permits were issued to hunters who applied for permits by the August 2 application deadline, leaving almost 46,800 permits available after the drawing for over-the-counter sales. Postcard notifications from the fall preference drawing are being mailed to those who were awarded a permit in the drawing. Hunters interested in finding out their results sooner can also check their permit status on the Online Licensing Center.

Hunters should check the turkey zone map (pdf) to verify where they want to hunt and then check the turkey permit availability page to see if permits are available for the zone they want to hunt in.

Sales will start at noon on August 28 and continue until all permits are sold or the turkey season comes to an end. Permit purchases are limited to one permit per day, although there is no limit on the number of permits an individual hunter can purchase.

All of the available leftover permits are for Turkey Management Zones 1-5; there were no leftover permits available for Zones 6 and 7 after the initial drawing.

The fee for turkey permits is $10 for residents and $15 for nonresidents. All permit buyers will also be required to pay the fall turkey license and stamp fee, unless they have previously purchased the license and stamp, or are a 2010 Conservation Patron License holder. Residents and nonresidents will have equal opportunity to purchase over-the-counter permits. Purchasing these permits will not affect preference status for future spring or fall turkey permit drawings.

Leftover fall turkey permits can be purchased over the Internet through the Online Licensing Center, by calling toll-free 1-877-WI LICENSE (1-877-945-4236), and at all license sales locations. Hunters should have their DNR customer ID ready. Hunters with any questions about when or how to buy permits may call the DNR Customer Call Center from 7 a.m. through 10 p.m. seven days a week at 1-888-WDNRINFo (1-888-936-7463).

Blaze orange required during any open gun deer season

Hunters are reminded of the requirement for blaze orange on ground blinds on DNR lands during any Gun Deer Season. Ground blinds on DNR lands left unattended must also have the owner's name and address or DNR Customer Identification Number attached near the door opening. Ground blinds may not be left out overnight. Please note that these ground blind rules do not apply to ground blinds being used for hunting waterfowl or to blinds built only out of natural vegetation found on the DNR property.

Turkey hunters should also note that during any gun or muzzleloader deer season, including the Oct. 9-10 Youth Deer Hunt, antlerless hunts and CWD hunts (see 2010 Wisconsin Deer Hunting Regulations), blaze orange clothing is required. A hat, if worn, must be at least 50 percent blaze orange.

For more information see the wild turkey page of the DNR website.

Fall Wild Turkey Season Dates & Reminders

2010 Fall Wild Turkey Season Dates:

2010 Fall Wild Turkey Extended Season Dates for Zones 1-5 ONLY:

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT: Sharon Fandel, Acting Upland Wildlife Ecologist: (608) 261-8458 or Krista McGinley, Assistant Upland Wildlife Ecologist: (608) 264-8963.

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Surveys show good survival of young perch in Green Bay

Third highest abundance in 30 years

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An adult yellow perch with young-of-year perch.
WDNR Photo

PESHTIGO - Recently completed fish surveys for yellow perch in Green Bay show good news: the third highest abundance in 30 years for fish hatched earlier this spring, state fisheries biologists say.

"Once again we're seeing a very strong year-class," says Tammie Paoli, Department of Natural Resources fisheries biologist in Peshtigo. "Numbers are up and the fish are larger than last year at this time, which is indicative of the early hatch and warm water temperatures encountered this spring and summer." Earlier this month, young-of-year perch were 2.5 to 3 inches long.

Paoli is hopeful that this year class of fish will be different than other classes in recent years that have survived their first summer in good numbers but many of which have died before reaching a catchable size.

"We've been getting some pretty decent year classes for quite a while now, but we are not seeing adults in the numbers we'd like to. There seems to be a lot of mortality occurring at some point in their first one to two years."

While Paoli and other DNR biologists don't know the exact reasons for the perch mortality, they do have some suspects: predation from other fish species, such as walleye and/or northern pike, which both seem to be doing well in the bay; or bird predation, specifically cormorants, which are at high numbers and are the subject of control efforts by the DNR and Wildlife Services of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The two agencies have been oiling cormorant eggs and conducting some limited sharp shooting to trim back the birds' numbers, as described in this February 2008 Wisconsin Natural Resources magazine article, Cormorant Conundrum.

The goal is to reduce the number of nesting pairs to 6,000 from the 15,000 estimated now.

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DNR fisheries staff Mike Hawley and Tammie Paoli sorting and counting fish from a trawl drag
WDNR Photo

Fishing reports for most of the summer have reflected the fishery's skewing toward young, small fish, Paoli says. "We've heard reports of good fishing but a lot of small fish. So again, this kind of goes back to the idea that some of these fish may be cropped off at a younger age."

The yellow perch season on Green Bay runs from May 20 through March 15, and there is a daily bag of 15 with no length limit. Anglers tend to start keeping perch when they are about 8 inches long, a size they tend to reach in their second or third year, she says.

In the last week or so, DNR creel clerks who survey anglers about their catch have reported some improved catches. "So the size of fish people have been catching could be related to water temperature, fish moving around."

The DNR crews were able to complete the surveys this year using trawling nets early despite intense heat, humidity, and fog, Paoli says. The relative abundance combining shallow and deep sites increased from 1,211 per hour spent trawling in 2009 to 2,581 per hour in 2010. The other two years which were higher were 1986, when 4,480 per hour were hauled in, and 2003, with a rate of 7,868 per hour.

The majority of the young perch were captured near the mouth of the Peshtigo and Pensaukee rivers and in the Little Tail Point area.

Other notable items from the survey:

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Tammie Paoli - 715-582-5052

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Early Canada goose, mourning dove seasons open Sept. 1

MADISON - Sept. 1 marks the start of the fall hunting seasons, with the statewide opening of the early Canada goose and mourning dove seasons.

The early Canada goose season runs from Sept. 1-15 statewide and requires a $3 early Canada goose permit. The Burnett County subzone closed area has been eliminated and is now open to goose hunting.

The dove season runs Sept. 1 through Nov. 9.

"The early Canada goose hunt directs harvest efforts on Wisconsin breeding Canada geese," says Kent Van Horn, migratory game bird ecologist for the Department of Natural Resources. "Resident geese often change their feeding and movement patterns as September approaches. Scouting ahead of time and staying mobile during the season offers the best chances for success."

Wisconsin's Waterfowl Breeding Population Survey showed a resident goose population of 165,853 (up 12 percent from 2009) and Van Horn expects good early season goose hunting opportunities.

The 10 year trend for mourning doves shows the populations to be stable, with a 0.8 percent increase. On average, about 14,000 Wisconsin hunters harvest 140,000 mourning doves each year. As with Canada geese, mourning dove hunters should benefit from before the season scouting to see where birds are flying as they move between roosts, water, and feeding areas.

"At this time of year, particularly over the holiday weekend, many people are spending time outdoors and we encourage everyone to respect each other's interests," adds Van Horn.

Both Canada goose and dove hunters must be HIP (harvest information program) certified to hunt migratory game birds to be in compliance with state and federal law. This free and easy certification should be requested when purchasing your hunting license and the HIP registry allows us to survey hunters about important harvest information.

Dove hunting regulation and safety reminders

For more information see the Waterfowl in Wisconsin or mourning dove pages of the DNR website.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Kent Van Horn (608) 266-8841

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Now is time to look for gypsy moth egg masses

MADISON - Now is the time for land owners and managers to start looking for gypsy moth egg masses to predict the pest's population size and potential damage to trees next year. Most egg masses will be found on tree trunks and the undersides of branches, but they can also be found on buildings, firewood, vehicles, and other outdoor objects.

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Now is the time to look for gypsy moth egg masses on trees.
WDNR Photo

State forestry officials say that if there are several egg masses per tree over a large area, such as a neighborhood or woodlot, spraying from the air next spring is the best method for minimizing defoliation. The egg masses are tan-colored, about the size of a nickel or quarter, and feel firm. Older egg masses that are soft and faded are not a concern because the eggs hatched this past spring.

Homeowners with egg masses on individual yard trees can help to reduce the population by applying a horticultural oil spray available online and at some retailers and garden centers, or by removing egg masses within reach and drowning them in soapy water for two days. Treating egg masses with a horticultural oil spray is one of the best tools available to homeowners for reducing gypsy moth populations and helping to protect yard trees from defoliation by gypsy moth caterpillars next summer.

The best time to oil egg masses is anytime after the first hard frost in fall through the first week in April, on a day with at least 40 degree temperatures. Although this strategy is not feasible in woodlots or on large acreages and will not relieve an outbreak on its own, it is very helpful as a supplement to insecticide treatments such as the aerial Suppression Program sprays in yards and urban settings.

The Department of Natural Resources offers an aerial Suppression Spray Program to communities, lake associations, and landowners that are suffering from very high populations of gypsy moth. The program is offered through participating counties which sign up areas at the request of local governments, lake associations, and individual landowners within that county. Eligible areas must be 20 acres or more, but this area can cover multiple landowners. The spraying is usually paid for by the entity requesting the spraying, although federal money may be available to offset up to half the cost.

"The purpose of this aerial spray program is to prevent heavy defoliation that may kill the tree," said Mark Guthmiller, Regional Gypsy Moth Suppression Coordinator with the Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

"County and community participation usually depend on the number of gypsy moth reports they receive from their residents, so call local contacts soon if you had gypsy moth problems this summer and are interested in having your property sprayed next spring," advises Guthmiller.

Gypsy moth egg mass
Gypsy moth egg masses.
WDNR Photo

Homeowners in residential areas should report their gypsy moth problem to their local gypsy moth contact, lake association, or community government. Woodlot owners should contact their town government or the county coordinator for gypsy moth directly. Infestations should be reported by the end of September if possible, as counties must apply to the DNR program by early December.

A list of county coordinators and municipal contacts is available online. Click on the red part of the red and white map and then choose your county on the next page that comes up.

"Populations remain high enough to justify aerial spraying in many areas of northeast Wisconsin where nuisance caterpillars and tree defoliation were severe this summer," said Bill McNee, another Regional Gypsy Moth Suppression Coordinator with the DNR. "There was a large die-off of the caterpillars in June due to diseases, but in many areas enough survived to predict heavy defoliation for the summer of 2011. If your property was heavily defoliated this summer and egg mass surveys predict heavy defoliation again in 2011, it is usually worth spending the money to spray."

For more information on management or how to conduct egg mass surveys visit Wisconsin Gypsy Moth website [gypsymoth.wi.gov] (exit DNR), the gypsy moth page of the DNR website, or e-mail dnrfrgypsymoth@wisconsin.gov, or call 1-800-642-MOTH (6684) for help.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

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Brownfield Site Assessment Grants available to investigate contaminated properties

MADISON - Wisconsin communities with properties that have known or suspected environmental contamination can apply for state grants to help jump start cleaning up the properties.

The Department of Natural Resources Brownfield Site Assessment Grants (SAG) are available to help municipalities start investigation activities at brownfields, which are abandoned, idle or underused industrial or commercial properties where redevelopment is hindered by real or perceived contamination.

Applications and instructions for the grants are available on the Site Assessment Grants page of the DNR website.

Funding is available for small grants ($2,000 up to $30,000) and large grants ($30,000 up to $100,000). Applications for both large and small grants are due November 8, 2010. Approximately $1.59 million has been budgeted for this fiscal year - the final amount, however, may depend on incoming state revenue.

Brownfield properties are located in every type of community across Wisconsin. More than half the SAG awards often go to rural towns, villages or counties looking to spur economic growth in their communities.

Any Wisconsin local government (city, village, town, county, redevelopment authority, community development authority or housing authority) or tribe is eligible to complete an application for a grant. While SAGs do not fund cleanups, the grants do fund the following activities:

Since 2000, the DNR has awarded $16.5 million to 205 communities around the state for work on more than 1,600 acres of land. The state legislature first authorized the SAG program in 1999 based on recommendations from the Brownfields Study Group, a state-wide advisory task force.

For more information about Site Assessment Grants, including handy tips on whether a property is eligible for a grant, please visit the DNR's Remediation and Redevelopment (RR) Program pages of the DNR website.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Andrew Savagian, (608) 261-6422, or andrew.savagian@wisconsin.gov.

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Last Revised: Tuesday, August 24, 2010




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