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2015 Gold Seal Awards contest underway

Visitors can vote for their favorite state park property in 10 different categories

MADISON - What Wisconsin state park offers the best beach to take Fido? How about the best park for get a workout, seeing wildflowers or family camping?

Those are among the categories for the 2015 Friends of Wisconsin State Parks Gold Seal Awards contest categories.

"If you are a camper, biker, hunter, angler, or park visitor, cast your vote for your favorite state park, forest, or trail in one of our new categories," said Patty Loosen, state park friends coordinator for the Department of Natural Resources.

The winning parks, forests and trails will be honored with a Gold Seal Award at the Friends of Wisconsin State Parks Awards Banquet on Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015. The statewide Friends of Wisconsin State Parks organization runs the Gold Seal Award program each year to highlight Wisconsin's parks, trails, and forests.

This year, the Friends of Wisconsin State Parks have named the following categories:

People can cast their entries and find out more by visiting the Friends of Wisconsin State Parks website (exit DNR) and clicking on the tab for "Gold Seal Awards."

The Friends of Wisconsin State Parks work to promote, protect, preserve, restore, and enhance the State Park System in order to protect state parks and their resources for future generations.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Patty Loosen, Friends of Wisconsin State Parks coordinator, 608-264-8994



Second phase of DNR land sales parcels available for review

MADISON - The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources released a list of 118 land parcels under department review in the second year of land sale efforts resulting from Wisconsin Act 20.

Parcels currently under review are located in 40 counties and total approximately 8,288 acres. Of this total acreage, 5,387 acres will be reviewed for possible sale to the general public. These parcels can be reviewed on the DNR website,, by searching for keywords "land sales,"

The review process will be conducted by field staff and will consider each parcel's recreational utility, natural resources values and how the parcel fits within the department's overall portfolio of real estate holdings. The department owns more the 1.5 million acres of land -- and sales and exchanges are part of the department's routine management of its land holdings. This new effort will focus on isolated parcels located outside of established project boundaries.

An additional 2,575 acres will be reviewed by the department to determine if county forest ownership will provide for more suitable management, while 325 acres will be reviewed to determine if Wisconsin Tribal Nation ownership will provide for more suitable management. DNR staff will work directly with counties and Wisconsin's Tribal Nations regarding land identified to be sold in this manner.

Wisconsin Act 20 requires at least 10,000 department-owned acres located outside of project boundaries to be made available for sale by June 30, 2017, and net proceeds will be used to repay outstanding public debt related to the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program.

The sale of department-owned lands under Act 20 will help resolve key boundary and access issues, realign land ownership with conservation partners and private citizens for more efficient management, and allow the department to work closely with partner and stakeholder organizations to meet common property and conservation goals.

The department's land sale policy was shaped by public comments received at five informational meetings held throughout the state in October 2013 and by comments received through the public policy page on the department website. The Natural Resources Board approved the final policy in December 2013.

The land sale process identified the importance of on-the-ground parcel reviews to determine if any exceptional natural resource or recreational value is present. These field reviews will take place over the next three months, and final department recommendations will be presented to the Natural Resources Board later this year. The department hopes to gain approval to sell the remaining 8,600 acres required under Act 20 this year and market parcels for sale in 2016 and 2017.

To view a list of lands currently being reviewed by field staff for possible sale, visit, search keywords "land sales," and click on the button labeled "parcels for review and sale."

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Doug Haag, Deputy Director, Bureau of Facilities and Lands 608-266-2136



Natural Resources Board to meet August 12 in Horicon

MADISON - Changes to Wisconsin's environmental analysis and review procedures and establishing the 2015 migratory bird hunting seasons are among the items that the state Natural Resources Board will consider when it meets August 12, 2015 in Horicon.

The board will meet at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, August 12, 2015, at the Horicon Marsh Education and Visitors Center, N7725 State Road 28, Horicon, to conduct its regular business meeting.

Leading up to the Wednesday business meeting, the board will tour and hear presentations on Tuesday, August 11, 2015 at a number of locations including the Horicon U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Visitors Center, the Lomira Waste Water Treatment Plant and the Department of Natural Resources Horicon Marsh Education and Visitors Center. The public must pre-register with board liaison Laurie Ross, at 608-267-7420 to attend scheduled tours.

Other topics on Wednesday's business meeting agenda include:

The board will also hear informational items on the department's activities and strategies to reduce nutrient discharge to waters of the state with a primary focus on phosphorus and on a new Wisconsin DNR strategic alignment effort.

The complete August board agenda is available by searching the DNR website, for keyword "NRB" and clicking on the button for "view agendas." Background information is linked to each agenda item.

The public may testify at board meetings on topics open for public comment (listed on the agenda). The deadline to register to speak at the board meeting or to submit comments is 11 a.m. on Friday, August 7, 2015. The public may also submit written comments about issues that come before the board. For more information see the board public participation page of the DNR website.

Board meetings are webcast live. People can watch the meeting over the Internet by going to the NRB agenda page of the DNR website and clicking on webcasts in the Related Links column on the right. Then click on this month's meeting. After each meeting, the webcast will be permanently available on demand.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Laurie Ross, board liaison, 608-267-7420 or



Class B bear license eliminated in Wisconsin

Check online regulations or contact DNR staff and learn what this means for your hunt

MADISON -- The 2015-17 Wisconsin state budget bill has passed as 2015 Wisconsin Act 55, and state law was changed to eliminate the Class B bear license and increase the Class A license application fee to $4.50.

The 2015 Bear Hunting Regulations pamphlet was completed in advance of the proposed law, and will not reflect these Class B changes. Online regulations have been updated, and individuals are encouraged to use the online regulations pages or contact DNR staff with any questions.

Both residents and non-residents may now participate in the following bear baiting, hunting and training activities without a Class B bear license if those activities are permitted and in compliance with applicable regulations:

It is important to note that a back-up shooter must adhere by the following guidelines:

The Class B bear license was required for a portion of the 2015 bear baiting and dog training season, and those who have purchased a license had an opportunity to use it this year. Therefore, no refunds will be issued for Class B licenses purchased for the 2015 bear baiting and dog training seasons.

For more information regarding bear hunting in Wisconsin, visit the department's website,, and search keyword "bear."

FOR MORE INFOMATION CONTACT: Dave MacFarland, DNR Large Carnivore Specialist, 715-365-8917; Dave Zebro, DNR Northern Regional Warden, 715-645-0055; Bureau of Customer and Outreach Services, 608-266-2621



Wildlife stamp contest winners announced

Entries on display at the Wisconsin State Fair

MADISON - Talented artists from all corners of the state submitted a total of 28 pieces of wildlife artwork for this year's Wisconsin wild turkey, pheasant, and waterfowl stamp design contest. Judging took place on Friday, July 3 and the top three pieces of artwork in each division will be on display in the Natural Resources Park at the 2015 Wisconsin State Fair.

Those interested in wildlife conservation and art are encouraged to visit the park to check out the winning designs and learn more about the accomplishments of Wisconsin's wildlife stamp programs.

This year's judging panel included Bruce Urben, Board of Directors President for the Wisconsin Waterfowl Association, Doug Fendry, Pheasants Forever Regional Wildlife Biologist, and Paul Wait, an editor and publisher with Delta Waterfowl.

2016 Wild Turkey Stamp design contest

A painting of a tom turkey in a Wisconsin farmland setting, submitted by Robert B. Andrea of Spooner, received first place in the 2016 Wild Turkey Stamp design contest. While Andrea has submitted artwork in past wildlife stamp design contests, this is his first time winning a blue ribbon. Andrea has been painting and drawing since he was 7 years old. While his skills are mostly self-taught, both his mother and his uncle provided artistic inspiration.

2016 wild turkey stamp
2016 Wild Turkey Stamp by Robert B. Andrea of Spooner

Andrea and his wife enjoy taking pictures of Wisconsin wildlife and scenery, and his winning painting of a tom turkey in a farmland scene was inspired by a turkey crossing the road during one of these excursions. According to Andrea, the opportunity to spend time outdoors enjoying nature is a big part of why he is so passionate about wildlife artwork.

Andrea particularly admires the work of Norman Rockwell and wildlife artist Philip R. Goodwin, and his advice for beginning artists is to draw and paint what they see, follow their instincts, and keep working hard. Andrea served as a composite artist for the police force, where he was an officer for over 30 years.

Terry Doughty of Colgate, Wis. placed second in the 2016 Wild Turkey Stamp design contest, while Robert Leum of Holmen, Wis. placed third.

All turkey hunters are required to purchase the $5.25 Wild Turkey Stamp to legally hunt turkeys in Wisconsin, and proceeds help provide vital support for turkey management and hunting in Wisconsin. Wild Turkey Stamp sales represent over three-quarters of a million dollars annually for wild turkey and habitat management, restoration projects, education, research, and equipment purchases.

2016 Pheasant Stamp and Waterfowl Stamp design contests

Terry Doughty of Colgate, Wis. placed first in the 2016 pheasant stamp design contest. Doughty also placed first in the waterfowl stamp design contest with his painting of a pair of Ring-necked Ducks. Doughty is a veteran of the wildlife stamp design contests, taking first place in the 1988-89, 1995, and 2000 wild turkey stamp contests, 1998 pheasant stamp contest, and 1991 and 2002 waterfowl stamp design contests. Doughty won the "grand slam" in 2005, taking first place in all three contests.

2016 pheasant stamp
2016 Pheasant Stamp by Terry Doughty of Colgate

Doughty has been painting since around 1970 -- while he was awarded a scholarship to the University of Chicago, he remained at home to work for his father and ultimately joined the U.S. Navy at age 18. During his service he worked as an artist and prepared signs and port of call books while stationed on an aircraft carrier in the Mediterranean.

2016 waterfowl stamp
2016 Waterfowl Stamp by Terry Doughty of Colgate
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Doughty's own paintings, including submissions in this year's stamp design contest, are heavily inspired by the many sketches he has created throughout his life and pictures taken during his travels. Doughty particularly admires the work of artists David Maass (a winning artist for the Federal Duck Stamp), Martin R. Murk and William J. Koelpin. Doughty advises novice artists to practice as much as they can and maintain their individuality.

Tina Hickman of Greendale, Wis. placed second in the 2016 Pheasant Stamp design contest, while John H. Nemec, Jr. of Peshtigo, Wis. placed third. Keith I. Raddatz of Watertown, Wis. tied for second place in the Waterfowl Stamp design contest with Steven Hovel of Lodi, Wis. - Jon Rickaby of Suamico, Wis. placed third.

A $10 Pheasant Stamp is required to hunt pheasants in Wisconsin, and stamp sale proceeds represent several hundred thousand dollars to help develop, manage, conserve and maintain wild pheasants and their habitat and support pen-reared pheasant stocking on Wisconsin's public hunting grounds.

Duck and goose hunters are required to purchase the $7 Wisconsin Waterfowl Stamp in order to hunt waterfowl in the state - proceeds are used to manage, restore, and protect waterfowl habitat in Wisconsin and Canada.

Please note that an electronic "stamp approval" is printed on the licenses of wild turkey, pheasant and waterfowl hunters at the time of purchase. Hunters will not receive an actual stamp unless they request it. DNR service centers have the state stamps available free of charge for hunters with current stamp approval. Anyone else interested in collecting the Wisconsin wildlife stamps may purchase one directly from the DNR. For more information, call the DNR Call Center at 1-888-WDNRINFo (1-888-936-7463) or visit and search keywords "wildlife stamps."

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Kristy McGinley, assistant upland wildlife ecologist, 608-261-8458



Monitoring shows forestry operations continue to protect Wisconsin's water quality

SPOONER, Wis. - Foresters and loggers are harvesting timber in Wisconsin following procedures that provide a high rate of water quality protection, according to monitoring the Department of Natural Resources conducted of timber harvest practices in 2013 and 2014.

The 2013 monitoring program conducted site reviews on Wisconsin state lands and county forests, while the 2014 monitoring was conducted on federal and privately held large landholdings in Wisconsin.

"In the fall of 2013, monitoring teams visited 75 state and county timber sales and found Forestry Best Management Practices were correctly applied on over 97 percent of state sales and 95 percent on county forests," said Dave Kafura, DNR forest hydrologist. "In 2014 monitoring teams visited 58 federal and large landholder timber sales and found that BMPs were correctly applied on over 96 percent of on federal sales and over 94 percent on large landholder sites."

Forestry Best Management Practices, or BMPs, are steps taken by landowners, foresters and loggers to minimize potential impacts to water quality during forestry-related activities. Nonpoint source water pollution occurs when runoff from rain and snow melt moves across the ground, collecting sediment and nutrients and transporting the pollutants to lakes, rivers, streams and wetlands.

During timber harvest activities, use of skid trails and forest roads near lakes, streams, and wetlands have the potential to contribute to water quality degradation. Kafura said Wisconsin's Forestry BMPs provide practical, cost-effective approaches that are for water quality protection to landowners, loggers and foresters in planning and conducting forestry operations.

"The 2013 and 2014 results show the highest application rate of BMPs since the monitoring process was initiated in 1995. Water quality protections are effective over 99 percent of the time when BMPs are correctly applied," Kafura said.

"Healthy forests and clean water go hand in hand. These results show the continued efforts by landowners, loggers and foresters to implement the non-regulatory BMP Program. The commitment to protecting Wisconsin's waterways and wetlands while managing and harvesting Wisconsin's most valuable renewable resource is clearly evident" said Paul DeLong, Chief State Forester for Wisconsin DNR.

Copies of the Wisconsin's Forestry Best Management Practices for Water Quality 2013 (PUB-FR-555 2015 [PDF]) and 2014 (PUB-FR-554 2015 [PDF]) BMP Monitoring Report are available by searching the DNR website,for "forestry best management practices."

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Dave Kafura, DNR Forest Hydrologist, 715-635-4080



Grants available to help communities develop, manage urban forests

MADISON, Wis. -- Wisconsin city, town, village, county or, tribal governments and 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations can now apply for financial help for urban forestry projects under the Department of Natural Resources Urban Forestry Grant program.

The grants support new, innovative projects that will develop sustainable urban and community forestry programs, according to Suzann DaWalt, DNR urban forestry financing specialist.

"Applications will be ranked based on project outcomes, or the results the project will have on the urban forest," DaWalt said, adding those outcomes should align with one or more of the following DNR Urban Forestry program goals:

Other 2016 funding priorities include:

The Urban Forestry Program also funds a smaller startup grant for communities that want to start an urban forestry program, or resume an inactive one.

"A competitive startup project should focus on initial steps needed to develop a community urban forestry program with a long term goal of that program being sustainable," DaWalt said.

Officials and organizational leaders have until Oct. 1, 2015 to apply. The applications and additional information can be found on the DNR Urban Forestry website,, by searching keywords "UF grant." Projects are to be completed between Jan. 1, 2016 and Dec. 31, 2016.

For more information on urban and community forestry or assistance with urban forestry grants people may contact a local Urban Forestry Coordinator.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Suzann DaWalt, Urban Forestry Financing Specialist, Bureau of Forest Management, 715-453-2188 extension 1267



Wisconsin Natural Resources magazine August issue pays tribute to the people behind our state parks designs

August WNR magazine

MADISON - The cover story, "The fine art of state parks," in the August issue of Wisconsin Natural Resources magazine pays tribute to the complex work of DNR's landscape architects. It's not just landscaping that they do - it's "architecture of the outdoors." The cover photo of a walkway at Whitefish Dunes State Park is evidence.

Get a glimpse of the treasures in "Chock-full of grainy goodness," a story about DNR's historic images being digitized and made available to the public.

Several essays on grouse, deer and turkey hunting are as inspiring as they are educational: "The start of the hunt, the start of a tradition," "Six decades of deer hunting" and "There's no better place to hunt turkeys."

The Buena Vista Marsh is a special place that turns out prairie chickens but the author of "A rare, rare chicken" finds something even more special there - a leucistic greater prairie chicken. The village of Fall River makes big strides as a model for wetland mitigation and restoration in, "Wastewater collection lagoons get a new life."

"Providing a helping hand to private woodland owners," offers testimony to the work of Wisconsin's Private Woodland Owners. A historic white pine lives on at the welcome desk of the Flambeau River State Forest headquarters in "A white pine eulogy."

In time for the grand opening of the "Explorium" on August 22 at the Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center, the "Back in the Day" column takes a look at a historic decoy collection certain to draw in flocks of visitors. "Wisconsin Traveler" goes day tripping back in time to Old World Wisconsin. The Wisconsin, Naturally feature takes readers above the Mississippi River to the Maiden Rock Bluff State Natural Area.

This issue includes an insert, "Back to the future: Hunting for local sustainable food," outlining a Learn to Hunt for Food course and incentives for becoming a hunting mentor.

WNR magazine also has an e-newsletter "Previews and Reviews" to keep our readers informed about upcoming stories and past articles. Sign up to receive the e-newsletter and other email updates.

(Under the Publications box, select Wisconsin Natural Resources magazine).

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FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Natasha Kassulke at (608) 261-8446.


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Last Revised: Tuesday, August 04, 2015

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