Recent biotic inventories have documented exceptional features and high quality sites on the Brule River State Forest (WI DNR 1999, 2016). The authors add to the existing inventory knowledge by providing a wetlands status assessment using a wide cross-section of sites across the Brule River watershed. Their goal was to use a standardized wetland survey…

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This study is part of a larger project to establish plant observations for terrestrial and aquatic habitats in the Brule River watershed. The objective was to provide baseline data on aquatic plant species diversity and floristic quality interpreted in the context of existing lake assessments in northern Wisconsin. To read the article, click on LakesReport_2018.

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In 2015 and 2016, the authors collected data from 48 of the 54 forest stands surveyed in 1968–69. Stands were dominated by transitional forest of northern hardwoods. Their survey depicts a forest that is trending to a later successional stage of development and recovering from the cutover from the early 20th century. Future threats to…

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The vascular plants of the Bois Brule River watershed are listed, and over 160 years of change in plant communities observed is described. The diverse landscape supports boreal forest, northern mesic forest, northern wet-mesic forest, pine barrens, and other forested and non-forested communities. Five generalized changes in the watershed were noted: (i) the pine barrens…

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We received some great news from Ben Hlina, a past scholarship recipient. Ben recently published a paper resulting from his graduate work concerning lampricide effectiveness. You can read the paper by clicking on Hlina et al. 2017.

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In 1991, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources fishery biologists prepared a document summarizing the current understanding of Brule River steelhead biology. Anglers who provided their mailing address during a 1990 steelhead season creel census received the resulting document. This was the initial effort by fisheries managers to educate anglers regarding needed regulatory changes leading to…

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Researchers at the Lake Superior Research Institute University of Wisconsin Superior recently completed Phase I of a study of the plant communities of the Brule River watershed (1852, 1944, and 2016), comparing data from 2 earlier studies with their current findings. The first part of the Phase I study focused on changes in species richness,…

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Although a bit dated, this publication from the Transactions of the Wisconsin Academy of Science, Arts, and Letters summarizes the basic research that has been used to formulate management strategies for trout habitat and beaver control in the river.  Click on Brule Fishery History to read the article. This article downloads as a pdf files that require Adobe® Reader®.…

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