May 2019

May Monthly Meeting

Note: Due to Memorial Day falling on the 4th Monday of the month, our May meeting will be held on May 20th at 6:00 PM at the Round Up North in Brule.

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Annual Brule River State Forest Work Plan

Annual work plans for the Forest are now available.  These are developed by the forester, wildlife biologist, property manager, ecologist and others to identify work during the next year to implement the master plan and encompass a variety of forest and habitat management work, including timber sales, tree plantings, prescribed burns and invasive species control.…

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South Shore Railroad Grade Update

March 25, 2019 Update Great news, the money is in the bank! We’re one step closer to getting this threat removed. Funding Status – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has received the most recent $65,000 grant it requested from the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). Additionally, pledges and donations have been received…

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Mudsnails Spreading

There are a few invasive species present along or in the Brule River that need monitoring, but one of the most troubling potential invaders is the New Zealand mudsnail (click on Mudsnails to learn more).  In 2013, mudsnails were discovered for the first time in inland Wisconsin waters in Black Earth Creek, a popular trout…

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Proposed Federal Budget and the Great Lakes

Minnesota Public Radio reports that President Trump’s budget request calls for spending $30 million on the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, a program intended to remove toxic pollution, fight invasive species and deal with other longstanding environmental problems in the eight-state region. That’s a 90 percent cut from the $300 million the program has gotten in…

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Mercury and the Environment

The U. S. Environmental Protection Agency recently proposed to weaken the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards. The current rule has been in place since 2011 to limit the release of toxic mercury and other hazardous air pollution from coal-fired power plants.  Mercury contamination in fish has been a long-standing public health concern.  For more information,…

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Lake Superior Fishing Agreement

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has updated a web page dedicated to the Lake Superior Fishing Agreement. You can visit the page by clicking on Fishing Agreement to review a presentation their staff gave at a public meeting held on January 10, 2019 in Ashland. In addition, they have a copy of the past and…

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