WNR Magazine NEWS & REVIEWS February 2018


News & Reviews

February 2018


 Celebrating 50 years of DNR

This year holds special meaning for the Department of Natural Resources, which marks its 50th anniversary in 2018. The DNR officially began in July 1968 following the creation of the Natural Resources Board, which replaced the Wisconsin Conservation Commission and the Resource Development Board. Expect plenty of coverage in Wisconsin Natural Resources magazine and throughout the DNR in celebration of this pivotal event, including weekly "Throwback Thursday" anniversary posts on the DNR's Facebook page.


Join Snapshot Wisconsin

Snapshot Wisconsin, a volunteer-based effort to capture and share wildlife images from trail cameras, is expanding to eight additional counties: Ashland, Bayfield, Crawford, Douglas, Price, Richland, Sauk and Vilas. People with access to at least 10 acres of contiguous private land who can maintain a trail camera for at least a year are encouraged to join. Training and supplies are provided; only basic computer knowledge and internet access are required. Other counties still recruiting participants are: Clark, Dane, Dodge, Grant, Iowa, Iron, Jackson, Manitowoc, Marathon, Marinette, Oneida, Racine, Rusk, Sawyer, St. Croix, Taylor, Vernon and Waupaca. So far, more than 800 volunteers maintain nearly 1,000 trail cameras in the state, with millions of photos collected, shared and classified via crowd-sourcing. See dnr.wi.gov keyword "Snapshot Wisconsin" for details and a link to view and help classify wildlife images. Also check our Facebook page every Saturday for a featured "Snapshot Saturday" photo from the program.


Wildlife habitat help

Landowners and others interested in improving habitat, especially for hunting, are encouraged to join the DNR’s Deer Management Assistance Program, which offers personalized advice and technical assistance from wildlife biologists and foresters. Nearly 1,100 cooperators already are part of the DMAP program. Landowners with 160 acres or more to enroll should submit a DMAP application by March 1 to be eligible for a site visit and management plan specific to their property as well as reduced-price antlerless tags for 2018. Go to dnr.wi.gov and search keyword “DMAP” for details, including a DNR YouTube video outlining the benefits of creating a wildlife habitat plan through DMAP.

PAL Atlas

Guide to public access lands

Wisconsin is flush with public access lands, and the third edition of the Public Access Lands Atlas can help locate places to explore. With 465 pages and 441 maps, it costs $89.95. Listings for each of Wisconsin’s 72 counties also are available, $24.95 per county atlas, or buy a DVD of the full atlas for $5.95. Individual maps also can be printed free from a home computer. For more about public access lands, including a searchable database and how to order the atlas, go to dnr.wi.gov and search keyword “atlas.”



DNR launches new ski conditions page

DNR-managed properties feature miles of groomed trails for cross-country skiing, from flat routes for an easier outing to landscapes full of challenging hills. Now a new ski report is available to keep users posted on conditions around the state. Updated at least weekly, it can be found at dnr.wi.gov, keywords "trail conditions." Some ski trails require a state trail pass for ages 16 and older, and a vehicle admission sticker is needed for state parks and other properties. For details, including a park-by-park list of trails, see DNR's cross-country skiing page.


Conquer the cold

February brings more opportunities to get outdoors for popular candlelight hiking, skiing and snowshoeing events at state properties. Regular park and trail fees apply in most cases. Find details for this month's events at dnr.wi.gov, keyword “candlelight.” Be sure to double-check before heading out for updates and weather-related scheduling changes.
(A Feb. 3 event at Blue Mound State Park has been canceled.)

Feb. 2: Crex Meadows State Wildlife Area.

Feb. 3: Big Foot Beach, Mirror Lake and Peninsula state parks; Black River, Kettle Moraine-Northern Unit and Flambeau River state forests.

Feb. 9: MacKenzie Center.

Feb. 10: Copper Falls, Interstate, Newport, Lake Kegonsa and Devil’s Lake state parks; Kettle Moraine-Pike Lake Unit and Brule River state forests; and Richard Bong State Recreation Area.

Feb. 17: Governor Thompson, Wyalusing, Merrick and Willow River state parks, and Governor Knowles State Forest.