WNR magazine NEWS & REVIEWS February 2019

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News & Reviews

February 2019

ski report

Check ski conditions online

Cross-country skiers can get the latest news on trail conditions around the state on the DNR’s “Cross-country ski trail conditions” page. Just go to dnr.wi.gov, keywords “trail conditions” for the latest on snow base, grooming details and other updates at state parks and forests, where hundreds of miles of trails are maintained for skiing when conditions allow. A vehicle admission sticker is required to enter most properties, and some locations also require a state trail pass for skiers age 16 and older. Fees support the Wisconsin State Park System.


Program aids
deer management

The opportunity to improve habitat for deer and other wildlife is available to landowners, hunters and land managers through Wisconsin's Deer Management Assistance Program, and enrollment is now open. DMAP offers professional assistance and informational resources on wildlife management techniques for any size property. Participants receive access to statewide workshops, professional presentations, property tours and hands-on demonstrations regarding habitat and wildlife management. Enrollment is always available, but properties of 160 acres or more are encouraged to sign up before March 1 for priority access to program benefits, including a site visit with a wildlife biologist and forester. Check out the DMAP-related episode of the DNR’s Wild Wisconsin: Off the Record podcast, "What can active management do for your deer hunt?" to hear more from DNR staff and DMAP enrollees. For information and to apply, visit dnr.wi.gov, keyword "DMAP."
magazine archives

Explore our archives

Ever want to go back and check out past content from Wisconsin Natural Resources? It’s easy with a search of the magazine’s online archives. You can search issues from 1996 to the present by story subject, author, year and specific keywords. Go to wnrmag.com and click the “Search Archives” link. You also can search even older content, from 1977-95, with archives hosted by UW Libraries Digital Collections. Search by specific issue or text keywords in the archives that bring the magazine’s historic content directly to you.


Candlelight events

State parks and other properties continue to host candlelight events, as conditions allow, through winter. January brought a few cancellations, but activities planned for February include hiking, snowshoeing and skiing. There are bonfires or warming shelters, with concessions often for sale as Friends group fundraisers. Capacity may be limited and conditions can change quickly, so always check an event’s status before heading out and follow the DNR on Twitter for alerts. Find a full list of scheduled events here or go to dnr.wi.gov, keyword “candlelight.”
SNA logo

SNA work days

Volunteer opportunities continue in February for those looking to help Wisconsin’s State Natural Areas, with brush-clearing the most common activity at this time of year. Find events near you and sign up for email updates at dnr.wi.gov, keywords “SNA volunteers.”

Poster contest
for young artists

There’s still time for young artists to enter the DNR’s inaugural “Keep Wildlife Wild” poster contest. Students in fourth through sixth grades are eligible to submit their work, with entries due by Feb. 22. For details and complete contest rules, check dnr.wi.gov, keywords "Keep Wildlife Wild."