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With the increased transportation of Bakken crude oil via rail across Wisconsin, are you worried about possible oil spills or fires?

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WI Wildlife / Habitat management – Good Job or …???

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Is the Wisconsin DNR doing a good job of managing wildlife and habitat?

 

Share your thoughts on Wisconsin’s fish and wildlife, their habitats, and outdoor recreation

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MADISON — The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is currently revising two key conservation plans – the Wildlife Action Plan and Fish, Wildlife, and Habitat Management Plan [PDF]. Through completion of an online questionnaire, the public can give the department valuable input regarding Wisconsin’s fish and wildlife resources management.

“We take great pride in our efforts to involve the public in our conservation efforts,” said DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp. “These two plans are the driving force behind much of the department’s federal funding, and will help Wisconsin continue to provide for such a wide range of outdoor activities.”

The Wildlife Action Plan and Fish, Wildlife, and Habitat Management Plan act as a blueprint for how the department will manage and protect Wisconsin’s fish and wildlife resources over the next ten years.

The department must complete each plan in order to receive federal funding that will help support healthy, sustainable fish and wildlife populations and their habitats. Funding is also key for the creation and maintenance of outdoor recreation opportunities throughout the state.

Public involvement is a key piece of the puzzle in ensuring the state remains a leader in resource management and protection.

An online survey is one component of a comprehensive public outreach effort associated with updating the Wildlife Action Plan and Fish, Wildlife, and Habitat Management Plan. The survey will close Nov. 14 at midnight.

To complete the survey, click here .

Translated versions will be made available in both Hmong and Spanish within the next few weeks.

To learn more about the Wildlife Action Plan and the Fish, Wildlife, and Habitat Management Plan, visit dnr.wi.gov and search keyword wap10year.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:

  • Tara Bergeson, DNR conservation biologist – (608) 264-6043
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Do you think the hunting industry puts too much emphasis on trophy bucks and records?

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Transported inflammables – worried or not …???

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With the increased transportation of Bakken crude oil via rail across Wisconsin, are you worried about possible oil spills or fires?

Emergency responders train for large oil spill

Poll Pic S937On July 16, WBAY TV in Green Bay reported: Highly combustible crude oil from the Bakken Formation in North Dakota is changing the rail landscape. Estimates from the Congressional Research Service predict 650,000 carloads of crude oil will be transported across the country this year, an increase from 434,000 carloads in 2013 and 9,500 in 2008 when the oil boom began.

LA CROSSE, Wis. – A coalition of federal, state and local emergency responders will conduct three days of training here this week to prepare for a large-scale train incident with crude oil spilling from tank cars into Mississippi river.

Training will begin Thursday at the Stoney Creek Hotel and Conference Center in Onalaska and will expand Friday and Saturday onto the Mississippi River, with equipment being launched at the La Crosse Municipal Boat Harbor.

On-water drills will include the placement of deflection booms designed to divert or contain an oil spill along with mock oiled-wildlife collection and rehabilitation efforts by natural resource managers. Officials are working with print, broadcast and online media to alert the public that this is an exercise and not a real emergency.

“The energy boom has brought a lot of crude oil in regular proximity to high value natural resources and refuge areas,” said exercise director David Morrison of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. “One of our tasks as emergency responders is to prepare for the worst by practicing rapid containment and recovery, wildlife protection and habitat preservation.”

Officials said the primary goal of responders to any train incident involving crude oil would be to protect human safety.

The training is organized by the Upper Mississippi River Hazardous Spills Coordination Group, a coalition of state and federal agencies with emergency response responsibilities, with support from local governments, private-sector partners, and the Upper Mississippi River Basin Association.

The training will focus on four functions – unified command, boom deployment, wildlife protection and rescue, and communications.

Unified command is a formal way of organizing several entities into a single incident command structure. Boom deployment refers to various methods of placing equipment on the water to hold a substance such as oil in place to prevent spreading and facilitate removal.

Wildlife protection includes the use of hazing to prevent birds from entering a dangerous environment and use of various techniques to rescue birds and animals affected by a spill.

Communications involves the rapid dissemination of information to the public in the event of an emergency.

  • Agencies conducting the drill include the
  • Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture Wildlife Services
  • Local fire and police departments
  • Wisconsin Emergency Management
  • County emergency managers
  • Minnesota officials
  • Civil Air Patrol
  • Others.
  • Representatives from BNSF Railway
  • Canadian Pacific Railway
  • and several private businesses will take part in the drill as well

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:

  • Ed Culhane, Wisconsin DNR communications – (715) 781-1683
  • Cathy Rofshus, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency – (507) 206-2608
  • Tom Kendzierski, Wisconsin DNR spill coordinator – (715) 839-1604
  • Larry Dean, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service – (612) 713-5312
  • Sgt. Randy Rank, La Crosse Police Department – (608) 789-7240
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