Should burning of waste by individuals be banned?



042515_dsore_s1017_pollpicWisconsin Senate passes bill to scrap 48-hour wait period for handgun purchases

On April 21, Capitol Times reporter Jessie Opoien wrote:

The Wisconsin Senate voted on Tuesday to repeal the state’s 48-hour waiting period for handgun purchases.

The bill now moves to the Assembly. Gov. Scott Walker has indicated he will sign it into law.

Under current law, adopted in 1976, anyone attempting to purchase a handgun cannot acquire it until 48 hours after a background check has been started. If the Department of Justice needs more time to complete the background check, it can extend the wait by up to three days.

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DNR officials respond to several wildfires in recent days, urge alternatives to burning

MADISON – With fire danger currently elevated in Wisconsin, it’s even more important that people consider recycling and composting instead of burning waste and yard debris, which Department of Natural Resource officials caution may cause wildfires and add pollutants to the air.

“Wildfire season is here and it’s not a good time to be burning outdoors. Just yesterday, we had a 200 acre wildfire and evacuated 44 homes,” says Catherine Koele, DNR wildfire prevention specialist.

“Luckily, no one lost their home and no one was injured, but it was a good reminder to consider alternatives to burning, especially right now with the current fire threat.”

A 200-plus acre wildland fire west of the village of Necedah in Juneau County required the evacuation of 44 homes on Monday.

Though it is legal to burn some yard waste in certain areas, the department cautions that debris burning is the number one cause of wildfires in Wisconsin, causing about 30 percent of the state’s wildfires each year.

“Open burning of any material produces a variety of air pollutants.

Burning plastics or treated or painted wood can release carcinogens such as arsenic, benzene and formaldehyde into the air,” said Brad Wolbert, DNR recycling and solid waste section chief. “Children, older adults and people with cardiac disease and respiratory ailments, such as asthma, are generally more sensitive to smoke from burning garbage.

Burning anything can affect your health, your neighbors’ health and the environment.”

Burning household trash in Wisconsin is illegal. A study by the U.S Environmental Protection Agency found that 15 households burning trash each day emits the same amount of cancer-causing dioxin and furan emissions as a 200-ton-per-day municipal waste incinerator that uses high-efficiency emissions control technology.

It is also illegal to burn recyclable materials such as glass, plastic, metal containers and clean paper, as well as agricultural and horticultural plastics such as silage film, haylage bags, bale wrap, woven tarps and nursery pots and trays. If these materials cannot be recycled, they should go to a landfill.

“Every community in Wisconsin has a recycling program for plastic, glass and metal containers, and paper,” Wolbert said, “For yard debris, composting is a good option.”

Composting and recycling are the preferred alternatives to burning – search “open burning” on the WDNR web site http://dnr.wi.gov for more information and alternatives.

If burning is the only option for yard waste, burning permits may be required to burn yard debris piles or for broadcast burning any time the ground is not completely snow-covered. In DNR Protection Areas, permit holders are authorized to burn vegetative materials, such as leaves, brush and pine needles. Permits are designed so that burning is done safely with minimal wildfire risk.

Customers can obtain DNR permits online or by calling 1-888-WIS-BURN from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. They may also visit their local ranger station or emergency fire warden to receive permits. Once an individual has a burning permit, he or she must call or go online after 11 a.m. on the day of the planned burn to check daily fire restrictions.

“Currently, much of the state is under high to very high fire danger. Several counties have suspended DNR burning permits due to low humidity and windy conditions,” says Koele. “It’s just not a good idea to be burning anything right now.”

For more information on burning permits and the current fire danger in Wisconsin, visit the DNR website dnr.wi.gov and search keyword “fire.” To learn more about ways to handle waste materials, search “waste” on the DNR website. Information on recycling of agricultural pesticide containers is available at http://www.acrecycle.org (exit DNR).

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Brad Wolbert – (608) 264-6286
Catherine Koele – Wildfire Prevention Specialist – (715) 356-5211 x208 or (608) 219-9075







Should the deer baiting and feeding ban be lifted in counties where no new cases of CWD have been found after three years?




Public asked to consider simplified inland trout regulations

MADISON — A color coded system that simplifies inland trout regulations will be up for consideration by those attending the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Spring Fish and Wildlife Public Hearing on April 13.

The proposed rules, which will be presented at hearings held in conjunction with the Wisconsin Conservation Congress annual meetings, increase fishing opportunities for anglers on Wisconsin’s 13,000 miles of trout streams. Scot Stewart, district fisheries supervisor for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, said the proposal received a positive reception at 10 public meetings held statewide last fall.

“Through careful management and angler support, trout populations have improved statewide since the rules were last updated in 2003,” Stewart said. “During the 2014 public meetings, anglers expressed enthusiasm for the new rules because they will continue to support healthy trout populations while providing more quality fishing opportunities.”

Since 2011, DNR has held 31 public meetings, conducted three surveys including a survey of lapsed trout anglers and convened additional task force meetings focused on trout. The resulting proposal would reduce the number of special trout regulations from more than 40 to 12. The proposal also would create more uniformity of regulations on trout streams and within small geographic areas.


The proposed system also would use color-coding resembling a stoplight to guide anglers. Under the system:

  • Green means go fish, with no length limit, a bag limit of five fish and no bait restrictions;
  • Yellow means caution, with an 8-inch length limit, a bag limit of three fish and no bait restrictions;
  • Red means special regulations are in place. Anglers are advised to stop and understand the regulations before fishing.

Changes also are proposed to the season dates for inland trout fishing. The 2015 early catch and release season runs from March 7 to April 26 with a five-day closure before the regular season fishing opener on May 2. The proposal would extend the opening of the early catch and release season to the first Saturday in January and would run to the day before the regular fishing opener with no five-day closure period. The fall season would extend from the current Sept. 30 to Oct. 15.

Extending the season in the fall will provide more opportunities for catching or harvesting trout without affecting spawning or generating user conflicts along streams.

If the proposed rules move forward, they would take effect for the 2016-2017 season. For those who cannot attend the spring fish and wildlife public hearings, written comments on any proposals may be submitted before April 13 to:

Kate Strom Hiorns, PO Box 7921, Madison, WI 53707-7921 or email.

To learn more about the proposal, search the DNR website dnr.wi.gov for keywords Spring Hearings. The website provides a list of proposals for consideration including the trout package.



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040415_dsore_s1014_pollpicWildlife experts say bill could be lethal for deer

On March 31, Dana Ferguson of the Associated Press, wrote:
“Republican lawmakers say they hope to put an end date on deer-feeding bans that have kept some Wisconsin residents from the pastime, but a wildlife expert warns the practice could harm the animals.”

Wisconsin law currently prohibits the baiting and feeding of deer in 35 counties: those where CWD-infected deer have been found and adjacent counties.

Ferguson reported that the author of the bill, Rep. Adam Jarchow, R-Balsam Lake, proposed the legislation because some residents in his district enjoy feeding and watching deer, which they can no longer do because of the discovery of a single CWD-infected deer in Washburn County in 2012. That discovery led to a ban on all baiting and feeding of deer in Washburn, Barron, Polk and Burnett counties.

Ferguson quotes UW-Madison assistant professor of forestry and wildlife ecology Tim Van Deelen as saying the practice of feeding deer puts them at risk of contracting CWD.