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Is it time to finally ban baiting and feeding of deer in Wisconsin?




Are firewood restrictions likely to prevent the spread of tree diseases?

052315_dsore_s1021_pollpicThis holiday, campers urged to get firewood where they burn it!

MADISON – State forest health specialists remind campers and travelers that firewood can carry harmful insects and diseases that can travel with firewood if it is moved around the state.

“Insect pests such as emerald ash borer and gypsy moth, and diseases like oak wilt and Dutch elm disease spread to new areas easily while hidden in firewood,” said Andrea Diss-Torrance, invasive forest insects program coordinator with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. “A few simple steps can help you avoid moving these problems around.”

All travelers should follow quarantine rules to help protect Wisconsin’s trees and avoid fines.

Second homeowners are advised not to move firewood long distances between their properties, to reduce the risk to their trees.

050915_dsore_s1019_hupyreturnsponsor-bannerFirewood certified by the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection can be moved freely around the state, regardless of quarantines, because it has been processed to be free of pests and diseases that may have been hiding in it. If you are shopping for certified wood, look for a label like the one shown, or a DATCP certified vendor number. A list of certified dealers and their ID numbers is available online at http://emeraldashborer.wi.gov under Firewood Regulations.

Firewood regulations at state parks and forests

Invasive species threaten public land we all share in Wisconsin. To help protect these areas, firewood is only allowed on state managed properties if it is:

  • From within 10 miles of the property, AND not from an area quarantined for emerald ash borer, (unless the property is also in the same or a connected quarantined area). That includes quarantined areas in other states, within 10 miles of the property.
    – OR –
  • Certified by the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (exit DNR) or certified by the USDA as treated to emerald ash borer standards.

Most state parks and forests have certified firewood or firewood from the property for sale on site. To check availability, contact the property. Many federal, county and private campgrounds also restrict firewood on their properties. Call for details before you travel.

For more details about firewood in Wisconsin search the DNR website, http://dnr.wi.gov, for keyword firewood or call 1-877-303-WOOD (9663).

Andrea Diss-Torrance, DNR Invasive Forest Insects Program Coordinator, (608) 264-9247.


Results for POLL S943

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

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Asian Carp Control – WDNR doing a good job…???

Is Wisconsin doing enough to prevent Asian Carp from invading our waters?

State pursues additional testing after silver carp environmental DNA detected in Lower Fox River

Poll Pic S937MADISON — Continued surveillance to protect Wisconsin waters against invasive species has turned up a single positive environmental DNA, or eDNA, sample for silver carp in the Lower Fox River.

The sample, among hundreds taken statewide in recent months, does not necessarily signal the presence of live fish. To determine the source of the eDNA found in the river, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is collaborating with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and has asked the federal agency for its help to collect additional samples from the Fox River in the next two weeks.

Asian carp pose significant ecological and economic threats to the Great Lakes region and its fishery because they eat voraciously and compete directly with valuable native fish for food.

“The tests for environmental DNA are extremely sensitive and can detect genetic material shed in mucus or excrement from fish as well as from birds that have eaten the fish elsewhere,” said Bob Wakeman, aquatic invasive species coordinator for DNR. “Bilge water from boats also can carry traces of the fish. While these genetic fingerprints are clear enough to help us identify specific invasive carp species, the eDNA testing program relies on multiple positive samples over time to indicate the likelihood of live fish.”

For example, more than 100 additional samples following a single positive detection for silver carp DNA in Sturgeon Bay in late 2013 did not turn up further evidence of the fish. In the latest case, the single positive sample from the Lower Fox River was among 200 samples collected from the river in June and July. The monitoring was part of a coordinated program that included drawing some 1,950 samples from tributaries to Lake Michigan during the summer months.

In addition to the federal eDNA monitoring, DNR fisheries team members conduct a variety of netting, electroshocking and trawling operations in state waters as part of the ongoing monitoring effort. To date, these efforts have not captured any Asian carp in any waters of the Lower Fox River, Green Bay or Lake Michigan.

“The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service appreciates Wisconsin’s commitment to our shared fight against these invaders,” said U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Deputy Regional Director Charlie Wooley. “At the state’s request, we are providing all the resources and technical expertise we have available as part of a multistate effort to prevent the establishment of self-sustaining populations of Asian carp in the Great Lakes.”

Asian carp species including bighead and silver carp were introduced into the southern United States in the 1970s and eDNA has been found upstream of the electric dispersal barriers in Lake Calumet, seven miles from Lake Michigan on the Indiana-Illinois border as well as in Lake Erie. DNR encourages anglers and others to review Asian carp identification materials, to report any sightings of Asian carp and to make sure that bait buckets don’t inadvertently contain the fish because young Asian carp resemble popular bait species. Photo identification tools and more information on Asian carp can be found on DNR’s website, by searching Asian carp.

More information on eDNA is available from the Asian Carp Regional Coordinating Committee. Results of eDNA monitoring from the Midwest region are posted here.

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Results for POLL S935

Do you think the new County Deer Advisory Councils will improve deer management in Wisconsin?

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Invasives to deal with Invasives …???

Do you favor introducing non-native species to control invasive pests?

Purple loosestrife blooming; citizens asked to help control the invasive plant

Poll Pic S930MADISON – Purple loosestrife is in full bloom across Wisconsin and state invasive species officials are asking the public to help control these non-native plants. Citizen help is crucial for preventing and controlling most invaders.

“Purple loosestrife is easiest to find when it’s flowering,” says Brock Woods, who coordinates Wisconsin’s efforts to control this invader. “This exotic perennial has bright, pink-purple spikes and the ability to overrun thousands of acres of wetlands. Now is a crucial time to look for it, report it and take action to prevent its spread.”

For more than 10 years, special beetles have been released to feed on purple loosestrife and control its spread. Monitoring of these natural insect enemies has confirmed that they only live on this plant and successfully decrease its size and seed output.

This process proves an effective and environmentally sound control of the plant and although it does not completely eliminate the invasive, citizens can combine other traditional methods of removal to further prevent plant size and spread, including digging, cutting and using herbicides. They may also start new local biocontrol beetle populations.

According to Woods, beetles are reducing purple loosestrife stands in many areas, but are still missing or too few in other stands. Most beetles have been raised and released on local loosestrife by citizens participating in the Department of Natural Resources and University of Wisconsin-Extension Biocontrol Program. Free equipment and starter beetles are available through the DNR. For more information search the DNR website dnr.wi.gov for “purple loosestrife” or “purple loosestrife biocontrol.”

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