|Results for POLL S928|
Is Wisconsin doing enough to protect surface water quality?
INSTANT SURVEY VOTE ON – POLL S929
|“DNR Lake Michigan DRAFT Management Plan .. Good or Not?|
Comments sought on Lake Michigan fisheries management plan update
MADISON — State fisheries biologists are revising the long-term fisheries management plan for Wisconsin’s Lake Michigan waters and invite the public to provide input during a second round of public review. Lake Michigan has seen drastic ecological changes in recent years and the new plan will guide fisheries management through the next 10 years.
“We listened to what the public said during an initial public input session and incorporated some of those ideas along with our own thoughts in this draft 10-year plan,” said Brad Eggold, Lake Michigan fisheries supervisor for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. “Now, it’s time to see whether we are on track with the expectations and desires of the public. We’re planning a second round of meetings in early August to give stakeholders additional opportunities for input.”
All of the meetings will run from 6 to 8 p.m. and are set for:
The Wisconsin DNR manages Lake Michigan fisheries in partnership with other state, federal and tribal agencies and in consultation with the public, particularly sport and commercial fishers. The draft 2015-2024 Lake Michigan Integrated Fisheries Management Plan focuses on five areas or visions for the future:
“Over the last 10-year planning cycle, we have made good progress and accomplished much of what we set out to do in our previous plan,” Eggold said. “We’ve managed chinook salmon populations to fuel a decade of fantastic fishing. Supplies of trout and salmon for stocking have been enhanced following renovation of the Wild Rose State Fish Hatchery while sturgeon and musky stocking also has improved. In addition, we’ve removed some barriers to fish passage and constructed a natural fish passage on the Milwaukee River.”
However, over the last decade Lake Michigan has undergone major ecological changes and is less productive due to the arrival and proliferation of the exotic quagga mussel. These small freshwater mussels remove large quantities of plankton as they filter the water, short circuiting the food chain and ultimately leaving less for prey fish to eat while negatively impacting some important fish species such as yellow perch.
Beyond the difficulties caused by invasive species, an additional challenge is the need to maintain, update and operate the state’s fish production system, including renovating the Kettle Moraine Springs State Fish Hatchery in Sheboygan County, which produces all the steelhead rainbow trout stocked in Lake Michigan.
“Given the challenges and opportunities before us, input from anglers and others is critical in developing a plan that keeps Lake Michigan healthy and reflects the interests of sport and commercial anglers,” Eggold said.
People who are interested in commenting can find the draft plan and summary information by searching the DNR website, dnr.wi.gov, for “Lake Michigan Plan.” In addition to providing verbal comments at the public meetings, written comments can be sent to this special email address created for the plan.
Written comments also can be mailed to:
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
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|Results for POLL s601|
|Should Wisconsin allow all hunters to use crossbows during the archery deer season?
YES 73% | NO 27% | MAYBE 0% | UNDECIDED 0% | OTHER 0%
IMPRESSIONS: 193 | RESPONSES: 11 | COMMENTS: 0
| INSTANT SURVEY VOTE ON – POLL s602
Gov. Scott Walker has said that he will look at ways to eliminate unnecessary spending in state government. Do you think the Nelson-Knowles Stewardship Fund should be off the table in this discussion?
|Nelson-Knowles Stewardship Fund… Off Limits? – or No?|
|BACKGROUND: The Wisconsin Legislature created the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program (Stewardship) in 1989 to preserve valuable natural areas and wildlife habitat, protect water quality and fisheries, and expand opportunities for outdoor recreation.
Named for two of Wisconsin’s most revered conservation leaders, Warren Knowles (Governor 1965-1971) and Gaylord Nelson (Governor 1959-1963, U.S. Senator 1964-1981), the program has been an outstanding success. Perhaps we can provide no greater gift to the citizens of the 21st century for the places we save today will be a permanent and lasting investment in their future. We invite you to join in this endeavor.
The conservation and recreation goals of the Stewardship Program are achieved through the acquisition of land and easements, development of recreational facilities, and restoration of wildlife habitat.
The Stewardship Program is currently funded at the level of $86 million annually, with $50 million each year to be used to purchase land to meet recreation and conservation needs.
When & Where:
- June 5th 2010
- 9am – 1pm @ Opening and closing ceremonies Kaminski Park at Lake Delton, WI
Fishing to take place on:
- Lake Delton (on boats by lottery draw at opening ceremonies)
- Mirror Lake (from shoreline areas at park)
- Lower WI River (shore fishing by River’s Edge Bait and Tackle)
|◄Dan attends first fish release at Lake Delton.
►Jeff hunts turkeys in Marquette County.
► Sporting Art of Bob White
► Free Fishing Clinics for kids 15 and under on Saturday, April 18 at 15 park lagoons and ponds in Milwaukee
► Outdoors Radio Co-sonsors Myhuntingpage.com’s spring turkey photo contest! Take a photo of your spring turkey or a turkey-related photo and enter to win great prizes
► DNR Spring Hearings Results Posted …2009 Spring Fisheries and Wildlife Rules Hearings and Wisconsin Conservation Congress county meetings that were held in every county statewide on Monday, April 13.
► Natural Resources Board Puts Earn-A-Buck on Hold … on April 22nd, Wisconsin Natural Resources Board adopted the DNR recommended fall season structure for the 2009 deer hunt; includes no Earn-a-Buck units outside of the CWD management zone; 40 fewer deer management units with the October antlerless hunt.
► Ojibwa Bowhunters of Milwaukee will hold their Traditional Shoot
►Wisconsin Fishing Club Meeting Monday April 27, 2009, featuring Jim O’Brien, Crestliner/Jiffy/Mercury pro-staffer of Dancing with Walleyes Guide Service, will talk about “Area Hotspots for Opening Weekend“.
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