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Lakeland Times, Minocqua, Wisconsin
Friday, May 25, 2018 2:27 AM
For the first time in 12 years, increasing costs of maintenance and other requirements are driving the need for the USDA Forest Service to increase fees at Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest campgrounds. (subscriber access)
  • For the first time in 12 years, increasing costs of maintenance and other requirements are driving the need for the USDA Forest Service to increase fees at Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest campgrounds. (subscriber access)
  • The Syrup Report
    As in many years, spring 2018 was fickle. It threatened to show up early and then backed off and let Old Man Winter hammer the Northwoods for several more weeks. (subscriber access)
  • The following is the snowmobile trail report from the Minocqua Forest Riders president Curt Christensen. Riders should be aware, with warming weather late this week, trails could deteriorate. Always check current trail conditions before heading out. The Forest Rider's most updated trail reports can be found on their website: www.minocquaforestriders.org.
  • A state law aimed at preventing the spread of invasive species and reducing impacts went into effect May 1, 2015. (Public access)
  • The annual progression of events that herald the arrival of spring and summer in the Northwoods most always follows a highly orchestrated series of events that pretty much take place right on schedule. (Subscriber access)
  • Winter surveillance in 2014-15 for white-nose syndrome in bats has been completed, with 75 bat hibernacula visited for disease surveillance throughout Wisconsin. (Public access)

  • Do your part to reduce fire risk in the Northwoods
    Although lawns may be greening up, there is still a risk of wildfire. We can expect a lower fire danger when leaves are more fully developed, the plants on the forest floor are growing, and we receive adequate rain. (Public access)
  • This bites

    The earlier the snow melt, the earlier ticks and other insects return to the Northwoods. (Subscriber access)

  • The Joint Committee on Finance removed a proposal from Gov. Scott Walker’s biennial budget that would have stripped the Natural Resources Board of its policymaking and rule-making authority. (Subscriber access)

     
  • Timber is being cut in Forest County, Wis., near Laona as part of a Stewardship Agreement with the Sustainable Resources Institute, Inc. (SRI) from Florence, Wisconsin. The first trees were harvested on March 10 and harvest will continue during the coming months. (Public access)

     
  • The Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest’s snowmobile, all-terrain vehicle (ATV), utility-terrain vehicle (UTV), horse and bicycle trails are now closed and will remain closed until further notice. (Public access)

  • The second phase of an easement that permanently secures public recreation on 65,867 forest acres in Douglas, Bayfield, Burnett and Washburn counties was approved by the State Natural Resources Board at their February meeting in Madison. (Public access)

  • Northwoods snowmobile and silent sport trails closure updates
    Vilas, Oneida state funded trails are closed for the season. NHAL and RASTA trails remain open, but will no longer be groomed (Public access)
  • More than 5,000 registered in climate course

    More than 20 people attended the first discussion session of the UW Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) entitled Changing Weather and Climate in the Great Lakes Region Feb. 26 at the Minocqua Public Library. (Subscriber access)

  • Defending the home front

    The Wisconsin Headwaters Invasive Partnership held its annual meeting and open house in Three Lakes last Wednesday to discuss ongoing efforts in Oneida and Vilas counties to stay the spread of invasive species in the Northwoods. (Subscriber access)

  • Featuring local outdoors events in the Northwoods. (Public access)
  • Hopefully we hit bottom for a while. Jan. 13 a.m. temperature -27°F! Forecast to be in the low 30s by this weekend. Cold the past nine days, severely affected angler participation. (Public access)
  • DNR wardens say go local to get latest ice conditions
    The Department of Natural Resources conservation wardens remind all outdoor enthusiasts to go local to know the ice conditions and to always be prepared. (Public access)
     
  • New thinking on old-growth forest

    The North Lakeland Discovery Center hosted naturalist John Bates for its monthly Nibbles N’ Knowledge event on Jan. 8 to discuss old-growth forest in Wisconsin. (Subscriber access)

  • Featuring local outdoors events in the Lakeland area. (Public access)
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