Wisconsin DNR

The majority of Wisconsin's Conservation Congress recommends that the state change the way it selects its DNR secretary, repeal its new iron mining law and cease issuing permits for frac sand mining operations.

The WCC is the only state-recognized citizen advisory body to the Natural Resources Board, and as such, can pass-along opinions to state leaders. 

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Forty-five former Department of Natural Resources' staff and administrative heads have publicly expressed concern that the agency is not carrying out its mission of protecting Wisconsin’s environment. They took their message to the EPA in the form of letters.

In the letters, the authors list what they perceive to be the "most serious problems with the new DNR," which include:

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Steamy heat is expected to dominate the Wisconsin State Fair’s closing days, so the DNR park at the southwest corner of the grounds might get more visitors than usual.

DNR outreach coordinator Trisha Nitschke says 120,000 people wander through its shady lanes every year. 

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It’s being called a “department strategic alignment effort” and comes after waves of change within Wisconsin’s Department of Natural Resources in recent months.

The state budget doled out staff cuts, including to the DNR’s science research team.

Now, the agency has announced a major reorganization. Governor Walker wants the DNR to become a customer-oriented team - for hunters and corporations alike.

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Melissa Cook manages the Hank Aaron State Trail. The project has been many years in the making.

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For many the nine-day season is a cherished tradition. Tim Lizotte plays a roll in making the hunt happen. He's a DNR wildlife supervisor.

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Wisconsin’s second wolf hunt reaches a turning point December 2. Licensed hunters can now use up to six dogs to help track wolves. Wisconsin is the only state to allow the practice. Some celebrate the rules and others take to court.

While the federal government shutdown has closed federal recreational areas in Wisconsin, people can still visit state-owned lands.

The Department of Natural Resources  announced its staff will take over operation of the MacKenzie Environmental Education Center, located in Poynette, Wisconsin.

Waukesha has been toiling over a tedious application to which a LOT of people are paying attention, including a coalition of conservationists.

A tongue-twisting metal called molybdenum has entered the vocabulary of some people in southeastern Wisconsin. They’ve learned it’s in their well water.  The metal exists in the earth’s crust, but when concentrations increase, health concerns mount.  WUWM Environmental Reporter Susan Bence met a Raymond couple grappling with the unknowns.

No Pay For Play, DNR Plans "Free" Days

May 21, 2013

The Wisconsin DNR is offering a "free" weekend to lure people back to state parks and trails, or try a new activity at no charge.

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Update: The big wildfire in northwest Wisconsin is contained. However, it has scorched 9,000 acres and destroyed dozens of homes and buildings.