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Legislature to Meet May
21 in Northeast Wisconsin
The first Northeastern People's Legislature, described by organizers as a
citizen assembly devoted to reforming state government through grassroots
efforts, will convene in Luxemburg on May 21.
According to Jill Bussiere, People's Legislature organizer, the goal of the
meeting is to gather a multi-partisan group of action-minded people "who are
concerned about the influence of big money in Wisconsin government."
If you would like to volunteer
for this event, please send an email.
Saturday May 21, 2005, 9 AM through the
E896 County Rd N
Please register in advance.
Participants should bring a brown bag lunch.
more information see:
People's Legislature Northeast
article about the People's Legislature
in Green Bay News Chronicle
from State Media
Public Utilities Commission has jurisdiction
over Arrowhead-Weston Transmission Line
2005---St. Paul, MN
In a 5-0
vote, the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission
(PUC) agreed with arguments made by Save
Our Unique Lands (SOUL) and North American
Water Office (NAWO) that the agency does
have jurisdiction over the transfer of the
transmission line from Minnesota Power to
the American Transmission Company. SOUL
and NAWO had argued that the record was
incomplete, and the Commission will now
further investigate the transaction, which
they termed as “murky” and “lacked disclosure”.
Questions will now be submitted from both
the Commission and parties to the staff
to be asked of Minnesota Power, who will
hopefully comply with needed information
for the regulators and ratepayers.
issue questioned is ownership of the right
of way, a contentious issue with landowners
in the Town of Midway, who privately own
a large portion of the transmission line
right of way. An initial filing by
SOUL/NAWO on this matter had indicated Minnesota
Power was condemning land by “proxy” for
American Transmission Company, who is not
a public utility in Minnesota. Documents
submitted by Minnesota Power have indicated
this has been the case, and the Commission
struggled to understand how this transfer
could be made according to current Minnesota
Law. The Commission must also determine
if this transfer is in the public interest.
information, contact: Linda Ceylor
715 474 2271 or George Crocker 651 770 3861.
case hearing for Transmission
May 16 – 18 - A contested case hearing in the matter of the
application of American Transmission Company and Wisconsin Public Service
Corporation for permits to remove materials and place bridges and related
structures on navigable waters and for water quality certification relating to
wetlands in connection with placement of electric transmission lines located in
several Wisconsin Counties. The hearing will commence at 12:45 (for
public comment and company and other fact witnesses), in the Banquet Room of the
Hayward Veterans Association, 10534 Main St., Hayward.
The hearing will
continue on June 20 – 24, 2005 (for all expert testimony) at the same
location. For more information, contact the Division of Hearings and Appeals at
WDNR Public Hearings and Meetings
Our Unique Lands
from State Media
Mustard - Pretty but so much
Invasive Species Awareness Month
Amy Staffen firstname.lastname@example.org
Education Coordinator Wisconsin Council on
Invasive Species Awareness Month
Awareness Comes Positive Change"
field trips and lectures throughout the state to learn more about the
impacts of invasive species in Wisconsin
events are planned across the state, but we need more to
spread the word on invasives effectively.
up an invasive species presentation is one easy way to get involved.
Check out the following resources that are available at the website of the
Invasive Plant Association of Wisconsin. Then register your presentation at the
Invasive Species Awareness Month website (http://invasivespecies.wi.gov/awareness).
out of Place" Powerpoint
presentation developed by IPAW member David Bayer of the University of Wisconsin
Extension, Outagamie County, Wisconsin. Contains lots of pictures and
eradication techniques. Download the 3 MB file directly from the website. Script included.
more information contact:
Wisconsin Council on
Office and Voice Mail:
608/251-8140 ext. 162
from State Media
Highlands American Legion State
Show your support for Northern
Highlands American Legion State
Forest – a rich resource
letter to the Editor by Joe
Hovel of Conover, WI published
May 10, 2005 in Lakeland Times
Final comments due May 31
As the planning process for the Northern Highland American
Legion (NHAL) State Forest draws to a close, the public now has a valuable
opportunity to participate by submitting comments to the DNR.
covers all aspects of forest administration for the upcoming years, and includes
several new proposals. One of these is a proposal that all interested in the
outdoors, whether sportsmen or those whose livelihoods depend on the forest or
tourism industry, should be interested. This is the possible boundary expansion
of the project area. The expansion, if approved, would have many benefits for
residents and visitors alike.
The forest products and tourism economies
depend on the forests in this region. State forests are now third party
certified, guaranteeing sustainability in timber harvests and maintaining the
integrity of the forest for tourism and sportsmen. Those who hunt and fish would
enjoy increased public access by this expansion. Tourists come to the Northwoods
to enjoy the tranquility of the area and the beauty of natural resources, and
the increase of state lands would serve to maintain this.
causing extreme forest fragmentation in the north, especially by the sale of
massive acreage of industrial forest lands. With the expansion of the project
boundary, the state could be able to mitigate some of this through land purchase
or conservation easements in two critical areas: the border lakes region (from
the existing state forest boundary to the Michigan line) and the Wisconsin River
Valley in Oneida County.
Final comments on
the draft Master Plan of the NHAL are to be in by May 31.
comments may be addressed to Dennis Leith, NHAL Forest Superintendent, 8770 Hwy.
J, Woodruff, WI 54568, or email@example.com.
Now is the time
to show support for our state forest lands, a rich resource available to
the complete letter in Lakeland
from State Media
2005 Lake Stewardship Award winners
A longtime waterfront property owner and member of the Wisconsin
Association of Lakes’ board of directors, the Pike Lake Chain Lakes Association
in Price County, and a Douglas County couple who have been instrumental in
protecting and preserving lakes in that county are among the winners of
statewide lake stewardship awards.
The 2005 Wisconsin Lake Stewardship Awards were presented April 29 at the
27th annual Wisconsin Lakes Convention in Green Bay. The awards are given every
year by the Wisconsin Lakes Partnership, collectively the Wisconsin Association
of Lakes, (WAL), the Department of Natural Resources and the University of
Wisconsin-Extension lakes program.
The Lake Stewardship Awards honor individuals and groups that have made
outstanding contributions of time and effort toward preserving and protecting
Wisconsin lakes. The awards were particularly appropriate this year, says Peter
Murray, WAL executive director, given the conference theme of “Water in Our
Veins: Celebrating Lake Volunteers.”
The award winners and the categories in which they won are:
- Elmer Goetsch, a waterfront property owner on the Three Lakes Chain
in Oneida County, received the “Lifetime Achievement Award” .
- The Pike Lake Chain Lakes Association in Price County received the
“Group” category award for its efforts to improve the lake’s water quality.
- Buzz Sorge, a DNR program and planning analyst stationed in Eau
Claire, received the award in the “Public Service” category.
- Liberty Go-Getters 4-H Club of Manitowoc County received the 2005
Wisconsin Lake Stewardship Award in the “Youth” category.
- Sandy and Fred Anderson, town of Gordon in Douglas County, received a
Lake Stewardship Award in the “Individual” category.
- Wayne Towne of Keshena also received a Lake Stewardship Award in the
For more information contact:
Jeff Bode - (608) 266-0502 or
Peter Murray, WAL
- (608) 662-0923
the complete announcement at the
Panel votes to kill Smart Growth: Deals
blow to local control, private property
rights and lake protection
for Focus on Energy
Maintain funding for habitat management
Army’s Plan to Burn PCBs at Badger Army Ammunition Plant
Joint Finance Committee Continues
On Thursday, May 12, there were
several actions taken by the Joint Finance Committee of the Legislature that
have direct and indirect impacts on our rivers, and more are coming next week.
Here’s what we know so far:
On May 12, the JFC:
Beginning next Tuesday, May 18, JFC will begin three days of sessions. An
“omnibus” bill, which is still in development and has not been seen by anyone in
DNR or the conservation community, threatens to include:
- Voted to repeal the Smart Growth Act and cut the $2M annually granted to
communities to help them develop their plans. Sprawl and unchecked development
impacts our rivers; the repeal removes all incentive for communities to work
together to carefully plan their growth and set aside lands for lower-impact
- Adopted a bill requiring the Board of Commissioners of Public Lands to sell
all 77,755 acres of their holdings to the DNR, and requiring the DNR to use the
Stewardship Fund to pay for it. Most of the BCPL lands are forested lands in
northern Wisconsin, managed for forestry with an eye to prevent fragmentation of
northern forests, and are open to the public. This would gut the Stewardship
Fund, which has been used to purchase land and conservation easements on the
most vulnerable and environmentally significant lands throughout the state. In
other words, the Stewardship Fund would be used up with no net gain in protected
Citizens from throughout the state, including those who have already
dedicated significant time and effort to develop their Smart Growth plans, are
mobilizing in opposition to the Smart Growth repeal, and calling for a revote.
Land conservancy organizations and the many communities that have benefited from
the Stewardship Fund are also mobilizing to stop the raid. Without knowing the
content of the threatened omnibus bill, it’s difficult to know what to ask of
the JFC members. Until we know the details, the best we can do is ask our
representatives to do the right thing.
- A significant general revenue cut directed at DNR management and staff in
the Division of Water; and
- Potential cuts to programs we all depend upon to regulate and monitor our
rivers. Funding for implementation of the nonpoint runoff rule (assistance to
farmers to conduct Best Management Practices) will be part of the mix as well.
more information, contact information
for JFC and announcement of press conferences
on May 23-24:
the article from Wisconsin River Alliance
media coverage of JFC action on Smart
Welcome to Dumb Growth Wisconsin
- May 13, 2005 FightingBob
Budget panel votes to kill 'Smart Growth':
Legislators to decide whether to keep mandate
- May 11, 2005 MJS
1000 Friends of
Wisconsin: Local governments and public take another hit (JFC repeal of
Smart Growth) - May 12, 2005 WR (PDF)
Share your bird counts online at BirdSource
BirdSource at www.birdsource.org calls itself a partnership between citizens and
scientists. The National Audubon Society and the Cornell Laboratory of
Ornithology manage the site. It encourages bird watchers to share their counts
of birds online both with other enthusiasts and with scientists. The data they
contribute helps scientists and conservationists define bird ranges,
populations, migration pathways and habitat needs and could figure prominently
in programs to save the birds.
Legendary outdoors writer Don
L Johnson inducted into Freshwater Fish Hall of
Surrounded by friends from Menomonie and across the state,
Don L. Johnson
was inducted into the Freshwater Fish Hall of Fame, Friday May 6, during ceremonies at the Dunn
County Fish and Game clubhouse in Wakanda Park.
Making the presentation was Bill Gautsche, a director of the Freshwater Hall
of Fame and Museum in Hayward.
In making the presentation, Gautsche called Johnson, a former outdoors writer
from the Milwaukee Sentinel and a noted author now living in Menomonie with his
wife, Lorraine, a "true artist of the pen, where the picture was never completed
until it was perfect."
the complete article at Dunn County
home to 100-year-old elm tree
Bruce Allison, author of of “Wisconsin’s Champion Trees,” says the life of a Siberian elm is usually 85
or 90 years. But one elm on Milwaukee’s south side, is over 100 years old, he
says. With a trunk circumberence of 200 inches and height of 89 feet, Allison
believes the elm is the largest in Wisconsin.
the article in the Milwaukee Journal
Mayors to carry out Kyoto Protocol
Seattle, Washington Mayor Greg
Nickels recently announced that he and 131 other mayors (including the mayors
of Milwaukee, La Crosse and Madison) representing, according to
the NY Times, 29 million citizens, are begining a nationwide effort to
carry out the Kyoto Protocol on global warming.
articles in Fighting
New York Times.
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counties flunk air pollution test
More than 4 million Wisconsin residents at risk for respiratory complications
live in counties with unhealthy air, a national study shows.
The report, based on air quality data collected by the U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency from 2001 to 2003, looked at 33 counties and found that most
had levels of ozone or particle pollution that exceeded federal standards.
Milwaukee and eight additional counties earned F's for having too many days
of unhealthy levels of ground-level ozone, according to the State of the Air
2005. The other counties are Kenosha, Ozaukee, Racine, Sheboygan, Brown, Door,
Kewaunee and Manitowoc.
the article in the Milwaukee
apple pesticide registration
due May 20
growers will have another
pesticide available to control
an insect in their orchards
under a special pesticide
registration proposed by
the Wisconsin Department
of Agriculture, Trade and
Consumer Protection. The
special registration will
allow growers to use Rimon
0.83 EC to control codling
moth in the apple orchards.
The larvae of the codling
moth bore into the fruit
causing “wormy” apples.
has been authorized by the
U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency to register pesticide
products without prior federal
approval. This procedure
gives states flexibility
to meet local needs such
as controlling a plant disease
or pest outbreak. EPA has
90 days to review the proposal
and reject the state’s decision.
have until Friday, May 20,
2005 to comment on this
proposed five-year special
the DATCP announcement
DNR Seeking Public Comment On Wastewater Storage Tank
due May 20
The Department of Natural Resources is looking for public comment
on a request by Natures Life Cycle, LLC, a waste hauler here, to erect a two
million gallon wastewater storage tank at 7641 East State Line Road.
Natures Life Cycle, LLC will be transporting waste collected from both
industrial and municipal sources to the proposed new Slurrystore tank, which
would be 131-feet in diameter, 28-feet tall and at grade.
the DNR Announcement
Comments sought on master plan for largest state forest,
Northern Highland American
Legion State Forest
comment due by May 31, 2005
A draft master plan and environmental impact statement (EIS) for
the 225,000-acre Northern Highland-American Legion State Forest is now available
for public comment through
June 1, 2005.
The plan proposes additional recreational opportunities including more
primitive and developed campsites, designation of areas for both motorized and
non-motorized activities and an expansion plan that would add high quality
aquatic communities and patches of old growth to the forest as they become
available from willing sellers.
The forest is located in Vilas, Oneida and a small portion of Iron counties
in north central Wisconsin.
more information See
DNR Announcement and
Wood County seeks
input about forest policy
Comments needed for plan revisions
Wood County residents have a chance to help
shape the future of the county's forest.Whom to Contact:
The county's forest plan is
revised every 10 years by state Department of Natural Resources and Wood County
forest officials. It's scheduled to take effect by January 2006 and last until
More information can be found at the Wood County Park and
Forestry Web site at co.wood.wi.us/parks
Forest survey forms also can be
downloaded from the Web site (PDF file). Hard copies can be obtained at the County
Anyone who has any comment or concerns about the forest plan
can contact the Wood County Park and Forestry Department at
Residents can let officials know what they want done
with the county forest by filling out surveys that can be downloaded from the
Wood County Park and Forestry Web site, co.wood.wi.us/parks.
article in Wisconsin Rapids
Grants available for wildfire suppression assistance
for grant application July
Local fire fighting agencies have until July 1 to apply for two
separate grant programs intended to help the agencies assist the state
Department of Natural Resources in suppressing forest and wildfires. Both
programs provide funds on a 50/50 cash match basis.
the WDNR announcement
Produced monthly, this newsletter highlights the programs and activities of
the Wisconsin DNR. Issues are listed in chronological order, starting with the
May 2005 Forestry Notes (PDF)
you know that, in the 1980s, one of the top two sites
considered for nuclear waste storage was
River Batholith located along the Wolf River in central
and northeast Wisconsin?
that there are numerous problems with using Yucca Mountain,
the Wolf River Batholith
could once more be a target
site for nuclear waste storage.
of the people and groups who opposed the proposed
Crandon mine, are organizing to
keep the Wolf River
Batholith from ever being used to store nuclear waste.
A website for the group (under heavy construction)
has been started at www.notinmybatholith.com.
you would like to receive meeting notices, send information,
or receive information about this important issue, send
more information about the Wolf River Batholith see
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