This Week: July 9, 2021

Round-up of weekly news for Wisconsin landowners



Male mallard duck with log and dried cattails in the background.

Clean Water Act Protections for Headwaters and Wetlands Will Be Considered Again

Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership
Melinda Kassen
June 30, 2021

Once again, the pendulum is swinging back toward protection of our nation’s streams, rivers, and wetlands – and thus the fish, waterfowl, and other wildlife that rely on these waters.

Long exposure image of fireflies in the dark night sky.

Phenomenal Fireflies: A conversation with Tennessee firefly expert, Lynn Faust

The Nature Conservancy
March 31, 2021

Known to most as fireflies or lightning bugs, or to some outside of North America, “glow worms,” or “blinkies,” 2,000 species of these prolific flying beetles inhabit every continent except for Antarctica—each with a unique flash, timetable and preferred conditions. To learn more about these treasured signs of summer, we turned to Tennessee’s own citizen-scientist-turned-firefly-expert, Lynn Faust.

Image or log woodland with log pile in the foreground.

Carter bill would help private foresters recover timber losses from natural disasters


U.S. Rep. Buddy Carter (R-GA) on June 28 introduced a bipartisan bill that would amend the United States tax code to provide a special rule for losses of uncut timber due to natural disasters.

Image of DNR Biologist posing with plant unseen in Wisconsin since the 1950s.

DNR ecologist finds holy grail of rare plants on State Natural Area

Wisconsin State Farmer
July 8, 2021

The night before DNR Ecologist Ryan O’Connor left on his first extended trip of the field season to survey state lands for rare species and assess native ecosystems, his 6-year-old daughter Sophia wrote him a note.

Wisconsin Degree Days

Many plants sprout and flower based on how warm it has been. Check out this chart from the Wisconsin DATCP to see how your neck of the woods compares with average temperatures so far this year.

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