This Week: June 11, 2021

Round-up of weekly news for Wisconsin landowners



Image of wildland firefighter with backpack can monitoring brush pile as off screen fire hose shoots a stream or water on the brush pile extinguishing it.

Increasing Resilience and Carbon Storage through In-forest Biochar Production

Biochar is the process of partially burning brush piles of a similar size and extinguishing them before the coals have a chance to turn to ash. Check out this very promising research for keeping more carbon on your woodland floor during wildfire threat reduction and timber stand improvement.


EPA Agrees to Ban Endocrine-Disrupting Pesticide Propazine

The Environmental Protection Agency announced today it has reached an agreement to phase out the endocrine-disrupting pesticide propazine within one year.

Image of spotted salamander on mossy log.
Spotted salamanders are common in Wisconsin. Peter Paplanus (CC BY 2.0)

New Guidebook Details Life Cycles Of Wisconsin’s Amphibians

About a quarter of Wisconsin’s amphibian species have already laid their eggs in ephemeral ponds and wetlands, and a recently published guidebook can help both professional and citizen scientists with identification.

Northwest Wisconsin Lakes Conference coming June 18

Ashland Daily Press

The 2021 Northwest Wisconsin Lakes Conference will take place on Friday, June 18 through an online format beginning at 9 a.m. The conference, which has become one of the state’s premiere lake conferences, includes a full day of presentations that will appeal to students, property owners, government officials, and Wisconsin lake lovers. The venue features a variety of outstanding presentations on aquatic plants and invasive species, interesting information on the geology of lakes, lakeshore wildlife, and other topics that relate to Wisconsin lakes and lake health.

Image of hands cradling coffee cup

Coffeebreak: Today – Ears in the Driftless: BioAcoustic monitoring in a restored wetland

BioAcoustics is a cross-disciplinary combination of acoustics and ecology. Learn how landowners Mike and Marcie O’Connor are using this technique to document habitat changes over the course of restoring wetlands on their land, Prairie Haven, in Wisconsin’s Driftless Area. How does bioacoustic monitoring work, and what have they learned? Join us for this Wetland Coffee Break to find out!

Logo of Pheasants Forever

Tomorrow – Bridging the Gap for Butterflies

Enjoy an afternoon lunch over the Wedde Creek, tour an in-progress habitat project in person (socially distancing) or from your car, and raise money for conservation!

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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