RHINELANDER - The Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest just finished a project with the National Guard that's the first of its kind.
The partnership gets some long needed projects done on National Forest property, and in turn give the battalion training they needed.
Suzanne Flory from the U.S. Forest Service says there's a lot more to the National Forests than the land they look after. There's a lot of infrastructure with major maintenance needs.
"Being efficient and finding different ways to do business is really beneficial because there's always work that needs to be done. So by tapping into something like this agreement with the National Guard we can make sure things are safe for the public and our employees and, once again, the benefit to the National Guard is they get the training they need," says Flory.
The National Guard members on this project were from an engineering battalion. They'll use these skills in Afghanistan in 2014.
Chequamegon-Nicolet is already working on teaming up with the National Guard again next year.
EAGLE RIVER - The initiative will help to rebound what's thought of as a suffering walleye population by adding hundreds of thousands of the fish to Wisconsin lakes.
The project could improve fishing for the state's most popular game fish and tourism in the state. George Langely, a local fishing guide at Eagle Sports bait shop in Eagle River, says walleye fishing isn't what it used to be.
"The walleye population has pretty much suffered in the last twenty years and it's really nice to see Madison recognizing that and taking some steps to do something about it. It will take a while but it's a great start."
MINOCQUA - “This disease is called the great imitator for a good reason,” says Jeff Waite.
Lyme disease can be good at hiding.
“Lyme disease is a bacterial type infection spread by a spiral keet, which is also considered a parasite. And it can be carried in the spit glands and intestinal track of ticks in this area. Particularly the deer tick," said Dr. Kurt Landauer.
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