RHINELANDER/STATEWIDE - On a budget this holiday? You're in luck. You can find your perfect Christmas tree, and it'll only cost you $5.
Forest Service Ranger stations are offering permits to cut your own Christmas tree. You can pick a tree from almost anywhere within the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest. Just make sure you stay out of campgrounds, and designated wilderness areas.
One benefit of cutting your own tree is, it may last longer, just make sure you give it plenty of water.
"Get it right in water really, really fast cause even though it's a cut tree, it's still going to absorb water," said Dave Melancon, Public Affairs Specialist at the Chequamegon-Nicolet Forest office in Rhinelander.
Other guidelines include choosing a tree at least 50 feet away from a road, and picking the right size tree- Don't just cut the top off a larger tree.
Rangers also want you to keep safety in mind before heading into the woods. Keep in mind that many National Forest roads aren’t snowplowed, and dress for the weather- it may take a while to find your perfect tree.
"I would recommend get an early start, pack a lunch, tell some friends where you're going… It's just part of being safe in the forest," says Melancon.
To purchase a permit, stop by any of the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest Ranger Offices.
MADISON - An aide to a Wisconsin lawmaker says Gov. Scott Walker intends to sign a bill that would put outside agencies in charge of investigating officer-involved deaths.
Craig Trost, an aide to Rep. Chris Taylor, says in an email that Walker's office notified Taylor's office that he plans to sign the bill Wednesday.
Taylor, a Madison Democrat, and Rep. Garey Bies, R-Sister Bay, developed the legislation in response to three high-profile deaths in the last 10 years. None of those incidents resulted in criminal charges.
Supporters say the new requirements will counter claims that police protect their own from consequences of using deadly force. But police observers say the bill could create conflict and confusion for Wisconsin agencies that have traditionally done the investigations themselves.
The bill passed the Legislature earlier this year.
LAC DU FLAMBEAU - People from all over the Northwoods celebrated Earth Day today. Students at Lac du Flambeau school participated in a natural resources fair today.
Classes, groups and individual students submitted projects to be judged. By doing the projects they learned the importance of Earth Day.
“Polluting could harm the earth and if that harms the earth later on we won't have a better earth to do stuff on like camping, or fishing, hiking and taking walks,” says Sky Risingsun, a Lac du Flambeau student.
35 projects were judged in the science competition. Each student was given a white spruce seed to take home and plant in their own yard.
“It's a white spruce which is a native tree to this area,” says Bryan Hoover, Lac du Flambeau Energy and Air Quality Coordinator. “We've got almost 500 of them and every student is going to take one home so that they can pick a spot in their yard to plant the new tree and watch that tree grow as it matures.”
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