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New Member is Appointed on the Governor's Council on ForestrySubmitted: 05/10/2013
Story By Melissa Constanzer


TOMAHAWK - Most people know the Northwoods for its beautiful woods. But it's no easy job protecting these forests. However, a newly appointed council member is up to the challenge.

Thomas Hittle, the Director of Forestry and GIS Operations at Steigerwaldt Land Services in Tomahawk, is a new council member. He was appointed to Governor Walker's Council on Forestry.

"The Council's role is to advise the Governor and the legislature and the Department of Natural Resources on issues that relate to the sound and sustainable forest management of Wisconsin's forest resources," says Tom Hittle, Steigerwaldt Forestry and GIS Operations Director.

Hittle works daily with forestry issues like logging and timber management. He said the appointment is a huge honor but also a big responsibility.

"Having worked in the industry here in Wisconsin for the past 28 years, I recognize the important part that it plays in not only our local economy but the state economy as a whole," says Tom Hittle.

The Council is made up of 18 members from across the state. It consists of forest land owners and managers, as well as members from the forest and timber industry.



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MADISON - Right now you need a permit to carry a concealed weapon in Wisconsin.

That could be changing.

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MANITOWISH WATERS - Days like Tuesday make you want to get outside and maybe go for a bike ride.

It's only a matter of time until bicyclists start hitting the trails, and the bike trails in Manitowish Waters are prepared for it.

The Uihlein family established a $2 million trust fund that will pay for the bike trail's maintenance in the town.

"This fund will be available to provide funding probably for forever," said Manitowish Waters Town Chairman John Hanson.

The bike trail starts in Manitowish Waters and connects to Boulder Junction.

That's about a 17-mile ride.

Hanson says tourists love it.

"It brings a lot of people here," Hanson said. "We've had even people fly into the airport, get their collapsible bike out of the airplane and go for a bike ride."

He says the trails will open as soon as the weather allows.

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MADISON - American Indian leaders in Wisconsin will give their annual State of the Tribes address to the Legislature and constitutional officers on April 4th.

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos said in a news release Tuesday that Stockbridge-Munsee tribe President Shannon Holsey will give the speech this year.

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RHINELANDER - People lived through detours, dust, and demolition throughout most of 2016 in downtown Rhinelander. Residents won't see that kind of work in 2017, but the city is planning more closures and road work to finish up the Streetscape Project.

Crews will start with the Davenport Street Bridge shutting down for a month in starting April 17.  Public Works Director Tim Kingman says some sections of concrete, sidewalk, and asphalt pavement shifted, settled and cracked over the winter.

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VILAS COUNTY - For more than three years, Vilas County tried to create a campground and trail system in the eastern side of the county. 

Thanks to land easements and secured funding, that plan is now becoming a reality.

The 10-mile trail will follow an old railroad corridor between Eagle River and Conover.

The trail will connect the new campground on Torch Lake to the two communities.

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LAONA - Workers will need to start from scratch to rebuild the Silver Lake Inn supper club in Laona.

Only rubble and a stubborn brick chimney remain there right now. Fire ripped through the building in late November. Now, those charred remains have been torn down.

Owner Karen Davis said they plan to rebuild. She said her goal is to have it open again by the end of the year.

Laona Fire Chief Dave Rosio said he has yet to receive a report from the state fire marshal, who investigated the cause of the fire.


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