MERRILL - Freezing cold temperatures affect everyone in the Northwoods.
Including some animals.
But insects can survive low temperatures with some help from the snow. Snow is a great buffer for insects.
It keeps the ground underneath pretty warm.
And that allows a lot of insects to survive.
"Emerald Ash Borers, Gypsy Moths, Bark Beatles, all of those insects can over winter underneath the typical snow line so low winter temperatures really won't impact them," said Brian Schwingle, the Forest Health Specialist for the Northern Region at the DNR.
Temperatures would have to stay very low for long periods of time, every single year to make an impact on our forests.
Spring temperatures are likely to kill more bugs than frigid winter lows.
Warm weather in March or April can cause insects to hatch out.
If the cold weather comes back ,like we saw last year, the bugs will die.
"That cold, wet weather after that warm snap will kill a lot more insects than for example minus 20 in January will kill," said Schwingle.
Even most non-native bugs will survive the winter.
Although some of its larvae won't hatch, enough will to keep the bug alive in the area.
CONOVER - June 22 makes it the 14th day of rainfall for us this month, and it's not been very convenient.
People all over northcentral Wisconsin have had to deal with storm damage or flooding in some way.
Pioneer Lake in Conover has had a particularly tough time with flooding not only because of the rain, but also because of a dam upstream.
"We've got 20 piers here, and they're floating away, they're underwater," said Maple View Resort and Campground Owner Tony Osiecki. "I've never seen it like this in fifty years."
Osiecki blames the deluge of rain we've gotten in the past few weeks for the flooding in his resort. But he and many others on the lake also blame a dam upstream.
It's located on the southwest side of South Twin Lake in Phelps. It's owned by Wausau-based Wisconsin Valley Improvement Company, and it's meant to maintain the levels of the Twin Lakes. Peter Hansen, the company's Vice President of Operation, admits they are releasing a lot of water--because they are federally required to.
"We are releasing an amount of water that is more than the 500-year rain event," Hansen said. "That means the rain that we've had, according to our calculations, is only supposed to happen every 500 years...We're doing everything within our federal license to lower the water level on Twin."
Downstream of the dam is the Twin River, which flows into Pioneer Lake. Hansen says the company is not responsible for what happens downstream.
That leaves some people frustrated
"[People] have been calling wanting to know what we're doing about the water and what they've got to do to fix it," said Pioneer Lake Association President Terry Wright. "If it's affecting us we have to have somebody we can call to change it."
In the meantime, Osiecki deals with the flooding.
"Move everything back a bit and try to get someone to close the dam and compromise," Osiecki said.
Hansen says the company has been able to cut back on the water release in the past few days, but with more rain in the forecast, that might change. He says Pioneer Lake does not have a controlled structure to help with the lake's water levels.
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