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.
THREE LAKES - The DNR hopes it won't find more Northwoods deer with chronic wasting disease.
Last year, a deer on a game farm near Three Lakes tested positive for the deadly disease. Although it hopes that incident is isolated, the DNR wants more data on the health of the Northwoods deer herd.
The agency is urging hunters near Three Lakes to give their deer heads to the DNR for CWD testing.
The Boulder Junction Town Board voted two to one Tuesday night to move forward with a town plaza plan. The plan will now go to a design phase.
The board estimated the cost of the design phase to be between $30,000 to $50,000, but it was dropped to about $25,000 at the meeting.
Town Chairman Dennis Reuss and Town Supervisor Dennis Duke voted in favor, with Town Supervisor Denny McGann voting against the plan.
A little more than $1 million may not seem like a lot of money to a city like Madison or Milwaukee. But for a town of fewer than one thousand people, it's a lot. The Boulder Junction Town Board could vote Tuesday whether or not to move onto the next phase of a $1.26 million town plaza project.
Dennis Duke has a vision of what Boulder Junction could look like in a few years.
"This one has a much more artistic flair, this has a more engineering flair if you will," said Duke while looking at potential design plans.
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