MADISON - The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is seeking comments on new plans for managing conifer plantations on state properties.
The DNR has proposed a variance to the master plans for the properties to control pests and diseases in the trees, remove hazardous trees and enhance the scenic beauty of the land for users.
Properties that would be subject to the changes include Big Foot Beach, Blue Mound, Devil's Lake, Governor Dodge, Kinnickinnic, Mill Bluff and Pattison state parks; the Bearskin State Trail; the Browntown-Cadiz Spring State Recreational Area; the Havenwoods State Forest; and Ice Age Trial areas in Dane, Lincoln, Marathon, Polk, Washington, Waupaca and Waushara counties.
The variance is available on the DNR's website. Comments should be mailed or emailed to Craig Anderson, the DNR's state parks program ecologist.
RHINELANDER - Our record breaking snow storm left more than 6,000 people across the Northwoods without power.
WPS had to rely on 20 extra crews from Green Bay, Wausau and Menominee to restore power.
But getting to the outages was a challenge.
A representative for WPS says workers are expecting even more outages to be reported.
"Not all of the back roads are plowed yet and that's where a lot of outages are located," said Leah Van Zile, WPS Community Relations leader. "Throughout the day as the temperatures warm, we expect to receive additional calls due to the unloading of snow off of the tree branches."
Eagle River had one of the highest number of customers affected by the outages.
Representatives for WPS say this was one of the hardest winters they've had to deal with.
"We've had some really, really severe wind chills which has really made the temperatures below zero. Typically, only in emergencies do we work in those conditions," said Van Zile. "But pretty much any other time, whether it's a rain storm, a snow storm, a wind storm, our guys are out there working, getting that power back on."
The number of outages dropped below 4,000 since earlier today.
If you're still without power to call 1800-450-7240.
ACROSS THE NORTHWOODS - Do bugs seem to be everywhere in your home, even though there's snow outside? One type of bug in Wisconsin spends the winter inside our houses! They look like Lady Bugs, but they are actually not native to this country.
"They're actually called a multi-colored Asian Lady Beetle. They can be anywhere from a pale yellow to a darker orange and they have black spots on them but you'll see some that don't have spots," says Kerri Ison, UW Oneida County Extension.
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