MADISON (AP) - An environmental organization and the U.S. Forest Service are working together to harvest timber in northern Wisconsin.
Wisconsin Public Radio reports that the 2014 Farm Bill has allowed the two groups to enter into a stewardship agreement. The conservancy will hire loggers, sell timber and use the proceeds for projects the Forest Service can't afford to do.
The conservancy plans to use some money to restore Simpson Creek by rerouting the channel and exposing the gravel floor that fish need to spawn. The group also plans to rebuild a handicap accessible boardwalk on the Oconto River and will use funds to restore habitat for the endangered Kirtland's warbler.
Forest Supervisor Paul Strong says the Forest Service's budget has been stretched by efforts to fight wildfire that have become more frequent and more intense.
RHINELANDER - The Hodag Country Festival brings more than a dozen country music artists to Rhinelander every year. However, it hasn't always been that way.The grounds may be empty now but last weekend every inch was covered with campers.Gerry Vanharpen knows what it takes to get tens of thousands of people to come together over country music.
"We've been working the festival from the very beginning," said Vanharpen.
Vanharpen's parents Bernie and Diane started the Hodag County Festival with just five performers in 1978. This year the 41st annual festival had 17.
About 20,000 people went to this year's festival. Vanharpen said when the last person left the camp grounds Sunday it was just the beginning.
"We work year round planning the next one," said Vanharpen.
Vanharpen has already started working on security and next year's lineup. She wants to make sure the cheers get louder ever year.
MINOCQUA - People buying brats in Minocqua Thursday and Friday did more than just filled their stomachs. They helped the area homeless at the same time.
Northwoods Alliance for Temporary Housing (NATH) hosted a brat sale fundraiser at the Trig's in Minocqua. The money raised will go towards the Frederick Place, which provides safe housing to those in need.
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