Natural Resources


Roche-A-Cris State Park. (Photo via Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources)
These 6 Wisconsin State Parks Are Hidden Gems

These off-the-beaten path state parks offer unique, eye-catching nature views and even a historic lead-shot tower.

Devil's Lake State Park. (Photo via Wisconsin DNR)
Devil’s Lake is Expanding. Here’s What to Expect.

Wisconsin’s most popular state park is getting a sizable addition to join its existing 9,000-plus acre footprint.

UW-Madison researchers estimate that hunters and poachers wiped out as much as a third of Wisconsin's gray wolf population after their removal from the federal endangered species list this year. (Photo via National Parks Service)
Hunters Recorded Almost Double the Kill Quota In Wisconsin’s Gray Wolf Hunt. It Was Probably Worse, Researchers Find.

The hunt was held in the middle of mating season and hunters quickly blew past the state-imposed quota. Then poachers threw another wrench in it.

An archival image of the Plainfield Tunnel Channel Lakes in Waushara County, which have experienced a reduction in water levels due to groundwater withdrawals for irrigated agriculture. (Photo credit: Wisconsin DNR)
Clean Water at Stake as WI Supreme Court Hears Appeals to Take GOP Restrictions Off the DNR

Clean Wisconsin asks the court to remove legislative micromanagement citing megafarm pollution and high-capacity wells draining lakes.

Image from the WI Department of Natural Resources website
Too Fast, Too Many: Ojibwe Bands Want Wolf Hunts Better Managed or Stopped

Nearly double the allotment of wolves were killed, even after tribal leaders decided not to hunt their portion.

California Wildfires
Why Those California Fires Probably Won’t Happen In Our Forest-Heavy Wisconsin

Local firefighters will still be needed out west where climate change is making the problems worse there, even as it gets wetter and hotter here.

Former Vice President Joe Biden has upgraded his plans to fight climate change in Wisconsin and elsewhere.
WI Environmental Advocates Turn to Local Govts. for Action in the Age of Trump

Biden has beefed up his proposals to add green jobs, and help diverse communities benefit from addressing climate change in Wisconsin.