Natural Resources


Bird banding
Field Trips From the Natural Resources Foundation Show Off Wisconsin From All Angles

Group started as a defense against state budget cuts and now regularly fills up more than 200 opportunities to see fields, forests, creeks, and critters.

Culligan Delivery
‘Back to the Dark Ages’ for Water Protection as a Judge Kills DNR Enforcement of PFAS

State’s big business lobby, WMC, successfully argues the Legislature has to list the chemicals and write the rules—even though it might never do that.

Communities across Wisconsin have discovered high levels of PFAS contamination in their water supplies. (Photo by Julian Emerson)
Starting All Over: Conservatives Close the Spigot on Groundwater Standards for ‘Forever Chemicals’

A Natural Resources Board hostile to addressing PFAS contamination forces the rules process to start all over again, wasting three years of work.

Fred Prehn
Justices Hear Arguments on the Squatter Who Won’t Leave the State Natural Resources Board

Scott Walker appointee’s term ended last year, but he’s refused to leave since Republicans in the state Senate won’t confirm a replacement nominated by Evers.

Firefighting foam is a common source of PFAS pollution. (Shutterstock)
Former DNR Leader Says a Renegade Board Member Is Part of Republicans’ Plan to Undermine Water Rules, Unseat Gov. Evers

George Meyer blames the state’s major business lobby for encouraging a member to stay past his term as a way to fight PFAS standards.

(Linda Freshwaters Arndt/Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources)
The Lore, Legends, and Traditions of Wisconsin Deer Hunting

Thousands take off from work and school to hunt for their buck, a time-honored tradition that has seen its share of legends, tragedies, and new curveballs.

Wisconsin's gun deer hunting season has begun. (Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources)
How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Appreciate the Deer Hunt

UpNorthNews reporter Julian Emerson recounts his wide range of experiences with Wisconsin's gun deer hunting season.