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Release Date: Sep 26, 2023
Contact(s): Adam Felts
Rhinelander, Wis., Sept. 26, 2023 — The Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest is seeking proposals for projects to improve or benefit National Forest lands and provide local employment opportunities through the Secure Rural Schools program. Proposals are due by Nov. 28, 2023 by email or U.S. Mail.
Funds to implement selected projects come from Title II of the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act, which established an alternate way for counties with eligible lands to benefit from revenue-generating activities on National Forest lands, such as timber harvests and recreation. Ashland, Bayfield, Forest, Oconto, Price, Sawyer, and Taylor counties elected to expend a portion of their federal Title II funds to protect, restore, or enhance ecosystems, fish and wildlife habitat, or other natural resources on or to directly benefit National Forests.
After the recommendation and approval of 13 more Secure Rural School projects this year, all current Secure Rural School funds have been used. The Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest is now seeking proposals for Secure Rural School funds available in the middle of 2024, to be spent before October 2026. This is expected to support approximately $180,000 worth of projects that have broad-based support and objectives such as:
Anyone considering a proposal should consult their local National Forest office before completing the project submission form ( https://go.usa.gov/xMb3N). Local district rangers and resource specialists can help ensure proposals are implemented in a timely manner and meet Title II guidelines. In addition, USDA Forest Service personnel can help proposal proponents better understand if their project meets other required federal laws, like the National Environmental Policy Act.
For maximum consideration, proponents should submit completed forms on or before November 28, 2023, by email to email@example.com or by U.S. Mail to the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, 500 Hanson Lake Road, Rhinelander, WI 54501, Attention: Adam Felts.
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Conservation Corner is a weekly article produced by the Forest County Land & Water Conservation Department. For more information contact Steve Kircher, County Conservationist-Land Information/GIS Director at 715-478-1387 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
"Wonders in the Skies: The Spectacular Dragonfly Migration of Northern Wisconsin"
Forest County, with its pristine lakes, lush forests, and abundant wildlife, is a region known for its natural beauty. However, hidden in this picturesque landscape is a remarkable natural phenomenon that often goes unnoticed—the dragonfly migration. I didn’t know they did this!
Each year, thousands of dragonflies embark on an extraordinary journey, traveling great distances to find suitable breeding grounds. The dragonfly migration in Northern Wisconsin typically occurs during the late summer and early fall months, making it a seasonal spectacle that draws the attention of both researchers and nature enthusiasts. These insects, which are often associated with bodies of freshwater, follow a well-defined route that takes them from their breeding grounds to warmer regions where they can find adequate food and shelter for the winter.
The migration route of Northern Wisconsin's dragonflies often includes following the shoreline of Lake Superior, which provides ample food sources and suitable resting spots along the way. Lake Superior's size and unique ecosystems make it an essential corridor for dragonflies migrating from the northernmost parts of the state. As the dragonflies traverse this route, they create mesmerizing displays in the skies, with their colorful wings catching the sunlight.
One of the most captivating aspects of dragonfly migration in Northern Wisconsin is the visual spectacle it creates. Thousands of dragonflies, including species like the Common Green Darner and the Widow Skimmer, form massive swarms that can extend for miles. These swarms can be seen gliding gracefully above lakes, rivers, and wetlands, making for a breathtaking natural phenomenon.
As dragonflies migrate, they display impressive aerial acrobatics, with individuals weaving in and out of the swarm, creating intricate patterns in the sky. This behavior is believed to help the dragonflies confuse predators, such as birds and other insects. Observing this dance of nature is not only visually stunning but also a testament to the resilience and adaptability of these remarkable insects.
Dragonflies migrate for survival and reproduction. The journey southward allows them to escape the harsh Northern Wisconsin winters, where freezing temperatures and ice-covered water bodies would make survival difficult. Instead, they seek out milder climates where they can find food sources and lay their eggs in more hospitable conditions.
Dragonfly migration in Northern Wisconsin is a vital aspect of the region's ecology, as these insects play a crucial role in controlling populations of smaller insects like mosquitoes. Understanding their migration patterns and behaviors is essential for conserving both dragonfly populations and the ecosystems they inhabit.
Researchers in Northern Wisconsin have been working diligently to study this unique migration phenomenon. By tracking dragonflies' movements through the use of radio transmitters and citizen science initiatives, scientists have gained valuable insights into the routes, timing, and environmental factors that influence dragonfly migration. This information contributes to our understanding of the broader impacts of climate change and habitat degradation on these incredible insects.
For those lucky enough to witness dragonfly migration in Northern Wisconsin, it offers an opportunity to connect with the natural world in a profound way. Nature enthusiasts, photographers, and curious individuals flock to the region during migration season to witness the aerial ballet of dragonflies. Local organizations often host guided tours and educational events to raise awareness about the importance of preserving dragonfly habitats.
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Climate change is a growing concern for forests across northern Wisconsin. Foresters, land managers, and landowners are considering how to prepare for future conditions and how to evaluate risks on lands they manage. This field guide is designed as a quick reference on climate change for northern Wisconsin forests.
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