• DNR Announces Two Water Quality Initiatives

    The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced two new water-quality initiatives as part of Gov. Evers’ Year of Clean Drinking Water declaration for 2019. This week the DNR asked the Department of Health Services (DHS) to review 40 contaminants for possible groundwater-quality standards – work that follows asking DHS last spring to review an initial 27 […]

  • Wisconsin to See Utility-Scale Solar Projects

    The Public Service Commission (PSC) of Wisconsin authorized the construction of two utility-scale solar electric-generation projects that will more than quadruple the state’s solar capacity. Chair Rebecca Cameron Valcq and Commissioner Mike Huebsch unanimously approved the projects 2-0. The Two Creeks solar generation facility will have a capacity of 150 MW and will be located […]

  • Celebrate Earth Day on the Peninsula

    April 20 • Peninsula State Park will participate in the statewide Work, Play, Earth Day event, 9 am – 12 pm. Volunteers should wear work shoes or boots, long pants and gloves to plant trees, clear brush and pick up litter. Individuals and groups are welcome; children must be accompanied by an adult. Meet at […]

  • Brewers Pitcher Suter Honored for Recycling Efforts

    The Associated Recyclers of Wisconsin (AROW) – a nonprofit that provides proactive leadership on waste reduction and recycling – has honored Brent Suter of the Milwaukee Brewers with its Outstanding Achievement in Waste Reduction and Recycling – Professional Athlete Award. It recognizes his efforts to promote waste reduction, reuse and recycling within the baseball team. Suter, […]

  • Climate Change Forum on May 18 to Focus on the Positive

    The sixth Door County Climate Change Forum will take place at Stone Harbor Resort and Conference Center in Sturgeon Bay on May 18. Although the news about climate change is often discouraging, this forum will focus not only on the science and projected impacts of climate change, but also on the many encouraging actions that […]

  • Earth Day Event Presenters Announced

    The inaugural Every Day Is Earth Day Festival feature a dynamic lineup of speakers, vendors, and discussions celebrating the Green Earth-Care culture of Door County. The festival, slated for April 26-28 at the Kress Pavilion in Egg Harbor, will kick off Friday with the Green Door Legacy Roundtable moderated by Myles Dannhausen Jr. of the […]

  • Celebrate Water Door County Now Features Raffle

    Celebrate Water Door County will add a raffle during breakfast on the last day of its Water Summit, June 4-6. The raffle items are a Door County lighthouse poster from the Peninsula Pulse, redeemable codes for Door County Kayak Tours, a $30 Grasse’s Grill gift card, a copy of The Death and Life of the […]

  • Composting Tips for this Season

    Compost is a hot topic for good reason: What’s better than turning waste into something beneficial? But before you start throwing food scraps into a pile on your property line, consider these points to ensure success and avoid attracting vermin or straining neighborly relationships. • Determine your compost-pile goals. Do you just want a place to […]

  • Nominate Lake Michigan Champions

    The Lakeshore Natural Resource Partnership and the Lake Michigan Stakeholders sponsor the annual Lake Michigan Champions of Conservation Awards: an environmental award program that honors outstanding achievements in three categories: Water-Resources Protection: Projects that improve or restore degraded reaches of streams, rivers, lakes or wetlands in the Lake Michigan basin; or monitoring programs that can […]

  • DNR Accepting Entries for 2020 State Park Sticker Design

    There is still time for Wisconsin high school students to submit entries for the 2020 Wisconsin state-park sticker-design contest before the April 12 deadline. The winning design will be displayed on more than 300,000 vehicles. The design must be the artist’s original creation and may not be copied or duplicated from previously published art. Photographs […]

  • Froggers Needed for Annual Survey

    Each spring for the past 35 years, a small army of citizen scientists (or “froggers,” as they proudly call themselves) head out into the darkness to survey seasonal wetlands, marshes, lakes and rivers to help DNR conservation biologists document the breeding calls of frogs and toads throughout Wisconsin. “Once again, it’s time for volunteers to […]

  • DNR Warns Snow Melt Could Affect Wells

    Warming temperatures, snow melt, rain and lingering frozen ground can create conditions that affect private wells and drinking water. “Our recent rain, mixed precipitation and local flooding throughout the state are a reminder that changing spring weather can lead to well contamination,” said Liesa Lehmann, DNR private water section chief. “At this time of year, […]

  • Feds Propose Lifting Gray Wolf Protections

    by Wisconsin Public Radio The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) plans to propose a rule to “delist” the gray wolf from the endangered-species list in the Lower 48 states. Acting Interior Secretary David Bernhardt made the announcement March 6. The move would return management to the states and tribes, which would reinstate Wisconsin’s wolf […]

  • Join the Arbor Day Foundation in March to Receive 10 Free Trees

    The Arbor Day Foundation is making it easy to celebrate the arrival of spring by planting trees. Join the nonprofit in March 2019 to receive 10 free white pine trees or 10 white flowering dogwood trees through its Trees for America campaign. Arbor Day Foundation chief executive Matt Harris said, “Dogwoods are known for their […]

  • DNR Reports 1.9 Trillion Gallons of Water Pumped in 2017

    Wisconsin cities, businesses, industries and agricultural operations were among the state’s largest users of water in 2017, pumping more than 1.9 trillion gallons of groundwater and surface water, according to a Department of Natural Resources report. The state’s sixth annual water-use report tallies how many gallons were pumped by municipal water systems, agricultural operations, utilities […]

  • White-Cedar Aging at The Clearing

    Late last fall, Roger Kuhns, Brian Buchholz, Katherine Schneider and Mike Schneider aged four of the white cedar trees growing along the edge of the Niagara Escarpment at The Clearing in Ellison Bay. They used an increment borer to extract a pencil-thick core of wood from a tree in order to count the growth rings […]

  • DCMGA’s Lecture Series: ‘The Ecological Garden’

    Benjamin Futa, director of UW-Madison’s Allen Centennial Garden (, will present “The Ecological Garden” on March 19, 7 pm, at Crossroads at Big Creek as part of the Door County Master Gardeners Association’s ( free lecture series. Futa is passionate about connecting people to plants – and one another – through public gardens. He designs […]

  • Working to Restore Wisconsin’s American Marten Population

    Wisconsin conservation biologists hope a network of trail cameras can help to restore populations of the American marten, an elusive member of the weasel family and the only state endangered mammal in Wisconsin. Starting in December 2018, biologists began deploying trail cameras among 120 sites in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest to capture photos of the […]

  • Wild Ones: Include Pea-Family Legumes in Your Pollinator Garden

    by Don Gustafson Why not include some pea-family legumes in your pollinator garden? They not only attract pollinators (bees, wasps, butterflies, moths, beetles and flies), but they also enhance biodiversity, improve the visual landscape and provide the additional benefit of increased fertility. As legumes, they all have specialized nodules on their roots that have the […]

  • New NASA Book Shares Beauty of Earth from Space

    Swirling white clouds, deep blue oceans and multicolored landscapes bring to life the pages of NASA’s new 168-page book Earth, a collection of dramatic images captured by Earth-observing satellites. The book is available now in hardcover, e-book and online with interactive features. From a lava field in Iceland to the icy Patagonian landscape of South […]