Wisconsin's Christmas tree growers are off to a good harvest this season.
It takes ten years to grow a sapling into a bona fide Christmas tree. The trees are then cut, bagged, and stacked onto semis beginning in early November.
Cheryl Nicholson, the executive secretary for the Wisconsin Christmas Tree Producers Association, says the group's 200 members — and more non-members — harvest a million trees each year. “Some go out of the country, to Canada, to Mexico. A lot of them do stay in the state.”
Come Monday, dogs could be used in the hunting of wolves in part of northern Wisconsin. The Department of Natural Resources says it isn't worried about fights between the two animals, but others are concerned.
Dentist and cranberry farmer Fred Prehn stands along the Lemonweir River, the main water source for his cranberry operation. Prehn and his staff use what they need and return the water to the river when they're finished.
Last week, Wisconsin Public Radio re-broadcasted a series produced by Michigan Radio in October called “In Warm Water: Fish & the Changing Great Lakes.” Rebecca Williams has the final part of the series, on the resurgence of major algal blooms in the Great Lakes; you can read the rest of the series here.
A central Wisconsin brewery is getting attention for its commitment to the environment. It's not just idealism, though: the brewers say their reliance on green energy and sustainable agriculture is helping them make money.
Last week, Wisconsin Public Radio re-broadcasted a series produced by Michigan Radio in October called “In Warm Water: Fish & the Changing Great Lakes.” Jennifer Szweda Jordan has part three below; you can read part one here and part two here.
Yellow perch are a staple of firehouse and church fish fries, and the delicate fish on that dish might once have lived in the Great Lakes. Now, warmer lake waters in a changing climate threaten the yellow perch population as well as other popular cool water fish, like walleye.