Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest

U.S. Forest Service

Saturday(9/29) marks a anniversary for a popular stop in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest.

The Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center near Ashland is a popular spots for local residents and visitors alike. The center is celebrating 20 years along with activities surrounding National Public Lands Day.

Forest spokesperson Hilary Markin describes some activities going on during the celebration...

More than 8 TONS of trash were recently picked up in a portion of the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest.

This trash is human made and is illegal. Evan Miller is acting District Ranger at the Eagle River-Florence office. What did Forest staff find?

"....last week we picked up a variety of, a row boat, couches, televisions anything people don't want to dispose of in an appropriate manner...."

The trash pickup happened between Eagle River, Florence, the border with Michigan over toward Hiles and Laona.

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The Green Marvel. Do you know what that might be?

The Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest is noting National Moth Week with a chance for the public to perhaps see a Green Marvel moth and the many other species that exist in this region.

Nicole Shutt is a forest biological technician. She says the public is invited to a Moth Adventure Friday evening at Boulder Lake campground amphitheater about 25 mile, east of Langlade off of Highway "W".

She says they will string some rope between trees, hang sheets with black lights and see what moths will appear.

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Heavy rains last weekend not only washed out main roads, but the flooding hurt activities in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest.

Motorized trails on the Park Falls and Great Divide units of the Forest have reopened. Recreation Program Manager for the Washburn Ranger District, Jennifer Maziasz says they've done extensive damage assessments on forest roads and trials.

She says their first priority was public safety... 


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The heavy April snows slowed the opening of campgrounds in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest but as of Thursday, expected recreational opportunities will be open for the summer. Fees are also being increased for the first time in more than a decade.

The Forest's Acting Lands, Recreation and Wilderness Program Manager, Tim Vetter, says Thursday's the day... 

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The recreation sites are starting to open on the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest.

Forest spokesperson Hilary Markin says one recent development is the reopening of the popular Boulder Lake Campground in Oconto county...

"....about Boulder(Lake campground), we had made some announcements that it is temporarily closed for the 2018 recreation season but now we are going to have it open..."

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Folks who use the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest will likely have to wait a little longer this year thanks to the heaping helpings of snow we still have.

The Forest office announced this week the opening of recreation trails and campgrounds will be delayed. Forest spokesperson Tim Vetter says the lingering winter is to blame...


Illegal dumpsites in the Chequemegon-Nicolet National Forest are becoming a major problem.

Forest spokesperson Hilary Markin says they're seeing more illegal dumping...

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Officials say for the fifth year in a row the amount of timber sold from the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest has increased.

With a month left in the federal fiscal year, the Forest has sold 118.4 million board feet of timber and anticipates selling an additional 4.7 million more by September 30 through a competitive bid process.

Forest spokesperson Hilary Markin says the increased production is noted...

A 20-person crew gathered Wednesday morning at the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest office in Rhinelander before heading out west to help with large fires ravaging the region.

Forest Service spokesperson Hilary Markin details how the interagency crew is composed...

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A partnership between the U.S. Forest Service, Michigan Tech University and non-profit group Veterans Trek of Milwaukee is helping to get accurate data on infrastructure of the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest.

Forest spokesperson Hilary Markin outlines the veteran's efforts...

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The Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest is looking for volunteers to fill a variety of roles this summer to support the Forest's recreational program.

Lakewood-Laona Assistant Recreational Ranger Greyling Brandt says volunteer campground hosts are especially needed. He says having a person hosting the campsite is invaluable...

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More campsites have been added for people who enjoy spending time in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest.

Forest spokesperson Hilary Markin says many of the sites are close by....

" the Eagle River-Florence District has added some campsites to the reservation system. Some of them are already reservable, they've added additional sites. Others are brand new campgrounds to the reservation system...."

She says the additional campsites are in some already popular sites...

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A white Christmas means lots of recreational opportunities in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest.

Forest spokesperson Hilary Markin says all winter trails are open. She says the Forest offers 20 cross-country ski trails...

"....folks to get out, they can skate ski, classic ski. They have loops for all ages, beginner loops that are nice and short. We have some longer, more difficult trails that people can go up and over hills. There's something for everyone......"

A Christmas tree in your home harvested by you is available through the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest. If you have a 4th grader in your house, an even better deal is possible.

The national forest is offering permits for the public to cut their own tree from the forest for $5, with a limit of five trees per household.

Chequamegon-Nicolet spokesperson Hilary Markin says a program is designed to get the nation's next generation of outdoor stewards into the woods...