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  • Adopt-A-Highway Crews

  • Summer Fun for Kids in Appleton

  • Habitat for Monarch Butterflies and More!

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Ron's Recap: June 14, 2019   


Chronic Wasting Disease, oftentimes referred to as CWD, has become a significant problem in Wisconsin. I am pleased that the Joint Finance Committee included funding to research what can be done to stop CWD. This is a great first step towards ridding Wisconsin of CWD. Click here or on the image above to learn more about CWD. 

Watch out for Adopt-A-Highway crews

Some of you many have noticed several "Adopt-A-Highway" crews out on roadsides, picking up litter and beautifying our roadways. Let's do our part to help these kind volunteers by keeping a watchful eye out for them. If you see crews out working, please slow down and, whenever possible, move over to provide additional working space. 

Approximately 7,500 miles of Wisconsin's 11,800 state highway miles are kept clean by volunteer groups. About 4,200 miles are still available for adoption! If you or a group you know are interested in adopting a section of state highway, please click here for more information. 



 Summer Fun for Kids in Appleton

Are you looking for a way to keep your child active and entertained this summer? How about having them join the Appleton Playground Program? Appleton Parks and Recreation Department offers free programs, such as sports, games, special events, trips, STEM activities, and creative crafts for children ages 6-13. There are also several special events including Ice Cream Social Night, Erb Pool Play Day, Children’s Week activities, Playground Fair, Breakfast in the Park, Kickball Tournament, and the Amazing Race. 

To find out more or to register your child for these free events, please click here or on the image below. 



Habitat for Monarch Butterflies and More!

  • This is a great time of year to plant native species to attract and provide habitat for monarch butterflies.  Habitat loss is considered the primary concern in the decline of monarch populations.  Experts advise that planting native milkweed, since milkweeds are the only source of food monarch caterpillars will eat.
  • Those headed out to lakes and rivers this summer are reminded to be on the lookout for blue-green algae.  Some blue-green algae can produce toxins that cause illness in people and animals who accidentally swallow, inhale, or have prolonged skin contact with the algae.  To help track the occurrence of blooms around the state, blooms may be reported to the DNR at DNRHABS@wisconsin.gov.  The agency is particularly interested in reports of especially severe or unusual bloom conditions. Descriptions of bloom size, duration, location with lake, town, and county name, and photos for verification are helpful.
  • Two regional master planning efforts kick off in June.  The public has a chance to learn more about and weigh in on both the Central Sands Plains Ecological Landscape master plan and the Southwest Savanna regional master plan thought public meetings and online resources.