October 6, 2014
 New App for Endangered Resources Information

A new public portal will provide landowners planning on-the-ground work such as residential development, prescribed burns or utility maintenance an instant response regarding the potential impacts to endangered resources and next best steps. The Natural Heritage Inventory Public Portal is a free, online mapping application available to anyone who owns land or is an authorized representative.

More information: http://dnr.wi.gov/news/Weekly/?id=451#art4

Natural Heritage Inventory (NHI) Public Portal: http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/ERReview/PublicPortal.html

Tutorial Video: http://dnrmedia.wi.gov/main/Play/03b96ee9b6f748f9b28b9b624b23c19e1d

Rustic Roads Photo Contest

 The Wisconsin Department of Transportation, together with the Wisconsin Department of Tourism, is celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Rustic Roads Program with a photo contest. Photos must be taken between June 16 and December 31, 2014, and submissions will be accepted through January 15, 2015. The Rustic Roads Board will select winning photos in six categories and will be looking for photos that best highlight the natural qualities, features and vistas commonly found on Wisconsin's officially-designated Rustic Roads.

Complete contest information, rules and submission guidelines can be found here: http://www.dot.wisconsin.gov/travel/scenic/contest.htm

Rustic Road 11
Walworth County

Rustic Road 29
Walworth County

Rustic Road 35
Rock County

Rustic Road 36
Walworth County

Rustic Road 68
Rock County

Rustic Road 85
Walworth County

List of Wisconsin Rustic Roads: http://www.dot.wisconsin.gov/travel/scenic/rr-numerical.htm

 Buy Local, Buy Wisconsin

Buy Local, Buy Wisconsin is a grant program that was launched in 2008, managed by the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP). The grants can help farms and businesses more efficiently process, market and distribute food in local markets and has generated $6 million in new local food sales to date.

Farmers and others in Wisconsin's food industry who want to grow their local markets are encouraged to apply in the 2015 round of grants. Qualified applicants include individuals, groups or businesses involved in Wisconsin production agriculture, food processing, food distribution, food warehousing, retail food establishments or agricultural tourism operations. Qualified projects selected during the pre-proposal round will be invited to complete a full proposal. The recipients will be announced in March 2015.

More information is available here: http://datcp.wi.gov/Business/Buy_Local_Buy_Wisconsin/BLBW_Grants/

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