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DNR: Emergency burning restrictions in effect for 11 counties

DNR: Emergency burning restrictions in effect for 11 counties


Emergency burning restrictions for 11 counties in southern Wisconsin will begin Friday in fire protection areas under control of the Department of Natural Resources.

All of Crawford, Richland, Sauk, Columbia, Marquette, Green Lake and portions of Iowa, Grant, Dane, Adams and Juneau counties are affected by these emergency burning restrictions, which will begin at 12:01 a.m. Friday.

Emergency burning restrictions apply to the designated areas that are outside incorporated cities and villages in these counties.

Under these restrictions, burning of any combustible material outdoors is prohibited until further notice. This includes:

County's e-waste recycling event collects 400,000 pounds of electronics

Dane County Executive Joe Parisi said the county's fourth annual free e-waste recycling event this past weekend was a huge success, preventing an estimated 400,000 pounds of broken or unwanted electronics from cluttering area homes and clogging the county's landfill.

"We not only recycled hundreds of thousands of pounds of e-waste and helped families with some housecleaning, but we also kept a lot of toxic materials out of our landfill," Parisi said. "This free event is convenient for our residents and good for our lands and lakes."

People who attended Saturday's event at the Alliant Energy Center dropped off 100,000 more pounds of computers, printers, scanners, television sets, cellphones and other electronics than last year -- enough to fill 16 semi trucks.  The items were sorted quickly and efficiently by more than 100 volunteers and there were few problems with lines or waiting, according to country officials.

National Trails Day events scheduled in Middleton

National Trails Day events scheduled in Middleton

Below is a schedule of events for National Trails Day at Fireman’s Park in Middleton on Saturday, June 2 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

The park is located at 7400 Lee St.

National Trails Day 2012 Activities at Fireman’s Park

Dane County Dive Team takes Stake in the Lakes

Dane County Dive Team takes Stake in the Lakes

On Saturday, June 2 and Sunday, June 3, Take A Stake In The Lakes will be celebrating their 25th anniversary. 

Hundreds of divers will be participating in a lake clean-up on Lake Monona and Lake Mendota and both weekend events will include member of the Dane County Sheriff’s Office Dive Team.

Saturday’s event will take place from 9 to 11 a.m. on Lake Monona at Yahara Park Place, and Sunday’s event is on Lake Mendota from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Mendota County Park.

On Saturday, June 2, a Dane County Sheriff’s Office boat will be on Lake Monona near the Yahara River keeping watch over the many divers that are expected to participate in the morning’s events. 

From 9 to 11 a.m., dive flags will be on the water to warn boaters that divers are in the water.  By law, boaters must stay at least 100 feet from those flags. 

Get Dirty for Dane Day to be held at Pheasant Branch Conservancy

On Saturday, May 12, the Dane County Environmental Council and Recreational Equipment Inc. will be hosting “Get Dirty for Dane," a day to get outdoors and participate in land stewardship projects throughout the county. 

The Friends of Pheasant Branch Conservancy is sponsoring one of the volunteer stewardship projects for that day.

The goal for this day is to get people out to the amazing public natural areas in Dane County, and help connect new volunteers to these places.

Our event will be from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the Dane County section of the conservancy.

The group will be cutting invasive plants on the hill. 

Those who come out are asked to wear long pants and sleeves, close toed shoes and to bring gloves. Some gloves will be available for use.

Craft Beer Week Is Under Way In Dane County


Madison Craft Beer Week is under way.

The 10-day countywide festival promotes Dane County's craft beer culture and beer appreciation.

Craft beer lovers can take part in beer dinners, beer walks and even brewery parties.

Staff at the Great Dane in downtown Madison spoke with WISC-TV about the festival.

"We get people coming in from out of town saying, 'You know, we heard this place is really great. Madison's having Craft Beer Week and we really just want to check it out.' So we get to enlighten a lot of outsiders about the coolness of Madison's beer scene," said Reese Railling, a manager at the Great Dane.

Craft Beer Week runs through May 13.

For more information on Craft Beer Week events, go to: http://www.madbeerweek.com/event-guide2

Earth Day Challenge Scheduled

Earth Day Challenge Scheduled

Donate a little time Madison Parks for some spring cleaning.  Sign up below and join us for two upcoming volunteer work days.

Earth Day Challenge, April 21, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Volunteers may assist with cleaning up various parks, clearing brush, planting shrubs, or other beautification projects.

Sign to volunteer or host a project here.