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There are an estimated 2 million ash trees in Dane County. As more of them are killed by the emerald ash borer invasion, the devastation will be impossible to ignore. more

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Since 1985, Wisconsin has paid hunters more than $700,000 for dogs who were killed by wolves during a hunt. No other state does this. Sen. Fred Risser wants to the end the payments, which some call “hunter welfare.” more

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Karen Oberhauser, the new director of UW-Madison’s Arboretum, hopes to expand the facility’s citizen research. She’s the first permanent director since 2012. more

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U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

A federal appeals court has given gray wolves in the Great Lakes a reprieve. But the animals could still end up being delisted, either by the Environmental Protection Agency or Congress. more

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In the past several years, gray wolves have gone on and off the list of animals protected by the Endangered Species Act. In Wisconsin, being removed automatically means the animals will be hunted. Will they survive? more

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Stephanie Precourt/UW-Madison College of Engineering

UW-Madison researchers have figured out a way to turn footsteps into power. Placed in areas of high foot traffic, it could generate substantial amounts of electricity. more

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For a century, buckthorn trees have frustrated both environmentalists and gardeners trying to eradicate the invasive species. But a UW-Madison student found a new way to kill them: the Buckthorn Baggie. more

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Susan Day

European earthworms have been a destructive presence in the United States, although their presence has created some benefits for gardeners and farmers. Their Asian cousins, the “jumping worms,” appear to have no benefits. more

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Daniel Libby

The ATC power line would erect 500 steel towers 10 to 15 stories high that would slice through the Driftless Area west of Madison. A coalition of environmental groups is calling on scientists from several fields to scrutinize the project’s impacts. more

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