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Toepel, M. G.; Kuehn, Hazel L. (ed.) / The Wisconsin Blue Book, 1958

The state government: administrative branch,   pp. [323]-484 PDF (46.9 MB)

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northern and central counties, where forest acreage greatly exceeds
farm lands, the protection effort is, of necessity, much more in-
   Of the 1,058 fires in 1956, 456 were located by the 141 observa-
tion towers, 440 were discovered and reported by the local residents
or other citizens before they were big enough to be seen by the
towers, and the remaining 162 were first discovered by regular per-
sonnel or emergency fire wardens either on ground or airplane pa-
  The 12 districts now have 1,154 duly-appointed, trained and ex-
perienced emergency fire wardens who are paid only when called
upon to help extinguish fires in addition to 89 full-time forest
rangers who comprise an experienced and dedicated group of highly-
trained forest-fire-control men. They are supplemented by 61 equip-
ment or construction specialists who operate and maintain the phys-
ical plant and fire equipment. The final group of 192 seasonal em-
ployes man the fire towers and actively engage in fire detection and
suppression during the fire season.
  Forest fire statistics for the last 10 years are as follows:
            No. of                              No. of
Year        Fires        Acres       Year        Fires        Acres
1947        1,398        16,007      1952        1,246        4,962
1948        1,825        23,574      1953        1,218         9,799
1949        1,164         9,749      1954         957          6,736
1950          669         2,313      1955         885          3,461
1951          464         2,036      1956        1,058         5,374
  The last 2 years saw the extension of cooperative forest fire pro-
tection to all parts of the state. The revision of the fire report
form, which made possible the transfer of information to IBM cards,
for sorting and tabulation, now provides a comprehensive and com-
plete reporting of all phases of the forest fire control program.
                    Game Management Division
  Established in 1928, this division is concerned with "the art of
making land produce sustained annual crops of wild game for rec-
reational use". It consists of central administration plus 5 geograph-
ical management areas which are subdivided into 22 districts and
subdistricts. This administrative plan provides management decen-
tralization and a close contact in the field with the public interested
in wildlife management.
1. General Functions:
     a. Assists in carrying out approved wildlife policies and pro-

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