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Since this agenda was posted, the following has changed:
Notice: Added

Registration deadline to attend a tour, testify, or submit written comments: 11 a.m. on Friday, December 4, 2015. See complete information on the Board public participation web page.

Wisconsin Natural Resources Board
December 2015 agenda and meeting materials

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that on Tuesday, December 8, 2015, the Wisconsin Natural Resources Board will tour and/or receive presentations at the following locations (NOTE: The public must pre-register with Board Liaison to attend scheduled tours. Registration information is located on the last page of the agenda. Exact tour schedule is subject to change). Tour 1: At approximately 12:45 p.m., the Board will arrive at Blue Mound State Park, 4350 Mounds Park Road, Blue Mounds, WI, topics: overview of property and winter activities, presentation by the Friends of Blue Mound State Park, partnerships, proposed Blue Mound State Park Master Plan Amendment, and regional winter activities. Tour 2: At approximately 2:45 p.m., the Board will arrive at the DNR Service Center, 3911 Fish Hatchery Road, Fitchburg, WI, topics: overview of snowmobile programs including snowmobile grants and aids, trail development, and enforcement. Tour 3: At approximately 4 p.m., the Board will tour the Nevin Fish Hatchery, 3911 Fish Hatchery Road, Fitchburg, WI.

NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that the Wisconsin Natural Resources Board will convene at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, December 9, 2015, in Room G09, State Natural Resources Building (GEF 2), 101 South Webster Street, Madison, Wisconsin. The Board will act on items 1-3 and 6-7 as listed on the Agenda.

NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that on Wednesday, December 9, 2015 at approximately 10:45 a.m., the Wisconsin Natural Resources Board will meet in closed session under the authority of s.19.36(10) Wisconsin Statutes for purposes of discussing personnel matters and under the authority of s.19.85(1)(e) Wisconsin Statutes for purposes of discussing potential real estate transactions. Added

NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that matters concerning natural resource issues or the Department's program responsibilities or operations specified in the Wisconsin Statutes, which arise after publication of this agenda may be added to the agenda and publicly noticed no less than two hours before the scheduled board meeting, if the Board Chair determines that the matter is urgent.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015: Order of Business

  1. Organizational Matters
    1. Calling the roll
    2. Approval of December 2015 NRB agenda
    3. Approval of October 2015 NRB brief of action (PDF)
  2. Ratification of Acts of the DNR Secretary
    1. December 2015 DNR Real Estate Transactions [PDF]
  3. Action Items
    1. Air, Waste, Water, and Enforcement
      1. Request that the Board adopt Emergency Board Order WM-14-15(E) for proposed rules modifying Ch. NR 16 related to captive deer farm fence regulations - Citizen Testimony and Written Comment Welcome
    2. Land Management, Recreation, Fisheries, and Wildlife
      1. Request adoption of Board Order FH-09-15, proposed rules affecting chapter NR 23 related to lake sturgeon regulations on the Menominee River [PDF] Citizen Testimony and Written Comment Welcome
      2. Request adoption of Board Order FH-13-14, proposed rules affecting chapter NR 25 related to implementing a web-based electronic fish reporting system for licensed commercial fishers of the Great Lakes [PDF] Citizen Testimony and Written Comment Welcome
      3. Request adoption of Emergency Board Order FH-15-15(E), proposed rules affecting chapter NR 20 and 25 related to lake trout harvest limits in Lake Superior [PDF] Citizen Testimony and Written Comment Welcome
      4. Land Acquisition, Statewide Natural Area, Bayfield County [PDF] Citizen Testimony and Written Comment Welcome
      5. Land Donation, Gift Lands, Adams County [PDF] Citizen Testimony and Written Comment Welcome
    3. Scope Statements - Citizen Testimony and Written Comment Welcome
      None
    4. DNR-Wide - Citizen Testimony and Written Comment Welcome
      None
  4. Citizen Participation - approximately 10:30 a.m.
    (Note: If time permits, the Board may consider the following agenda items prior to Citizen Participation: 5. Information Items; 6. DNR Secretary’s Matters; and 7. Natural Resources Board Members’ Matters)
    1. Citizen Appearances
      Citizen testimony on topics that are not on this month's agenda; appearances on items that are on this month's agenda are made at the time the Board considers the item. See complete information, Board public participation guidelines.
    2. Citizen recognition
      1. The Rebecca Wallace Award [PDF]
        Presented by Cathy Stepp, Department Secretary
  5. Information Items - Written Comment Only
    1. Air, Waste, Water, and Enforcement
      None
    2. Land Management, Recreation, Fisheries, and Wildlife
      1. Tribal youth opportunities related to natural resources management [PDF]
      2. Report and preliminary results of the 2015 firearm deer season [PDF]
        Handout: 2015 Gun Deer Postseason Report (PDF)
    3. DNR-Wide
      1. DNR Strategic Alignment Effort
  6. December 2015 DNR Secretary's Matters - Citizen Testimony and Written Comment Welcome
    1. December 2015 DNR Retirement Resolutions
      1. Timothy A. Andryk
      2. David Benish
      3. Diane Crawford
      4. Lavane Hessler
      5. Steven W. Miller
    2. December 2015 donations to Wisconsin DNR
      1. Charles and Lila Spindler Family Trust will donate $15,535.73 to pay for trout habitat work in Lower Chippewa Basin [PDF]
    3. December 2015 DNR Secretary’s Matters
  7. December 2015 Natural Resources Board Members' Matters

Public participation information

The public is welcome to attend any Natural Resources Board (NRB) meeting. The NRB also provides opportunities for citizens to testify and to submit written comments about issues that come before it. See complete information on the Board public participation web page.

Last revised: Tuesday December 15 2015