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Wisconsin Natural Resources Board April 2016 agenda and meeting materials

Registration deadline to testify or to submit written comment: 11:00 a.m. on Friday, April 8, 2016. For complete information, see Board public participation guidelines.

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Wisconsin Natural Resources Board will convene at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, April 13, 2016, 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 HEREBY GIVEN that on Wednesday, April 13, 2016 at approximately 10:15 a.m., the Wisconsin Natural Resources Board will meet in closed session under the authority of s.19.85(1)(e) Wisconsin Statutes for purposes of discussing potential real estate transactions.

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, April 13, 2016: Order of Business

  1. Organizational Matters
    1. Calling the roll
    2. Approval of agenda for April 13, 2016
    3. Approval of brief of action from February 24, 2016 [PDF]
  2. Ratification of Acts of the DNR Secretary
    1. Real Estate Transactions [PDF]
  3. Action Items
    1. Air, Waste, Water, and Enforcement
      None

    2. Land Management, Recreation, Fisheries, and Wildlife
      1. Request adoption of Board Order LF-02-15, proposed rules affecting chapter NR 45 related to public use of department properties and chapter NR 51, administration of the Stewardship grant program, specific to state trails
        Citizen Testimony and Written Comment Welcome.

        (Aaron Bucholz, Fish, Wildlife and Parks Division Deputy Administrator)
        REMOVED--WILL BE ADDED TO A FUTURE MONTH'S AGENDA
      2. Request adoption of Emergency Board Order WM-01-16(E) proposed rules affecting chapter NR 10, related to establishing the 2016 migratory bird hunting seasons [PDF]
        Citizen Testimony and Written Comment Welcome.
      3. Request approval of Willow Flowage Scenic Waters Area Master Plan [PDF]
        Citizen Testimony and Written Comment Welcome.
    3. Scope Statements - Citizen Testimony and Written Comment Welcome
      1. Request approval of the Statement of Scope for Board Order WY-18-15 and conditionally approve the public hearing notice and notice of submittal of proposed rules to the Legislative Council Rules Clearinghouse, for proposed rules affecting chapters NR 190, 191, 192, 195 & 198 related to the following grant programs: Lake Management Planning, Lake Protection & Classification, River Protection Planning, and Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention & Control. [PDF]
    4. DNR-Wide
      None
  4. Citizen Participation - 10:00 a.m.
    (Note: If time permits, Items 5-Information Items, 6-Department Secretary’s Matters, and 7-Board Members’ Matters may come before the Board prior to Item 4-Citizen Participation at 10:00 a.m. Also note that regardless of which item is before the Board at 10:00 a.m., this item will be taken up at approximately the posted time)
    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
      None
  5. Information Items - Written Comment Only
    1. Air, Waste, Water, and Enforcement
      1. Summary results of the Little Plover River Groundwater Modeling and Optimization study funded by the Department and conducted by the Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey and United States Geological Survey.
        (Dan Helsel, Environmental Management Natural Resources Manager) ADDED [PDF]
    2. Land Management, Recreation, Fisheries, and Wildlife
      1. Overview of the 2016 Field Trips offered through the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin [PDF]
      2. Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin update on the Cherish Wisconsin Outdoor Fund [PDF]
  6. Department Secretary's Matters - Citizen Testimony and Written Comment Welcome
    1. Retirement Resolutions [PDF]
      1. Russ Anderson
      2. Brad M. Biser
      3. Mary Farmiloe
      4. Brad Kildow
      5. Nasrin Mohajerani
      6. Kathryn Nelson
      7. Carol Nielson
      8. Richard Rideout
      9. Julia Riley
      10. Kenneth Royseck
      11. Daniel Schuller
      12. Diana Shoemaker
      13. Stephen Timler
    2. Donations
      1. The Ruffed Grouse Society will donate $28,478 to support seven habitat projects across Wisconsin. The Drummer Fund Program was started in 2010 and has provided valuable support to the management of young forest habitat across the state [PDF]
      2. Friends of Peninsula State Park will donate $25,500 to fund three Limited Term positions at the park including a Naturalist, Invasive Species Coordinator, and Trail Laborer for the 2016 season [PDF]
    3. Department Secretary's Matters
  7. Board Members' Matters
    1. 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. For complete information, see Board public participation guidelines.

Last revised: Tuesday April 12 2016