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Wisconsin Natural Resources Board February 2016 agenda and meeting materials

Since this agenda was posted, the following has changed:
Notice Closed Session ADDED (02/12/16)
3.B.2. CORRECTED (02-19-16)
3.B.9. Subject title CORRECTED (02/12/16)
3.B.10. CORRECTED to include donation (02/15/16)
5.A.2. ADDED (02/23/16)

Registration deadline to testify or to submit written comment: 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, February 17, 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, February 24, 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 FURTHER GIVEN that on Wednesday, February 24, 2016 at approximately 11:45 a.m., the Wisconsin Natural Resources Board will meet in closed session under the authority of s.19.85(1)(g) Wisconsin Statutes for purposes of discussing litigation matters. 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, February 24, 2016: Order of Business

  1. Organizational Matters
    1. Calling the roll
    2. Approval of agenda for February 24, 2016
    3. Approval of brief of action from January 27, 2016 [PDF]
  2. Ratification of Acts of the DNR Secretary
    1. Real Estate Transactions [PDF]
  3. Action Items
    1. Air, Waste, Water, and Enforcement
      1. Presentation of the "Registered Laboratory of the Year" recognition [PDF]
      2. Request approval of the FY 2017 Laboratory Certification and Registration Program Fee Adjustment [PDF]
        Citizen Testimony and Written Comment Welcome
    2. Land Management, Recreation, Fisheries, and Wildlife
      1. Request approval of recommendations for the second phase of land sales to occur under the direction of the 2013-15 state biennial budget bill
        1. Green Sheet and table of contents [PDF]
        2. Landlocked parcels recommended for sale to other Government entities including restrictions [PDF]
        3. Accessible parcels recommended for sale to Government entities including restrictions [PDF]
        4. Landlocked parcels recommended for private sale to adjoining landowners [PDF]
        5. Accessible parcels recommended for sale to the general public [PDF]
        Citizen Testimony and Written Comment Welcome.
        Testimony will be available at the State Natural Resources Building (GEF 2) in Madison. Remote Testimony will be available at the DNR Rhinelander office. Please refer to page 5 of agenda for required pre-registration information and protocol.
      2. Request adoption of Emergency Board Order CS-04-16(E), proposed rules affecting Ch.'s NR 8, 10, 12, 20, and 23 related to modernizing the automated system for issuing recreational license products Corrected
        Citizen Testimony and Written Comment Welcome
      3. Request approval to initiate a 15-year Master Plan Review process for the Brule River State Forest and initiate a Master Plan amendment process for the remaining six Northern State Forests specific to motorized road access and land management classifications [PDF]
        Written Comment Welcome
      4. Request approval to ratify the department's determination that the prohibition of at least one nature-based outdoor activity (NBOA) is necessary to protect public safety on land purchased with Knowles-Nelson Stewardship funds [PDF] Sponsor: City of Racine, Racine County
        Citizen Testimony and Written Comment Welcome
      5. Request approval to ratify the department's determination that the prohibition of at least one nature-based outdoor activity (NBOA) is necessary to protect public safety on land purchased with Knowles-Nelson Stewardship funds [PDF] Sponsor: City of Marinette, Marinette County
        Citizen Testimony and Written Comment Welcome
      6. Request approval to ratify the department's determination that the prohibition of at least one nature-based outdoor activity (NBOA) is necessary to protect public safety on land purchased with Knowles-Nelson Stewardship funds [PDF] Sponsor: City of Shawano, Shawano County
        Citizen Testimony and Written Comment Welcome
      7. Request approval to ratify the department's determination that the prohibition of at least one nature-based outdoor activity (NBOA) is necessary to protect public safety on land purchased with Knowles-Nelson Stewardship funds [PDF] Sponsor: City of Delafield, Waukesha County
        Citizen Testimony and Written Comment Welcome
      8. Request approval to ratify the department's determination that the prohibition of at least one nature-based outdoor activity (NBOA) is necessary to protect public safety on land purchased with Knowles-Nelson Stewardship funds [PDF]. Sponsor: City of Eau Claire, Eau Claire County
        Citizen Testimony and Written Comment Welcome
      9. Land Sale – Lower Wisconsin State Riverway – Iowa County [PDF] Corrected
        Citizen Testimony and Written Comment Welcome
      10. Land Acquisition and Partial Donation – Straight Lake Wilderness State Park – Polk County [PDF] Corrected
        Citizen Testimony and Written Comment Welcome
    3. Scope Statements - Citizen Testimony and Written Comment Welcome
      1. Request approval of the Statement of Scope for Emergency Board Order WM-01-16(E) for proposed rules affecting chapter NR 10 related to establishing the 2016 migratory bird hunting seasons [PDF]
    4. DNR-Wide
      None
  4. Citizen Participation - 1:00 p.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 1:00 p.m. Also note that regardless of which item is before the Board at 1:00 p.m., this item will be taken up at 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. Update on the department's strategic analysis related to fish passage at dams in Wisconsin [PDF]
      2. Update on the City of Waukesha’s application for a diversion of Great Lakes water [PDF] ADDED
    2. Land Management, Recreation, Fisheries, and Wildlife
      none
  6. Department Secretary's Matters - Citizen Testimony and Written Comment Welcome
    1. Retirement Resolutions [PDF]
      1. Kris Belling
      2. Jeffrey Dauterman
      3. Teri Heathcote
      4. Robert P. Olynyk
      5. Dora Puckett
      6. Ellyn Talley
      7. Arthur F. Techlow III
      8. Philip F. Theiler
      9. Mary VanFossen
    2. Donations
      1. The Estate of Evelyn M. Rieck will donate $80,000 to the Kettle Moraine State Forest-Southern Unit purchase equipment and supplies to be used in prairie and woodland restoration efforts at the Kettle Moraine State Forest-Southern Unit and Lapham Peak State Park [PDF]
      2. The Natural Resources Foundation will donate $51,000.00 to be used to complete a coastal assessment of the southeastern Wisconsin Lake Michigan shoreline [PDF]
      3. The Natural Resources Foundation will donate $25,889.92 to be used to support State Natural Area restoration and Wisconsin's rare birds [PDF]
      4. The Paul E. Stry Foundation, Inc. will donate $15,000.00 to be used to support the management of State Natural Areas [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 February 23 2016