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Wisconsin Natural Resources Board December 2017 agenda and meeting materials

December 2017 Natural Resources Board agenda [PDF] This is the official agenda.

December Public Appearance list

Written Comment list

SINCE THE POSTING OF THIS AGENDA, THE FOLLOWING HAS CHANGED:
Wednesday 2.A.1. REMOVED (12/06/17)
Wednesday 2.C.2. ADDED (11/27/2017)
Wednesday 3. MODIFIED (12/06/17)
Wednesday 5.C.1. MODIFIED (12/08/17)
Wednesday 5.C.2.a. ADDED (12/11/17)
Wednesday 5.C.2.b. ADDED (12/11/17)
Wednesday 5.C.2.c. ADDED (12/11/17)
Wednesday 6.A. REMOVED (11/27/2017)
Wednesday 6.B. ADDED (12/11/17)

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Public Participation deadline: NRB Liaison receipt of your request to testify and/or written comment is 11:00 a.m. on Friday, December 8, 2017.

WISCONSIN NATURAL RESOURCES BOARD

AGENDA (rev. 12/11/17)

For meeting at: Room G09
State Natural Resources Building (GEF 2)
101 South Webster Street
Madison, Wisconsin

Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Wednesday, December 13, 2017

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Natural Resources Board meeting will convene at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 12, 2017, in Room G09, State Natural Resources Building (GEF 2), 101 South Webster Street, Madison, Wisconsin. The Board will act on items 1 and 2 as listed on the Agenda.

NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that on Tuesday, December 12, 2017, the Wisconsin Natural Resources Board will have a holiday social gathering at 6:00 p.m. at Paison's Restaurant, 131 W. Wilson Street, Madison, Wisconsin. No governmental business will be discussed or conducted.

NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that on Wednesday, December 13, 2017, the Wisconsin Natural Resources Board will have a group photo taken at approximately 8:15 a.m. at the State Natural Resources Building (GEF 2), 101 S. Webster Street, Madison, WI. The room or exterior location of the photo will be posted on the door to room G09 by 8:00 a.m.

NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that the Wisconsin Natural Resources Board meeting will convene at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, December 13, 2017, in public meeting room G09, State Natural Resources Building (GEF 2), 101 S. Webster Street, Madison, WI. The Board will act on items 1-2 and 5-6 as listed on the Agenda.

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.

ORDER OF BUSINESS

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

  1. Organizational Matters
    1. Calling the roll
    2. Approval of agenda for December 12-13, 2017
    3. Approval of brief of action from October 25, 2017
  2. Action Items
    1. Air, Waste, Water, and Enforcement - None
    2. Land Management, Recreation, Fisheries, and Wildlife
        1. Informational report and preliminary results of the 2017 firearm deer season
          PowerPoint presentation
          Written Comment Only
          (Todd Schaller, Chief Warden, Kimberly Currie, Customer and Outreach Services
          Bureau Director, and Eric Lobner, Wildlife Management Bureau Director)
        2. Request adoption of Emergency Board Order WM-07-17(E) and Board Order WM- 08-17, proposed rules affecting chapter NR 10 related to Deer Management Unit (DMU) boundaries
          PowerPoint presentation
          Citizen Testimony and Written Comment Welcome
          (Kevin Wallenfang, Deer and Elk Specialist)
      1. Request approval of department recommendations for 2018 – 2020 deer population objectives
        Citizen Testimony and Written Comment Welcome
        ` (Kevin Wallenfang, Deer and Elk Specialist)
  3. Citizen Participation - None
  4. Information Items – Written Comment Only
    1. Air, Waste, Water, and Enforcement - None
      1. Final update on fish passage at Dams Strategic Analysis
        Link to full report
        PowerPoint presentation
        (James Doperalski, Jr., Environmental Analysis and Review Specialist)
    2. Land Management, Recreation, Fisheries, and Wildlife
      1. Wisconsin Conservation Congress (WCC) report on allowing raccoon hunting with hounds during the nine-day deer season statewide
        (Larry Bonde, WCC Chair)
      2. Ability to harvest white deer
        (Larry Bonde, WCC Chair)
      3. Update on effort to develop Wisconsin's first trout management plan for inland waters and tributaries to the Great Lakes (Joanna Griffin, Trout Specialist)
        PowerPoint presentation
      4. Update on an effort to update Wisconsin's sturgeon management plan (Ryan Koenigs, Sturgeon Team Leader)
        PowerPoint presentation

    ORDER OF BUSINESS

    Wednesday, December 13, 2017

    1. Organizational Matters
      1. Calling the roll
    2. Action Items
      1. Air, Waste, Water, and Enforcement
        1. Request adoption of Board Order WT-15-16, proposed rules affecting chapter NR 151, Wis. Adm. Code, and limited incorporation by reference of those proposed revisions to ch. NR 243 relating to runoff management and nonpoint source performance standards in areas of the state with shallow soils over Silurian bedrock
          Citizen Participation and Written Comment Welcome
          (Mary Anne Lowndes, Runoff Management Section Chief)
          REMOVED
      2. Land Management, Recreation, Fisheries, and Wildlife
        1. Request adoption of Emergency Board Order FH-17-17(E) and Board Order FH-19- 16, proposed rules affecting chapters NR 20 and 25 related to lake trout harvest in Lake Superior
          Citizen Participation and Written Comment Welcome
          (Terry Margenau, Lake Superior Fisheries Team Supervisor)
        2. Request adoption of Emergency Board Order FH-05-18(E) and Board Order FH-21- 16, proposed rules affecting chapter NR 20 related to the lake trout bag limit and season for Lake Michigan
          Appendix 1
          Citizen Participation and Written Comment Welcome
          (Brad Eggold, Lake Michigan Fisheries Supervisor)
      3. Scope Statements – Citizen Testimony and Written Comment Welcome
        1. Request approval of the Statement of Scope for Emergency Board Order WM-03- 18(E) and Board Order WM-04-18 and conditionally approve the public hearing notice for WM-04-18 and notice of submittal of proposed rules to the Legislative Council Rules Clearinghouse related to Wildlife harvest management regulations
          (Eric Lobner, Wildlife Management Bureau Director)
        2. Request approval of the Statement of Scope for Board Order WM-16-17 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 10 and 45 related to minor revisions of rules for hunting and trapping
          (Meredith Penthorn, Assistant Wildlife Management Regulations Specialist) ADDED
      4. Department-Wide - None
    3. Citizen Participation – 9:30 a.m. 10:30 a.m.
      (Note: If time permits, Items 4-Information Items, 5-Department Secretary's Matters, and 6- Board Members' Matters may come before the Board prior to Item 3-Citizen Participation at 9:30 a.m. 10:30 a.m. Also note that regardless of which item is before the Board at 9:30 a.m. 10:30 a.m., this item will be taken up at the posted time.) MODIFIED
      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 on public participation at Board meetings
      2. Citizen Recognition - None
    4. Information Items – Written Comment Only
      1. Air, Waste, Water, and Enforcement - None
      2. Land Management, Recreation, Fisheries, and Wildlife - None
      3. Department-Wide
        1. Information on the process the Department uses to develop guidance
          (Cheryl Heilman, Acting Chief Legal Counsel)
    5. Department Secretary's Matters
      1. Retirement Resolutions
        1. Lois Hanson
      2. Donations
        1. Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin with funding from the Caerus Foundation, Inc. will donate $65,000 for the restoration of 16 State Natural Areas in the Driftless Region to be used to support the funding of Limited Term Employees and associated supplies and services in these locations
        2. Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin-Lower Wisconsin State Riverway Fund will donate $35,041.12 to be used to support wildlife habitat restoration and management activities along the Lower Wisconsin State Riverway
        3. Safari Club International (SCI) will donate two (2) UTVs and trailers valued at $19,000.00 to be used to support the Governor's Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) Initiative by providing much needed field equipment to be used on the Southwest Wisconsin CWD, Deer and Predator Study
        4. Friends of Horicon Marsh International Education Center will donate $18,364.00 to be used to support the Education Center at Horicon Marsh and fund Wisconsin wildlife education programs at the center
      3. Department Secretary's Matters – Informational
        1. Acts of the Department Secretary – Real Estate Transactions MODIFIED
        2. Department Secretary's Matters
          1. Van Loon Wildlife Area status update ADDED
          2. Waterfowl Management Plan – 10 year plan update ADDED
          3. Lake Michigan large mesh gillnets status update ADDED
    6. Board Members' Matters
      1. Appointment of the angling representative to the Sporting Heritage Council REMOVED
      2. Request for an evaluation of angler induced fish mortality especially in catch and release situations and options to reduce that level – Gary Zimmer ADDED

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    Last revised: Tuesday December 12 2017