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Wisconsin Natural Resources Board September 2017 agenda and meeting materials

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

Tour and Public Appearance list

Written Comment list

SINCE THE POSTING OF THIS AGENDA, THE FOLLOWING HAS CHANGED:
2.B.4. ADDED (09/13/17)
5.C.2.a. ADDED (09/22/17)
5.C.2.b. ADDED (09/22/17)
5.C.2.c. ADDED (09/22/17)
6.A. ADDED (09/22/17)
6.B. ADDED (09/22/17)

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Registration deadline to testify or to submit written comment: 11:00 a.m. on Friday, September 22, 2017.

WISCONSIN NATURAL RESOURCES BOARD

AGENDA (rev. 09/22/17)

For tours and meetings in the Minocqua area and at:
The Waters of Minocqua
http://www.thewatersofminocqua.com/
8116 Highway 51 South
Minocqua, Wisconsin 54548

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that on Tuesday, September 26, 2017, 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. No Board action will be taken.). 1) At approximately noon, the Board will arrive at the Crystal Lake Campground – Nature Center (Shelter Area), 3237 Crystal Lake Road, Sayner, WI, for a welcome and at approximately 12:30 p.m., presentations on Recreational Opportunities: Overview of the Northern Highland American Legion State Forest (NHAL), Recreational Opportunities Analysis, Bike Trails on the NHAL – Connecting Communities with Campgrounds, and the Good Neighbor Authority. 2) At approximately 2:25 p.m., the Board will arrive at Powell Marsh Overlook, 14035 Powell Road, Manitowish Waters, WI, for a review of the Powell Marsh Wildlife Area Master Plan. 3) At approximately 2:55 p.m., the Board will arrive at the Manitowish Waters Town Hall, 5733 Airport Road, Manitowish Waters, WI, for a presentation on the Dead Pike Lake Management Plan Status: Introductions, Project Status Overview, and Informational Discussion. PowerPoint; Video 4) At approximately 4:30 p.m., the Board will arrive at the Lac du Flambeau (LDF) Fish Hatchery, 2500 Highway 47 N, Lac du Flambeau, WI, for a presentation on Walleye Fisheries Management: Walleye Initiative to include Walleye Stocking Update, Grant Funds – Upgrading Fish Hatcheries, and DNR and Tribal Collaboration; Minocqua Chain – Zero Bag Limit to include Fisheries Background and Collaborative Enforcement; and Research Projects Overview. 7) At approximately 5:00 p.m., the Board will arrive at Erie Street Plaza, 624 E. Erie Street, Milwaukee, for a presentation on remediation and redevelopment in and along the waterways. HANDOUT (tour packet)

NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that at approximately 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 26, 2017, at Lake of the Torches Resort & Casino, 510 Old Abe Road, Lac du Flambeau, WI, the Wisconsin Natural Resources Board will gather with tribal leaders. Agenda: performance by youth drummers during meet and greet; presentation on summer tribal youth grant program to follow dinner. No action will be taken.

NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that the Wisconsin Natural Resources Board meeting will convene at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, September 27, 2017, at the Waters of Minocqua, 8116 U.S. Highway 51 South, Minocqua, WI, in the Event Center on the main floor. The Board will act on items 1-2 and 5-6 as listed on the Agenda.

NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that at approximately 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at the Waters of Minocqua, 8116 U.S. Highway 51 South, Minocqua, WI, the Wisconsin Natural Resources Board may convene in closed session under the authority of s.19.85(1)(g) Wisconsin Statutes to confer with legal counsel regarding ongoing litigation (Dairy Business Association, Inc. v. Wisconsin DNR).

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

  1. Organizational Matters
    1. Calling the roll
    2. September 26-27, 2017
    3. Approval of brief of action from August 8-9, 2017
  2. Action Items
    1. Air, Waste, Water, and Enforcement
      None
    2. Land Management, Recreation, Fisheries, and Wildlife
      1. Request adoption of Board Order FH-06-16, proposed rules affecting Ch.'s NR 20 and 26 relating to minor changes to fisheries administrative code
        Citizen Testimony and Written Comment Welcome
        (Scott Loomans, Fisheries Program and Policy Analyst)
      2. Request approval of the Brule River State Forest 15-year Master Plan Review
        Master Plan PDF
        Citizen Testimony and Written Comment Welcome
        PowerPoint
        (Diane Brusoe, Property Planning Section Chief)
      3. Request approval of the Lake Michigan Integrated Fisheries Management Plan
        Citizen Testimony and Written Comment Welcome
        (Brad Eggold, Great Lakes District Fisheries Supervisor)
      4. Request approval to initiate a recreation-focused amendment for department-managed properties discussed in the Northwoods Recreation Opportunities Analysis (July 2017)
        Written Comment Welcome
        PowerPoint
        (Diane Brusoe, Property Planning Section Chief) ADDED
    3. Scope Statements - Citizen Testimony and Written Comment Welcome
      1. Request approval of the Statement of Scope for Board Order WY-09-17 and conditionally approve the public hearing notice and notice of submittal of proposed rules to the Legislative Council Rules Clearinghouse, for proposed rules affecting chapter NR 102 related to establishment of site-specific phosphorus criteria for a single lake, Lac Courte Oreilles, in Sawyer County
        PowerPoint
        (Kristi Minahan, Water Quality Standards Specialist)
    4. Department-Wide
      None
  3. Citizen Participation - Approximately 9:30 a.m.
    (Note: If time permits, Items 4-Information Items, 5-Department Secretary's Matters, and 6Board Members' Matters may come before the Board prior to Item 3-Citizen Participation at approximately 9:30 a.m. Also note that regardless of which item is before the Board at approximately 9:30 a.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 on public participation at Board meetings on our website.
    2. Citizen Recognition - None
  4. Information Items - Written Comment Only
    1. Air, Waste, Water, and Enforcement
      None
    2. Land Management, Recreation, Fisheries, and Wildlife
      1. The state of Wisconsin's bobcat population
        PowerPoint
        (Shawn Rossler, Furbearer Specialist, and Nathan Roberts, Furbearer and Carnivore Research Scientist)
  5. Department Secretary's Matters
    1. Retirement Resolutions
      1. John Gozdzialski
      2. Christine Miller
      3. Kari Mulhern
    2. Donations
      1. The estate of George Schmidt, Jr. will donate $140,000 to be used to fund inland sturgeon related habitat work in the Fisheries Management program
      2. The Friends of Devil's Lake and Devil's Lake Concession Corporation will donate, valued at an estimated $105,000, a completed boat/recreation activity reservation facility that will also include private accessible changing stalls and serve as an off- season boat and boat accessory storage.
      3. The Andrew F. Bell & Edith M. Bell Charitable Trust will donate $34,754 to be used to provide $17,377 for continued support of endangered resources priorities and will provide $17,377 to fund activities associated with wetland habitat
      4. The Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin will donate $20,000 from the Cherish Wisconsin Outdoors Fund to be to support habitat management at two State Natural Areas
    3. Department Secretary's Matters - Informational
      1. Acts of the Department Secretary - Real Estate Transactions
      2. Department Secretary's Matters
        1. Draft NR 151 regarding creation of targeted performance standards in Silurian bedrock area ADDED
        2. Biodigester/water treatment system project ADDED
        3. 2017 - 2019 department biennial budget ADDED
  6. Board Members' Matters
    1. Wild Ginseng enforcement (Dr. Prehn) ADDED
    2. Tyrone Stewardship Fund Acquisition on the Lower Chippewa River (Mr. Zimmer) ADDED

The public is welcome to attend a Wisconsin Natural Resources Board (NRB) meeting. The NRB also provides opportunities for citizens to testify and to submit written comment about issues that come before the NRB. See complete information on public participation at Board meetings.

Board Meetings are now webcast live. To watch, go to this site and click Webcasts in the Related Links column on the right. Then click on this month's meeting. After each meeting, the webcast will be permanently available on demand.

Please contact Laurie Ross, NRB Liaison, at 608-267-7420 or by email at laurie.ross@wisconsin.gov with NRB related questions, to request information, to submit written comments, to register to attend a Board tour, and to register to testify at a meeting or listening session.

The NRB and Department of Natural Resources are committed to serving people with disabilities. Please contact the NRB Liaison to request NRB information in an alternative format.

Last revised: Monday November 13 2017