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Since the agenda was posted the following have changed:
Notice revised 9/19/12
Notice added (real estate closed session) 9/19/12
Notice added (litigation closed session) 9/24/12)

Wisconsin Natural Resources Board
September 25 - 26, 2012 agenda and meeting materials

For meeting at:
Ramada Inn and Convention Center, Grand Hall
205 South Barstow Street
Eau Claire, Wisconsin 54701
715-834-6121

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that on Tuesday, September 25, 2012, the Natural Resources Board will tour and/or receive presentations at the following locations: at approximately 10:50 a.m., the Board will begin a tour of the Girl Scout Property, Chippewa Moraine, 26950 145th Street, New Auburn, WI, topics: property history, property data, and possible development/users. At approximately 1:15 p.m., the Board will arrive at EOG mine, near 135th Avenue, Chippewa Falls, topics: discussion of mining operations and transportation as well as discussion on the environmental and local issues associated with mining activities. At approximately 2:15 p.m., the Board will arrive at EOG mine, County Highway S, Chippewa Falls, topics: discussion on how frac sand is processed and shipped by rail as well as environmental and local issues associated with the processing.

NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that on Tuesday, September 25, 2012, the Natural Resources Board will have a listening session in the Grand Hall at the Ramada Inn and Convention Center, 205 South Barstow Street, Eau Claire, Wisconsin from 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. NOTE: The public must preregister to speak by 4 p.m. on Friday, September 21, 2012 noon on Monday, September 24, 2012. If the Board receives no pre-registrations, the listening session will be cancelled. Email or call the Board Liaison to register for the listening session. Revised 9/19/12

NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that the Natural Resources Board meeting will convene at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, September 26, 2012, in the Grand Hall at the Ramada Inn and Convention Center, 205 South Barstow Street, Eau Claire, Wisconsin. The Board will act on items 1-7 as listed on the Agenda.

NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that on Wednesday, September 26, 2012 at 12:00 p.m., the 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 Added 9/19/12 and under the authority of s.19.85(1)(g) Wisconsin Statutes for purposes of discussing litigation matters. Added 9/24/12

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, September 26, 2012

Order of Business

  1. Organizational Matters
    1. Calling the roll
    2. Approval of agenda for September 26, 2012
    3. Approval of minutes from June 27, 2012 Moved from August 8 agenda
    4. Approval of minutes from July 17, 2012
    5. Approval of minutes from August 8, 2012
  2. Ratification of Acts of the Department Secretary
    1. Real Estate Transactions
  3. Action Items
    1. Air, Waste, and Water/Enforcement
      None
    2. Land Management, Recreation, and Fisheries/Wildlife
      1. Request approval of the Lower Wolf River Bottomlands Natural Resources Area Master Plan (Tom Hauge, Wildlife Management Bureau Director and Yoyi Steele, Planner, 10 minutes)
      2. Request approval of the Governor Knowles State Forest Master Plan (Teague Prichard, Division of Forestry, State Forest Specialist, and Mike Wallis, Division of Forestry, Forester and Acting Superintendent Gov. Knowles State Forest, 20 minutes)
        View the Governor Knowles State Forest Master Plan
      3. Request approval to rename the Collins Marsh Nature Study Center to commemorate former department employee Leslie “Les” Neustadter (Tom Hauge, Wildlife Management Bureau Director, 5 minutes)
      4. Request Approval of the Re-designation of the Sandhill Station Campground from State Wildlife Area to State Park Property and Boundary Expansion for the Glacial Drumlin State Trail (Richard Steffes, Real Estate Director, 10 minutes)
      5. Land Acquisition - Northern Highland/American Legion State Forest - Oneida County (Richard Steffes, Real Estate Director, 5 minutes)
      6. Land Acquisition - Kettle Moraine State Forest - Southern Unit - Walworth County (Richard Steffes, Real Estate Director, 5 minutes)
      7. Land Acquisition - Avon Bottoms Wildlife Area - Rock County (Richard Steffes, Real Estate Director, 5 minutes)
      8. Land Acquisition - Governor Knowles State Forest - Polk County (Richard Steffes, Real Estate Director, 5 minutes)
      9. Land Acquisition - Buena Vista Wildlife Area - Portage County (Richard Steffes, Real Estate Director, 5 minutes)
      10. Land Acquisition - White River Fishery Area - Bayfield County (Richard Steffes, Real Estate Director, 5 minutes)
      11. Land Donation - Statewide Natural Areas - Door County (Richard Steffes, Real Estate Director, 5 minutes)
      12. Land Donation - Chippewa River State Trail - Eau Claire County (Richard Steffes, Real Estate Director, 5 minutes)
    3. Scope Statements
      1. Request approval of the statement of scope for Board Order WM-01-13, the 2013 Wildlife Management Spring Hearing rule proposals, including restrictions on training dogs in tracking and trailing wolves and also for emergency dog training rules under ACT 169 (Scott Loomans, Wildlife Regulations Specialist, 15 minutes)
        Handout memo: discussion on dog training and hunting issues relating to wolves (PDF)
      2. Request approval of the statement of scope for Board Order WT-17-12, proposed rules affecting the creation of NR 119 related to the development of site-specific numeric phosphorus water quality criteria for lakes, reservoirs, and streams (Ken Johnson, Water Administrator, 5 minutes)
      3. Request approval of the statement of scope for Board Order FH-18-12, recreational fishing regulations on inland, outlying, and boundary waters (Kate Strom Hiorns, Fisheries Policy Specialist, 5 minutes)
      4. Request approval of the statement of scope for Board Order FH-19-12, housekeeping corrections, clarifications, and updates to outdated code regarding fishing in inland, outlying, and boundary waters (Kate Strom Hiorns, Fisheries Policy Specialist, 5 minutes)
    4. Budget
      1. Request approval of the Department’s 2013 – 2015 Biennial Budget, including Operating, Capital, and Environmental Improvement Fund Components (Joe Polasek, Management and Budget Bureau Director and Steve Miller, Facilities and Lands Bureau Director, 40 minutes)
  4. Citizen Participation - 1 p.m.
    1. Citizen Recognition
      1. Comeback Champs – Karner Blue Butterfly Program
    2. Citizen Participation
      Citizen participation means speaking on items that are not on this month's Board agenda; appearances on items that are on this month's agenda are made at the time the Board considers the item. See complete information about public participation at Natural Resources Board meetings.
  5. Board Members' Matters
    1. Approval of 2013 Meeting Calendar Moved from August 8 agenda
  6. Special Committee Reports
  7. None

  8. Department Secretary's Matters
    1. Retirement Resolutions
      1. Daniel E. Cardinal III
      2. Deb Johnson
      3. Mark Kubler
      4. Billie J. Vanklooster
      5. Thomas W. Wrasse
    2. Donations
      1. The Barbara M. Black Irrevocable Charitable Remainder Unitrust will donate $26,000 to the Bureau of Endangered Resources for continued support of endangered species priorities
  9. Information Items
    1. Air, Waste, and Water/Enforcement
      1. Update on Wisconsin waterway inventory (Meg Galloway, Dam and Floodplain Section Chief, 20 minutes)
    2. Land Management, Recreation, and Fisheries/Wildlife
      1. Wisconsin wolf management plan timeline for revisions and discussion (Kurt Thiede, Land Administrator, 20 minutes)
      2. Wolf harvest season information gathering (Kurt Thiede, Land Administrator, 10 minutes)

Public participation information

The public is welcome to attend any Natural Resources Board meeting unless it is noticed as a closed or executive session. The Board also provides opportunities for citizens to speak at Board meetings and to submit written comments about issues that come before the Board.

See complete information about public participation at Natural Resources Board meetings

Public participation registration and written comment deadline:
4 p.m. on the Friday prior to the meeting unless otherwise noted. Noon on Monday, September 24, 2012 Revised

Last revised: Monday June 23 2014