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Since the posting of this agenda, the following have changed:
Notice Added (4/12/2013)
3.B.3 Deleted (4/22/2013)
3.B.4 Title modified (4/5/2013)
4.A.1 Title modified (4/12/2013)
6.B.1 Deleted (4/8/2013)
7.A Deleted (4/15/2013)
7.F Added (4/19/2013)

Wisconsin Natural Resources Board
April 24, 2013 agenda and meeting materials

For meeting at:
Rm. G09, State Natural Resources Bldg. (GEF 2)
101 S. Webster St.
Madison WI 53703

Important changes have been made to the Board meeting format and agenda:

  1. The Board welcomes public input and has revised the agenda to better facilitate public participation. The PDF version of the April agenda (above) notes approximate times that items may be before the Board. The Board asks that the public arrive well in advance in case the meeting is running ahead of schedule
  2. Citizen Participation, formerly agenda item 4A at 1 p.m., has been changed to a Listening Session, agenda item 8 at 11 a.m. Pre-registration is required; information on how to register to speak is on the Board public participation web page.
  3. The PDF version of the April agenda (above) notes agenda items that are available for citizen testimony. Pre-registration is required; information on how to register to speak is on the Board public participation web page.
  4. The deadline to register to testify or to submit comments has been moved to 4 p.m. on the Thursday prior to each meeting.

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that members of the Natural Resources Board will meet informally with DNR Secretary Stepp, members of her staff, and representatives of the Wisconsin Land Trust Community to discuss issues of mutual concern at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, April 23, 2013, in Room G09, State Natural Resources Building (GEF 2), 101 South Webster Street, Madison, Wisconsin. Added

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Natural Resources Board meeting will convene at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, April 24, 2013, in Room G09, State Natural Resources Building (GEF 2), 101 South Webster Street, Madison, Wisconsin. The Board will act on items 1 to 3 and 5 to 7 as listed on the agenda.

NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that on Wednesday, April 24, 2013 at approximately 10:30 a.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.

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 24, 2013: Order of Business

  1. Organizational Matters
    1. Calling the roll
    2. Approval of agenda for April 24, 2013
    3. Approval of minutes from March 27, 2013
  2. Ratification of Acts of the Department Secretary
    1. Real Estate Transactions (PDF)
  3. Action Items
    1. Air, Waste, Water, and Enforcement
      None
    2. Land Management, Recreation, Fisheries, and Wildlife
      1. Ratification of department’s determination that prohibiting the nature-based outdoor activities (NBOAs) of hunting and trapping is necessary to protect public safety on 2.4 acres in the City of River Falls, St. Croix County Stewardship grant project (PDF)
      2. Land Donation – Statewide Natural Area– Jefferson County (PDF)
      3. Land Acquisition and Project Boundary Modification – Lower Wisconsin State Riverway – Grant County Deleted
      4. Land Acquisition – Northern Highland State Forest Statewide Public Access – Vilas County Title modified
    3. Scope Statements
      1. Request that the Board approve the Statement of Scope for Board Order WM-04-13 related to the 2013 Wildlife Management housekeeping rules package (PDF)
      2. Request that the Board approve the Statement of Scope for Board Order WM-05-13 related to hunting and the management of bobcat and elk (PDF)
      3. Request that the Board approve the Statement of Scope for Board Orders WM-06-13 and Emergency Board Order WM-07-13(E) related to establishing the 2013 migratory bird hunting seasons (PDF)
      4. Request that the Board approve the Statement of Scope for Board Orders WM-08-13 and WM-09-13(E) related to firearms use on department land in Columbia County (PDF)
      5. Request that the Board approve the Statement of Scope for Board Order WM-10-13 related to rehabilitation of wild animals (PDF)
      6. Request that the Board approve the Statement of Scope for Board Order WM-11-13 related to deer management, hunting, and implementation of the 2012 White-tailed Deer Trustee’s Report (PDF)
    4. Department Wide
      1. Approval of the New Public Input Process for Creating or Updating Department of Natural Resources Guidance (Previously - New Policy Development Manual Code) (PDF)
  4. Information Items
    1. Air, Waste, Water, and Enforcement
      1. Open Burning Complaint Response and Enforcement Authority (PDF) Open burning citation authority update Title modified
      2. Scientific Integrity Policy
    2. Land Management, Recreation, Fisheries, and Wildlife
      1. Great Lakes commercial fishing harvest limits review (PDF)
      2. Briefing on Stewardship grant process (PDF)
  5. Special Committee Reports
  6. None

  7. Department Secretary's Matters
    1. Retirement Resolutions (PDF)
      1. Diane Glodoski
      2. Mark Pearce
      3. Harold Whiteaker
    2. Donations
      1. Peninsula Golf Associates, Inc. will donate $591,000 for a Golf Learning Center at Peninsula State Park Deleted and moved to the May 2013 agenda
      2. The Ruffed Grouse Society will donate $44,600 to support 10 ruffed grouse and woodcock habitat and education projects across Wisconsin (PDF)
  8. Board Members' Matters
    1. Becky Wallace Award Deleted
    2. Lean Six Sigma Review of Rule and Board Processes (PDF) Amended: see page 1 of PDF for details.
    3. Youth Initiative
    4. Issue Coordinators
    5. Board Member Requests
    6. Approval of resolution recognizing DNR’s wildlife management staff for 85 years of professional service to the State of Wisconsin Added
  9. Listening session - 11 a.m.
    1. Open testimony on any topic not listed on the agenda. Information on how to register to speak is on the Board public participation web page.

Public participation information

The public is welcome to attend any Natural Resources Board meeting unless it is noticed as a closed or executive session.

Listening session registration and written comment deadline:
4 p.m. on the Thursday prior to a Board meeting unless otherwise noted.

Last revised: Wednesday July 31 2013