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If you have Board-related questions or would like to request information, to submit written comments, or to register to speak at a Board meeting or listening session, email or call:
Laurie J. Ross, Board Liaison
Office of the Secretary
Laurie.Ross@wisconsin.gov
608-267-7420
The Natural Resources Board and Department of Natural Resources are committed to serving people with disabilities. If you need Board information in an alternative format, please email or call the Board Liaison.

Wisconsin Natural Resources Board
public participation guidelines

The public is welcome to attend any Natural Resources Board meeting.

The Board welcomes public input. Citizens may testify at Board meetings or submit written comments about issues that come before the Board.

Testify at a Board meeting on an item on the agenda

  1. The Board does not accept testimony on the following types of items:
    • Agenda items for which the Board is asked to authorize public hearings.
    • Agenda items presented for information only and on which the Board takes no action (these are usually grouped under the section of the agenda called Information Items).
    • Agenda items that the governor or legislature have requested the Board to modify.
  2. Testimony is given at the time the Board considers an agenda item. The Board Liaison will have an estimate of the approximate time the Board will take up an item. Speakers are encouraged to arrive early in case the Board is running ahead of schedule.
  3. Organizations are limited to one spokesperson on an agenda item.
  4. Each speaker has a maximum time limit of 5 minutes, and the Board Chair may set a time limit of 3 minutes. Please be prepared for either time limit.
  5. Board members may ask a speaker questions following the speaker's presentation.
  6. Speakers who wish to appear before the Board on complex issues are encouraged to mail or email written comments to the Board Liaison for Board members to review before the meeting.

Testify at a Board meeting during Citizen Participation

Citizen Participation is the time during each Board meeting when citizens can testify on topics that are not on the current Board agenda.

  1. The Board does not accept testimony on matters that are currently in litigation.
  2. The start time for Citizen Participation is listed on each agenda. Please check the agenda carefully as the start time may change from meeting to meeting.
  3. Organizations are limited to one spokesperson on an issue.
  4. Each speaker has a maximum time limit of 5 minutes, and the Board Chair may set a time limit of 3 minutes. Please be prepared for either time limit.
  5. Board members may ask a speaker questions following the speaker's presentation.
  6. The Board encourages speakers to confine their remarks to broad general policy issues rather than the day-to-day operations of the Wisconsin DNR.
  7. The Board encourages speakers who wish to testify about complex issues to mail or email written comments to the Board Liaison for Board members to review before the meeting.

Deadline and procedures to testify or submit written comments on items that are on the Board agenda

The deadline to register to speak at a Board meeting or to submit comments is 11 a.m. on the Friday prior to each meeting unless otherwise noted.

When registering to testify or submitting a written comment, please provide the following information to the Board Liaison:

  1. Your name.
  2. Name of organization(s) you represent (if none, state that you are "representing self").
  3. Topic or agenda item number and whether you support or oppose it.
  4. City of residence.
  5. Phone number.
  6. Email or mailing address, so the Board Liaison can confirm your registration to testify or reply to your written comment.

Submit written comments on topics that are not on the Board agenda

When submitting a written comment, please provide the following information to the Board Liaison:

  1. Your name.
  2. Name of organization(s) you represent (if none, state that you are "representing self").
  3. City of residence.
  4. Phone number.
  5. Email or mailing address, so the Board Liaison can confirm receipt of your written comment.
  6. If your comments are lengthy, please begin with a one-paragraph summary.

Email or call the Board Liaison to register to testify before the Board. Email or mail written comments to the Board Liaison.

Laurie J. Ross, Board Liaison
Office of the Secretary, Wisconsin DNR
Laurie.Ross@wisconsin.gov
608-267-7420
PO Box 7921
Madison WI 53707-7921

Please be aware that all information you provide to the NRB in your comments, including your name, address, e-mail address, and telephone number, is considered a public record and would be subject to disclosure under Wisconsin’s Open Records Law.

Last revised: Tuesday July 15 2014