Contact(s): Jon Simonsen, DNR environmental analysis and review specialist, 715-365-8916, firstname.lastname@example.org; Jennifer Sereno, DNR communications, 608-770-8084, Jennifer.Sereno@wisconsin.gov
MADISON -- The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is seeking public input as the agency begins a strategic analysis for wild rice management.
Wild rice beds are associated with high biological diversity and provide numerous ecological benefits that extend throughout the food chain. Protecting and managing important areas where wild rice thrives will help ensure the persistence of many Wisconsin wildlife species for all to enjoy. Wild rice is a culturally important plant to Wisconsin's Native American tribes, which have a special and longstanding connection to wild rice.
The management of wild rice involves a diverse range of issues. DNR chose to use the strategic analysis process to evaluate and describe the latest scientific, natural resource and socio-economic information related to the management of wild rice. This analysis will be used to develop statewide management approaches for wild rice.
The public is encouraged to provide comments about topics to be addressed in the strategic analysis. Individuals can submit comments through July 18, 2016. The agency's draft list of strategic analysis topics is available by searching the DNR website using for keywords "wild rice" and selecting the link for "wild rice management strategic analysis" in the right side navigation panel.
Comments may be emailed to DNRWildRiceSA@wisconsin.gov or mailed to: Jon Simonsen, DNR Rhinelander Service Center, 107 Sutliff Ave., Rhinelander, WI 54501. All comments received during the scoping period will be shared on the DNR website.
Following the public scoping period, the DNR will review the input received to help define the topics and information to be considered in the analysis. The public will be notified when the strategic analysis document is available for review. A formal statewide plan for wild rice management will not be developed until after the strategic analysis process is complete.