Proposed DNR program guidance

The Wisconsin DNR creates and revises program guidance to aid in the consistent implementation of statutes and codes.

State lawmakers and the Natural Resources Board may grant the DNR authority to define the specific implementation details of regulations and programs. This is often described as broad decision-making authority. To help consistently implement broad decision-making authority, DNR programs often develop "program guidance."

Program guidance is formal written direction to DNR staff that explains how to approach making decisions when there are not specific details in the law. Department programs use different formats to document guidance including operational handbooks, manual codes and written directives from managers to staff. Program guidance can include recommended actions or suggested permit conditions when certain factors or criteria are present. Program guidance may also clarify implementation of legal authority or guide decision-making where legal authority allows discretion in decisions.

Opportunities for participation

We welcome your input on new and revised program guidance. Here are some key facts about this public input process.

  • The comment period is 21 days unless modified for cause.
  • Notice of proposed guidance will be posted on this site. You may sign up to be automatically notified.
  • All comments received will be considered and a comment response summary will be shared on this page. Please be aware that the comment response summary will include all of the submitted comments in the format they were received.
  • Final guidance will be posted on this page for 21 days once it is completed. We strive to post the final guidance within 45 days of the expiration of the comment period.
  • If you would like to request that the department consider updating an existing guidance, please contact the appropriate DNR program directly or email the DNR Secretary's Office.

Proposed program guidance

Program Area Subject Status Documents Staff Contact Comments
Surface Water Updates to Wisconsin's Consolidated Assessment and Listing Methods (WisCALM) Comment period open until
January 15, 2015
Proposed guidance document [PDF] Aaron Larson Send comments to DNRImpairedWaters@Wisconsin.gov
Remediation and Redevelopment Management of Contaminated Soils and Other Waste Materials Under s. NR 718, Wis. Adm. Code Comment period open until
January 5, 2015
Proposed guidance document [PDF] Judy Fassbender Send comments to Judy Fassbender
Waste and Materials Management Exempting Low-Hazard Wastes from Solid Waste Regulations Comment period open until
January 5, 2015
Proposed guidance document [PDF] John Morris Send comments to John Morris
Air Management Air Quality Background Concentrations Final documents available until
December 31, 2014
Final guidance document [PDF] John Roth Response to comments [PDF]
Shooting Ranges Environmental Issues at Shooting Ranges Final documents available until
December 31, 2014
Final guidance document [PDF] John Robinson Response to comments [PDF]
Runoff Management Proposed Changes to Targeted Runoff Management Grant Program Applications (Forms 8700-300 and 8700-333) and Instructions Comment period open until
December 24, 2014
Proposed guidance document [PDF] Linda Talbot Send comments to Linda Talbot
Air Monitoring High Volume PM10/TSP Calibration/Verification/Audit Guidance Final drafting in progress

Proposed guidance document [PDF]

Excel spreadsheets:

Jason Treutel Comment period closed
Facilities & Lands Proposed guidance for department staff when conducting a 15 year review of the master plans for department managed property Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] Tom Watkins Comment period closed
Floodplain Management Flood map revision requirements Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] Gary Heinrichs Comment period closed
Forest Management Forest Aesthetics Handbook Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] Sarah Herrick Comment period closed
Forest Management Management of Beech Bark Disease in Wisconsin Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] Kyoko Scanlon Comment period closed
Forest Management Outcome Based Forestry Pilot Program Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] James Warren Comment period closed
Forest Management Proposed update to Chapter 51: Red Maple in The Silviculture Handbook Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] Brad Hutnik Comment period closed
Forest Management Revision to the Silviculture Handbook (Handbook 2431.5), Chapters 23 & 24, regarding salvage cutting and course woody debris retention Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] Greg Edge Comment period closed
Forest Management Revision to the White Birch Chapter of the Silviculture Handbook (Handbook 2431.5, Chapter 44) Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] Colleen Matula Comment period closed
Forest Management Revisions to Wisconsin's Forestland Woody Biomass Harvesting Guidelines Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] Sarah Herrick Comment period closed
Forest Management Seed Policy Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] Carmen Hardin Comment period closed
Forest Management Administering the Weed Management Area - Private Forest Grant Program Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] Carmen Hardin Comment period closed
Forestry Revisions to the Silviculture Handbook, Chapter 22 - Artificial Regeneration Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] Bradley Hutnik Comment period closed
Grants Reduction in Documentation Needed from Grantees of Some Grant Programs Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] Kari Beetham Comment period closed
Grants Surface Water Grants program guidance and application revisions Final drafting in progress

Proposed guidance document [PDF]

Proposed form [PDF]

Shelly Thomsen Comment period closed
Land Division Policy on State Land Sales Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] Douglas Haag Comment period closed
Remediation and Redevelopment New Contained Out Numbers for TCE, PCE and Vinyl Chloride Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] Judy Fassbender Comment period closed
Science Services Handbook and policy on scientific integrity Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] Ellen Puccio Comment period closed
Solid Waste Exempting Low-Hazard Wastes From Solid Waste Regulations Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] John Morris Comment period closed
Solid Waste Granting Fee Waivers for Voluntary Waste Removals Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] Brad Wolbert Comment period closed
Storm Water Construction Site Definition – Common Plan of Development Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] Suzan Limberg Comment period closed
Wildlife Management Deer Rehabilitation Policy Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] Amanda Kamps Comment period closed
Wildlife Management Proposed guidance for "farming agreements," where the department enters into agreements with farmers to plant agricultural crops, harvest hay or graze department lands as a land management technique Final drafting in progress Proposed guidance document [PDF] Tim Lizotte Comment period closed
Last revised: Thursday December 18 2014