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Wisconsin DNR & COVID-19:We remain at your service through this emergency

COVID-19

We at your Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources want you to know we are here for you and our great state as we go through the COVID-19 public health emergency together.

Gov. Tony Evers issued the Safer at Home order Tuesday to "help slow the spread of COVID-19 so we can flatten the curve to ensure our doctors, nurses, and healthcare workers have the opportunity to do their important work." The order is effective 8 a.m. Wednesday, March 25, 2020 through 8 a.m. Friday, April 24, 2020, or until a superseding order is issued.

To help protect Wisconsinites, visitors and staff from the spread of COVID-19, particularly those who are most vulnerable to infection and severe disease, staying home as much as possible is the best way to lower COVID-19 infection rates, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

In light of COVID-19, the DNR is canceling, adjusting and postponing an array of in-person public events and meetings consistent with guidance provided by the Wisconsin Department of Health and Department of Administration. However, should you need a place with space, getting outdoors has both physical and mental benefits.

Distance is key during this public health emergency. Social distancing – the practice of keeping at least six feet apart from others and avoiding direct physical contact – is the only effective means of slowing the rate of infection.

Thank you for your patience during the COVID-19 public health emergency. As state agencies continue operations, please understand that most of our staff are teleworking and may have limited access to files and delayed online connectivity. We are still available to serve you and apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

As this is a rapidly evolving situation, please check back regularly for updates or follow @WIDNR on Facebook, @wi_dnr on Instagram, or @WDNR on Twitter.

Here's what you need to know about Wisconsin DNR operations and offerings:

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State Parks, Trails And Forests

  • Wisconsin state parks, trails and forests are open to the public.
  • Entrance fees are waived.
  • Stay as close to home as possible and in your community.
  • Buildings are closed except for some restrooms.
  • All towers, stairways to observation towers/areas, and playgrounds are closed.
  • All public events are canceled.
  • All campgrounds are closed through April 30, 2020.
  • No new camping reservations will be taken for dates prior to June 1, 2020.
  • Visitors are reminded to practice proper personal hygiene to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and to limit group sizes to under ten people when enjoying state properties.
  • Park users will see DNR parks, law enforcement and property staff, ensuring everyone’s safety as they enjoy the outdoors; and, to ensure social distancing guidelines are being practiced for everyone’s health.

Buildings And Events

  • All in-person public events and meetings are canceled for the duration of the public health emergency.
  • Counter service at all DNR service centers is also suspended.
  • The Natural Resources Board will convene for a special meeting via teleconference at 8 a.m. on April 1, 2020.
  • Spring Hearings in-person portion on April 13 are canceled. Online input option will be provided
  • In-person County Deer Advisory Council meetings are canceled. Public meetings moved to call-in format starting March 30; Call-in meetings open to public; Online public comment period remains unchanged.

Business Operations

As state agencies continue operations, please understand that most of our staff are teleworking and may have limited access to files and delayed online connectivity. Our staff will keep their voicemails and out-of-office messages up to date and will respond as they are able.

With this in mind, we ask that our customers:

  • Email whenever possible to communicate with staff.
  • Set-up conference calls or Skype meetings in lieu of in-person meetings.
  • Request electronic public records online using our standard system, whenever possible.
    • State staff are not currently available to access physical files and no staff are available on-site to allow physical inspection of files by the public until the Governor's COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted.
  • Submit documents electronically, preferably via a download link (ftp servers, DNR system, etc.). Note: If that option is not available to you, DNR staff can receive emails up to 20 MB.

License Sales

  • Our Customer Service Representatives are available to assist you 7 a.m. - 10 p.m. daily. 1-888-936-7463
  • Hunting and Fishing Licenses are available for sale 24 hours a day at: GoWild.WI.Gov

Toll Free Hotlines

  • DNR Violation Hotline:
    1-800-847-9367
  • Emergency Spill Hotline:
    1-800-943-0003

Questions?

  • Our Customer Service Representatives are available to assist you 7 a.m. - 10 p.m. daily. 1-888-936-7463

THANK YOU

We at the DNR thank you for your patience and cooperation as we all go through the COVID-19 emergency. We will update information as needed during this fluid situation.

Be more than safe and stay healthy out there.

Last revised: Monday March 30 2020