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Weekly News Published - March 6, 2018 by the Central Office

 

2018 Spring Fish and wildlife rules hearing questionnaire available online

MADISON - The questionnaire package for the 2018 Department of Natural Resources spring fish and wildlife public hearing and annual Conservation Congress county meeting and the list of meeting locations is now available for review on the Department of Natural Resources website.

On Monday, April 9, there will be 72 public hearings [PDF], one in each Wisconsin county starting at 7 p.m. where people interested in natural resources management have an opportunity to provide their input by non-binding vote and testimony to the DNR and the Conservation Congress on proposed natural resource related advisory questions that may impact future rule changes.

The hearings, held annually on the second Monday in April, are combined with the county meetings during which attendees can introduce and vote on citizen resolutions to address natural resources related issues.

The spring hearings cover three major areas: elections for county Conservation Congress delegates; DNR wildlife and fisheries ideas for potential rule changes; and Conservation Congress proposals for future rule development.

During the Conservation Congress county meetings, county residents have the option to run for a seat on the Conservation Congress and to elect delegates from their county to represent their views regarding natural resources issues on the Conservation Congress, the citizen advisory body to the Natural Resources Board and DNR. Also, individuals have the opportunity to bring forth new conservation issues of a statewide nature to the attention of the Conservation Congress through the citizen resolution process. To view the 2018 spring wildlife and fisheries questionnaire package [PDF] or for information about the process search the DNR website, dnr.wi.gov, for "spring hearings."

Some of the ideas for rule change proposals to be considered during this hearing will be addressed in a future DNR news release.

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State's Navarino Wildlife Area honored for accessible hunting, fishing and more

FITCHBURG, Wis.- The Navarino State Wildlife Area has been honored with the Disability Advisory Council Richard Welsh Memorial Award for Outstanding Property. This is the first time a Wisconsin state wildlife property has been given this award.

Department of Natural Resources wildlife staff stationed at Shawano and the staff at the non-profit Navarino Nature Center, which is located on the state property, have been working together to provide accessibility to all hunters, students, visitors and other's enjoying nature, including those with disabilities.

Navarino Wildlife Area is unique in Wisconsin. By incorporating a non-profit nature center on state land, and forming a partnership to provide environmental education, the variety of programs, activities and available grants are numerous. Both DNR and Navarino Nature Center programs are enhanced by this close bond. Local communities and larger regional centers, such as Green Bay and Appleton, all benefit.

Kay Brockman-Mederas, wildlife biologist and property manager, and John Huff, Peshtigo area wildlife supervisor, accepted the award at a recent meeting of the Disability Advisory Council in Fitchburg. The presentation included comments on the nature center displays and facility, its accessible boardwalk over Glenn's Pond, the accessible waterfowl blind and viewing areas, disabled hunter access permits and the recent addition of a fishing pier on the Wolf River donated by Shadows on the Wolf, a conservation organization founded by hunters and anglers.

An accessible boardwalk over Glenn's Pond is one of many features for people with disabilities found at Navarino Wildlife Area. - Photo credit: DNR
An accessible fishing pier is one of many features for people with disabilities found at Navarino Wildlife Area.Photo credit: DNR

Other opportunities on Navarino Wildlife Area include an auto tour (booklet or CD available) which explains history and management, an interactive visitor's map, prairie and tree identification tags on nearby plants, interpretive signage along trails, "Senior Safaris" trolley tours and an accessible dock on the Wolf River.

Creating outdoor opportunities for all ages and abilities is a focus of many ongoing and new projects. These include expanding accessible trails around the nature center, boardwalk renovations, "Nature Playscape" development, more media-based messages, and fundraising for a new outdoor education resource facility.

For more information, the "Open the Outdoors" webpage explains accessible opportunities in Wisconsin. Navarino State Wildlife Area information is available on the DNR website. The Navarino Nature Center (exit DNR) website is linked through the wildlife area webpage.

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Visit the DNR at the 2018 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Sports Show, March 7-11

[EDITOR'S ADVISORY: This news release was previously issued to statewide media.]

WEST ALLIS - Outdoor enthusiasts will have an opportunity to meet Department of Natural Resources staff at the 2018 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Sports Show which opens Wednesday, March 7, and runs through Sunday, March 11, at the Wisconsin Exposition Center at State Fair Park, 8200 W. Greenfield Ave. in West Allis.

DNR Secretary Dan Meyer said the relationship between the agency and the sports show dates to the days when the agency was called the Wisconsin Conservation Department. "It's been a long and happy engagement, Meyer said, "Because the focus of our agency is customer-driven, this is a great opportunity for the public to ask questions and engage with our staff," he added.

Freshwater fish tank - Photo credit: DNR
A 600-gallon freshwater tank lets visitors view live bluegills, crappies, perch, largemouth and smallmouth bass.Photo credit: DNR

The DNR's exhibit features a 600-gallon freshwater tank where visitors can view live bluegills, crappies, perch, largemouth and smallmouth bass. Live reptiles and amphibians will be on display at the wetlands and waterways section.

Parents are encouraged to bring their youngsters to the "Kids Corner" of the DNR booth. As they've done for several years, DNR wildlife staff will bring an array of wildlife pelts including beaver, badger, coyote, fox and wolf for young people eager to learn more about our furry friends and pick up fish and mammal -themed giveaways.

"This is definitely a 'please do touch' display," said Meyer.

Also returning will be the free kids casting clinics where young anglers can hone their skills. This popular attraction is once again cosponsored by the Kenosha Sport Fishing and Conservation Association.

Visitors to the DNR booth can purchase their hunting, fishing and trapping licenses. License sales are a big attraction, especially since previous year licenses expire March 31.

The DNR booth is in the southwest corner of the exposition center. The hours for the 2018 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Sports Show are Wednesday, March 7, through Friday, March 9, from noon to 9 p.m. On Saturday, March 10, hours are from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m. On Sunday, March 11, doors open at 10 a.m. and the show closes at 6 p.m.

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Visit DNR at Canoecopia in Madison March 9-11

MADISON --Visitors to Canoecopia in Madison March 9-11 can find information about paddling and camping on some of the state's premier whitewater and quiet rivers and buy Wisconsin State Park admission stickers by visiting Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources displays in the exhibit hall and lobby.

Visitors also will be able to pick up free guides to state natural areas and to some of the native wildlife they may encounter on their trips, enter a free drawing for the bald eagle license plate that is a fundraiser for endangered species, and sign up for fishing and hunting for food classes.

Visit DNR at Canoecopia to learn about great places to paddle and camp, to buy a state parks sticker, and to find guides to the wildlife seen along the way.  - Photo credit: DNR
Visit DNR at Canoecopia to learn about great places to paddle and camp, to buy a state parks sticker, and to find guides to the wildlife seen along the way. Photo credit: DNR

Canoecopia, at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, is the largest paddle sports consumer event in the world, and includes more than 250,000 square feet of kayaks, canoes, standup paddleboards, outdoor equipment and clothing and more than 140 seminars, speakers and clinics. Ticket prices are $15 for a day pass and $25 for a weekend pass - visitors ages 17 and receive free admission. Show hours are as follows:

More information regarding this annual event can be found at www.canoecopia.com (exit DNR).

Wisconsin State Park admission stickers will be available for purchase at DNR's exhibit and the department's Wisconsin Wild Harvest initiative will feature a display about classes paddlers can take to help them get started in taking an active role in putting meat on the table by fishing and hunting.

A free guide to state natural areas will help outdoor enthusiasts find recommended sites for paddling, wildflower viewing, scenic vistas and archaeological sites and more. A drawing will be held for the bald eagle license plate - a fundraiser for endangered species. Visitors interested in helping DNR staff monitor a number of species can also learn more about volunteer opportunities for paddlers to help survey birds, bats, mussels, frogs, toads and more.

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Entries sought for Wisconsin Wild Turkey, Pheasant and Waterfowl Stamp design contests

First place Pheasant Stamp: Robert Leum  - Photo credit: DNR
First place Pheasant Stamp: Robert Leum
First place Wild Turkey Stamp: Robert Leum
First place Wild Turkey Stamp: Robert Leum
First place Waterfowl Stamp: Caleb Metrich
First place Waterfowl Stamp: Caleb Metrich

MADISON - Wisconsinites with an artistic talent have until July 16 to submit artwork for the 2019 Wild Turkey, Pheasant and Waterfowl Stamp design contests.

Funds derived from the sale of these stamps contribute to restoration and management efforts on thousands of acres of important wildlife habitat. Stamp design entries must be received or postmarked by July 16, 2018 to be eligible. Judging will take place in late July or early August.

For rules, entry information and reproduction rights agreements, visit dnr.wi.govand search keywords "Wildlife Stamps." All stamp contest applicants are asked to review contest rules carefully to ensure the eligibility of their entries. Artwork must meet technical requirements for it to be properly processed and prepared for judging.

In last year's contests, Caleb Metrich was awarded first place in the Waterfowl Stamp contest and Robert Leum was awarded first place in both the Wild Turkey and Pheasant Stamp contests.

To receive contest entry deadlines, detailed event information, and the announcement for the winning artwork for the 2019 Stamp Competition, visit dnr.wi.gov and click on the email icon near the bottom of the page for "subscribe for updates for DNR topics." Follow the prompts and enroll in the "Waterfowl, Wild Turkey, and Pheasant Stamp Design Contests" list.

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Last Revised: Tuesday, March 06, 2018

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