November 8, 2011
MADISON - Work on a proposed rule to determine hunting and trapping opportunities on state-owned sections of the Ice Age Trail is being suspended and a series of meetings that had been scheduled around the state on the proposal are being postponed.
Under an administrative rule approved earlier this year, the state Natural Resources Board would determine a hunting classification for properties purchased throughout the state for the establishment and protection of the Ice Age Trail, known as State Ice Age Trail Areas or SIATAs.
The rule allows for a variety of hunting possibilities on SIATAs ranging from all hunting seasons allowed in administrative code, to all hunting between Nov. 1 and March 31, to deer hunting only, to no hunting allowed. The rule also lists specific factors to be taken into consideration when determining hunting season recommendations such as the size, shape, and location of the property.
The Department of Natural Resources decided to postpone further implementation of this rule pending discussion in the legislature regarding hunting in State Parks. This includes postponing public meetings scheduled for next week in New Auburn, Delafield, Lodi, and Stevens Point, and the public comment period planned through the end of November. The department will announce when the meetings will be rescheduled; likely in early 2012 .
The Ice Age Trail follows the approximate extent of the last continental glaciation in Wisconsin some 10,000 years ago. The purpose of the trail is to provide premier hiking and backpacking experiences and to preserve and interpret Wisconsin's glacial landscape and other natural and cultural resources in areas through which the trail passes.
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Brigit Brown - (608) 266-2183.