Contact(s): Jim Dick, DNR spokesperson, 608-267-2773 or Laurie Ross, board liaison, 608-267-7420
MADISON - Requests to consider an early closure to the 2018 ruffed grouse hunting season in Wisconsin and proposed revisions to rules related to elk management to allow the use of scientific data rather than a percent of population estimates to set harvest permit levels are among the items the state Natural Resources Board will address when it meets September 26 in Hayward.
The board will convene at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, September 26, at Flat Creek Inn & Suites, 10290 Highway 27 South, Hayward.
The board also will consider a proposed master plan amendment to allow for a quarter mile all-terrain vehicle connector trail in the Upper Wolf River State Fisheries Area. It will also hear an update on plans to rebuild Eagle Tower at Peninsula State Park and be asked to accept a $750,000 donation for the tower.
On Tuesday, Sept. 25 the board will participate in tours of various facilities through northwest Wisconsin, including the trailheads of the American Birkebeiner Ski Trail System for presentations on recreational trails and recreational opportunities and collaborative forest management, the U.S. National Forest System's Forest Lodge, for a presentation on the lodge property and an overview fisheries management for muskellunge, and at the Day Lake - Boat Landing for a presentation on elk management. (NOTE: The public must pre-register with Board Liaison to attend scheduled tours and provide their own transportation.
The public must pre-register with Laurie Ross, board liaison, to testify at the board meeting or to attend a board tour. The deadline to register to testify or submit written comments is 11 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 21, 2018. Registration information is available on the agenda on the DNR website.
Board meetings are webcast live. People can watch the meeting over the internet by going to the NRB agenda page of the DNR website and clicking on webcasts in the Related Links column on the right then click on this month's meeting. After each meeting, the webcast will be permanently available on demand.