September 6, 2011
MADISON - Trappers, anglers, wildlife watchers and public works managers have a chance to review Wisconsin's current beaver management plan and provide input in updating that plan at a series of open house style meetings across the state in September.
"This is an effort to gather information and public comments as we work to update Wisconsin's beaver management plan," said John Olson, furbearer ecologist for the state Department of Natural Resources. "We what to hear how citizens view beaver, beaver management and those issues and concerns important to them involving beaver, such as damage control, wild rice management, wetland ecosystems, water quality, trout, roads, disease, forest impacts and agriculture."
Open houses will begin at 6:30 p.m. with short presentations beginning at 7 p.m. on the current beaver management plan, beaver populations and trends and beaver impacts on environments and humans. Following the presentations there will be an opportunities to question biologists, researchers and managers. Attendees will also be asked to complete a short survey regarding beaver management in Wisconsin.
The open house meetings will be held:
In addition to the open houses, a "webinar," which is a conference viewable on a computer linked to the World Wide Web, on the beaver management plan update is also scheduled for October 22, beginning at 2 p.m. People with Internet access will be able to log onto the webinar through [tinyurl.com/wibeaver] (exit DNR).
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: John Olson (715) 685-2934; Shawn Rossler (608) 261-6452