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April 7, 2015

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

MADISON - People interested in natural resources management in Wisconsin have an opportunity to provide their input by non-binding vote and testimony on proposed rule changes and advisory questions relating to fish and wildlife management at the 2015 spring wildlife and fisheries rules hearing. The hearings will be held in each county [PDF] beginning at 7 p.m. on Monday, April 13.

This year there are 112 questions that cover a broad array of statewide and local proposed rules changes for state hunting, trapping and fishing rules, as well as advisory questions from the state Natural Resources Board and Wisconsin Conservation Congress. The complete 2015 Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources spring rules hearings questionnaire [PDF] is available for review online or at local DNR service centers. Individuals without internet access may be able to view the online questionnaire by visiting their local library.

County residents also have the option to run for a seat on the Wisconsin Conservation Congress, or elect other delegates from their county to represent their county views regarding natural resources on the Conservation Congress. The Wisconsin Conservation Congress is officially recognized as the only advisory body in the state where citizens elect delegates to represent their interests on natural resources issues on a local and statewide level to the Natural Resources Board and the Department of Natural Resources.

Individuals will also have the opportunity to bring forth new conservation ideas or issues to the attention of the Conservation Congress through the citizen resolution process.

Given the large number of questions this year, people interested in attending the hearings are encouraged to review the questionnaire online prior to the April 13 hearings and should arrive at the hearing location early to register before the hearings begin at 7 p.m.

The fisheries questions relate to season, bag limit, and length limit regulations, including:

Wildlife questions include:

Meeting results, along with written comments on the evening's questions and DNR recommendations are used to advise the state Natural Resources Board. Votes are non-binding and are presented to the Natural Resources Board as advisory. The 2015 spring rules hearing questionnaire [PDF] is available by searching the DNR website at for keywords "Spring Hearings."

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Kari Lee-Zimmermann, DNR/Conservation Congress liaison, 608-266-0580 or Bill Cosh, DNR spokesperson, 608-267-2773

Last Revised: Tuesday, April 07, 2015

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