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Contact(s): Laurie Ross, board liaison, 608-267-7420; Jim Dick, DNR spokesperson, 608-267-2773
September 19, 2017

MADISON - A request for adoption of an Integrated Lake Michigan Fisheries Management Plan and revision of the 15-year Brule River State Forest master plan are among the items the state Natural Resources Board will address when it meets September 27 in Minocqua.

The regular business meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, September 27, at the Waters of Minocqua, 8116 U.S. Highway 51 South, Minocqua. On Tuesday, September 26, the board will tour and/or receive presentations on: the Northern Highland American Legion State Forest Recreational Opportunities Analysis, the Good Neighbor Authority; Powell Marsh Wildlife Area Master Plan; Dead Pike Lake Management Plan Status; Walleye Fisheries Management: Walleye Initiative and other topics.

The Lake Michigan Integrated Fisheries Management Plan will define Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources management and policy direction pertaining to sport and commercial fisheries in Lake Michigan for the coming decade. The plan was developed under the following five broad Lake Michigan fishery visions: a diverse, balanced and healthy ecosystem; a diverse multi-species sport fishery; a sustainable and viable commercial fishery; science-based management; and effective internal and external communication.

The Brule River State Forest Master Plan revisions include expanding the popular Afterhours ski area, including additional miles and developments, additional remote campsites along Lake Superior and the Brule River, and a small number of electric campsites. No changes to the project boundary are proposed and users indicated there is a good balance of existing open and closed roads for access and use.

The complete September board agenda is available by searching the DNR website,, for keyword "NRB" and clicking on the button for "view agendas."

The public must pre-register with Laurie Ross, board liaison, to attend the Tuesday tours and/or to testify at the board meeting. The deadline to register to attend the tours, testify, or submit written comments is 11 a.m. on Friday, September 22, 2017. 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.

Last Revised: Tuesday, September 19, 2017

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