Contact(s): Laurie Ross, board liaison, 608-267-7420
February 19, 2019
MADISON - Requests to consider an emergency order related to harvest management of the Lake Superior fishery, a forest conservation easement purchase in Iron County, and master plan approvals for three ecological landscapes in northwestern Wisconsin are among the items the Wisconsin Natural Resources Board will address when it meets February 27 in Madison.
The board will convene at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 27, in Room G09, State Natural Resources Building (GEF 2), 101 South Webster St., Madison. At approximately 8:05 a.m. Feb. 27 the board may convene in closed session to confer with legal counsel regarding potential litigation issues arising out of the board's pending decision to approve emergency rules to enable the Lake Superior Fishing Agreement. Following the closed session the board will consider taking from the table the emergency rule, which the board initially adopted at its December meeting, but subsequently tabled at its January meeting. This emergency rule implements provisions of the Lake Superior Fisheries Agreement that the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources reached with the Red Cliff and Bad River bands of Lake Superior Chippewa tribes. Remote public testimony from the DNR Ashland Office is available on this agenda item.
The board will also consider a request to purchase a 14,352-acre forest conservation easement in Iron County for approximately $4.8 million. If approved it would be designated the Great Northern Conservation Easement and would preserve and protect the land for sustainable forestry and provide public access for outdoor recreation.
The board will consider approval of master plans for three ecological landscapes in northwestern Wisconsin: Northwest Lowlands, Northwest Sands and Superior Coastal Plain. The regions include properties such as Amnicon, Big Bay, Copper Falls and Pattison state parks, the Brule River State Forest and numerous fish and wildlife areas and State Natural Areas.
The public must pre-register with Laurie Ross, board liaison, to testify at the board meeting. The deadline for Board liaison receipt of your request to testify or your written comment is 11 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 22, 2019. Registration information is available on the NRB pages of the DNR website. No late requests or comments will be accepted.
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.