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Contact(s): Laurie Ross, board liaison, 608-267-7420, or Sarah Hoye, communications director, 608-267-2773,
September 17, 2019

MADISON - Requests to consider proposed rules related to increasing the operational efficiency of and simplifying the air permit process, proposed rules related to minor changes to fishing regulations, and proposed rules related to ruffed grouse management are among the topics the Wisconsin Natural Resources Board will consider when it meets September 25 in Mishicot. The board meeting will convene at 8:30 a.m. in the Southern/Northern Pines Room at Fox Hills Resort, 250 West Church St.

The Natural Resources Board will offer remote participation from the Department of Natural Resources Service Center, 3911 Fish Hatchery Road, Fitchburg. Remote participation will be for an open forum with the board at approximately 10:15 a.m. following a break. Open Forum is an opportunity for citizens to provide testimony remotely or at the Mishicot meeting location on matters that are not otherwise on the meeting agenda. Comments generally should address broad general policy rather than the day-to-day operations of the DNR. Opportunities for remote testimony are noted on the meeting agenda. Pre-registration by the posted deadline is required.

Future remote Open Forum locations include: Rhinelander for the October 23 meeting in Madison; and Green Bay for the December 11 meeting in Madison.

Other topics on the September 25 meeting agenda include:

At approximately 11:45 a.m. on Wednesday, September 25, 2019, the board may convene in closed session under the authority of s.19.85(1)(g), Wis. Stats., to confer with legal counsel regarding current litigation involving: 1) the Sauk Prairie Recreation Area Master Plan; 2) the Upper Wolf River State Fishery Area Master Plan; 3) Kohler Co. and Kohler-Andrae State Park; and 4) a proposed site specific phosphorus criterion for Lac Courte Oreilles in Sawyer County.

On Tuesday, September 24 the board will participate in area tours and presentations including:

The board will have an informal dinner meeting with the Lake Michigan Commercial Fishing Board at Fox Hills Resort in the Fox Fire Room, 250 West Church St., Mishicot. The board will not discuss business or take any actions. NOTE: The public must pre-register with board liaison to attend scheduled tours and provide their transportation.

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 testify at the board meeting as well as during open forum (remotely or at the meeting). The deadline for board liaison receipt of requests to testify or provide written comment is 11 a.m. on Friday, September 20, 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.

Last Revised: Tuesday, September 17, 2019

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