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Proposed DNR program guidance

The Wisconsin DNR creates and revises program guidance to aid in the consistent implementation of statutes and codes.

Program guidance is formal written direction to DNR staff that explains how to approach making decisions when there are not specific details in the law. Department programs use different formats to document guidance, including operational handbooks, manual codes and written directives from managers to staff. Program guidance can include recommended actions or suggested permit conditions when certain factors or criteria are present. Program guidance may also clarify implementation of legal authority or guide decision-making where legal authority allows discretion in decisions./p>

2017 Wisconsin Act 369

2017 Wisconsin Act 369, enacted on December 15, 2018, modified state law relating to state agency guidance documents. Per this act and s. 227.112, Wis. Stats., the DNR must republish all existing program guidance for public comment. Once finalized, all guidance must now contain a certification statement and remain available for public comment.

Because the DNR has posted program guidance for public comment on this webpage since 2013, we have separated out the types of documents available.

  • Guidance that are new or are being substantially revised are available for comment in one group.
  • Existing guidance that are being recertified are available for comment in a separate group.
  • Final, certified guidance are now on a separate page.

Opportunities for participation

We welcome your input on all program guidance. Here are some key facts about this public input process.

  • The comment period for proposed guidance is 21 days, unless modified for cause and approved by the governor.
  • Notice of proposed guidance will be posted on this site, as well as on the Administrative Register. You may sign up to be notified by DNR when new or final guidance is available for comment.
  • All comments received will be considered.
  • Documents will be posted on the Final program guidance page once completed. We strive to post the final guidance within 45 days of the expiration of the comment period.
  • The department will continue to accept public comments on all final guidance.
  • If you would like to request that the department consider updating an existing guidance, please contact the appropriate DNR program directly or email the DNR Secretary's Office.

New proposed program guidance open for public comment

Program Document ID# Title and Document [PDF] Comment Start Date Comment End Date Staff Contact Submit Comments
Water Quality WY-20-0013 Applicant Work Experience Requirements for Master Operator Applicants 2/10/2020 3/2/2020 Fred Hegeman  Comment
Water Quality WY-20-0014 Streamlined Variance Procedures for Emergency Operator-in-Charge (OIC) Situation 2/10/2020 3/2/2020 Fred Hegeman  Comment
Water Quality WY-20-0015 Septage Audit Instructions 2/10/2020 3/2/2020 Steve Warrner  Comment
Air Management AM-20-0082 85% Control and Latest Available Control Techniques (LACT) Analyses Under NR 424.03, Wis. Adm. Code 2/24/2020 3/16/2020 Kristin Hart  Comment

Existing program guidance (being recertified) open for public comment

Program Document ID# Title and Document [PDF] Comment Start Date Comment End Date Staff Contact Submit Comments
Waste & Materials Management WA-20-1357 Procedures for Preparing and Submitting Landfill Environmental Monitoring Data to the Waste and Materials Management Program 2/10/2020 3/2/2020 Sarah Murray  Comment
Applied Forestry FA-20-0001 Silviculture Handbook 2/10/2020 3/2/2020 Andy Stoltman  Comment
Applied Forestry FA-20-0002 Wisconsin's Forestland Woody Biomass Harvesting Guidelines 2/10/2020 3/2/2020 Andy Stoltman  Comment
Applied Forestry FA-20-0003 Forest Aesthetics Handbook 2/10/2020 3/2/2020 Andy Stoltman  Comment
Applied Forestry FA-20-0004 Wisconsin's Forestry Best Management Practices for Water Quality 2/10/2020 3/2/2020 Andy Stoltman  Comment
Applied Forestry FA-20-0005 Wisconsin Forest Management Guidelines 2/10/2020 3/2/2020 Andy Stoltman  Comment
Applied Forestry FA-20-0006 Do I Need a Permit for Building a Forest Road? 2/10/2020 3/2/2020 Andy Stoltman  Comment
Applied Forestry FA-20-0007 Forest Roads and Wetlands 2/10/2020 3/2/2020 Andy Stoltman  Comment
Applied Forestry FA-20-0008 Temporary Stream Crossings for Forestry 2/10/2020 3/2/2020 Andy Stoltman  Comment
Applied Forestry FA-20-0009 Do I Need a Permit for Harvesting Timber? 2/10/2020 3/2/2020 Andy Stoltman  Comment
Applied Forestry FA-20-0010 Weed Management Area - Private Forest Grant Program Application Instructions 2/10/2020 3/2/2020 Rebecca Gray  Comment
Applied Forestry FA-20-0011 Jumping Worms - Watch for this Invader 2/10/2020 3/2/2020 Rebecca Gray  Comment
Applied Forestry FA-20-0012 Guidelines for Stump Treatment to Reduce the Risk of Introduction and Spread of Heterobasidion Root Disease 2/10/2020 3/2/2020 Rebecca Gray  Comment
Applied Forestry FA-20-0013 Management of Beech Bark Disease in Wisconsin 2/10/2020 3/2/2020 Rebecca Gray  Comment
Applied Forestry FA-20-0014 Oak Harvesting Guidelines to Reduce Risk of Introduction and Spread of Oak Wilt 2/10/2020 3/2/2020 Rebecca Gray  Comment
Applied Forestry FA-20-0015 Wisconsin's Forestry Best Management Practices for Invasive Species 2/10/2020 3/2/2020 Rebecca Gray  Comment
Applied Forestry FA-20-0016 Best Management Practices for Preventing the Spread of Invasive Species by Outdoor Recreation Activities in Wisconsin 2/10/2020 3/2/2020 Rebecca Gray  Comment
Applied Forestry FA-20-0017 Wisconsin's Urban Forestry Best Mangement Practices for Preventing the Introduction and Spread of Invasive Species 2/10/2020 3/2/2020 Rebecca Gray  Comment
Applied Forestry FA-20-0018 Invasive Species Best Management Practices for Transportation and Utility Rights of Way 2/10/2020 3/2/2020 Rebecca Gray  Comment
Applied Forestry FA-20-0019 NR 40 Reasonable Precautions for Quarantined Species: Gypsy Moth 2/10/2020 3/2/2020 Rebecca Gray  Comment
Applied Forestry FA-20-0020 Precautions to Reduce the Risk of Moving Beech Scale 2/10/2020 3/2/2020 Rebecca Gray  Comment
Applied Forestry FA-20-0021 Wisconsin Local-Use Dimension Lumber Grading 2/10/2020 3/2/2020 Collin Buntrock  Comment
Applied Forestry FA-20-0022 County Forests Ordering Development Stock 2/10/2020 3/2/2020 Joe Vande Hey  Comment
Applied Forestry FA-20-0023 Wisconsin DNR Urban Forestry Grants 2020 Application Guide 2/10/2020 3/2/2020 Jeff Roe  Comment
Applied Forestry FA-20-0024 Urban Forestry Catastrophic Storm Grant Program Application Guidance 2/10/2020 3/2/2020 Jeff Roe  Comment
Applied Forestry FA-20-0025 Wisconsin DNR Urban Forestry Grants 2020 Recordkeeping & Reimbursement Guide 2/10/2020 3/2/2020 Jeff Roe  Comment
Applied Forestry FA-20-0026 Emerald Ash Borer Silviculture Guidelines 2/10/2020 3/2/2020 Rebecca Gray  Comment
Last revised: Tuesday February 25 2020