LRP - Licenses

LRP - Regulations

LRP - Permits

Recreation - Statewide

Recreation - Trapping

Recreation - Fishing

Recreation - Hunting

Env. Protection - Management

Env. Protection - Emergency

Env. Protection - Resources

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Topics and keywords

About DNR

Meet the DNR Secretary and Executive Team and learn about the divisions within the department. [Keyword - about dnr]

Air Emissions Inventory and Reporting

Each year facilities throughout the state that emit air pollutants are required to report their emissions to the DNR. Find information on reported emissions, air pollutant chemicals, emission reduction credits in ozone nonattainment areas, data on historical emissions and more. [Keyword - air emissions]

Air Permits

Learn about Wisconsin air pollution permits and the permitting process, search for a permit, apply for a registration permit and get help for your questions about air permits and air pollution modeling. [Keyword - air permit]

Air Quality

Learn about different types of air pollutants and what you can do to improve air quality. [Keyword - air quality]


All-terrain vehicle riding is a growing sport in Wisconsin. Along with the privilege of enjoying the sport comes the responsibility of making sure you are operating an ATV safely and responsibly. [Keyword - atv]


Wisconsin Beaches are abundant and a wonderful recreational asset in Wisconsin. [Keyword - beaches]


Gain the safe boating techniques and knowledge that can keep you safe on the water. [Keyword - boat]

Business Sectors & Partnerships

Whether you have an established business, are expanding your business, or are thinking of locating your business in Wisconsin, the DNR has staff that are here to help you. [Keyword - sector]


Every farm, regardless of size, is responsible for proper manure management to protect water quality from discharges. [Keyword - cafo]

Conservation Congress

The Wisconsin Conservation Congress (WCC) is the only "advisory body" in the state where citizens of Wisconsin elect delegates to represent their interests in natural resources. [Keyword - conservation congress]


Customer Service Staff are here to assist you. Seven days a week, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. [Keyword - contact]

County Forests

County forest timber sale bid results and harvest reports, goals and history. [Keyword - county forests]


There are approximately 3,800 dams in Wisconsin. [Keyword - dam]

Demolition, Construction & Renovation

Resources for anyone working on a demolition, construction or renovation project. [Keyword - demolition]

DNR-Wide maps and GIS information

This is the landing page for the maps and GIS topic fro DNR. This information is managed by the GIS section in BTS. [Keyword - gis]

Drinking water

The DNR works to provide Wisconsin residents with safe, clean drinking water. [Keyword - drinking water]


The Wisconsin DNR issues invoices and collects money for many different environmental and conservation programs. If your invoice specifically states that E-Pay is available, then you may use the buttons above to pay. [Keyword - e-pay]


DNR education programs about how to use, protect and conserve natural resources for today and future generations. [Keyword - education ]

Electronics Recycling

Information for consumers and businesses on how to recycle electronics or start an electronics recycling business. [Keyword - ecycle]


During emergencies and natural disasters, the DNR coordinates response, recovery and mitigation efforts in situations such as floods, high winds, wildfires, dam outages, hazardous spills and disruption of services. [Keyword - emergency]

Emerging contaminants

The DNR works with many partners at the local, state and federal level to identify and address new/emerging contamination issues across the state as part of its mission to protect Wisconsin's public health and environment. These pages include information about per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) contamination. [Keyword - emerging contaminants]


The DNR employs a large, diverse workforce throughout our state. View our current openings. [Keyword - employment]

Endangered Resources

The Endangered Resources Program works to identify, protect and manage native plants, animals and natural communities from the very common to critically endangered. [Keyword - er]


The Enviro-Check program, open to any public or private entity striving to maintain compliance with DNR regulations, enables participants to voluntarily audit their own environmental regulatory performance, disclose findings and correct violations with limited liability. [Keyword - envirocheck]

Environmental Cleanup & Brownfields Redevelopment

Resources for the cleanup and redevelopment of environmentally contaminated properties. [Keyword - brownfield]

Environmental impact analysis

Information about the department's compliance with the Wisconsin Environmental Policy Act (WEPA). [Keyword - environmental impact analysis]

ER review

The Endangered Resources Review Program helps customers and partners comply with Wisconsin's endangered species laws. [Keyword - er review]

Explore outdoors

Get outdoors and explore Wisconsin's wild places. Find great places to go and things to do on state lands around the state. [Keyword - explore outdoors]


Plan on Fishing Wisconsin, where we have 160 different fish species. [Keyword - fishing]


A Floodplain is that land that has been or may be covered by floodwater during a regional flood. [Keyword - floodplain]

Forest Business

Current conditions and trends in forest resources as well as the forest products industry in Wisconsin. [Keyword - forest products]

Forest Fire

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Forest Health

Forest health issues affecting Wisconsin's urban trees and forests. [Keyword - forest health]

Forest landowners

Assistance and resources for forest landowners. [Keyword - forest landowner]

Forest Management

A suite of tools and resources to assist private and industrial foresters. [Keyword - forest management]

Forest Planning

Information related to forestry planning in Wisconsin. [Keyword - forest planning]

Go Wild

Go Wild offers key licenses and registrations all in one place. [Keyword - go wild]

Grants and loans - financial assistance

The Wisconsin DNR offers various grants and loans to local governments and organizations. [Keyword - grants]

Great Lakes

Links to current Great Lakes issues and information on Great Lakes policy. [Keyword - great lakes]

Green Tier

Enable your business to be a powerful, sustainable force for environmental good and enhance your productivity, cut your costs and strengthen the health of your culture and community. [Keyword - green tier]


Approximately two thirds of the people living in Wisconsin get their drinking water from Groundwater. [Keyword - groundwater]

Health Care waste

Information about how to manage household or facility health care waste. [Keyword - health care waste]


Information about hunting in Wisconsin including hunter education, game species, season dates, license and fees, permits, registration and hunting opportunities. [Keyword - hunt]

Impaired waters

Learn about impaired waters which do not meet water quality standards. [Keyword - impaired water]


Invasive species displace native species, disrupt ecosystems, and affect citizens' livelihoods and quality of life. Learn how you can help keep them in check. [Keyword - invasive]

Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program

The Wisconsin Legislature created the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program in 1989 to preserve valuable natural areas and wildlife habitat, protect water quality and fisheries, and expand opportunities for outdoor recreation. [Keyword - stewardship]


The DNR partners with the University of Wisconsin Extension and citizens around the state to help protect and maintain these amazing natural resources while providing some of the best recreational opportunities in the nation. [Keyword - lakes]


Information and resources relating to solid waste landfills in Wisconsin. [Keyword - landfill]


Ecological Landscapes are 16 areas of Wisconsin with different ecological attributes and management opportunities. [Keyword - landscapes]

Law Enforcement

During emergencies and natural disasters, the DNR coordinates response, recovery and mitigation efforts in situations such as floods, high winds, wildfires, dam outages, hazardous spills and disruption of services. [Keyword - law enforcement]

Licenses, permits and registrations

Register your recreational vehicle, buy a license, get a park sticker or find out about professional registrations and permitting issues. [Keyword - permit]


Information on the Clean Water Fund, Safe Drinking Water, forestry and brownfields loan programs. [Keyword - loans]

Managing Waste & Materials

Solid and hazardous waste management information and resources. [Keyword - waste]


While the DNR produces a whole range of publications and information for the public on hundreds of topics related to the environment, no piece of information is quite as helpful as a good map. [Keyword - maps]


Mercury is a hazardous material that causes serious environmental and human health problems. [Keyword - mercury]

Mines, Pits & Quarries

Information and resources relating to metallic and non-metallic mines in Wisconsin. [Keyword - mines]

Natural Heritage Inventory (NHI)

The Natural Heritage Inventory Program maintains data on the locations and status of rare species, natural communities and natural features throughout the state. [Keyword - nhi]

Natural Resources Board (NRB)

The Wisconsin Natural Resources Board (NRB or Board) sets policy for the Department of Natural Resources and exercises authority and responsibility in accordance with governing state statutes. [Keyword - nrb]

Nonpoint source pollution

Nonpoint source (NPS) pollution, also known as polluted runoff, is a leading cause of water quality problems in Wisconsin. [Keyword - nonpoint]

Open Burning

Open burning is outdoor burning in an unconfined area, container or pile. Find out whether you can burn and about alternatives to open burning. [Keyword - open burning]

Open the Outdoors

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The Wisconsin State Park System provides places for outdoor recreation and for learning about nature and conservation. [Keyword - parks]

Public Input

[Keyword - public input]


A directory of the department's publications. [Keyword - publications]

Recycling & Composting

Wisconsin has a strong history of recycling and composting, and each of us has a role to play in continuing this success. [Keyword - recycle]


Wisconsin's 84,000 river miles flow through 15,000 lakes and millions of wetland acres. Explore river information. [Keyword - rivers]

Shoreland Zoning

Wisconsin's shoreland areas protect water quality, fish and wildlife habitat, recreational activities and natural beauty. [Keyword - shoreland]

Small Business

The Small Business Environmental Assistance Program is a comprehensive set of resources and tools to help a business determine its environmental responsibilities, in regards to complex federal and state regulations. [Keyword - small business]


Wisconsin is the birthplace of snowmobiling and continues to offer some of the best snowmobiling opportunities you are likely to find. [Keyword - snowmobile]


Learn the definition of a spill, how to manage spills and find the 24-hour, toll free Spills Hotline number. [Keyword - spill]

State Forests

Wisconsin state forests provide a wide variety of outdoor activities, including hiking, skiing, snowshoeing, off-road biking, backpacking, horseback riding, ATVing and snowmobiling. [Keyword - state forest]

State lands

Wisconsin has a variety of outstanding natural resources, such as rushing trout streams, quiet wetlands, pristine wild rivers, clear lakes, native prairies, vast green forests, Ice Age eskers and picturesque waterfalls. [Keyword - state lands]

Storm water

Storm water permits, forms, and other information. [Keyword - storm water]

Surface water

Wisconsin residents are fortunate to live in a state bountiful with natural resources, including our many surface waters. [Keyword - surface water]


The DNR's secure e-Business portal. [Keyword - switchboard]

Timber sales

Information on timber harvesting activities on DNR lands. [Keyword - timber sale]


Resources for the beginner and seasoned trappers in Wisconsin. [Keyword - trap]

Tree Planting

How to order tree seedlings, planning for a successful planting, supplies and other resources to help with your tree planting project. [Keyword - tree planting]

Urban Forests

Information on how municipalities can encourage and enable sound management of Wisconsin's urban forest ecosystems. [Keyword - urban forest]


Do you have talents and interests you'd like to share? Concerned about our state's natural resources? If so, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources needs your skills and talents. [Keyword - volunteer]

Warden Recruitment

Get to know the Wisconsin DNR and learn what conservation wardens do before you apply. [Keyword - warden recruitment]

Warden wire

Warden Wire is an intelligence information service from your Wisconsin conservation law enforcement team working the outdoor beat. You'll also find tips about outdoor recreation opportunities, safety reminders and answers to popular questions. [Keyword - warden wire]


The DNR regulates municipal and industrial operations discharging wastewater to surface or groundwaters through the Wisconsin Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (WPDES) permit program. [Keyword - wastewater]

Water use

Sustainabile water use is critical for a healthy environment and economy. [Keyword - water use]


Throughout the state, citizens, schools, businesses, and nonprofits are learning about watersheds and taking action to protect, restore, monitor, and maintain our special resources. [Keyword - watersheds]


This information will help you learn how Wisconsin laws protect public waters and how you can help preserve these waters for current enjoyment and future generations. [Keyword - waterway]


Help keep Wisconsin wells safe dependable sources of water. [Keyword - wells]


Protect, explore, and restore Wisconin's wetlands. [Keyword - wetlands]

Wildlife and Habitat

Wisconsin wildlife and the habitat that they call home. [Keyword - wildlife]

Last revised: Friday, December 12, 2014