Natural Resources Board to meet April 11 in Madison

MADISON – A request for adoption of the proposed 2018 waterfowl hunting seasons, a request to purchase property for a new Milwaukee service center and an update on elk management and Wisconsin’s first planned elk hunt are among the items the state Natural Resources Board will address at its April meeting.

The board will convene at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, April 11, in Room G09 of the State Natural Resources Building (GEF 2), 101 S. Webster St., Madison.

The Department of Natural Resources is proposing waterfowl hunting seasons very similar to recent years, with a 60-day duck season–continuous in the northern zone and with a five-day closure split southern zone–and a 92-day exterior zone goose season, There a couple changes this year, which include: north zone duck season opening on Sept. 29, which is a week later than previous seasons; a regular season Canada goose season bag limit increase to three geese per day; and elimination of the Horicon Canada Goose Hunting Zone.

The board also will consider a request to purchase 2.1 acres and lease 1.8 acres from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation in Milwaukee to develop a new DNR Southeast Region Headquarters and Service Center in the Menominee River valley area;

The board also will hear informational items on an update of the elk management plan and on the state first upcoming elk hunt to be held this fall.

At approximately noon the board may convene in closed session under the authority of s. 19.85(1)(e) Wisconsin Statutes to discuss the Department of Natural Resources’ competitive bargaining and negotiation position with respect to a potential real estate transaction in northern Wisconsin.

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

The public is welcome to attend. Those that want to testify at the board meeting must pre-register with Laurie Ross, board liaison, Public participation deadline: Board liaison receipt of your request to testify or written comment is 11 a.m. on Friday, April 6, 2018. No late requests or comments will be accepted. 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.