Natural Resources Board to meet February 28 in Madison

MADISON – A request for adoption of proposed emergency rules relating to deer and turkey registration, a request to revisit Lake Michigan lake trout bag limits, proposed rules related to erosion control and storm water management at construction sites, and a proposed land exchange at Kohler-Andrae State Park are among the items the state Natural Resources Board will address when it meets February 28 in Madison.

The board will convene at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 28, in Room G09 of the State Natural Resources Building (GEF 2), 101 S. Webster St., Madison.

The board will consider an emergency rule for changes to deer and turkey registration and the reporting of waterfowl harvests. The emergency rule is necessary to make some provisions of NR 10 Wis. Admin. Code, which regulates registering harvested wildlife, consistent with provisions of 2017 Act 59. That statute eliminated the issuance of deer and turkey carcass tags and the requirement to validate those tags upon taking possession of an animal. Under the new statute, the department will issue “harvest authorizations.” Hunters will still be required to provide proof of licensure and harvest authorization while hunting and to register the harvest. The emergency rule is necessary to meet timelines for the upcoming hunting seasons. The department will undertake a permanent rule change that will include public participation and a public hearing.

The board will also consider:

  • a request to reconsider an emergency board order related to lake trout bag limits on Lake Michigan that the board approved in December. The rule they adopted increased the daily bag limit of lake trout from two to three and they are being asked to reconsider a department proposal to raise the bag limit from two to five.
  • a request for adoption of proposed rules affecting ch. NR 152, Wis. Adm. Code, related to model ordinances for construction site erosion control and post-construction storm water management;
  • a request for adoption of proposed rules modifying ch. NR 10 and 45 related to minor revisions of rules for wildlife management, hunting opportunities for the physically disabled, and deer management unit boundaries;
  • a request to approve a land exchange with Kohler Corp in the John Michael Kohler portion of Kohler-Andrae State Park and approval of a road easement for an access road to a golf course the company has proposed adjacent to the state park.

The board will also hear informational items on an update on Chronic Wasting Disease Response Plan and the Southwest Wisconsin CWD, Deer and Predator Study.

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 Southeast Wisconsin.

The complete February 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. The deadline to register to testify or submit written comments is 11 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 23, 2018. Registration information is available on the agenda and 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.