Review of DNR Chronic Wasting Disease Response Plan begins with Oct. 27 public meeting

MADISON- The public is invited to join Department of Natural Resources staff and other members of the Chronic Wasting Disease Response Plan Review Committee Oct. 27 as they discuss and assess the first five years of the DNR’s 2010-2025 CWD Response Plan.

The October committee meeting, the first of three this fall, will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Lussier Family Heritage Center, 3101 Lake Farm Road, Madison. Additional meeting information will be listed on the DNR public meetings calendar (search keywords “CWD Response Plan Review”) when meetings are finalized.

The CWD Response Plan Review Committee will revisit the current CWD Response Plan, discuss research and disease management in Wisconsin, and provide recommendations for the next five years.

These meetings, aimed at improving public engagement and transparency in addressing CWD, include seeking public input through County Deer Advisory Council meetings. A wide range of topics related to CWD, including Best Management Practices for the captive cervid industry, will be discussed during committee meetings.

The review committee consists of several governmental agencies and key partner organizations with an interest in CWD management in Wisconsin. This public involvement process is being coordinated jointly by DNR, the Wisconsin Conservation Congress and the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection.

Committee recommendations will be posted online for public comment following the final meeting. Following the public comment period, plan recommendations will be the topic of discussion at each county’s CDAC meeting in January 2017. Final recommendations will be submitted for approval by the DNR to the Natural Resources Board in March 2017.

To learn more about the CWD Response Plan, visit and search keywords “CWD response plan.” For more information regarding CWD in Wisconsin, search keyword “CWD.”