MADISON — The public is invited to join the Department of Natural Resources, the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, the Wisconsin Conservation Congress, and other members of the Chronic Wasting Disease Response Plan Review Committee Nov. 14 for the second of four meetings regarding DNR’s 2010-2025 CWD Response Plan.
The Nov. 14 meeting will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Lussier Family Heritage Center, 3101 Lake Farm Road, Madison. Additional information can be found on the department’s online public meetings calendar (search keywords “CWD Response Plan Review”).
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.
This initial five-year plan review is tied to Gov. Scott Walker’s initiatives regarding the future of CWD management in Wisconsin. These initiatives, aimed at improving public engagement and transparency in addressing CWD, include seeking public input through County Deer Advisory Council (CDAC) 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.