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October 2021 Agenda and Meeting Materials

Wisconsin Natural Resources Board

October 2021 Natural Resources Board agenda. This is the official agenda.

SINCE THE POSTING OF THIS AGENDA, THE FOLLOWING HAS CHANGED:
NOTICE ADDED (CLOSED SESSION

Amended Public Appearance List
Public Comments

View Wisconsin Natural Resources Board agendas, meeting calendar, webcasts, biographies and public participation info online.

Public Participation Deadline: NRB Liaison receipt of your request to attend the tours, testify [Required information: include agenda item number and description, your name, city and state of residence, day time phone number, and organization you represent (if none, state “self”); If representing an organization: only one speaker per organization, per agenda item] and/or receive written comment is 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, October 20, 2021.

The Natural Resources Board will meet in-person. Remote testimony from the public via Zoom may be accepted for this meeting (no in-person appearances). Members of the public can submit their request to testify remotely or their written comments by the posted deadline date for Board consideration.

The public is encouraged to watch the Board meeting via YouTube here:
https://youtu.be/pEAJi22TJ-I

After each meeting, the webcast will be permanently available on demand at https://dnrmedia.wi.gov/main/Catalog/Full/9da0bb432fd448a69d86756192a62f1721

WISCONSIN NATURAL RESOURCES BOARD

A M E N D E D   A G E N D A (rev. 10/22/2021)

For meeting at:
Room G09, State Natural Resources Building (GEF 2)
101 South Webster Street
Madison, Wisconsin

Wednesday, October 27, 2021

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Wisconsin Natural Resources Board meeting will convene at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, October 27, 2021, in Public Meeting Room G09, State Natural Resources Building (GEF 2), 101 South Webst er Street, Madison, Wisconsin. The Board will act on items 1-4 and 7-8 as listed on the Agenda.

NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that at approximately noon (or towards end of meeting) on Wednesday, October 27, 2021, the Wisconsin Natural Resources Board will convene in closed session under the authority of s.19.85(1)(g), Wis. Stats., to confer with legal counsel regarding litigation involving the fall 2021 wolf hunt (Great Lakes Wildlife Alliance et al v. WDNR et al, 2021 cv 002103 (Dane County) and Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin et al v. WDNR et al, 3:21-cv-00597 (W.D. Wisconsin)). ADDED

NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that at approximately noon on Wednesday, October 27, 2021, the Wisconsin Natural Resources Board will have lunch in Room G27, State Natural Resources Building (GEF 2), 101 South Webster Street, Madison, Wisconsin. No action will be taken.

NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that matters concerning natural resource issues or the Department’s program responsibilities or operations specified in the Wisconsin Statutes, which arise after publication of this agenda may be added to the agenda and publicly noticed no less than two hours before the scheduled board meeting, if the Board Chair determines that the matter is urgent.

ORDER OF BUSINESS

  1. ORGANIZATIONAL MATTERS
    1. Calling the roll
    2. Approval of agenda for October 27, 2021
  2. CONSENT
    1. Approval of brief of action from August 11, 2021
    2. Request for approval of hunting and trapping prohibitions on 9.8 acres to be purchased with Knowles-Nelson Stewardship grant funds for the Ice Age Trail, Town of New Hope, Portage County
      (Pamela Foster Felt, Stewardship Grant Manager)
    3. Request that the Board authorize a preliminary public hearing and comment period for the Statement of Scope for Board Order PR-03-20, for proposed rules affecting chapters NR 5, 10, 11, 15, 17, 20, 26, 27,45 and 51, related to Wisconsin DNR property management regulations
      (Brigit Brown, Recreation Management Section Chief, Bureau of Parks and Recreation Management)
  3. DISCUSSION AND POSSIBLE ACTION CONCERNING ITEMS REMOVED FROM THE CONSENT AGENDA - None
    1. Request that the Board authorize a preliminary public hearing and comment period for the Statement of Scope for Board Order AM-05-21, for proposed rules affecting chapter NR 428 related to nitrogen compound emissions regulations.(Gail Good,Air Management Program Director)
  4. ACTION ITEMS
    ADOPTION (Citizen Testimony and Written Comment Welcome)
    1. Request adoption of Board Order WA-11-19, proposed rules to revise chapters NR 500,502 and 520 and create chapter NR 530 for the purpose of implementing electronics recycling program requirements(Kate M.Strom Hiorns, Recycling and Solid Waste Section Chief, and Sarah Murray, E-Cycle Program Coordinator)
    2. Request adoption of Board Order FH-30-20, proposed rules affecting chapter NR 20 related to lake trout harvest and season in Lake Michigan
      (Bradley Eggold, Great Lakes District Fisheries Supervisor)
    3. Request adoption of Emergency Board Order FH-10-21(E), proposed rules affecting chapter NR 25 related to Lake Michigan whitefish management
      (Bradley Eggold, Great Lakes District Fisheries Supervisor)
    4. Request adoption of Board Order FH-14-20, proposed rules affecting chapters NR 19-23 and 26 related to minor changes to fishing regulations on inland, outlying and boundary waters (the 2021 Fisheries Management housekeeping rule)
      (Meredith Penthorn, Fisheries Management Policy Specialist
    5. Request adoption of Board Order WM-20-20, proposed rules affecting chapter NR 10 related to establishing the 2021 migratory bird season framework and regulations
      (Scott Karel, Wildlife Policy Specialist)
    6. SCOPE STATEMENTS (Citizen Testimony and Written Comment Welcome)
    7. Request that the Board approve the Statement of Scope for Board Order WY-21-20 and conditionally approve the public hearing notice and notice of submittal of proposed rules to the Legislative Council Rules Clearinghouse, for proposed rules affecting chapter NR 102 related to site-specific phosphorus criteria for Lac Courte Oreilles
      (Marcia Willhite, Water Evaluation Section Chief)
    8. MISCELLANEOUS (Citizen Testimony and Written Comment Welcome)
      1. Land Donation – Theresa Wildlife Area – Washington and Dodge Counties
      2. Land Donation and Expansion of Project Boundary – Hank Aaron State Trail – Milwaukee County
      3. Land Donation – White River State Trail – Racine and Walworth Counties
      4. Land Donation and Official Naming – Statewide Habitat Area – Dane County
        (Jim Lemke, Real Estate Section Chief)
    9. Acceptance of Reversionary Land Interest – Lizard Mound Park – Washington County
      (Jim Lemke, Real Estate Section Chief)
  5. OPEN FORUM(Testimony that pertains to topics not on the meeting agenda or not in litigation) – at approximately 10:15 a.m. or following break. Please refer to pages 4 and 5 of agenda for required pre-registration information and protocol.
  6. INFORMATION ITEMS (None)
  7. DEPARTMENTS SECRETARY'S MATTERS
    1. Retirement Recognition - Action
      1. Kay M. Brockman-Mederas, 31 years
      2. Thomas E. Burzynski, Fisheries Management, 33 years
      3. Gary D. Eddy, Jr., Technology Services, 25 years
      4. Stephen J. Gilbert, Fisheries Management, 37 years
      5. Elizabeth E. Goeppinger, Parks and Recreation, 28 years
      6. Paul R. Holtan, Office of Communication, 30 years
      7. David J. Kafura, Forestry, 37 years
      8. John J. Komassa, Fisheries Management, 34 years
      9. John A. Krull, Public Safety and Resource Protection, 31 years
      10. Timothy R. Mero, Finance, 35 years
      11. Warden David J. Youngquist, Public Safety and Resource Protection, 25 years
    2. Department Secretary's Matters - Informational
      1. Acts of the Department Secretary - Real Estate Transactions
      2. Department Secretary's Matters
        1. Sandra Dee Naas report
      3. Planning Status Update - None
  8. BOARD MEMBERS' MATTERS
    1. Approval of 2022 meeting calendar
    2. Board Members’ Matters

The public is welcome to attend a Wisconsin Natural Resources Board (NRB) meeting. The NRB also provides opportunities for citizens to testify and to submit written comment about issues that come before the NRB. See complete information on public participation at Board meetings here.

Board Meetings are webcast live. To watch, go to http://dnr.wi.gov/about/nrb/agenda.html and click 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.

The following meeting resources also are available: Agenda Item Packets (also known as green sheet packages are linked to the corresponding item on the website/html meeting agenda here -- click on the blue “View agendas” button then scroll down.), supporting documents, and public comment.

Live transcription of the webcast is auto-generated and not a legal record of the Board Meeting. The approved Brief of Action and meeting recording constitute the official Board’s minutes.

Public Appearance Protocol: Only remote testimony will be offered at this meeting (no in-person appearances). You must be pre-registered to testify. Please include your name, daytime phone number, email address, city of residence, agenda item you request to testify on (include topic for item 5-Open Forum), and name of organization you will represent (if none, state “self”). Only one organization representative per agenda item. Those that do not pre-register will not have the opportunity to testify. Confirmed speakers will receive meeting logistics via email. Those confirmed to testify on a specific agenda item will testify on that item prior to vote.

Please review: https://dnr.wisconsin.gov/about/NRB/public.html.

The time that item 5. – Open Forum may be before the Board is approximately 10:15 a.m. or immediately following morning break. If you arrive late, you may lose your opportunity to testify. Each speaker will have three minutes to give their testimony; however, the Board Chair has final discretion on time limit..

The following is from the Board’s meeting guidelines: Only one speaker per organization. Testimony that threatens, intimidates, or includes disparaging comments about Board Members, department staff, and other members of the public will not be allowed. Those that do so October be removed from the meeting or remote location. Written comment is always welcome.

Please contact Laurie Ross, NRB Liaison, at 608-267-7420 or by email at laurie.ross@wisconsin.gov with NRB related questions, to request information, to submit written comments, to register to attend a Board tour, and to register to testify at a meeting or listening session.

Public Participation Deadline: NRB Liaison receipt of your request to testify or written comment is 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, October 20, 2021

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