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DNR Program Guidance

The Wisconsin DNR creates and revises program guidance to aid in the consistent implementation of statutes and codes.

Program guidance is formal written direction to DNR staff that explains how to approach making decisions when there are not specific details in the law. Department programs use different formats to document guidance, including operational handbooks, manual codes and written directives from managers to staff. Program guidance can include recommended actions or suggested permit conditions when certain factors or criteria are present. Program guidance may also clarify implementation of legal authority or guide decision-making where legal authority allows discretion in decisions.

In addition to the proposed guidance below, guidance documents already in effect are found throughout our website. Search for the topic you are interested in, or use our navigation menu to browse our website.


Your ideas are important to us. Help guide and shape the future direction of Wisconsin's natural resources management and conservation programs. We welcome your input on any of the guidance documents in the table below during the open public comment period. After reviewing the document, simply click the button in the Submit Comments column for that document to provide your thoughts. If you have questions on either the input process or a document, feel free to reach out to the staff contact listed in the table below. We give all public comments equal consideration when finalizing documents.

Title Description Draft Guidance [PDF] Guidance Description Comment Deadline Staff Contact Submit Comments Final Guidance [PDF] Date Finalized
ATV/UTV ATV and UTV Trail Guidelines This guidance is intended to provide a consistent statewide framework. Decemeber 17, 2021