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Proposed Emergency Administrative Rules

This table lists proposed emergency administrative rules which are currently being developed by the DNR, or which have been adopted by the Natural Resources Board (NRB) and are pending publication. Once published, emergency rules are effective for 150 days. The DNR can request an extension to this timeframe from the Legislature.

  • The table is organized alphabetically by NRB order number. The first two letters are an abbreviation for the lead DNR bureau/program name. The middle number is a sequential number. The last number is the year. Hover your mouse over each NRB order number to see more information.
  • The DNR sometimes creates separate webpages as an additional resource for proposed rules of particular significance or interest. Where a separate page has been created, the text in the "Subject" column is linked to it.
  • The "Rules Status" column describes where the rule is in the rulemaking process and links to NRB meeting agendas, public hearings announcements or other documents for more information.
  • Public Hearing Appearance Slip
NRB Order Number Subject Affected Wis. Adm. Code Chapters Rule Status Expiration Date DNR Contact


Lake Superior cisco and lake trout regulations NR 20 and 25

NRB meeting for adoption (Dec. 2023)

  Meredith Penthorn

Minocqua Chain walleye harvest regulations

NR 20

NRB meeting for approval of Statement of Scope (June 2023)

      Meredith Penthorn


    Fish refuge establishment NR 20, 26

    NRB meeting for adoption (Sept. 2023)

      Meredith Penthorn


    Federal funding for the Urban and Community Forestry Grant Program

    NR 47

    NRB meeting for adoption (Dec. 2023)

        Laura Buntrock
      WA-17-21(E) Disposal of material dredged from the Great Lakes NR 500, 520

      Effective Jan. 12, 2023 [exit DNR]

      Public hearing Mar. 14, 2023

      Jan. 1, 2026, or the date on which the permanent rules take effect, as provided in 2021 Wisconsin Act 93, section 7m

      Kate Strom Hiorns

      Establishing the 2023 migratory bird season framework and regulations

      NR 10

      Effective Aug. 15, 2023 [exit DNR]

      Public hearing Sept. 11, 2023

      January 11, 2024 Scott Karel
      WM-01-21(E) Gray wolf harvest regulations NR 8, 10, 12, 19

      NRB meeting for approval of Statement of Scope (June 2021)

        Scott Karel
      WM-09-12(E) Wolf hunting and trapping season, regulations, and a depredation program NR 10, 12, 19 Effective Aug. 18, 2012 [exit DNR]

      The date on which the permanent rules take effect, as provided in 2011 Wisconsin Act 169, section 21

      Scott Karel