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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


Minocqua Chain walleye harvest regulations NR 20

NRB meeting for approval of Statement of Scope (April 2024)

  Scott Loomans


Lake Superior cisco and lake trout regulations NR 20 and 25

Effective Jan. 12, 2024 [exit DNR]

Public hearing Feb. 15, 2024

June 9, 2024 Scott Loomans

Minocqua Chain walleye harvest regulations

NR 20

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

      Scott Loomans


    Fish refuge establishment NR 20, 26

    Effective Dec. 7, 2023 [exit DNR]

    Public hearing Feb. 5, 2024

    May 5, 2024 Scott Loomans


    Federal funding for the Urban and Community Forestry Grant Program

    NR 47

    Effective April 8, 2024 

    Public hearing April 30, 2024

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

    Superseded by permanent rule WA-18-21, which is effective Feb. 1, 2024

    Effective Jan. 12, 2023 [exit DNR]

    Public hearing Mar. 14, 2023

    Jan. 31, 2024

    Kate Strom Hiorns

    Establishing the 2023 migratory bird season framework and regulations

    NR 10

    Superseded by permanent rule WM-16-22, which is effective April 1, 2024

    Effective Aug. 15, 2023 [exit DNR]

    Public hearing Sept. 11, 2023

    March 31, 2024 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