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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

Effective May 7, 2024 [exit DNR]

Public hearing June 3, 2024

October 3, 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

July 4, 2024 Scott Loomans


Federal funding for the Urban and Community Forestry Grant Program

NR 47

Effective April 8, 2024 

Public hearing April 30, 2024

September 4, 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Superseded by permanent rule WA-18-21, which is effective Feb. 1, 2024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Superseded by permanent rule WM-16-22, which is effective April 1, 2024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