Nonmotorized Recreation and Transportation Trails Council
On June 1, 2010, Wisconsin Act 394 created state statutes 15.347 (20) and 23.177 to form a Nonmotorized Recreation and Transportation Trails Council (NRTTC). The council carries out studies and provides advice and consultation to the legislature, governor, Department of Natural Resources and Department of Transportation on all matters related to nonmotorized recreation and transportation trails, including trail planning, acquisition, development, maintenance and management.
Meeting minutes, members and more information
See below for meeting minutes, council members and more information about the NRTTC.
- Council members
Following is a list of current appointees and who they represent. All appointees serve at the pleasure of the governor.
Member positions Filled by Long-distance hiking/backpacking Rod Bartlow Long-distance bicycle touring and rail trails William Hauda Equestrians Anne Murphy Tourism Joel Patenaude (Chair) Bird watching/nature study/hunting/fishing David Phillips Nonmotorized snow sports Ben Popp Bicycling industry Geoffrey Snudden Trail facility planner Blake Theisen (Vice-chair) County forests and parks representative William Johnson Nonmotorized trail user William Pennoyer
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and the Wisconsin Department of Transportation attend NRTTC meetings as state agency representatives.
- Appointments to the Council
The governor appoints members to the council who participate in nonmotorized trail activities, who participate in organizations that own or maintain nonmotorized trails or organizations that promote nonmotorized trail activities. Members represent as many as possible of the following groups, represent people who engage in other nonmotorized trail activities or have other interests related to nonmotorized trail uses.
- People who engage in activities on water trails.
- People who engage in horseback riding and buggy driving.
- People who engage in long−distance hiking.
- People who engage in nature−based activities, such as bird watching, nature study, hunting and fishing.
- People who engage in snow sports.
- People who engage in bicycling of all forms, including trail riding, mountain biking, commuting and long−distance bicycling.
- People who represent local forests or parks.
- People with physical disabilities who engage in nonmotorized trail activities.
- People who are interested in tourism promotion.
- People who represent tribal lands.
- Public participation
Public comment. The public may submit comments in writing to the council at any time. Council members may be contacted directly. Comments may also be submitted to the department for distribution to the council. Additionally, public comment will be taken in person at the end of each face to face (non-teleconference) meeting.
Public appearance. (Speaking on specific items that are on the current council agenda for consideration). Public appearances are made after an agenda item has been presented by the council. Council members may wish to discuss the content of their appearance presentation with citizens. Requests for public appearance for an agenda item may be made regardless of whether the meeting is face to face or is being held via teleconference. So that accommodations may be made, requests for public appearance must be submitted at least 10 calendar days before the scheduled meeting. Public appearance requests may only be made for a specific agenda item.
Bringing an issue to the council for consideration. The public may make a request for appearance to bring an issue to the council. Requests should be made to the council chairperson no later than 10 calendar days prior to the meetings and should outline the reasons for the request including the subject matter to be discussed and recommendations to be made. Those requesting an appearance will be requested to provide council members with copies of written materials to be presented or a written statement of a position.
- Issues may be submitted via email to the council. Please include your name, contact information, description of the issue and the action requested of the council.
Attendees who require assistance to participate in council meetings should contact the council at least seven days prior to the scheduled meeting date.
- NRTTC resolutions
- NRTTC meeting minutes
- Meeting minutes: March 4, 2020 (DRAFT)
- Meeting minutes: Dec. 4, 2019
- Meeting minutes: Sept. 26, 2019
- Meeting minutes: June 27, 2019
- Meeting minutes: April 10, 2019
- Meeting minutes: Dec. 12, 2018
- Meeting minutes: Sept. 24, 2018
- Meeting minutes: Sept. 19, 2018
- Meeting minutes: June 6, 2018
- Meeting minutes: Feb. 7, 2018
- Meeting minutes: Sept. 20, 2017
- Meeting minutes: June 6, 2017
- Meeting minutes: April 12, 2017
- Meeting minutes: Jan. 11, 2017