DNR Results Back
For the City-Times
Over 7,000 people came out to participate in the 2014 Spring Fish and Wildlife Hearings and Wisconsin Conservation Congress county meetings that were held in every county statewide on Monday, April 14.
The information hearings provide citizens with an opportunity to comment and indicate preference on a wide range of fish and wildlife management questions, Conservation Congress advisory questions, and to submit resolutions for rule changes they would like to see in the future.
Statewide hearing results and the questions are available on the Spring Rules Hearings page of the DNR Web site or go to dnr.wi.gov; search “spring hearings.”
Meeting results, along with written comments on the evening’s questions and DNR recommendations are used to advise the state Natural Resources Board. This year’s results will be reviewed at the board’s May 28 meeting in Green Bay. Votes are non-binding and are presented to the Natural Resources Board as advisory.
The hearings are held annually on the second Monday in April in conjunction with the Wisconsin Conservation Congress county meetings. DNR related proposals are presented to attendees by DNR staff. Following DNR business, the meeting is reconvened as a Conservation Congress meeting and congress advisory questions are presented.
This year the annual spring deer herd status meetings were also held in conjunction with the Spring Fish and Wildlife Hearings. The herd status meetings provided an early opportunity for hunters and other interested individuals to discuss the current status of the deer herd and ask other deer management questions. In addition, local wildlife biologists presented information about new deer hunting rules and regulations that were recently adopted as part of Deer Trustee Report implementation.
The Spring Hearings also provide an opportunity for citizens of each county to elect Wisconsin Conservation Congress delegates to represent them on natural resource issues. The congress is an advisory body to the Natural Resources Board. During the congress’ portion of the hearing, citizens may introduce resolutions for consideration and vote by those attending the hearings.