MADISON – Requests to consider proposed rules and framework for the 2019 Wisconsin migratory bird season, rule changes to agricultural and urban best management practices, and proposed rules for taking catfish by hand or with a bow and arrow or crossbow are among the items the Wisconsin Natural Resources Board will address when it meets June 26 in Barneveld. The board meeting will convene at 8:30 a.m. at Deer Valley Lodge, 401 W. Industrial Drive in Barneveld.

The Natural Resources Board will offer remote participation in an open forum with the board from the DNR Service Center, 1300 W. Clairemont Ave., Eau Claire. Agenda Item 5 – Open Forum is an opportunity for citizens to provide testimony remotely or at the Barneveld meeting location on matters that are not otherwise on the meeting agenda. Comments generally should address broad general policy rather than the day-to-day operations of the Department of Natural Resources. Opportunities for remote testimony will be specifically noticed on each meeting agenda. Pre-registration by posted deadline is required.

Future remote locations include: Milwaukee for the August 14 meeting when the board will be meeting in Wausau; Fitchburg for the September 25 meeting when the board will be meeting in Mishicot; Rhinelander for the October 23 meeting in in Madison; and Green Bay for the December 11 meeting in Madison.

Other topics on the June 26 meeting agenda include a request to approve proposed rules related to aquaculture and fish farms; approval of a scope statement incorporating the 2015 national ambient air quality standards for ozone; request for approval of a scope statement related to eliminating night hunting restrictions for raccoons; along with other topics.

On Tuesday, June 25 the board will participate in area tours and presentations on southwest Wisconsin ground water, a trout shocking demonstration, streambank easement and habitat improvements, statewide trout management plan overview, update from DMAP landowner and cooperator on the SW WI CWD and Deer Predator Study, spring update on the SW WI CWD and Deer Predator Study, and a partner update on the adopt-a-dumpster and adopt-a-kiosk programs regarding CWD management. No action will be taken. NOTE: The public must pre-register with Board Liaison to attend scheduled tours and provide their own transportation.

The complete June board agenda is available by searching the DNR website, for keyword “NRB” and clicking on the button for “view agendas.”

The public must pre-register with Laurie Ross, board liaison, to testify at the board meeting as well as during open forum (remotely or at meeting). The deadline for Board liaison receipt of your request to testify or your written comment is 11 a.m. on Friday, June 21, 2019.Registration information is available on the NRB pages of the DNR website. No late requests or comments will be accepted.

Board meetings are webcast live. People can watch the meeting over the internet by going to the NRB agenda page of the DNR website and clicking on webcasts in the Related Links column on the right. Then click on this month’s meeting. After each meeting, the webcast will be permanently available on demand.

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