Saturday, June 17, 2017

NEWS Updates

Proposed DNR program guidance


 The Wisconsin DNR creates and revises program guidance to aid in the consistent implementation of statutes and codes.

State lawmakers and the Natural Resources Board may grant the DNR authority to define the specific implementation details of regulations and programs. This is often described as broad decision-making authority. To help consistently implement broad decision-making authority, DNR programs often develop "program guidance." 

Program guidance is formal written direction to DNR staff that explains how to approach making decisions when there are not specific details in the law. Department programs use different formats to document guidance including operational handbooks, manual codes and written directives from managers to staff. Program guidance can include recommended actions or suggested permit conditions when certain factors or criteria are present. Program guidance may also clarify implementation of legal authority or guide decision-making where legal authority allows discretion in decisions.

Opportunities for participation

Guidance open for public comment

Final guidance documents

Guidance in final drafting status

 Opportunities for participation

We welcome your input on new and revised program guidance. Here are some key facts about this public input process.

The comment period is 21 days unless modified for cause.Notice of proposed guidance will be posted on this site. You may sign up to be automatically notified.

All comments received will be considered and a comment response summary will be shared on this page. Please be aware that the comment response summary will include all of the submitted comments in the format they were received.

Final guidance will be posted on this page for 21 days once it is completed. We strive to post the final guidance within 45 days of the expiration of the comment period.If you would like to request that the department consider updating an existing guidance, please contact the appropriate DNR program directly or email the DNR Secretary's Office.


Stewardship Friends Grant Program

Comment period open through
June 22, 2017

Send comments to Beth Norquist

New Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan in the Works

WI DNR staff have started the process to write a new Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP). Every five years, Wisconsin publishes a SCORP plan as required by the Federal Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). At its core, the document is used to help allocate federal funds equitably among local communities, and user groups but the document also transcends many levels of outdoor recreation discussion and policy.

The new SCORP will cover years 2017-2022 and have a big impact on how public funds are allocated amongst various recreations. Please fill out the attached survey and forward to fellow skiers and silent sports enthusiasts. THIS IS REALLY IMPORTANT!



Good Morning Amazing Volunteers!
We sure could use some extra hands and help with the following programs.  Let me know if you are willing and able to help out with which ones.

August 27, (Saturday), 1:00-4:00 pm
        Outdoor Basics Drop In at the Beach at Mauthe Lake
August 28 (Sunday), 12:00 -3:00 pm
        Outdoor Basics Drop In at the Beach at Long Lake
September 3 (Saturday), 10:00-11:00 am
        Extreme Saturday Morning at Long Lake or Mauthe Lake
Thank you so much for your time and consideration!  You are the very best!!!!