Wisconsin's Sporting Heritage Council open for new members
The next meeting of the Sporting Heritage Council will not be until after July 1 and has not yet been scheduled.
Several terms on the SHC expire at the "close of business" on July 1, so the council will not meet until after July 1 when new members are known.
The terms of three members (Rep. Steineke, who represents Assembly representatives, Ralph Fritsch, who represents deer hunters, and Ben Gruber, who represents anglers) all expire on July 1.
It will be up to the Assembly speaker to decide on whether a new person will represent the Assembly.
Preston Cole, chair of the NRB, said that he will be appointing two members of the board to vet candidates for the deer and angling appointments.
Depending on the length of time needed to do background checks, he plans to recommend appointments for board approval at the June NRB meeting.
Anyone wishing to apply for the two open positions on the SHC (angling and deer hunting) should visit the DNR web site and will need to be nominated by a sporting organization.
The nomination form and more information can be found at dnr.wi.gov<http://dnr.wi.gov/>, and search "sporting heritage<http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/OutdoorRecreation/sportingheritage.html
It was announced at the last SHC meeting that Rep. Al Ott was serving on the council, but that was an error. It is actually Rep. Steineke who is the council member for the Assembly until at least July 1.
Other SHC members are:
- Mike Rogers (representing bear hunters), Mark LaBarbera (representing bird hunters), and Scott Zimmerman (representing furbearer interests). Each has terms ending July 1, 2016.
- Rob Bohmann, Conservation Congress.
- Bill Torhorst, governor’s representative.
- Sen. Tom Tiffany, Sen. Bob Wirch, representing the State Senate.
- Rep. Nick Milroy, Rep. Steineke representing the Assembly.
- Kurt Thiede, DNR deputy secretary, represents the DNR.
The SHC is required to meet at least once per year, and in the past met four times in 2013 and twice in 2014.
The Sporting Heritage Council is the first of its kind, created to advise Gov. Scott Walker, the Natural Resources Board and state legislature on fishing, hunting and trapping issues.
Consisting of 12 appointees, the council focuses on recruitment, retention and increasing access to resources and outdoor opportunities.