Wisconsin Natural Resources Board delays release of CDAC operations handbook

At its Dec. 12 meeting, the Natural Resources Board celebrated the 50th anniversary of the formation of the DNR and the Natural Resources Board, which sets policy for the DNR. (Photo by Tim Eisele)

Madison — The Natural Resources Board flexed its muscle at its year-ending meeting Dec. 12.

The board’s approved and published agenda included an update from Bob Nack, DNR big game section chief, on the County Deer Advisory Council (CDAC) task force. The task force includes two members of the NRB (Greg Kazmierski and Bill Bruins) and others from the DNR, the Conservation Congress and the Waupaca CDAC past chair.

Nack was prepared to tell the board that the task force’s objectives were to finalize the CDAC Governance Operations handbook, which had been distributed with the board materials. However, Kazmierski objected to having the report given to the public because it had not yet been distributed and run by committee members. He wanted the report to be delayed until January.

Another board member said there had been a “disconnect,” and the NRB tabled the item and Nack left without giving any report.

Earlier, the board spent more than an hour listening to debate over temporary rules accepting negotiations for Lake Superior fishing regulations.

Sport fishermen had clearly expressed their disapproval over the proposal, and the board came within a hair of tabling that proposal. Board members let the DNR know they were not happy that they were not kept up-to-date on negotiations.

With their backs against the wall, board members reluctantly approved the emergency rule, but said they may not automatically approve a permanent rule in two to three months. They even vowed to write a letter to fishing groups to let them know of NRB concerns.

The motion passed with five “yes” votes (two of which were “reluctant”) and two “no” votes.

In another item, the NRB told the DNR it wants the revised bear management plan to better deal with bear damage to agricultural crops.

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