Open forums to allow for more input from citizens

The Natural Resources Board is offering an additional opportunity for citizen input to its monthly meetings.

Dr. Frederick Prehn, board chair from Wausau, announced in April that besides the regular citizen input sessions that the board holds at each of its meetings, it will now begin an “open forum” from a location that will move around the state with each NRB meeting.

“This is the time that citizens can come up in front of us and have their ‘kick at the cat’ and tell us whatever is on their mind,” Prehn said.

The “alternative” location will be away from the actual physical location where the board meets.

The board meetings from January through May and October and December are usually held in Madison, but the June, August and September meetings are held at other locations in the State.

As in the past, people who want to present comments, at the meeting or the alternative location, must sign up by the Friday before. Guidelines for the comments are found on the DNR web site.

Starting in May, one location will be selected for people outside of Madison to appear via a DNR video link and provide input. All alternate locations will be DNR regional offices.

For the May 22 meeting that will take place in Madison, citizens in northern Wisconsin may provide input from Spooner. For the June 26 meeting at Barneveld, they may appear in Eau Claire, and for the Aug. 14 meeting in Wausau, it’s Milwaukee, for the Sept. 25 meeting, tentatively in Door County, it’s Madison, for the Oct. 23 meeting in Madison, it’s Rhinelander, and for the Dec. 11 meeting in Madison, the location is Green Bay.

Prehn praised DNR Secretary Preston Cole’s administration for supporting the change, and said it’s an effort to be more transparent and get more citizen involvement.

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