Due to new guidance from the Department of Health Services (DHS) that recommends canceling or postponing gatherings of 10 or more people to help protect Wisconsinites from the spread of COVID-19, the in-person portion of the 72 spring fish and game hearings that were to be held in each county on April 13 are canceled. 

The public will continue to have the opportunity to provide input on the natural resources advisory questions from the Wisconsin Conservation Congress (WCC), Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR)  DNR and the Natural Resources Board (NRB) through the online input option.

The online input option will be provided through a link that will be posted on the spring hearing page and will go live at 7 p.m. on April 13. The online version will remain open for three days (72 hours). Results will be posted as soon as they are available.

Each year, citizens can recommend changes to natural resource issues through the submittal of citizen resolutions. In addition, two of the five WCC seats in each county are up for election.

Resolutions can either be emailed to springhearinginfo@wisconsin.gov or typed copies can be mailed to: Kari Lee-Zimmermann, Conservation Congress Liaison, P.O. Box 7921 WCC/4, Madison, WI 53707-7921. All citizen resolutions must be received by close of business on April 6. Resolutions must also meet the requirements identified on the spring hearing webpage.

Those who complete the online input form (April 13-16) will be able to see the resolutions that were submitted by individuals indicating they reside in that county.

“This is an unprecedented time in history and I’m glad that we have the online option so that we can continue to gather input on these important natural resource questions,” said Dr. Fredrick Prehn, chair of the Natural Resources Board. “The NRB applauds the Conservation Congress’ decision to utilize the online option only this year and do its part to minimize the effects of this virus on our citizens. I hope that everyone who has an interest in the issues being discussed will utilize the online option to provide their input.”

Information about the spring hearing questions can be found on the DNR website (search keywords “Spring Hearings”). The link will go live at 7 p.m. on April 13.

Each year, citizens can recommend changes to natural resource issues through the submittal of citizen resolutions. In addition, two of the five WCC seats in each county are up for election.

“As far as the delegate elections go, we will be extending the terms of each of the WCC delegates by one year,” said Larry Bonde, chairman of the WCC.