April 13, 2016

You can now see the results of the 2016 spring hearings statewide or broken down by county. The 2016 spring hearings were conducted in all 72 Wisconsin counties on April 11 at 7pm. At the spring hearings citizens provide feedback and respond to a wide range of proposed fish and wildlife management issues and Conservation Congress advisory questions. Citizens also had the opportunity to submit resolutions for rule changes they’d like to see in the future.

Votes at the spring hearings are non-binding, but are used to gauge the support or non-support for proposed changes by the public. Spring Hearing results and written comments regarding advisory questions and DNR recommendations are used to advise the Natural Resources Board and will be reviewed at the board’s May 25 meeting.

Spring hearings are also when delegates from each county are elected to represent them on natural resource issues on the Conservation Congress. The Conservation Congress is the only statutorily recognized citizen advisory body to the Natural Resources Board.