Thursday, October 18, 2018

Getting Out

Field Notes 10/13/17

DNR seeking public input

MADISON — The public will have an opportunity at a series of upcoming meetings to provide input on two state Department of Natural Resources recreation projects. 

The DNR’s recreation opportunities analysis is examining existing outdoor-based recreation opportunities and future opportunities in eight regions throughout Wisconsin, including the state’s northern region and in Door County.

In August, the department held open house meetings seeking public input about those opportunities. Feedback was also received through an online public input opportunity in August and September. 

Using those results, department staff developed a draft chapter for each region describing future needs.

Comments are welcome on the draft chapters through Oct. 27. Open house meetings are scheduled from 4 to 7 p.m. in each region, at whick department staff will provide an overview. In this part of the state, the meeting will be at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday at the Rice Lake city building, 30 E. Eau Claire St., Rice Lake. 

The next regions of the state to be included in the analysis include the Eau Claire area and south in the Mississippi River corridor. The public is invited to participate in the analysis process by providing information through the online input opportunities found by searching the DNR website,, using the keyword “ROA.” Public input opportunities for those regions must be submitted by Nov. 17.

Later this month, the department will host open house meetings to gather additional public input about the Mississippi River, Lake Winnebago  and western sands regions.

The meeting in this part of Wisconsin to give input occurs from 4 to 7 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 23 at the Altoona River Prairie Center, 1445 Front Porch Place, Altoona. 

To receive email updates regarding the ROA process, visit and click on the email icon near the bottom of the page titled “subscribe for updates for DNR topics.” Then follow the prompts and select “Recreation opportunities analysis,” found within the list titled “outdoor recreation.”

Wildlife surveys now available

MADISON — The public can find the latest results for a wide variety of wildlife surveys conducted in 2016 and this year, such as population surveys and estimates, hunt results and wildlife observations that are now available in reports on the state Department of Natural Resources website.

The reports include data collected from small game, big game, furbearer and non-game categories. 

The reports were made possible by Pittman-Robertson funding.

The following reports for 2016-17 can be found by searching the DNR website,, for the keyword “reports.”

From staff reports

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