WISCONSIN - In light of COVID-19, the Wisconsin Conservation Congress (WCC) and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) are closely following guidelines from the Department of Health Services (DHS), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization (WHO).
As such, the in-person portion of the 72 public meetings known as the Spring 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 DNR, Natural Resources Board (NRB), and WCC through the online input option.
The online input option will go live at 7 p.m. on Monday, April 13 and will remain open for three days (72 hours).
GO TO THIS PAGE to find the spring hearing questionnaire, and to submit your input online:
The WCC will continue to take resolutions through early submittal. Resolutions should be submitted via email to SpringHearingInfo@Wisconsin.gov or mail typed hardcopies 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 here or they will not be accepted.
If you have questions or issues with the online input option or wish to submit a citizen resolution, please email SpringHearingInfo@Wisconsin.gov.
The results will be posted as soon as they are available.
Each year, citizens can recommend changes to natural resource issues by submitting citizen resolutions. If you think you have a great idea, please note the process is a little different this year, and we are getting close to the deadline.
Resolutions can either be emailed to SpringHearingInfo@Wisconsin.gov or typed hardcopies 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 as follows:
• For a resolution to be accepted for further consideration by the Conservation Congress and for public input at the annual Conservation Congress county meeting, all resolutions introduced must meet the following requirements:
1. The concern must be of statewide impact.
2. The concern must be practical, achievable and reasonable.
3. The resolution must have a clear title.
4. The resolution must clearly define the concern.
5. Current state statutes and laws must be considered, with reasonable cause for change being presented.
6. The resolution must clearly suggest a solution to the concern and a description of further action desired.
• The resolutions must be typed.
Resolutions must be 250 words or less, on one side of an 8 1⁄2 x 11 white sheet of paper and there will be no attachments or additional sheets accepted for the same resolution.
• The author’s name, mailing address, county, telephone number and signature are required to be at the bottom of the resolution.
• Only the individual author or designated representative may present the resolution within the county. The author or designated representative must be present at the time the resolution is introduced.
• No more than two resolutions may be introduced by any person during the Congress portion of the spring hearings.
• Resolutions not meeting the above criteria and/or verbal resolutions will not be accepted.
• Provide the Congress County Chair with TWO COPIES of the resolution for submission at the beginning of the evening, one to be part of the official record and the other to be posted for public viewing.• Individuals in attendance at the meeting can vote on the resolution being introduced within the county.