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DNR 2015 Questionnaire
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Spring Meeting is to be held state-wide on Monday, April 13. This is THE opportunity to not only complete this year’s questionnaire, but more importantly, to have a voice in what direction the DNR takes on a variety of issues. Here’s more information.
The DNR’s 2015 questionnaire can be found here. In summary, the attachment contains information regarding:
– Wisconsin Conservation Congress (WCC) Delegate Elections which are to take place at 6:30 p.m. on April 13 PRIOR to the start of the DNR portion of the Annual Spring County Conservation Meeting/Hearing (instructions and delegate eligibility requirements are provided on page 3)
– State-wide Electronic Balloting on Proposed Statewide Wildlife Management Rule Changes (questions 1-71 presented on pages 11-39 of the questionnaire, the majority of which pertain to fish management (white ballot); Ag Damage/Ad Hoc WCC Committee Advisory Questions (questions 1-41 on pages 41-54 of the questionnaire, the majority of which pertain to trapping, hunting and/or hounding of our wildlife, including deer, bear and wolves; and Information regarding Citizen Introduction of Written Resolutions to be Voted on by the Public in Attendance at the Meeting.
Among other things, the DNR is proposing:
– a hunting season on sandhill cranes (this was also proposed last year)
– removing time restrictions on trapping performed on all public lands (allow trapping to occur 24 hours/day – devastating to wildlife)
– expanding the area of the state run by dogs on bears (southward throughout central Wisconsin)
The questionnaire contains endless fishing “refuge” removals and fish season tweaking that citizens completing the survey will need to get through before issues pertaining to trapping and hunting make their appearance (this is intentional as pro-trapping and pro-hunting interests try to discourage those who are not in their camp by boring them to death with fish!).
The proposal to allow a sandhill crane hunting season appears as QUESTION 24 (page 49 of the questionnaire). There are 700,000 sandhill cranes in North America and 17 states have hunting seasons including two states in our flyway: Kentucky and Tennessee. A management plan approved by 31 states and Canadian provinces in eastern North America established that the Eastern Population of sandhill cranes was large enough to be hunted and established a process for a state to apply for a limited quota based hunting season. In Wisconsin, the state legislature must approve a quota based hunting season on sandhill cranes before the DNR can develop a season.
Proposed as QUESTION 7 on page 13 of the questionnaire is the elimination of trapping hour restrictions. Subdivision of Bear Management Zone C (central Wisconsin) is addressed under QUESTION 71 (page 47), and solicitation of support to allow for bear hunting with dogs in the portion of Zone C north of highway 21 and for an earlier opening to the bear season in Zone C is requested under QUESTIONS 4 and 5 (page 42).
Educational Help Needed
Please let me know if you can make an educational effort. Some 82 years of special interest control is taking a dire toll on the balance of and existence of life. Lead shot left in the environment kills over a million songbirds in Wisconsin and countless water and predator birds. From the Mass Extinction Underway web site (http://www.mysterium.com/extinction.html):
E.O. WILSON, HARVARD: CURRENT RATE OF HUMAN ACTIVITY WILL RESULT IN 50% OF ALL SPECIES EXTINCT BY 2100. “I DON’T THINK THE WORLD CAN SUSTAIN THIS. DON’T SAVE THE BIOSPHERE AND WE’RE DOOMING OURSELVES.” (U.K. Times– 2014)
Call for Candidates!
Monday, April 13 at 6:30 p.m. in every county in Wisconsin is the election of 2 of 5 delegates per county to “represent” all citizens in the sole advisory to the legislature, DNR, and Natural Resources Board in governing our public lands, waterways, extraction in mining and fracking, and wildlife. It has been dominated 99% by one special interest: hunters/trappers/hounders. Studies show that wildlife watchers and peaceful citizens have purchased 94% of our public lands, and pay into non-profits 88% of their revenue – yet we are totally not represented. We are looking for humane people who care about the earth and web of life that sustains all of us to run as candidates in every county. If you know people who would run (2 per county – a 2-year and 3-year position), I was a Dane county delegate 1999-2002 and can explain how little time and effort it involves to help nature and wildlife in this time of mass extinction and threat to life on earth. Contact me at Madravenspeak@gmail.com.
For those of you willing to run as candidates, I am thinking we devise a simple questionnaire centered on the sandhill cranes, trapping, bears, and the wolf hunt to take out to the street of major education centers in our county – and as we find people who agree with us, commit them to attending the April 13 election to vote for us. In most counties, just 200 people showing up to vote for a candidate would take that county. In many small rural counties – the attendance is only 20-40 people annually. A couple of weekends of street campaign and conversation should be able to educate and locate those people giving us an email list to build on.
You can look at the 2014 results of voting by county here: http://dnr.wi.gov/about/wcc/documents/spring_hearing/2014/2014_countyresults.pdf (The first statistic under each county is the total attendance for that county – then you can look at how they voted on issues like white deer and tundra swan kills to see how dominated by hunters – or not – is that county). The attendance should give an idea of how many people it would take to win election in that county. Add 20 and set to work!
What do you think? Would you be willing to run for election and find a running mate for your county? Would you be willing to campaign for it?