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In light of COVID-19, the Wisconsin Conservation Congress (WCC) and the DNR have announced 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 cancelled. 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.

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There's a twist this year for people interested in participating in the annual Spring Fish & Wildlife hearings involving the DNR and the Wisconsin Conservation Congress.

On Monday, April 8, there will be 72 public hearings, one in each county starting at 7:00 p.m.

Individuals interested in natural resources management have an opportunity to provide input to the DNR and the Wisconsin Conservation Congress (WCC) on proposed rule changes and advisory questions relating to fish and wildlife management. The Congress is a citizen advisory board to the DNR.

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The Wisconsin Conservation Congress and the DNR are partnering to expand the Youth Conservation Congress. The Conservation Congress advises the DNR on conservation issues. The Youth Conservation Congress is designed by the Conservation Congress to provide young people with an experience like the advisory role of the adult Congress, says Kari Lee- Zimmerman, a liason with the DNR.

"....to get youth involved in both physical aspects of Conservation and also engage them also in the civics of conservation, the rule making process and what all goes into management...."

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Wisconsin anglers could use motor-boats to troll for fish statewide, under a proposal endorsed at the annual conservation hearings. The D-N-R announced the results this week of votes taken at all of the Conservation Congress proceedings on Monday night in each of the 72 counties. At least some trolling on all lakes statewide was endorsed by 62-percent of the nearly 59-hundred sporting enthusiasts who voted on the question. It's been a hot topic in the popular fishing areas of northern Wisconsin.

Kari-Lee Zimmerman is the DNR's Conservation Congress Liason....