Wisconsin DNR Online Survey Regarding Fish And Wildlife

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People who care about fish and wildlife in Wisconsin are reminded there is still time to fill out an online survey on what the state's management priorities should be over the next six years. Completed surveys will be accepted until May 11, 2007 and will be compiled and presented to the Natural Resources Board.

"Those who buy hunting and fishing licenses in Wisconsin, and everyone who cares about how our fish and wildlife are managed, can help guide how priorities are set for the next few years," said Department of Natural Resources Secretary Scott Hassett.

Each year, the DNR receives about $15 million in federal grants to help manage sport fish and wildlife populations. To receive the federal grants, the department is required to prepare a "Fish, Wildlife and Habitat Management Plan" to show how those funds will be spent over the next six years.

DNR staff has begun to identify challenges and priorities for the next six years. These include land use patterns and habitat loss, conflicts among outdoor recreation users, conserving declining species and threatened habitats, non-native invasive species and wildlife diseases.

"These are some of the challenges and priorities from our perspective, but we need to hear from the public and what you think is important. You can rank your interest and concerns about these and other issues, as well as write in your own," Hassett noted.

To complete the survey, go to http://dnr.wi.gov/invest/ through the DNR Web site or print a questionnaire off the Web site and mail it to the department. The survey takes just a few minutes to complete.

"We need your help to safeguard and improve outdoor opportunities for the future," Hassett said. "Help us develop Wisconsin’s game plan to assure that our children and grandchildren will be able to enjoy the same great fish and wildlife resources we now enjoy."