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Do you think Gov. Walker’s Wisconsin Walleye Initiative will be a worthwhile venture?

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Is live streaming of Natural Resources Board meetings a good idea?

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Are NRB meeting ready for ‘in-home-delivery’… ???

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Will live streaming bring NRB meetings into homes?

In the May 17 issue of Wisconsin Outdoor News, contributing writer Tim Eisele wrote:

Madison — The DNR recommended to the Natural Resources Board that several changes be implemented in order to reduce workload and costs, including the live streaming of NRB meetings for more convenient public access.

The DNR also suggested reducing the number of annual NRB meetings from 10 to eight.

When discussing the changes to board meetings and a possible reduction in the number of meetings, Terry Hilgenberg, board member from Shawano, spoke to the value of meetings, where board members get to know each other and also get to meet and know DNR staff.

He cautioned that the board needs to be fully engaged in the process.

Bill Bruins, board member from Waupun, took a different view, saying the board also needs to be cognizant of staff time required to attend board meetings.

NRB chairman Preston Cole recalled that at the previous meeting, more than 50 people signed up to speak to the board, and it’s important for the board to be available to hear the public.

But Cole believes there are new opportunities to reach the public, and if board members want to be more relevant to the public, the live streaming will be helpful. He added that with the recent question of hunting in state parks, the board should continue to have meetings around the state to allow the public to interact with the board.

“The challenge is on us to be more relevant,” he said.

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