Act 168

For Immediate release
November 2, 2012

(Madison, Wis.) – The Friends of Wisconsin State Parks (FWSP), an organization with a mission to preserve, protect and enhance Wisconsin’s state parks, forests, trails and recreation areas, continues to oppose that part of Wis. Act 168 that opens state parks and trails to hunting and trapping.

Earlier this year, FWSP urged the Legislature not to open parks and trails to hunting and trapping. Despite the fact that the Natural Resources Board and the DNR did not ask for this law, and that FWSP and other park and trail users objected to it, the law was passed without any public hearing or comment. (More...)

Comments to the Natural Resources Board on Act 168
By the Friends of Wisconsin State Parks

The Friends of Wisconsin State Parks (Friends) thank the Natural Resources Board (NRB) for holding hearings to get public input on implementation of that part of Act 168 that expands hunting and trapping broadly into state parks and trails. These issues are critically important to the safety of millions of park and trail users as well as to Wisconsin’s recreational tourist industry, and we appreciate your willingness to listen to the public. We urge you to use extreme caution in making your decisions on the timing for hunting and trapping in parks and trails, as well as on the open and closed areas in parks and trails.(More...)

To: Natural Resources Board
Date: November 8, 2012
Location: Appleton Wisconsin
Re: Act 168
My name is Bill Herrbold and I am here to speak about Act 168 on behalf of the Friends of Hartman Creek State Park, Waupaca, Wisconsin. I would first like to thank the board for being here and for allowing us to express our opinions and feelings about Act 168.
I have read Act 168 and do not find that it requires that each state park must allow hunting and trapping in each park, in fact, just the opposite is true. The law states: “The department may prohibit hunting, fishing, or trapping in a state park or a portion of a state park if any of the following applies: 1. The department prohibits hunting, fishing, or trapping within 100 yards of a designated use area. 2. The natural resources board determines that prohibiting hunting, fishing, or trapping is necessary to protect public safety….” (More...)