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NR 1.45(1)(d) (d) To settle land title disputes.
NR 1.45(1)(e) (e) To public utilities and co-operative associations when needed for power and telephone substations, transformers, booster stations and similar installations.
NR 1.45(1)(f) (f) To dispose of land no longer needed for conservation purposes.
NR 1.45(2) (2)State forest lands outside state forest boundaries which the natural resources board determines are no longer necessary for the state's use for conservation purposes shall be disposed of in accordance with the following priorities:
NR 1.45(2)(a) (a) Sale to or exchange with a unit of government.
NR 1.45(2)(b) (b) Sale to others.
NR 1.45 History History: Cr. Register, April, 1975, No. 232, eff. 5-1-75.
NR 1.46 NR 1.46 Disposition of state fish and game lands.
NR 1.46(1)(1)State-owned fish and game management lands may be sold only when the natural resources board determines such lands are no longer necessary for the state's use for conservation purposes and only in accordance with the following priorities:
NR 1.46(1)(a) (a) Sale to or exchange with another unit of government when the lands to be conveyed are required for another public purpose or the lands received in exchange are required for department project purposes.
NR 1.46(1)(b) (b) Sale to others.
NR 1.46 History History: Cr. Register, April, 1975, No. 232, eff. 5-1-75; r. (2), Register, December, 1983, No. 336, eff. 1-1-84.
NR 1.47 NR 1.47 Disposition of state park lands.
NR 1.47(1)(1)State-owned lands within state park boundaries shall not be sold or otherwise disposed of.
NR 1.47(2) (2)State-owned lands outside state park boundaries and not within any other department project which serve no project purpose may be sold when the natural resources board determines such lands are no longer necessary for the state's use for conservation purposes and then shall be disposed of only in accordance with the following priorities:
NR 1.47(2)(a) (a) Sale to or exchange with a local unit of government when required for a public use.
NR 1.47(2)(b) (b) Exchange with others to consolidate state ownership within a park boundary.
NR 1.47(2)(c) (c) Sale to others.
NR 1.47(3) (3)Restrictions may be imposed on lands disposed of to insure aesthetic park settings or compatible adjacent land uses.
NR 1.47 History History: Cr. Register, April, 1975, No. 232, eff. 5-1-75.
NR 1.48 NR 1.48 Leasing department lands.
NR 1.48(1)(1)No leases for private use shall be executed, extended or renewed.
NR 1.48(2) (2)The secretary may execute leases for public use or public benefit, including leases of department houses to department employees as a condition of employment for the benefit and convenience of the department.
NR 1.48 History History: Cr. Register, April, 1975, No. 232, eff. 5-1-75; r. and recr. Register, January, 1978, No. 265, eff. 2-1-78.
NR 1.483 NR 1.483 Leasing department tower sites for telecommunications systems.
NR 1.483(1)(1)This rule establishes department policy regarding leasing of department tower sites to others for telecommunications systems not presently installed at department tower sites. These provisions apply to all nondepartment telecommunications users.
NR 1.483(2) (2)For the purposes of this section:
NR 1.483(2)(a) (a) “Telecommunications system" means the components necessary to form a single functioning communications system at a tower site. Basic components of a telecommunications system include one equipment cabinet, one antenna, and one transmission line connecting the two.
NR 1.483(2)(b) (b) “Tower site" means any department radio tower or lookout tower and the grounds in the vicinity of it. A tower site may or may not include a department transmitter building.
NR 1.483(3) (3)The department will only consider a request to install a telecommunications system at a department tower site if it meets one of the criteria set forth in sub. (4). The department may reject a request to install a telecommunications system at a department tower site for any reason, including technical, legal or environmental problems associated with the request, or if granting the request could conflict with future department needs.
NR 1.483(4) (4)The department will only consider a request to install a telecommunications system at a department tower site if the request is for a telecommunications system which is a:
NR 1.483(4)(a) (a) State of Wisconsin telecommunications system providing necessary communications between a state of Wisconsin agency and its employees, provided it meets the following criteria:
NR 1.483(4)(a)1. 1. The specific equipment to be installed and the system it ties into are state-owned; and
NR 1.483(4)(a)2. 2. The licensee, as defined in the station authorization granted by the federal communications commission, must be the state of Wisconsin; and
NR 1.483(4)(a)3. 3. Communications must be between state employees conducting state business; or
NR 1.483(4)(b) (b) State of Wisconsin telecommunications system providing noncommercial broadcast services to the citizens of Wisconsin, provided it meets the following criteria:
NR 1.483(4)(b)1. 1. Both the specific equipment to be installed and the system it ties into must be state-owned; and
NR 1.483(4)(b)2. 2. The licensee, as defined in the station authorization granted by the federal communications commission, must be the state of Wisconsin; and
NR 1.483(4)(b)3. 3. All programming must be noncommercial and must be available to the public without charge; or
NR 1.483(4)(c) (c) Telecommunications system owned by governmental entities other than the state of Wisconsin providing necessary public safety communications between a governmental entity and its employees, provided it meets the following criteria:
NR 1.483(4)(c)1. 1. Both the specific equipment to be installed and the system it ties into must be owned by a unit of local government or the federal government; and
NR 1.483(4)(c)2. 2. The licensee, as defined in the station authorization granted by the federal communications commission or the interagency radio administrative council, must be a governmental body; and
NR 1.483(4)(c)3. 3. Communications must be between government employees conducting government business.
NR 1.483(5) (5)If the department approves a request to install a telecommunications system at a tower site, it shall enter into a written lease with the requester. The department shall draft the lease.
NR 1.483(6) (6)Lease charges shall be as follows:
NR 1.483(6)(a) (a) No charge for a lease meeting criteria in sub. (4) (a) or (b).
NR 1.483(6)(b) (b) Twenty five dollars per month for a lease meeting criteria in sub. (4) (c).
NR 1.483(7) (7)Fees received from telecommunications site leases shall be used to offset, in part, the statewide costs involved in maintaining telecommunications tower sites.
NR 1.483 History History: Cr. Register, November, 1982, No. 323, eff. 12-1-82.
NR 1.483 Note Note: On February 26, 2013, the Joint Committee for the Review of Administrative Rules (JCRAR) adopted a motion under s. 227.26 (2) (d), Stats., that suspended s. NR 1.483 (3) and (4) (intro.) in part as shown below:
NR 1.483 Note   NR 1.483 (3): The department will only consider a request to install a telecommunications system at a department tower site if it meets one of the criteria set forth in sub. (4). The department may reject a request to install a telecommunications system at a department tower site for any reason, including technical, legal or environmental problems associated with the request, or if granting the request could conflict with future department needs.
  NR 1.483 (4) (intro.): The department will only consider a request to install a telecommunications system at a department tower site if the request is for a telecommunications system which is a:
NR 1.485 NR 1.485 Granting easements.
NR 1.485(1)(1)Each conveyance across state lands for a right-of-way for public or private roads, public utility lines, other public purposes, or for flowage rights where such use does not conflict with the planned development by the department, may be granted by the department, but shall be presented to the board for approval if unusual circumstances or material impairment of project values are involved.
NR 1.485(2) (2)A complete record of such conveyances shall be maintained by the department.
NR 1.485(3) (3)Compensation shall be determined by appraisal. The loss of any project values shall be considered in establishing the value of such easement.
NR 1.485 History History: Cr. Register, April, 1975, No. 232, eff. 5-1-75.
NR 1.49 NR 1.49 Trespass.
NR 1.49(1)(1)The natural resources board may cure unintentional trespasses by purchase or sale where practicable subject to state laws relating to purchase, sale, lease or exchange of lands not withstanding any other provisions of this chapter.
NR 1.49(2) (2)Improvements may be removed and any trespass terminated, or legal eviction action may be taken, where a trespasser on state-owned land under the jurisdiction of the department of natural resources has been found by the natural resources board to have been guilty of willful, intentional or negligent conduct with respect to such trespass.
NR 1.49 History History: Cr. Register, April, 1975, No. 232, eff. 5-1-75; correction in (1) made under s. 13.93 (2m) (b) 7., Stats., Register, July, 1996, No. 487.
NR 1.50 NR 1.50 Policy on issuance of environmental pollution orders.
NR 1.50(1)(1)Definitions.
NR 1.50(1)(a)(a) “Department" means the department of natural resources.
NR 1.50(1)(b) (b) “Board" means the natural resources board.
NR 1.50(1)(c) (c) “Air pollution" means the presence in the atmosphere of one or more air contaminants in such quantities and of such duration as is or tends to be injurious to human health or welfare, animal or plant life, or property, or would unreasonably interfere with the enjoyment of life or property.
NR 1.50(1)(d) (d) “Water pollution" includes contaminating or rendering unclean or impure the waters of the state, or making the same injurious to public health, harmful for commercial or recreational use, or deleterious to fish, bird, animal or plant life.
NR 1.50(1)(e) (e) “Rule" means a regulation, standard, statement of policy or general order (including the amendment or repeal of any of the foregoing), of general application and having the effect of law, issued by the department to implement, interpret or make specific legislation enforced or administered by the department or to govern the organization or procedure of the department.
NR 1.50(1)(f) (f) “General orders" of the department are rules and mean orders issued by the department applicable throughout the state for the construction, use and operation of practicable and available systems, methods and means for preventing and abating environmental pollution.
NR 1.50(1)(g) (g) “Special orders" of the department mean orders issued by the department applicable to and directing specific persons to secure operating results in the control of environmental pollution within the time or times prescribed in the orders.
NR 1.50(1)(h) (h) “Emergency orders" of the department mean temporary orders issued by the department under emergency conditions of environmental pollution.
NR 1.50(2) (2) Rules. Rules and general orders shall be adopted in accordance with the provisions of ch. 227, Stats. The notice of hearing on each rule requiring a hearing shall include the express terms or an informative summary of the proposed rules.
NR 1.50(3) (3) Special orders.
NR 1.50(3)(a)(a) Water pollution. Special orders shall be issued by the department only after a hearing held for the purpose of ascertaining whether such orders are necessary for controlling or abating environmental pollution. Each proposed special order shall be served upon the persons affected thereby together with the notice of hearing thereon. The notice of hearing shall also be published as a class 1 notice in a newspaper having wide distribution in the area. Not less than 10 days notice specifying the time and place of the hearing shall be given by the department. The hearing shall be conducted in accordance with and be governed by ch. 227, Stats. After the hearing, the proposed special order may be set aside or it may be modified, amended or affirmed in whole or in part and a special order issued accordingly.
NR 1.50(3)(b) (b) Air pollution and solid waste.
NR 1.50(3)(b)1.1. In issuing special orders for air pollution and solid waste the department may follow the procedure set forth in par. (a); or
NR 1.50(3)(b)2. 2. The department may serve on alleged violators a notice of alleged violation specifying the statute or rule allegedly violated and findings of fact on which the violation is based. An order shall accompany said notice. The order shall become effective unless the person named in the order requests in writing a hearing within 10 days of the service of the order. If a hearing is requested, the order shall be suspended. After the hearing is closed, the department shall affirm, amend or rescind the order.
NR 1.50(4) (4) Emergency orders. Emergency orders may be issued by the department without a hearing whenever the department determines that a condition of imminent or actual water or air pollution exists which requires immediate action. The emergency orders shall specify the time and place of hearing thereon, not more than 24 hours after service of the order on the persons affected thereby in the case of air pollution, and as soon as practicable but not more than 20 days after service of the order on the persons affected thereby in cases of water pollution. Before the close of the hearing, and not more than 24 hours after the commencement thereof, the board, in air pollution cases, shall affirm, modify or set aside the emergency order or issue a special order. In the case of water pollution the department shall modify or rescind the temporary emergency order or issue a special order after the close of the hearing.
NR 1.50(5) (5) Notices. All notices given by the department hereunder shall be served personally or by mail, and shall be deemed to have been served upon deposit in the United States mails addressed to the last known address of the person to whom addressed, with postage prepaid thereon. All petitions and notices to the department shall be served by delivery thereof to the Department of Natural Resources, 101 S. Webster St., Madison, Wisconsin 53703.
NR 1.50 History History: Cr. Register, February, 1971, No. 194, eff. 3-1-72; correction in (5) made under s. 13.93 (2m) (b) 6., Stats. Register, January, 1989, No. 397; correction in (5) made under s. 13.92 (4) (b) 6., Stats., Register January 2019 No. 757.
NR 1.51 NR 1.51 Management of state wildlife areas. Section 23.09 (2) (d) 3., Stats., provides legislative authority and direction for the acquisition and management of wildlife areas. The primary purpose as stated in this statute is to provide “areas in which any citizen may hunt, trap or fish." Section 23.11 (1), Stats., provides for the general care, protection and supervision of state lands. Section 23.30, Stats., deals with the provisions of the outdoor recreation program.
NR 1.51(1) (1)In order to fulfill the statutory charge of providing public hunting and trapping on wildlife areas, the quality of their wildlife habitat must be maintained or developed. However, this is not to be construed as authority for exclusive single-purpose management of entire properties. Wildlife habitat needs and public hunting objectives shall receive major consideration in management planning for wildlife areas; however, fishery, forestry, wild resource and outdoor recreational objectives will be accommodated when they are compatible and do not detract significantly from the primary objective.
NR 1.51(2) (2)The concept of a general user fee to fund operational activities on wildlife areas which require maintenance to keep them safe, functional and attractive is endorsed.
NR 1.51(3) (3)The following uses will be accommodated on wildlife areas in accord with the priorities and constraints of practical and scientific wildlife management principles and obligations:
NR 1.51(3)(a) (a) Public hunting and trapping. The primary use on all designated wildlife areas shall be hunting and trapping. Legislation and regulations are encouraged to limit numbers of participants utilizing state land where necessary to insure opportunities for a quality recreational experience. The use of closed areas and/or refuges is endorsed to provide wildlife with required sanctuary from hunting and to protect property.
NR 1.51(3)(b) (b) Scientific study. Relatively undisturbed biological systems on wildlife areas provide a unique opportunity for scientific research on natural or near-natural systems. Since a thorough knowledge of wildlife ecology is the basis of a sound wildlife management program, the designation of suitable tracts as scientific areas is encouraged.
NR 1.51(3)(c) (c) Compatible open-space uses. Open-space pedestrian uses, including hiking, nature study, wildlife viewing and cross-country skiing are generally compatible with the primary purpose of wildlife areas. These activities will be accommodated but may have to be limited in time and location to avoid interference with wildlife production or survival and public hunting or trapping.
NR 1.51(3)(d) (d) Camping. Limited primitive camping may be permitted on wildlife areas. Camping should not be encouraged nor will developments be undertaken to service campers except at locations designated in the property master plan.
NR 1.51(3)(e) (e) Off-road vehicles. Unrestricted use of off-road vehicles, including snowmobiles, will not be permitted on wildlife areas. Agreements may be made with counties, other municipalities, or private clubs for the use and maintenance of designated trails or areas where such use will not be detrimental to wildlife or conflict with public hunting.
NR 1.51(3)(f) (f) Horses. Indiscriminate horseback riding will not be permitted on wildlife areas. Use of horses may be permitted on designated trail systems, specific dog trial and training areas and in other areas where such use will not unduly damage wildlife habitat or conflict with wildlife production and public hunting.
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