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23.13 History History: 1971 c. 164; 1991 a. 316.
23.135 23.135 Forest land inventory and report.
23.135(1) (1) In this section, "state forest land" means any parcel of 10 or more contiguous acres of forested land owned by this state and under the jurisdiction of the department.
23.135(2) (2) The department shall undertake and maintain a current inventory of state forest lands. The inventory shall specify the condition of the forest resources in state forest lands.
23.135(3) (3) If the department prohibits the use of timber harvesting on any state forest land, the department shall prepare a report that contains a projection of the long-term forest health effects, a projection of the economic effects, and a projection of the public benefits that result from that prohibition.
23.135(4) (4)
23.135(4)(a)(a) Except as provided in par. (b), if the department is required to prepare a report under sub. (3) for any state forest land, the department shall prepare that report by January 1, 2010, and every 15 years thereafter.
23.135(4)(b) (b) If the department is required to prepare a report under sub. (3) for any state forest land for which a master plan has not been approved, the department shall prepare that report upon approval of the master plan and every 15 years thereafter.
23.135(5) (5) The department shall submit the report required under sub. (3) to the council on forestry and to the appropriate standing committee in each house of the legislature under s. 13.172 (3).
23.135 History History: 2005 a. 166.
23.14 23.14 Approval required before new lands acquired. Prior to the initial acquisition of any lands by the department after July 1, 1977, for any new facility or project, the proposed initial acquisition shall be submitted to the governor for his or her approval. New facilities or projects include, without limitation because of enumeration, state parks, state forests, recreation areas, public shooting, trapping or fishing grounds or waters, fish hatcheries, game farms, forest nurseries, experimental stations, endangered species preservation areas, picnic and camping grounds, hiking trails, cross-country ski trails, bridle trails, nature trails, bicycle trails, snowmobile trails, youth camps, land in the lower Wisconsin state riverway as defined in s. 30.40 (15), natural areas and wild rivers.
23.145 23.145 Certain land sales required.
23.145(1) (1) The natural resources board shall on or before June 30, 2017, offer for sale at least 10,000 acres of land owned by the state, under the jurisdiction of the department, and outside of project boundaries that were established by the department on or before May 1, 2013.
23.145(2) (2) If there is any outstanding public debt used to finance the acquisition of any land that is sold under sub. (1), the department shall deposit a sufficient amount of the net proceeds from the sale of the land in the bond security and redemption fund under s. 18.09 to repay the principal and pay the interest on the debt, and any premium due upon refunding any of the debt. If there is any outstanding public debt used to finance the acquisition of any land that is sold under sub. (1), the department shall then provide a sufficient amount of the net proceeds from the sale of the land for the costs of maintaining federal tax law compliance applicable to the debt. If the land was acquired with federal financial assistance, the department shall pay to the federal government any of the net proceeds required by federal law. If the land was acquired by gift or grant or acquired with gift or grant funds, the department shall adhere to any restriction governing use of the proceeds. If there is no such debt outstanding, there are no moneys payable to the federal government, and there is no restriction governing use of the proceeds, and if the net proceeds exceed the amount required to be deposited, paid, or used for another purpose under this subsection, the department shall use the net proceeds or remaining net proceeds from the sale of land under sub. (1) to pay principal on outstanding public debt under the Warren Knowles-Gaylord Nelson stewardship 2000 program under s. 23.0917.
23.145 History History: 2013 a. 20.
23.146 23.146 Installation of telecommunications systems.
23.146(1)(1) In this section, "tower site" means a site on land under the management and control of the department and on which the department operates a radio tower or lookout tower.
23.146(2) (2) The department may enter into a lease of a tower site with a private person or a governmental entity for the purpose of installing a commercial or noncommercial telecommunications system. The lease may allow the owner or operator of the telecommunications system to provide telecommunications services to persons other than employees of a governmental entity.
23.146(3) (3)
23.146(3)(a)(a) The department may not charge a fee to lease a tower site if the purpose of the lease is to install a telecommunications system that is owned by this state.
23.146(3)(b) (b) The department may not charge a fee that exceeds $25 per month to lease a tower site if the purpose of the lease is to install a telecommunications system that is owned by a governmental entity other than this state.
23.146 History History: 2013 a. 27; 2013 a. 173 s. 32.
23.15 23.15 Sale of state-owned lands under the jurisdiction of the department of natural resources.
23.15(1) (1) The natural resources board may sell, at public or private sale, lands and structures owned by the state under the jurisdiction of the department of natural resources, except central or district office facilities, when the natural resources board determines that the lands are no longer necessary for the state's use for conservation purposes and, if real property, the real property is not the subject of a petition under s. 16.310 (2).
23.15(2) (2) Said natural resources board shall present to the governor a full and complete report of the lands to be sold, the reason for the sale, the price for which said lands should be sold together with an application for the sale of the same. The governor shall thereupon make such investigation as the governor deems necessary respecting said lands to be sold and approve or disapprove such application. If the governor shall approve the same, a permit shall be issued by the governor for such sale on the terms set forth in the application.
23.15(2m) (2m)
23.15(2m)(a)(a) Notwithstanding sub. (1), the natural resources board shall sell, at fair market value, land in the lower Wisconsin state riverway, as defined in s. 30.40 (15), that is not exempt under s. 30.48 (2) and that is acquired by the department after August 9, 1989, if all of the following conditions are met:
23.15(2m)(a)1. 1. The land was acquired for its scenic value to the lower Wisconsin state riverway and not for any other purpose.
23.15(2m)(a)2. 2. The land was not donated to the state.
23.15(2m)(a)3. 3. The sale of the land does not impair the scenic value of the lower Wisconsin state riverway.
23.15(2m)(a)4. 4. The department retains an easement and all other rights that are necessary to preserve the scenic value of the lower Wisconsin state riverway.
23.15(2m)(b) (b) Notwithstanding sub. (1), the natural resources board is not required to make a finding that land to be sold under par. (a) is no longer necessary for the state's use for conservation purposes.
23.15(2m)(c) (c) The procedure in sub. (2) does not apply to sales of land under this subsection.
23.15(3) (3) Upon completion of such sale, the chairperson and secretary of the natural resources board, or the secretary of natural resources, if the secretary is duly authorized by the natural resources board, shall execute such instruments as are necessary to transfer title and the natural resources board or its duly authorized agents shall deliver the same to the purchaser upon payment of the amount set forth in the application.
23.15(4) (4) Said natural resources board effecting the sale of any such lands and structures shall, upon receiving payment therefor, deposit the funds in the conservation fund to be used exclusively for the purpose of purchasing other areas of land for the creating and establishing of public hunting and fishing grounds, wildlife and fish refuges and state parks and for land in the lower Wisconsin state riverway as defined in s. 30.40 (15).
23.15(5) (5)
23.15(5)(a)(a) In this subsection, "surplus land" means land under the jurisdiction of the department which is unused and not needed for department operations or included in the department's plan for construction or development.
23.15(5)(b) (b) Biennially, beginning on January 1, 1984, the department shall submit to the state building commission and the joint committee on finance an inventory of surplus land containing the description, location and fair market value of each parcel.
23.15(6) (6) This section does not apply to property that is authorized to be sold under s. 16.848 or that is required to be sold or offered for sale under s. 23.145.
23.16 23.16 Periodicals.
23.16(1)(1) Publication. The department may produce, issue or reprint magazines or other periodicals on a periodic basis as it determines, pertaining to fish and game, forests, parks, environmental quality and other similar subjects of general information. The department may distribute its magazines and periodicals by subscription. The department shall charge a fee for any of its magazines or periodicals, except that no fee may be charged to a person who is provided a subscription to the Wisconsin Natural Resources Magazine under s. 29.235.
23.16(2) (2)Advertising. The department may advertise and sell advertising space in its magazines and other periodicals. The department may advertise or otherwise publicize its magazines and other periodicals. The advertising and publicizing shall be consistent with the goals, purposes and functions of the department.
23.16(3) (3)Subscriber lists. The department may refuse to reveal names, addresses, and electronic mail addresses of persons on any magazine or periodical subscriber list. The department may charge a fee to recover the actual costs for providing or for the use of any magazine or periodical subscriber list. No person who obtains or uses any magazine or periodical subscriber list from the department may refer to the department, the magazine, or the periodical as the source of names, addresses, or electronic mail addresses unless the person clearly states that the provision of, or permission to use, the subscriber list in no way indicates any of the following:
23.16(3)(a) (a) The department's involvement or connection with the person or the person's activities.
23.16(3)(b) (b) The department's knowledge, approval or authorization of the person's activities.
23.16(4) (4)Costs. Notwithstanding ss. 20.908 and 35.78 (2) the fee charged by the department in selling each of its magazines and periodicals shall be at least equal to the amount necessary to cover the production, storage, handling and distribution costs of each magazine and periodical.
23.16(5) (5)Use of moneys. The department shall use the moneys collected under this section for the costs specified in sub. (4). If the moneys collected under this section exceed the amount necessary for the costs specified in sub. (4), the department shall use the excess for educational and informational activities concerning conservation and the environment.
23.165 23.165 Promotional activities; other publications.
23.165(1)(1) Publications. The department may produce, issue, reprint and sell publications not published on a periodic basis that pertain to fish and game, forests, parks, environmental quality and other similar subjects of general information.
23.165(1m) (1m)Photographs, slides, videotapes, artwork. The department may produce, issue, reprint and sell photographs, slides, videotapes and artwork if they pertain to fish and game, forests, parks, environmental quality and other similar subjects of general information.
23.165(2) (2)Advertising space. The department may advertise and sell advertising space in its publications. Any advertising shall be consistent with the goals, purposes and functions of the department.
23.165(3) (3)Promotional activities. The department may promote, through the sale of merchandise or otherwise, advertise or otherwise publicize department programs, department publications, and all properties, lands, facilities, waterways, projects and other areas subject to the jurisdiction or control of the department. The promotion, advertising and publicizing shall be consistent with the goals, purposes and functions of the department.
23.165(4) (4)Subscriber lists. The department may refuse to reveal names, addresses, and electronic mail addresses of persons on any publication subscriber list. The department may charge a fee to recover the actual costs for providing or for the use of a publication subscriber list. No person who obtains or uses a publication subscriber list from the department may refer to the department or the publication as the source of names, addresses, or electronic mail addresses unless the person clearly states that the provision of, or permission to use, the subscriber list in no way indicates any of the following:
23.165(4)(a) (a) The department's involvement or connection with the person or the person's activities.
23.165(4)(b) (b) The department's knowledge, approval or authorization of the person's activities.
23.165(5) (5)Costs. Notwithstanding ss. 20.908 and 35.78 (2), any price set or fee charged by the department in selling a publication, photograph, slide, videotape, artwork or promotional merchandise shall be at least equal to the amount necessary to cover the production, promotional, storage, handling and distribution costs of the publication, photograph, slide, videotape, artwork or promotional merchandise.
23.165(5m) (5m)Use of moneys. The department shall use the moneys collected under this section for the costs specified in sub. (5). If the moneys collected under this section exceed the amount necessary for the costs specified in sub. (5), the department shall use the excess for educational and informational activities concerning conservation and the environment.
23.165(6) (6)Report to legislature. The department shall annually submit a report concerning the activities, receipts and disbursements under this section for the preceding fiscal year to the chief clerk of each house of the legislature for distribution to the appropriate standing committees under s. 13.172 (3).
23.165 History History: 1989 a. 31; 1991 a. 39; 1999 a. 88; 2007 a. 12.
23.167 23.167 Goals and accountability measures for economic development programs.
23.167(1) (1) In this section, "economic development program" means a program or activity having the primary purpose of encouraging the establishment and growth of business in this state, including the creation and retention of jobs, and that satisfies all of the following:
23.167(1)(a) (a) The program receives funding from the state or federal government that is allocated through an appropriation under ch. 20.
23.167(1)(b) (b) The program provides financial assistance, tax benefits, or direct services to specific industries, businesses, local governments, or organizations.
23.167(2) (2) The department, in consultation with the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, shall do all of the following for each economic development program administered by the department:
23.167(2)(a) (a) Establish clear and measurable goals for the program that are tied to statutory policy objectives.
23.167(2)(b) (b) Establish at least one quantifiable benchmark for each program goal described in par. (a).
23.167(2)(c) (c) Require that each recipient of a grant or loan under the program submit a report to the department. Each contract with a recipient of a grant or loan under the program shall specify the frequency and format of the report to be submitted to the department and the performance measures to be included in the report.
23.167(2)(d) (d) Establish a method for evaluating the projected results of the program with actual outcomes as determined by evaluating the information described in pars. (a) and (b).
23.167(2)(e) (e) Annually and independently verify, from a sample of grants and loans, the accuracy of the information required to be reported under par. (c).
23.167(2)(f) (f) Establish by rule a requirement that the recipient of a grant or loan under the program of at least $100,000 submit to the department a verified statement signed by both an independent certified public accountant licensed or certified under ch. 442 and the director or principal officer of the recipient to attest to the accuracy of the verified statement, and make available for inspection the documents supporting the verified statement. The department shall include the requirement established by rule under this paragraph in the contract entered into by a grant or loan recipient.
23.167(2)(g) (g) Establish by rule policies and procedures permitting the department to do all of the following if a recipient of a grant or loan or tax benefits under the program submits false or misleading information to the department or fails to comply with the terms of a contract entered into with the department under the program and fails to provide to the satisfaction of the department an explanation for the noncompliance:
23.167(2)(g)1. 1. Recoup payments made to the recipient.
23.167(2)(g)2. 2. Withhold payments to be made to the recipient.
23.167(2)(g)3. 3. Impose a forfeiture on the recipient.
23.167 History History: 2007 a. 125; 2011 a. 32.
23.169 23.169 Economic development assistance coordination and reporting.
23.169(1)(1) The department shall coordinate any economic development assistance with the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation.
23.169(2) (2) Annually, no later than October 1, the department shall submit to the joint legislative audit committee and to the appropriate standing committees of the legislature under s. 13.172 (3) a comprehensive report assessing economic development programs, as defined in s. 23.167 (1), administered by the department. The report shall include all of the information required under s. 238.07 (2). The department shall collaborate with the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation to make readily accessible to the public on an Internet-based system the information required under this section.
23.169 History History: 2007 a. 125; 2011 a. 32.
23.17 23.17 Ice age trail.
23.17(1)(1) Definition. In this section:
23.17(1)(a) (a) "Municipality" means a city, village, town, county or special purpose district.
23.17(1)(b) (b) "State agency" has the meaning designated under s. 16.01 (1).
23.17(2) (2)Designation. The ice age national scenic trail, as provided for in 16 USC 1244 (a) (10), plus the lands adjacent to each side of that trail designated by the department, is designated a state scenic trail, to be known as the "Ice Age Trail".
23.17(3) (3)Duties of the department. The department shall:
23.17(3)(a) (a) Encourage other state agencies, municipalities, organizations and individuals to participate in planning, establishing, developing and maintaining the ice age trail.
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2011-12 Wisconsin Statutes updated though 2013 Wis. Act 200 and all Supreme Court Orders entered before April 18, 2014. Published and certified under s. 35.18. Changes effective after April 18, 2014 are designated by NOTES. (Published 4-18-14)