Tuesday, December 22, 2009

DNR offices closed for Holidays and furlough day

MADISON – State offices, including all Department of Natural Resources offices and the DNR customer call center, will be closed for Christmas Eve and Christmas, Dec. 24 and 25, and New Year’s Eve and New Years, Dec. 31 and Jan. 1.

In addition, DNR offices will be closed Monday, Dec. 28 for an agency-wide furlough day as part of state government cost-cutting measures. However, DNR’s call center will be open on the 28th and available to help customers.

Key DNR services will be maintained. State conservation wardens will be on duty, and state parks, forests and trails will be open and staffed as necessary.

People who need to buy a license or get a question answered will have these DNR resources available:
  1. Questions on rules, regulations, or other DNR program, can be directed to the toll free DNR call center available seven days a week, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. at 1-888-WDNRInfo [1-888-936-7463,] with Hmong and Spanish service also offered. The center will be closed Dec. 24, 25, 31 and Jan. 1.
  2. Customers can visit the DNR Web site dnr.wi.gov or call 1-877-945-4236 24/7 to buy a license. Phone callers can, for example, order a fishing license, get a confirmation number, and head out fishing right away.
  3. Live on-line chats are available on the DNR Web site 7 a.m. until 9:45 p.m. all days except Dec. 24, 25, 31 and Jan. 1.
  4. And DNR partners with more than 1,400 retail stores offering convenient service and hours for purchasing hunting and fishing licenses. A list of agents at other locations is available on the DNR Web site.

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