DNR - Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

12/06/2018 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 12/07/2018 06:04

Three regional master plans in northwest Wisconsin available for public review

By Central Office December 6, 2018

Contact(s): Phil Rynish, DNR property planner, 608-266-5854, or Paul Holtan, DNR Office of Communications, 608-267-7517

Public open house meetings set for week of December 17

ASHLAND, Wis. - Three regional master plans covering the Northwest Sands, Northwest Lowlands, and Superior Coastal Plain property planning regions are now available for public review and comment through Jan. 6, 2019. The regions primarily consist of portions of Douglas, Bayfield, Ashland, Burnett, and Washburn counties with small portions in Polk, Iron and Sawyer counties.

The popular Copper Falls, Big Bay, Pattison, and Amnicon Falls state parks are included in the Superior Coastal Plain regional plan. Numerous properties with fishing and hunting opportunities, such as the Clam River Fishery Area and Beaver Brook Wildlife Area have management updates described in the Northwest Sands regional plan.

The draft regional master plans, including a plan overview, background materials and maps, are available through the DNR property planning web page. Visit the DNR website, dnr.wi.gov, and search keywords 'property planning' and select 'Superior Coastal Plain' or 'Northwest Sands' or 'Northwest Lowlands' on the map.

Master plans establish the level and type of resource management and public use allowed on DNR managed properties. Highlights of the three proposed regional plans include:

  • Enhancement to this regional ecotourism corridor through recreational opportunities that include: camping, waterfall viewing, multiple trail uses, hunting, fishing, trapping and wildlife viewing;
  • Opportunities for development of additional North Country National Scenic Trail segments. Mountain biking and other trail-based opportunities are also expanded;
  • Improved public access to fishery areas;
  • Opportunities to enjoy the unique scenery of the Lake Superior coast, the important interior rivers and prominent wetlands of the region;
  • Habitat management to protect the Lake Superior salmonid fisheries, one of the state's best cold-water fisheries, and protect the large number of migratory birds and other wildlife, including species that depend on Lake Superior's wetland coastal communities;
  • Habitat management to protect interior wildlife and fishery areas by keeping intact the ecology of the pine-oak barrens, dry forests, wetlands, inland lakes and important river corridors.

Two public open house meetings will be held in mid-December from 5-7 p.m.:

  • Monday, Dec. 17, Spooner at DNR Service Center, 810 W Maple St.
  • Tuesday, Dec. 18, Ashland at Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center, 29270 County Highway G
    • A presentation will take place from 5:30 - 5:45 at both meetings

Attendees will have an opportunity to review copies of the draft master plans, discuss the plans with department staff, and submit comments.

Comments may also be submitted online through a form found on the DNR master planning web page - dnr.wi.gov; search keyword 'property planning,' then select the region of interest on the map. Additionally, comments may be sent to Phil Rynish, by mail at Wisconsin Dept. of Natural Resources, 101 S. Webster Street - LF/6 Madison WI 53707, via email at [email protected]

Draft plans and online background materials may also be viewed at the following locations:

  • Spooner DNR Service Center
  • Superior DNR Service Center
  • Ashland DNR Service Center

Comments will be accepted through Jan. 6, 2019. The draft plans will be revised as needed and approved by the Natural Resources Board at a future meeting.

Last Revised: Thursday, December 06, 2018