Ministry of Natural Resources: Seeking Public Comments for North Central Forest Regional Master Plan

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MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is seeking public comment today on the North Central Regional Master Plan for properties it manages in the North Central Forest Ecological Landscape. The initial public comment period is open until August 15, 2022.

The public can learn about – and share insights into – MNR’s regional master plan process for properties in the north central forest region through upcoming public open houses, the MNR website and participation forms. At the end of the comment period, ministry staff will summarize the comments received and post them on the project webpage.

The North Central Forest region includes portions of the following 20 counties: Ashland, Barron, Bayfield, Chippewa, Clark, Douglas, Florence, Forest, Iron, Langlade, Lincoln, Marinette, Oconto, Oneida, Price, Rusk, Sawyer, Taylor , Vilas and Washburn. DNR properties in the region include state parks, trails, nature areas, wildlife areas, fishing areas, and state forests. This regional plan also includes the Turtle Flambeau Scenic Waters Area, Brunet Island State Park, Kimberly Clark Wildlife Area, and Upper Wolf River Fishing Area.

A regional master plan, guided by Chapter NR 44 of the Wisconsin Administrative Code (NR 44), establishes the level and type of resource management and public use permitted on properties managed by the department. As part of the regional master plan process, ministry staff will develop a plan for ministry properties located in the region.

Most of the lands managed by MNR in this area will be subject to new master plans developed through this planning process. Existing plans for properties in the area that are already Chapter NR 44 compliant will be referenced during the planning process. MNR will assess whether any updates are required to these existing plans. MNR will include any necessary updates in the regional plan that will be developed.

Members of the public are invited to learn more about the North Central Forest Region, participate in MNR’s planning process, and share their thoughts on the future use and management of MNR properties in the region by visiting the MNR North Central Forest Regional Master Plan Webpage or by attending a public open house hosted by the department.

In addition to attending a public meeting, the public is encouraged to submit comments and questions through the MNR Online Public Participation Forma downloadable paper entry form, or by mail, e-mail or telephone in the United States. Submit your comments by August 15 to:

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources c/o Savannah Ernzen, DNR property planner PO Box 7921 Madison, WI 53707-7921 [email protected] or 608-381-4336

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