Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Open Houses set for Flambeau River State Forest Master Plan

News Release Published: September 23, 2008 by the Northern Region

Contact(s): Jim Halvorson (715) 332-5271

WINTER - Two Open Houses will provide the public with an opportunity to comment and provide input on the Master Plan for the Flambeau River State Forest. Master Plans guide management activity on Department of Natural Resource's owned lands and are up dated every 10 years.

The events take place on Friday, September 26 at the Park Falls City Hall, 400 Fourth Ave. South (Hwy 13), Park Falls from 3 p.m. to 7 and on Saturday, September 27, at the Big Bear Lodge Restaurant, W1614 Hwy. W (across from the State Forest Headquarters), Winter from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Food will be provided.

Anyone can provide comments on the plan either online, in writing by mail or during the public meetings. The comment deadline is November 14, 2008. A copy of the forest's "Regional and Property Analysis" can be found on the Flambeau River State Forest Master Planning page of the DNR Web site. Person can also contact the forest superintendent: Jim Halvorson, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, W1613 Cty Rd. W, Winter, WI. 54896-7501, (715) 332-5271, james.halvorson@wisconsin.gov.

The Flambeau River State Forest in Sawyer and Rusk counties was established in 1930. Beginning with 3,600 acres in public ownership, the forest has since grown to include 90,000 acres. Northern hardwood species such as sugar maple, red maple, yellow birch and white ash dominate the forest, which creates a spectacular fall display. The North and South Forks of the Flambeau River combine within the forest to provide over 75 miles of nearly uninterrupted natural beauty and whitewater excitement.