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Public comments sought on final draft master plan revision for Brule River State Forest

Published by Central Office July 25, 2017

Contact(s): David Schulz, david.schulz@wisconsin.gov, 715-372-5678

BRULE, Wis. -- The public has a final opportunity to review and comment on proposed revisions to the master plan for the Brule River State Forest that proposes additional recreational opportunities for the property.

"Following a thorough assessment and public review of the previous master plan completed in 2002, the proposed plan revisions are intended to accommodate new recreational uses to meet increased public interests and demands," said Dave Schulz, forest superintendent. "In order to maintain the revered character of 'the Brule,' and the integrity of its abundant resources, the proposed master plan revisions are balanced and are very minor in scope and relatively conservative."

Plan revisions include additional remote campsites along Lake Superior and the Brule River.
Plan revisions include additional remote campsites along Lake Superior and the Brule River.
Photo Credit: DNR

Plan revisions include expanding the popular Afterhours ski area, including additional miles and developments, additional remote campsites along Lake Superior and the Brule River, and a small number of electric campsites. No changes to the project boundary are proposed and users indicated there is a good balance of existing open and closed roads for access and use.

The revised draft Brule River State Forest master plan and associated documents are available for review on the Department of Natural Resources website by searching keywords "master planning," and clicking on the link for Brule River State Forest. The documents will also be available during a public open office scheduled at Brule River State Forest Ranger Station, 6250 South Ranger Road, Brule, on August 2, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and August 3 from 2 to 8 p.m.

A 21-day public comment period runs from July 25 to August 14, 2017. People can submit comments online, by email or by U.S. Postal Service mail. Contact information is available on the Brule River State Forest master planning web page.

Wisconsin administrative code requires the department to review each master plan every 15 years to determine if any changes should be made. The Brule River State Forest master plan review began in 2016 with an analysis of current conditions, changes in recreation interests and trends, and updated resource inventories.

The public had opportunities to review and comment on proposed plan revisions during public comment periods held from Oct. 19 to Nov. 30, 2016 and from Feb. 10 to March 20, 2017. During the review period a land management classification variance was also completed as part of a larger Northern State Forest statutory requirement.

Following this final public review of the Brule River State Forest Master Plan a draft revised master plan will be presented to the state Natural Resources Board for consideration and approval.

For more information about the forest, search the DNR website for keywords "Brule River."

Last Revised: Tuesday, July 25, 2017

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