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Public comment period opens for four Interim Forest Management Plans

By Central Office July 24, 2017

Contact(s): Contact(s): Shelley Warwick, Property Planner, 608-266-2698,

MADISON - Interim plans guiding the management of forest resources on four state-owned properties are now available for review and comment from July 24 through August 6, 2017. The interim plans will guide forest management on the properties until formal master plans are completed.

The Interim Forest Management Plans are important because they help department staff guide forest management on state properties in regards to ecological, economic and recreational considerations. The planning process also provides an opportunity for interested and affected stakeholders to have input on forest management, according to Shelley Warwick, property planner with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Bureau of Facilities and Lands in Madison.

The properties with interim forest management plans include Buffalo River State Trail, Governor Nelson State Park, Perrot State Park and Lake Evelyn State Natural Area.

"People want to know we are managing their lands well, and consumers increasingly prefer products from sustainably managed forests," Warwick said. The Wisconsin forest products industry is a $24.7 billion per year business that directly supports nearly 65,000 jobs.

A complete list of properties and the interim plans for these properties, as well as directions on how to submit comments can be found online on the DNR website by searching keyword "IFMP."

People can fill out an electronic survey to submit comments, or can download the form and mail it in. Comments, either electronic or written, are due by 4:30 p.m. on August 6, 2017.

Last Revised: Monday, July 24, 2017

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