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Completed plans
establishing goals and objectives for DNR properties.
Plan reports
monitoring goals and objectives.
Feasibility studies
studying new properties.
Public lands
parks, forests, wildlife, fisheries, natural areas, trails, wild rivers and flowages.
Contact information
For information on master planning, contact:
Diane Brusoe
Master planning section chief
608-267-7469

Property Master PlansTier 3 Management Plans

Property master planning is a process used to determine how a property will be managed and developed. Since not all DNR properties require the same level or type of planning, a three-tiered planning system has been developed. Properties in the Tier 3 planning group are typically smaller, with a single focus, such as natural areas, wildlife and fishery remnant areas, boat access sites and administrative facilities. Tier 3 Management Plans will help guide property management and development for the current property manager and ensure the consistent management of the property over time as managers change.

Baileys Harbor Boreal Forest and Wetlands

Baileys Harbor Boreal Forest and Wetlands State Natural Area. Photo by Thomas Meyer.

Forest Exploration Center Management Plan: Is available for public comment from June 6th until June 27th, 2017".

FEC documents [PDF]

General comments on the process can be directed to Shelley Warwick, Planner shelley.warwick@Wisconsin.gov (608) 630-0180 or property specific comments to Michael Sieger, Forester, Michael.sieger@wisconsin.gov (262) 594-6209.


Background information

The DNR has developed management plans for 12 State Natural Areas (SNA) located in Brown, Columbia, Door and Sauk counties. The 12 SNAs currently comprise 2,286 acres of DNR fee title ownership, and are open to the public for hiking, cross-country skiing, hunting, fishing , trapping, nature study and other compatible nature-based activities. These natural areas were identified for Tier 3 management plans because they are smaller in size (ranging from 34 to 499 acres), have little infrastructure, and have narrowly-defined property objectives and goals. The purpose of SNAs is to protect outstanding examples of Wisconsin's native landscapes, significant geological formations, and archeological sites. They also provide habitat for rare, nongame, and game species and provide unique recreational opportunities.

How to submit comments and deadlines

The initial comment period for the plans below has ended. The plans will go before the Natural Resources Board (NRB) on Wednesday, May 24, 2017 for approval. The public is welcome to attend, testify or submit written comments about issues that come before the NRB. See complete information on public participation at Board meetings at http://dnr.wi.gov/about/nrb/public.html.

Documents

Draft plans

2017 Tier 3 State Natural Area Management Plans - with summary comments
County State Natural Area Management Plans
Brown Red Banks Alvar State Natural Area Management Plan [PDF]
Columbia Lost Lake State Natural Area Management Plan [PDF]
Door Baileys Harbor Boreal Forest and Wetlands State Natural Area Management Plan [PDF]
Door Big and Little Marsh State Natural Area Management Plan [PDF]
Door Cave Point-Clay Banks (Shivering Sands Unit) State Natural Area Management Plan [PDF]
Door Coffey Swamp State Natural Area Management Plan [PDF]
Door Moonlight Bay Bedrock Beach State Natural Area Management Plan [PDF]
Door Thorp Pond State Natural Area Management Plan [PDF]
Sauk Cady's Marsh State Natural Area Management Plan [PDF]
Sauk Lower Narrows State Natural Area Management Plan [PDF]
Sauk McGilvra Woods State Natural Area Management Plan [PDF]
Sauk Pewits Nest State Natural Area Management Plan [PDF]

Please note that the information regarding rare species and cultural resources that are contained Appendix A and Appendix B are considered sensitive NHI data and are exempt from the Wisconsin Open Records Law.

Contact

For general questions regarding SNA management plans, please contact:

Thomas Meyer, conservation biologist
608-266-0394

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Last revised: Monday June 05 2017