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the DNR's draft EIS for the proposed Kohler golf course [PDF].
the Kohler Company's environmental impact report [PDF].

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Contact information
For information on the DNR's review of this project, contact:
Mike Thompson
Natural resources region program manager

Kohler golf course proposal

The Kohler Company has proposed construction of a golf course adjacent to Kohler-Andre State Park in the Town of Wilson, Sheboygan County. The proposed 18-hole golf course would be constructed on 247 acres owned by the Kohler Company. The project site is along the Lake Michigan shoreline in an undeveloped area known as the Black River Forest.

EIS process

The DNR prepared a draft environmental impact statement (EIS) for this proposed project. The draft EIS [PDF] informs decision-makers and the public about the anticipated effects of the proposed project and alternatives.

The public was invited to review and comment on the draft EIS between June 29 and August 26, 2016. The department also held a hearing on July 20, 2016. Thanks to all who reviewed the draft EIS, all who attended the hearing, and all who commented on the draft EIS!

The public comments received are available at the links below:

All comments received during the comment period will be considered in the preparation of the DNR's final EIS. The final EIS will also be announced on this web page when it's ready. The DNR does not have a specific date set for the final EIS.

The EIS does not include any approvals. Permit applications must follow separate prescribed legal processes.

Public scoping

Thanks to all who sent in comments to help the DNR determine the scope of the DNR's EIS. The public scoping comments we received are available at the links below.

Environmental impact report

The Kohler Company submitted an environmental impact report (EIR) [PDF] on April 15, 2015. The EIR is Kohler's description of their proposed project and their analysis of the potential environmental effects of the proposal. DNR responded to Kohler’s April 15, 2015, EIR in a letter [PDF] dated May 22, 2015. Kohler provided additional information to the DNR on August 3, 2015. The public copies of the EIR and additional information have been redacted to remove non-public biological information.

Additional information from Kohler:

Previously submitted wetland delineation reports from Kohler:

EIS process steps

The EIS process is outlined in Chapter NR 150, Wis. Adm. Code [exit DNR].

This EIS will follow these general steps.

  1. Scoping - defining the topics and information sources to be considered and the analytical methods to be employed.
  2. Information gathering and analysis.
  3. Draft EIS document preparation.
  4. Draft EIS public review - 30 day public comment period and hearing.
  5. Comment response - the department will consider all comments received, and may revise the analysis if warranted. < we are here
  6. Public notified when final EIS is complete and department has made a determination of compliance with the requirements of Chapter NR 150 of the Wisconsin Administrative Code, and section 1.11 of the Wisconsin Statutes.
  7. Final permit decisions can be made after the final EIS and determination.

Wetland permit application status

The Kohler Company submitted a wetland permit application to the department on March 8, 2017.

Wetland permitting documents

Master Plan Amendment

In 2015, DNR received a request from the Kohler Company that identified approximately five acres of Kohler- Andrae State Park lands to use in support of their proposed public golf course to be located to the north of the park. Specifically, Kohler proposed to construct and maintain the following on park lands: 1) a roadway and roundabout to access its lands; 2) utility access; and 3) a maintenance facility. In June 2017, the Natural Resources Board approved the department’s recommendation to initiate a master plan amendment process to consider these proposed changes.

Other DNR permitting & approval status

No other permits or approvals have been requested by the Kohler Company.

Contact information
For information on the DNR's review of this project, contact:
Mike Thompson
Natural resources region program manager
Media contact for this project:
Jim Dick
Communications Director
Last revised: Wednesday September 20 2017