Property Master PlanningNorthern Kettle Moraine wildlife, fishery and natural areas
The Northern Kettle Moraine master planning effort includes nine properties totaling about 16,400 acres. These properties lie predominately within Sheboygan, Washington, Fond du Lac and Ozaukee Counties, but portions lie in Dodge, Calumet and Manitowoc Counties. They provide diverse fish and game habitat in many high quality wetlands, grasslands, forests and warm/cold water streams, lakes, and rivers. state natural areas are located on these properties too.
Public comment will be welcome throughout the draft master planning process. Responses to all comments received during the comment periods will be posted on this web page and sent electronically to commenters.
The current public comment period on the Regional and Property Analysis is open through Friday, November 30. These comments will be summarized and a copy will be placed on this webpage in early December.
Two other formal comment opportunities will be provided when the draft master plan in released and when the Natural Resources Board receives the draft plan for it's approval in spring 2013.
The planning documents below are also available for public review during public hours at the Plymouth DNR office 1155 Pilgrim Road in Plymouth and at the Natural Resources Building (Facilities and Lands Program, 6th Floor) at 101 S. Webster Street in Madison. A copy of the draft plan will also be provided to the following public libraries:
- Campbellsport Public Library
- Cedarburg Public Library
- Kiel Public Library
- Mayville Public Library
- Plymouth Public Library
- Port Washington - W.J. Niederkorn Library
- Random Lake - Lakeview Community Library
- Sheboygan - Mead Public Library
- West Bend Community Memorial Library
Vision and goals
Vsion and goals
Vision: The Northern Kettle Moraine region properties will be managed to provide quality, traditional recreational experiences in lightly developed settings for a large and growing population in SE Wisconsin. These natural communities will be managed for user enjoyment consistent with the purpose and ecological capacity of these properties. The ecological diversity and quality of the rivers, streams, marshes, bogs, grasslands and forests will be maintained, and enhanced as practicable, for future generations. The most effective and sustainable habitat and fish and wildlife management efforts include citizens, private landowners, educational institutions and resource management agencies working together.
- Goal 1: Protect and enhance the natural communities through sound resource management to conserve biological diversity and associated wildlife, rare plants and animal species.
- Goal 2: Provide recreational and educational opportunities that are compatible and complementary with the natural environment including hunting, fishing, trapping, wildlife viewing, canoeing, boating, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and nature study.
- Goal 3: Develop programs and facilities that will enhance the natural and cultural resources and promote the sustainable use and enjoyment of these properties.
- Goal 4: Protect and enhance aquatic resources on these properties to maintain sustainable game fisheries with an emphasis on coldwater stream habitat to promote the natural reproduction of trout species.
- Goal 5: Protect, manage and enhance habitat on these properties to maintain their importance as migratory stopover areas.
- Goal 6: Protect and manage the natural communities and the natural features of Cedarburg Bog SNA that contribute to its status as a National Natural Landmark.
- Map A: Regional Locator and Public Lands
- Map B: Navigable Waters and Trails
- Map C Series: Conservation Opportunity Areas and Ecological Units
- Map D Series: Existing Vegetation Covertype
- Map E Series: Existing Facilities
- Map F Series: Public Lands
- Map G Series: Archaeology
Your comments are important so please consider coming to meetings, mailing in comments, or calling us. We welcome your feedback on the property management goals and master planning issues throughout the process. Please send comments or questions to:
Ed Jepsen, Planner
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
PO Box 7921
Madison WI 53707-7921
Dale Katsma, Area Wildlife Supervisor
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
1155 Pilgrim Road
Plymouth WI 53073