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 the Green Bay Planning Group master plan, contact:
Yoyi Steele
John Huff
Area Wildlife Supervisor

Property Master PlansGreen Bay Planning Group

The Green Bay Planning Group (GBPG) includes 12 properties and other DNR-owned parcels totaling about 10,800 acres located along the west shore of Green Bay in Brown, Oconto and Marinette counties. These properties include: the Green Bay West Shore Wildlife Area, which is comprised of 11 separate units and also includes three embedded State Natural Areas; a stand-alone State Natural Area, Bloch Oxbow; a large state gift lands parcel known as the Badger Gift Lands; and various other scattered fishery and wildlife habitat area parcels.

Green Bay West Shores Wildlife Area

Green Bay West Shores Wildlife Area, © Robert Howe.

These properties contain ecologically and recreationally significant coastal wetlands, rivers and streams, shrub swamps and bottomland forests that provide habitat for many wildlife species, including migrating birds such as waterfowl, rails, herons, raptors and songbirds and spawning areas for fish such as Northern pike and lake sturgeon.

Master planning update

The GBPG Draft Master Plan and Environmental Assessment is ready for public review. Over the past several months, the Department has considered future direction for land and recreation management for the GBPG. The discussions included an interdisciplinary team of land managers, resource specialists, and planning staff. The resulting Draft Master Plan and Environmental Assessment describes the proposed future land management strategies and recreational opportunities for the Department-owned properties within the plan area.

You can access copies of the draft plan and executive summary under "Planning documents," below (see the "Maps" tab for associated maps).

Provide your comments

We welcome your feedback! You are invited to a public meeting to learn more about the draft plan and provide your input. Staff will be available at the public meetings to answer your questions, provide information, and accept your comments.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014 from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Oconto High School auditorium

You can also fill out and submit a comment form online or print and send a comment form. The comment period is open through Friday, February 28, 2014.

Vision and goals

Vision and goals

Vision: The Green Bay Planning Group properties will provide high-quality habitats for diverse wildlife and fish species and high-quality outdoor, nature-based recreational opportunities in lightly developed settings for current and future users. These opportunities will be provided within a matrix of diverse coastal wetland and upland communities, including emergent marshes, rivers and streams, shrub swamps, and both bottomland and upland hardwood forests. Natural communities will be managed sustainably for ecological benefit and user enjoyment in a manner consistent with their statutory designations and ecological capabilities. Management of these properties will be directed at maintaining the ecological integrity of the shore zone, recognizing that the interplay between terrestrial and aquatic habitats in this area is vitally important to the health of the Green Bay ecosystem.

We will accomplish this vision by working toward 6 major goals:

  • Goal 1: Manage for a variety of high-quality coastal wetland and associated upland habitats, including emergent marshes, sedge meadows, shrub swamps, lowland hardwoods, aquatic habitats, aspen, oak, upland hardwoods and grasslands.
  • Goal 2: Provide recreational opportunities for hunting, fishing, trapping, paddling, bird watching, wildlife viewing, nature study or enjoyment, and other compatible nature-based outdoor pursuits, with an emphasis on non-motorized recreation.
  • Goal 3: Promote quality habitat for desirable game and non-game species, including rare and special concern species.
  • Goal 4: Protect, enhance, and restore spawning habitat for native fish.
  • Goal 5: Manage habitats on the properties to maintain and enhance their importance as migratory bird stopover sites.
  • Goal 6: Maintain and enhance connectivity between terrestrial and aquatic communities in the coastal zone.



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:

Yoyi Steele, Planner
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
PO Box 7921
Madison WI 53707-7921

John Huff, Area Wildlife Supervisor
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
101 N Ogden Road, Suite A
Peshtigo WI 54157-1734

Last revised: Friday January 10 2014