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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 road access plans, contact:
Aaron Buchholz
Program manager
920-662-5115

Property Master PlansMotorized road access planning

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources owns and maintains thousands of miles of roads on department property, and as a result of s. 23.116, Wis. Stats. [PDF], "The department shall inventory and map all roads that are located on each Department property. Each map shall designate which roads are open to the public for the use of motorized vehicles and shall state when each road is open or closed for such use."

Final program guidance

The public played a key role in creating guidance the department will use to inventory, evaluate and designate roads. See the final road access guidance.

The department is currently developing a comprehensive road inventory system for department roads - a number of considerations will be used to evaluate properties, including public feedback, visitor requests for access, operational feasibility, natural resource impacts and economic benefits.

Road access assessments and future use determinations will be included within the existing property-based master planning process. The property master plan process is the mechanism for the public and partners to engage in discussions about future use and development of road access on department properties. As motorized road access planning begins, the master planning page will house specific property-based information.

Public access lands atlas

The department's Public Access Lands atlas provides current maps for public lands throughout Wisconsin. As properties complete motorized access planning, new property maps within the atlas will reflect these updates.

Last revised: Wednesday May 18 2016