- Contact information
- For more information, contact:
- Wisconsin State Trails
Governor's Wisconsin State Trails Council
The State Trails Council was created by statute 15.347(16) in 1989. The council provides advice and consultation to the Department of Natural Resources on the planning, acquisition, development and management of trails in Wisconsin. The council represents trail users in Wisconsin, which includes more than half of the state's residents. The council is also responsible for providing counsel in administering Federal Recreational Trails Program funds. The council serves as Wisconsin's state recreational trail advisory committee for Recreational Trails Program, necessary for Wisconsin to participate in the program.
The council is an independent forum for finding solutions to trail problems for both motorized and non-motorized groups and is a statewide advocate for public/private cooperation in funding and management of trail systems. Wisconsin is a national leader in creating partnerships that provide for state ownership coupled with county management of trails.
The State Trails Council is comprised of eleven voting members appointed by the governor to four-year terms who engage in one or more of the various recreational uses of trails. Non-voting council members are selected to the council as needed. All council members must be knowledgeable in various recreational uses of trails and serve as an advocate for trails. The structure of the council is based on recommendations made to it in 2010 and is biennially reviewed by the council.
Members of the State Trails Council may represent the STC on issues upon endorsement of the council, usually as a result of a discussion of the council as a whole.
|Voting member positions||Filled by|
|Off-highway motorcycles||Bryan Much (Chair)|
|Off-road bicycles/mountain bikes||John Siegert (Vice chair)|
|4-wheel drive vehicles||Luana Schneider (Secretary)|
|Non-motorized water trails||Phil Johnsrud|
|Off-road vehicles||Randy Harden|
|Cross-country skiing||Mike McFadzen|
|Bicycle touring/rail trail bicycling/road bicycling||Robbie Webber|
|Boards and small wheels||James White|
|Non-voting, advisory member positions||Filled by|
|Wisconsin Department of Tourism||Skip Maletzke|
|Wisconsin Department of Transportation||Leif Hubbard|
The public may apply for an open seat on the council. If you would like to apply to be recommended for appointment to the council, please fill out the State Trails Council application.
- State Trails Council application You can print off and mail in to the address on the application.
- Council position description
- Application process
Public comment. The public may submit comments in writing to the State Trails Council at any time. Council members may be contacted directly. Comments may also be submitted to the department for distribution to the State Trails Council. Additionally, public comment will be taken in person at the end of each face to face (non-teleconference) meeting.
Public appearance. (Speaking on specific items that are on the current council agenda for consideration). Public appearances are made after an agenda item has been presented by the council. Council members may wish to discuss the content of their appearance presentation with citizens. Requests for public appearance for an agenda item may be made regardless of whether the meeting is face to face or is being held via teleconference. So that accommodations may be made, requests for public appearance must be submitted at least 10 calendar days before the scheduled meeting. Public appearance requests may only be made for a specific agenda item.
Bringing an issue to the council for consideration. The public may make a request for appearance to bring an issue to the council. Requests should be made to the council chairperson no later than 10 calendar days prior to the meetings and should outline the reasons for the request including the subject matter to be discussed and recommendations to be made. Those requesting an appearance will be requested to provide council members with copies of written materials to be presented or a written statement of a position.
- Issues may be submitted via email to the State Trails Council. Please include your name, contact information, description of the issue and the action requested of the council.
Attendees who require assistance to participate in State Trails Council meetings should contact the department at least seven days prior to the scheduled meeting date; email: Wisconsin State Trails, Phone: 608-261-4933.
- Tuesday, January 12, 2016 – Via teleconference (public participation in room 613 of the State Natural Resources Building (GEF 2) 101 S. Webster St., Madison; conference room 1 in the DNR Service Center 107 Sutliff Ave. Rhinelander), 10 a.m. to noon. Meeting minutes (DRAFT) .
- Friday, April 29, 2016 – Location TBD, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Friday, August 12, 2016 – Location TBD, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Thursday, November 10, 2016 – Location TBD, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.