April 9, 2013
MADISON - Anglers and others interested in fishing in the Driftless Area still have time to share their ideas to help guide state acquisition and development of land and public access along Wisconsin's trout and bass streams.
An online survey is available through April 29 for interested anglers and others to complete, says Paul Cunningham, the Department of Natural Resources fish specialist who co-leads the effort. The survey is available on the DNR website, dnr.wi.gov, by searching for "master planning" and clicking on the Driftless Area streams link.
Anglers and others can still take an online survey to guide public access, land management and acquisition in the Driftless Area. Here, people review maps at an informational meeting on the topic in Fitchburg.
"People who weren't able to attend the nine public meetings we had on this topic can still provide their ideas and perspectives through taking a 10-minute on-line survey," Cunningham says. "We want your ideas for managing lands along trout and bass streams, suggestions of where you'd like to see future public fishing opportunities, and any concerns you want us to take into consideration."
The online survey features questions about recreational use of DNR lands, current management approaches, why anglers choose a certain honey hole, and where DNR should focus future acquisition efforts.
The survey and public meetings are part of a long-term master planning process for more than 200 DNR properties in the Driftless Area. DNR currently owns about 28,000 acres in the Driftless Area and holds easements on more than 8,000 acres of land that allow anglers access to more than 300 streams.
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Paul Cunningham, 608-267-7502, John Pohlman, 608-264-6263, or Carolyn Betz, 608-266-2698