July 21, 2015
MADISON - The public comment period regarding draft guidance for evaluating motorized use on department roads has been extended through July 31, and those with an interest in how the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources determines which roads are closed or open for motorized use are encouraged to provide feedback.
It is important to remember that the department is not currently seeking comments regarding property-specific roads or those in favor or opposition to motorized use on certain properties. Rather, comments should directly address current draft guidance [PDF], and will help determine the criteria and decision making processes used to evaluate roads on department property.
Current draft guidance is the result of statute finalized within the 2013-15 state budget, and will not require Natural Resources Board approval. When guidance has been approved, road designations will be considered a master plan change and will be open for public comment and will require board approval.
After program guidance is finalized through this public input opportunity, additional public input at a future date will gather feedback for each property where motorized access is evaluated. After a property has been evaluated, maps will designate which roads are open to the public for motorized use and will determine when each road is open or closed for such use.
Those interested in receiving email updates regarding the motorized access planning project can sign up to receive email messages regarding property info and other information. Visit the DNR website, dnr.wi.gov, and click on the email icon near the bottom of the page for "subscribe for updates for DNR topics," then follow the prompts and select "motorized road access planning," found within the property master planning list.
For more information regarding motorized road access on department-owned lands, search keywords "motorized road access."
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Aaron Buchholz, DNR land program manager, 920-662-5115