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Public meetings rescheduled for Superior Coastal Plain, Northwest Sands, and Northwest Lowlands Ecological Landscape regional master plans

Contact(s): Phil Rynish, DNR property planner, 608-266-5854 or Paul Holtan, DNR Office of Communications, 608-267-7517
April 10, 2018

Public comment period open through May 3

ASHLAND, Wis. - Two upcoming open houses will focus on regional master planning process for properties located in three Ecological Landscapes: Superior Coastal Plain, Northwest Sands, and Northwest Lowlands. These three landscapes include portions of Polk, Burnett, Washburn, Sawyer, Douglas, Bayfield, Ashland, and Iron Counties. These open houses were previously noticed but had to be rescheduled due to snow storms earlier this month.

The properties in this planning effort are important recreation destinations. The popular Copper Falls, Big Bay, Pattison, and Amnicon Falls state parks will all have their master plans updated.

People can learn more about and engage in the planning process online by searching the DNR website,, for keywords "master planning" and selecting the ecological landscape that interests them (Superior Coastal Plain, Northwest Sands, Northwest Lowlands). In addition to opportunities to learn more about the landscapes and department properties within them, there is a questionnaire on the web pages for the public to offer their input on the planning and management of the properties.

The public meetings will run from 5 to 7 p.m. and will be held:

In addition to the opportunities to offer input online or at public meetings, people may contact DNR Planner Phil Rynish, by email at, phone at 608-266-5854, or US mail at Phil Rynish, Wisconsin DNR, P.O. Box 7921, Madison, WI, 53707-7921. The public comment period for this first phase of planning is open through May 3, 2018.

Last Revised: Tuesday, April 10, 2018

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