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November 23, 2010

GRANTSBURG, Wis. - The public will have an opportunity to review and comment on the plans for the future management of the Governor Knowles State Forest at an upcoming open house. This is the first step in the process to get public input on a revision to the forest master plan.

Governor Knowles State Forest, in Burnett and Polk counties, is known for its relationship with the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway, which provides protection for the river corridor. The forest is 55 miles long, up to 2 miles wide, and encompasses 32,500 acres.

The forest includes six state natural areas and is a destination for horseback riding, hunting, fishing, camping, canoeing and kayaking, wildlife viewing, hiking, cross-country skiing, and snowmobiling. More than 100,000 acres of county forests and two large wildlife areas, the Fish Lake Wildlife Area and Crex Meadow Wildlife Area, border the state forest.

Master plans guide management on Department of Natural Resources-owned lands and are updated every 15 years.

"The department is eager to work with citizens to protect and sustainably manage the forest for present and future generations," says Bob Dall, state forest associate. "We will consider ecological, economic and social aspects of forest management."

The open house will be held Saturday, Dec. 4, from 2 to 6 p.m., at the Crex Meadows Wildlife Education and Visitor Center, 102 E Crex Ave., Grantsburg.

People can provide comments at the public meeting, online, or by U.S. mail. The public comment period is from Nov. 19 to Dec. 19, 2010. The Regional and Property Analysis, Draft Vision and Goals Statements, and an on-line questionnaire/comment form area available on the Governor Knowles State Forest master planning page of the DNR website. For information or to obtain paper copies of documents people can contact Forest Superintendent, Dan Thill, DNR, 325 St. Rd. 70W, Grantsburg, WI 58840-0367 (715) 463-2898

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Dan Thill, (715) 463-2898

Last Revised: Tuesday, November 23, 2010

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