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June 19, 2012

GRANTSBURG, Wis. - Improvements and lengthening of the trail system for hiking, horseback riding, and cross country skiing; upgrades to an existing 32-mile snowmobile trail; a new group equestrian campground; and improvements to existing campgrounds, including the addition of electricity and showers, are among the changes proposed in a draft master plan for Governor Knowles State Forest.

The plan also identifies 10 areas, totaling 7,989 acres, under consideration for boundary expansion to meet ecological, economic and social benefits of the 38,000-acre forest located in Burnett and Polk counties in northwestern Wisconsin.

Master plans guide management activity on Department of Natural Resource's owned lands and are updated every 15 years. The plans address state forest management, recreation, and boundary expansion areas for consideration as part of sustainable forestry.

The public will have an opportunity to review and comment on the Draft Master Plan for the Governor Knowles State Forest at a June 25 open house meeting. The open house event will take place from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Crex Meadows Wildlife Education and Visitor Center, 102 East Crex Avenue, Grantsburg.

People can also provide comments on the plan either online or by regular mail. The draft master plan and environmental analysis are available by searching the DNR website for "master planning" and clicking on the link for Governor Knowles State Forest. The page includes an on-line comment form. Comments on the plan will be accepted through July 13, 2012.

Established in 1970 as the St. Croix River State Forest, the forest was re-designated the Governor Knowles State Forest in 1981 to recognize former Governor Warren P. Knowles for his administration's progress in conservation.

Originally designated to protect the St. Croix River, the forest is long and narrow, with most of the 55 mile length of the property lying along the St. Croix National Scenic Riverwa, which is managed by the National Park Service. Governor Knowles State Forest contains a diverse group of natural communities and habitats and is a popular destination for horseback riders, hunters, hikers, and canoeists and kayakers who come to enjoy the St. Croix River.

For information or to obtain a printed documents people can contact Bob Dall, DNR, 107 Sutliff Avenue, Rhinelander, WI 54501 (715) 365-8993,


Last Revised: Tuesday, June 19, 2012

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