August 21, 2012
MADISON - The Department of Natural Resources is inviting the public to attend a Sept. 5 open house to discuss the draft master plan for 19 state-owned wildlife and fishery properties in Columbia County.
The open house is set from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Resident Center at the Mackenzie Environmental Education Center (W7303 County Road CS) located on the Poynette Game Farm. There will be a short informational presentation about the highlights of the draft plan and planning process between 6:15 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
Citizens also may submit comments on the draft master plan through Sept. 21.
The 19 properties cover more than 24,000 acres, mostly within Columbia County. Portions of the properties, listed below, also lie within Dane, Marquette and Sauk counties.
These public properties provide high quality recreational experiences for a wide variety of users from Columbia County and the region. They also provide a diverse array of habitats for fish, game animals and rare species. These habitats include wetlands, grasslands, forests, trout streams and warmwater lakes and rivers. Six state natural areas are also located on these properties.
The Wildlife Areas are French Creek, Savanna, Lodi Marsh, Mud Lake, Paradise Marsh, Petter Hellend, Pine Island, Swan Lake, Grassy Lake, and Jennings Creek. The Fisheries areas involved in the master planning effort are Rocky Run, Rowan Creek, Hinkson Creek, Lodi Spring Creek and Roelke Creek. The public hunting grounds in the proposed master plan are Columbus, Dekorra, Hampden and Duck Creek, and the Rocky Run Oak State Natural Area is also included.
The draft master plan, maps and background property information can be viewed at DNR's Columbia County Planning Group of wildlife, fishery and natural areas master planning web page.
These materials are also available for public viewing and comments during office hours at the Poynette Game Farm office, the Natural Resources Building (Facilities and Lands Program (6th Floor) at 101 S. Webster Street in Madison, and the Southern Regional Headquarters at 3911 Fish Hatchery Road in Fitchburg. Additional copies will be provided to public libraries throughout Columbia County.
Public input is welcome at the open house meeting, by email, calling or letter through Sept. 21, 2012, to the people listed on the contacts tab of DNR's Columbia County Planning Group of wildlife, fishery and natural areas master planning web page.
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Ed Jepsen, 608-266-3568