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September 18, 2012

Public Input Workshop scheduled for Sept. 26
to help guide Wisconsin and Michigan in planning and development

MADISON -- The public will have an opportunity provide input at an upcoming informational workshop on how a new recreational area along the Menominee River in northeastern Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan should be jointly managed by Wisconsin and Michigan.

The Menominee River State Recreation Area encompasses both sides of the Menominee River. Starting just down river from Niagara, Wis., this new recreation area provides more than 9,000 acres of public lands and access to 17 miles of river, offering premier outdoor recreation opportunities.

The Wisconsin and Michigan Departments of Natural Resources will hold a public workshop designed to provide input on the jointly managed area on Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012 from 6 to 8 p.m. Central Standard Time at the Auditorium of the Norway Public Schools, 300 Section St., Norway, Mich.

This concept of joint planning, development and management of a state recreation area is a unique opportunity for both states to benefit from a collaboration, said Jeff Prey, who is coordinating planning efforts for the Wisconsin DNR.

Michigan and Wisconsin DNR staff will be at the workshop to present information about this new recreation area, to outline the "Concept of Management," and to gather input from the public on what is significant about this property. Input from this workshop will be the first of many opportunities for the public to share and contribute toward the future of this exciting new park and partnership between the two states.

Future actions regarding the Menominee River State Recreation Area will be guided by a management plan that will set future development and management of the property.

Public input may also be provided at that Menominee River State Recreation Area master planning page of teh DNR website.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Jeff Prey, Wisconsin DNR 608-266-2182 or Paul Curtis, Michigan DNR 517-335-4832

Last Revised: Tuesday, September 18, 2012

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