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PUBLIC INPUT SOUGHT ON ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW FOR PROPOSED KOHLER GOLF COURSE

June 23, 2015

Comments from July meeting will be used to inform development of environmental impact statement

SHEBOYGAN, Wis. -- The public will have an opportunity to provide input to help determine the scope of an environmental impact statement for a Kohler golf course proposed to be developed in the Town of Wilson, Sheboygan County at an upcoming public meeting and during a public comment period.

The proposed 18-hole golf course would be constructed on 247 acres owned by the Kohler Company and 4 acres of easement from Kohler-Andrae State Park. The project site is along the Lake Michigan shoreline in an undeveloped area known as the Black River Forest.

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources will hold a public scoping meeting on Tuesday, July 14, 2015, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the UW-Sheboygan Theatre, Room 7114, 1 University Dr., Sheboygan.

The meeting will begin with a brief overview of the environmental impact statement process. Any interested individuals at the meeting will then have the opportunity to identify topics to be addressed in the statement. Department staff will be on hand to receive written or oral comments.

People may also submit comments through July 24, 2015 on topics to be addressed in the environmental impact statement. Comments can be mailed to Jay Schiefelbein at DNR, 2984 Shawano Avenue , Green Bay, WI 54313-6727, or sent by email to DNRKohlerProposal@wisconsin.gov.

The agency's draft outline for the environmental impact statement is available by searching the DNR website for Kohler golf course proposal, where they can also submit comments and sign up to receive email or mobile alerts.

"Environmental impact statements inform decision-makers and the public about the anticipated effects as well as alternatives to proposed projects," said Jay Schiefelbein, environmental analysis specialist with DNR. "The EIS will not include any permit decisions for the proposed project, which will occur later through the legally prescribed regulatory processes."

The department will use the scoping meeting comments, the applicant's environmental report, and other information to prepare a draft impact statement document. The public will be notified when the document is available for review and a hearing has been scheduled. No permit decisions will be made until after the environmental impact statement process is complete.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Mike Thompson, environmental analysis team supervisor, 414-303-3408; Bill Cosh, DNR spokesperson, 608-267-2773; Andrew Savagian, communications, 608- 261-6422

Last Revised: Tuesday, June 23, 2015




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