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July 14, 2015

RHINELANDER, Wis. - Early-successional forest habitats and protection of lake, stream, and wetland communities are among the primary objectives of the draft Woodboro Lakes Wildlife Area Master Plan, a Department of Natural Resources managed property located 10 miles west of Rhinelander.

The public can review and comment on the Woodboro Lakes Wildlife Area Draft Master Plan and Environmental Assessment at an upcoming public meeting scheduled for July 23 in Harshaw.

The draft plan describes proposed land management strategies, recreational opportunities, and boundary modifications for the property. Highlights of proposed management include:

The department has received a request from a local ATV club to route a connector trail across a portion of the Woodboro Lakes Wildlife Area, and is recommending that the trail be included in the draft master plan based on a 2014 trail feasibility study.

A public meeting will be held on Thursday, July 23 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Northwoods Community Elementary School, 9086 County Highway K, Harshaw. The meeting agenda is as follows: 6-6:45 p.m.: open house with informational displays available and staff present for one-on-one questions and discussion; 6:45-7 p.m.: formal presentation providing an overview of the draft plan; 7-7:15 p.m.: formal question-and-answer period; 7:15-8 p.m.: additional open house and one-on-one questions and discussion.

The proposed actions are not anticipated to result in significant adverse environmental effects. The Department has made a preliminary determination that an environmental impact statement will not be required.

The Draft Master Plan and Environmental Assessment, along with maps and other background information, will be available for viewing at the public meeting. They can also be viewed online at:, keyword search "master planning," and then click on the link for "Woodboro Lakes Wildlife Area master plan."

The Draft Master Plan and Environmental Assessment will also be available for review at the DNR Rhinelander Service Center, Lac du Flambeau Library, and Tomahawk Public Library.

Comments or questions about these documents can be offered at the public meeting, online through the master planning page of the DNR website, or submitted to: Jeremy Holtz by mail at 107 Sutliff Ave., Rhinelander, WI 54501, by phone at 715-365-8999, or by email at; or Yoyi Steele by mail at WM/6, P.O. Box 7921, Madison, WI 53707-7921, by phone at 608-266-8169, or by email at .

The public may submit comments through Friday, August 7, 2015.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Jeremy Holtz, Wildlife Biologist, Rhinelander, 715-365-8999; Yoyi Steele, Planner, Madison, 608-266-8169

Last Revised: Tuesday, July 14, 2015

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