Contact(s): Laurie Ross, board liaison, 608-267-7420; Jim Dick, DNR spokesperson, 608-267-2773
October 17, 2017
MADISON - A request for approval of an amendment to the recreation portion of the Northern Highland-American Legion State Forest master plan, approval of the Chippewa Moraine State Recreation Area Master Plan, and a request to begin the scoping process for proposed rules related to elk management are among the items the state Natural Resources Board will address when it meets October 25 in Madison.
The regular business meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, October 25, in Room G09 of the State Natural Resources Building (GEF 2), 101 S. Webster St., Madison.
The existing master plan for NHAL was approved in 2005. Since that time, several trends in recreation participation, along with changes to the use and management of surrounding public lands, have placed different and new demands on the property. To adapt to these changes and to ensure that the Department of Natural Resources continues to provide high‐quality experiences to visitors, changes are proposed to camping, non‐motorized trail, motorized trail, and boating opportunities provided at the property.
The original plan for the 3,568-acre Chippewa Moraine State Recreation Area was approved in 1990. Management under this plan will maintain and, where opportunities allow, enhance the high ecological integrity of the property's forest, wetland and aquatic native communities and habitats. The proposed plan will maintain and in some cases expand the property's existing recreational facilities and opportunities, including adding 7 miles to the National Scenic Ice Age Trail that traverses the property, adding eight primitive campsites and one additional carry-in boat launch.
Current elk management rules require at least 200 animals in the Clam Lake herd and 150 in the Black River herd, respectively, before an elk hunt could be held in these areas. DNR wildlife staff are seeking permission to begin a scoping process that could lead to rule revisions that would allow the department to hold a limited hunt for bull elk in future years, based on scientific data such as herd structure and population dynamics. The process would include public input as well as a public hearing on any proposed rule changes.
The public must pre-register with Laurie Ross, board liaison, to testify at the board meeting. The deadline to register to
, testify , or submit written comments is 11 a.m. on Friday, October 20, 2017. Registration information is available on the agenda on the DNR website.
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