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Contact(s): Ann Freiwald, DNR property planner, 608-266-2130 or Paul Holtan, DNR Office of Communications, 608-267-7517
October 31, 2017

Public comment period open through Nov. 28

STURGEON BAY, Wis. - The public will have an opportunity at two upcoming open houses to learn more about the department's regional master planning process for properties located in the Northern Lake Michigan Coastal Ecological Landscape. The region includes properties in four counties -- Door, Oconto, Marinette and Shawano.

The Niagra escarpment, shown hear along Peninsula State Park, is a dominant feature of the Northern Lake Michigan Coastal landscape.
The Niagra escarpment, shown hear along Peninsula State Park, is a dominant feature of the Northern Lake Michigan Coastal landscape.
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A master plan, guided by Chapter NR 44, Wisconsin Administrative Code, establishes the level and type of resource management and public use permitted on department-managed properties.

Under the regional planning process, department staff will develop a plan for all properties located within a defined region. The regions are based on 16 previously defined ecological landscapes in Wisconsin. The Natural Resources Board approved the regional planning process at the June 2017 board meeting.

Northern Lake Michigan Coastal region includes approximately 30,000 acres of DNR-managed lands and contains a wide-variety of habitats, key characteristics including the Niagara escarpment, and important natural communities including the Great Lakes beaches and dunes. Located within the region are numerous properties that provide year-round recreation opportunities, including: five popular state parks -- Newport, Peninsula, Potawatomi, Rock Island and Whitefish Dunes; prominent State Natural Areas; and popular fisheries and wildlife areas.

People can learn more about the Northern Lake Michigan Coastal regional master planning process by searching the DNR website, for keywords "master planning" and select "Northern Lake Michigan Coastal Region."

Two public meetings will be held in November for the public to learn more about the planning process and to submit comments on the properties' future management and use. Both meetings run from 5 to 7 p.m. and will be held:

"The public is welcome and encouraged to attend the meeting and share their suggestions for future management and use of these properties," said Diane Brusoe, Property Planning Section Chief.

In addition to the meetings, people may submit comments to the DNR by mail or email or through a questionnaire that will be available Nov. 14 to fill out online through the Northern Lake Michigan Coastal region planning page of the DNR website. The public comment period for the first phase of planning is open through Nov. 28, 2017.

For additional information regarding this master planning process, contact Ann Freiwald, DNR planner, at 608-266-2130, via email at, or via US mail at Ann Freiwald, Wisconsin DNR, P.O. Box 7921, Madison, WI, 53707-7921.

Last Revised: Tuesday, October 31, 2017

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