Contact(s): Teague Prichard, DNR state lands specialist, 608-669-8290, Jim Woodford, DNR natural heritage conservation, 715-365-8856 or Ed Culhane, DNR office of communications, 715-781-1683
April 16, 2019
MADISON - People who enjoy Wisconsin state parks, forests, natural and wildlife areas and other lands owned by the Department of Natural Resources now have a robust, online tool to examine management actions on these properties.
The DNR manages 1.5 million acres of land, parcels big and small, throughout the state. Caring for these lands requires on-the-ground forestry and habitat work, as well as infrastructure improvement and the development of recreational opportunities, all of it essential to providing ecological, economic and social benefits for Wisconsin residents.
For anyone interested in which management projects are in the pipeline for a specific property, the DNR introduces APIP - or Annual Property Implementation Plans. This is a dynamic and searchable web page available to the public. It can be found by searching the DNR website, dnr.wi.gov for keyword "APIP."
These lands are held and managed in trust, as they belong to everyone, but for many people, there are just a few they care about the most. DNR properties are governed by master plans, which are developed with significant input from the public, but these plans cover long periods of time, up to 15 years, and do not describe annual activities.
"This new APIP tool is for folks interested in what's happening on a particular property during a particular year," said Teague Prichard, DNR state lands specialist for the bureau of forest management.
These annual plans have been developed by the forester, wildlife biologist, park administrator or ecologist assigned to manage each property. Each plan identifies the major planned and scheduled work for that property, for the next two or three years, including restoration projects, timber sales, tree plantings, prescribed burns and invasive species control.
Larger, more complex properties - like state forests and select wildlife areas - have expanded implementation plans that include recreation development, more detailed forest and habitat work, and such infrastructure improvement as trails, buildings, roads or expanded parking.
"The APIP will also make it easy for neighbors of DNR properties, regular users, DNR partners and others to identify and connect directly with the property manager to discuss these plans," Prichard said. "Some will find this necessary as this is an internal, working database and contains terms that may not be familiar to everyone."
APIPs do not include routine maintenance or minor actions including mowing, building maintenance, inventory or field surveys.
This year is a transition year for the DNR habitat system and this process, Prichard said. Not all planned treatments for all DNR properties will be available this year. Anyone interested in a particular property can contact the property manager for a complete list of treatments planned in 2019. Contact information for DNR managers can be found by entering the property name in the subject window using the "contact" link on the DNR home page.