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Public Invited to Review and Comment on Options for Future Management Online and in Person at Nov. 19 Meeting

View from the east tower at Blue Mound State Park - Photo credit: Katie Godding
View from the east tower at Blue Mound State Park Photo credit: Katie Godding

Contact(s): Phil Rynish, DNR property planner, 608-266-5854,
November 5, 2019

[EDITOR'S ADVISORY: This news release has been updated to clarify that this meeting is to review alternatives for the proposed master plan. There is not currently a draft master plan for the park.]

BLUE MOUNDS, Wis. - The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources encourages the public to learn about and provide input on management alternatives being considered for the Blue Mound State Park Master Plan online or in-person at the upcoming public meeting on Nov. 19.

In March 2019, the DNR initiated the Blue Mound State Park master planning process with a public input opportunity. The input received at that time helped shape the management alternatives that the public can now review and comment on.

The Blue Mound State Park management alternatives are options or concepts the DNR planning team is considering for recommendation in the eventual draft master plan. Management alternatives include topics such as project boundary adjustments, camping, mountain biking, snowmobiling, and forest and grassland management. 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.

The public can learn more about and engage in the planning process by attending an upcoming public meeting that will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 19, at Mount Horeb High School Auditorium, 305 S. 8th St, Mount Horeb.

The meeting will include a presentation beginning at 5:45 during which the public will have the opportunity to learn more about the alternatives and submit their input. Following the meeting, the public will have the opportunity to discuss the alternatives with staff during an open house.

In addition to the public meeting, people can review information about the proposed Blue Mound State Park Master Plan alternatives online which is also a great way to learn about and give input on the management alternatives. The public can read the management alternatives document and submit comments using the interactive public input form. Downloadable input forms that may be sent it via U.S. Mail are also available.

Printed copies of the management alternatives document are available to read at the Blue Mound State Park Office or Friends Shelter. Hard-copy input forms are also available to submit at the park.

Perched atop the highest point in southern Wisconsin, the more than 1,100 acre Blue Mound State Park offers spectacular views, opportunities to see and learn about unique geological features and a variety of recreational facilities. Over 20 miles of scenic trails, access to the Military Ridge State Trail, bike-in campsites, a family campground, summer swimming pool, and a rustic cabin for people with disabilities make Blue Mound a popular year-round destination.

"The Blue Mound State Park Master Plan Management Alternatives reflect the many public uses and ecological capabilities of the property. We hope all who are interested in the park take the opportunity to learn more about the alternatives and have their voice heard in this next step of the planning process" said Diane Brusoe, DNR Property Planning Section Chief.

In addition to the opportunities to offer input online, at the property or at the public meeting, people may contact DNR Planner Phil Rynish, by email at, phone at 608-266-5854, or U.S. mail at Phil Rynish, Wisconsin DNR, P.O. Box 7921, Madison, WI, 53707-7921.

The public comment period for the management alternatives is open through Dec. 2, 2019. Visit the DNR website for more information on property planning.

Last Revised: Tuesday, November 05, 2019

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