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Three regional master plans in northwest Wisconsin available for public review

By Central Office December 6, 2018

Contact(s): Phil Rynish, DNR property planner, 608-266-5854, or Paul Holtan, DNR Office of Communications, 608-267-7517

Public open house meetings set for week of December 17

ASHLAND, Wis. - Three regional master plans covering the Northwest Sands, Northwest Lowlands, and Superior Coastal Plain property planning regions are now available for public review and comment through Jan. 6, 2019. The regions primarily consist of portions of Douglas, Bayfield, Ashland, Burnett, and Washburn counties with small portions in Polk, Iron and Sawyer counties.

The popular Copper Falls, Big Bay, Pattison, and Amnicon Falls state parks are included in the Superior Coastal Plain regional plan. Numerous properties with fishing and hunting opportunities, such as the Clam River Fishery Area and Beaver Brook Wildlife Area have management updates described in the Northwest Sands regional plan.

The draft regional master plans, including a plan overview, background materials and maps, are available through the DNR property planning web page. Visit the DNR website, dnr.wi.gov, and search keywords "property planning" and select "Superior Coastal Plain" or "Northwest Sands" or "Northwest Lowlands" on the map.

Master plans establish the level and type of resource management and public use allowed on DNR managed properties. Highlights of the three proposed regional plans include:

Two public open house meetings will be held in mid-December from 5-7 p.m.:

Attendees will have an opportunity to review copies of the draft master plans, discuss the plans with department staff, and submit comments.

Comments may also be submitted online through a form found on the DNR master planning web page - dnr.wi.gov; search keyword "property planning," then select the region of interest on the map. Additionally, comments may be sent to Phil Rynish, by mail at Wisconsin Dept. of Natural Resources, 101 S. Webster Street - LF/6 Madison WI 53707, via email at Phillip.Rynish@wisconsin.gov

Draft plans and online background materials may also be viewed at the following locations:

Comments will be accepted through Jan. 6, 2019. The draft plans will be revised as needed and approved by the Natural Resources Board at a future meeting.

Last Revised: Thursday, December 06, 2018

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