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Public may review and comment on proposed variance to Flambeau River State Forest master plan

By Central Office February 19, 2019

Contact(s): Chris Bender at 715-332-5271 or christopher.bender@wisconsin.gov

HAYWARD, Wis. - The public may review and comment on a proposed variance to the master plan for the Flambeau River State Forest that would allow the former forest headquarters building to be used on an interim basis to house two employees working at the property.

The Department of Natural Resources relies on limited term employees for much of the management work conducted at the forest. Because of the property's remote location, the department has had difficulty attracting LTE candidates to work at the forest. The department is proposing this variance to provide housing on site to address this obstacle to hiring employees.

The proposed variance to the property's 2010 master plan makes no changes to current recreation or resource management objectives or classifications and is consistent with the vision, goals, and objectives for the property. The proposed variance would allow for interim use of the former headquarters building until funding is available to convert it to an education and interpretive center. The former headquarters building is vacant and was replaced by a new larger building in 2015 just to the north on County Highway W. This proposed interim use will not foreclose the opportunity to use the former headquarters building for education and interpretative purposes in the future.

The Flambeau River State Forest is the second largest state-owned property managed by the department and a full spectrum of forestry, wildlife, and recreation management activities occur at the property. For information about the forest, visit the DNR website, dnr.wi.gov and search for "Flambeau River." For information about the proposed variance, search "property planning" and click on the link for Flambeau River State Forest variance.

The public comment period runs from Feb. 19 to March 5, 2019. Comments can be sent to John Pohlman by email to john.pohlman@wisconsin.gov or by mail to: John Pohlman, Wisconsin DNR, PO Box 7921, Madison, WI 53707-7921.

Last Revised: Tuesday, February 19, 2019

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