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Initial Public Meeting Set for Rib Mountain State Park Master Plan

Rib Mountain - Photo credit: Greg Bouressa
The DNR is beginning the process to revise the Rib Mountain State Park master plan.Photo credit: Greg Bouressa

Contact(s): John Pohlman, DNR Property Planner. 608-264-6263,
January 13, 2020 at 11:12:25 am

WAUSAU, Wis. - The public will have an opportunity to provide input and share ideas on the future use and management of Rib Mountain State Park at an upcoming public meeting.

In October 2019, the Natural Resources Board approved the department's recommendation to develop a revision to the Rib Mountain State Park master plan. The result of this process will be a new master plan that replaces the existing 2005 version. Master plans are guided by Chapter NR 44, Wisconsin Administrative Code and establish 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 the public meeting from 5-7 p.m. on Jan. 29, at D.C. Everest Middle School - Cafeteria, 9302 Schofield Ave., Weston. A brief presentation will take place at 6 p.m.

Rib Mountain State Park encompasses 1,550 acres on one of the highest points in Wisconsin. The park offers spectacular views, opportunities to see and learn about unique geological features and a variety of day-use recreational facilities and trails.

Granite Peak Ski Area encompasses approximately 400 acres on the north slope of the mountain and draws over 100,000 visitors a year. The business that operates the ski area, Granite Peak Ski Corporation, has requested an expansion of the area leased for downhill skiing. In revising the master plan, the department will undertake a holistic evaluation of the full range of recreational and habitat opportunities at Rib Mountain to ensure that the park, including the ski area, continues to support the ecological, social, and economic needs of the area.

Although input is welcome at any time in the planning process, a public comment period to gather preliminary ideas and perspectives will run from Jan. 22 to Feb. 22, 2020. The department will post background information and a questionnaire on the department's website at the beginning of the comment period.

People are also encouraged to visit the Rib Mountain State Park Master Plan website by going to the DNR website.

"We welcome everyone to visit our website and attend the public meeting to share their perspective on future use and management of Rib Mountain State Park and to learn about the department's property master planning process." said John Pohlman, the department's lead planner for the project.

In addition to the opportunities to offer input online or at public meetings, people may contact DNR Planner John Pohlman, by email at, phone at 608-264-6263, or US mail at John Pohlman, Wisconsin DNR, P.O. Box 7921, Madison, WI, 53707-7921.

Last Revised: Monday, January 13, 2020

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