Public comment period opens for interim forest management plan for 10 Dunn County state properties

MADISON – (RealEstateRama) — Interim plans guiding the management of forest resources on 10 state-owned properties in Dunn County are now available for review and comment through Nov. 16, 2016. The interim plans will guide forest management on the properties until formal master plans are completed.

The Interim Forest Management Plans are important because they help department staff guide forest management on state properties to consider ecological, economic and recreational considerations. The planning process also provides an opportunity for interested and affected stakeholders to have input on forest management, according to Shelley Warwick, property planner with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Bureau of Facilities and Lands in Madison.

The properties with interim forest management plans include Big Beaver Creek Meadow State Natural Area, Big Beaver Creek Wildlife Area, Bolen Creek Fishery Area, Gilbert Creek Fishery Area and Wildlife Area, Hay Creek Wildlife Area, Lambs Creek Wildlife Area, Muddy Creek Sedge Meadow State Natural Area, Muddy Creek Wildlife Area, Otter Creek Oak Barrens State Natural Area, and the Otter Creek Fishery Area and Wildife Area.

“People want to know we are managing their lands well, and consumers increasingly prefer products from sustainably managed forests,” Warwick said. The Wisconsin forest products industry is a $24.7 billion per year business that directly supports nearly 65,000 jobs.

A complete list of properties and the interim plans for these properties, as well as directions on how to submit comments, can be found online on the DNR website dnr.wi.gov by searching keyword “IFMP.”

People can fill out an electronic survey to submit comments, or can download the form and mail it in. Comments, either electronic or written, are due by 4:30 p.m. Nov. 16, 2016.

Contact(s): Shelley Warwick, Property Planner, shelley.warwick (at) wisconsin (dot) gov or 608-266-2698

Source: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

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