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Public comment period opens for 54 interim forest management plans

  • Written by Brian B
  • Published in News

4-4-13

MADISON – Fifty-four interim plans guiding the management of forest resources on 116 state-owned properties are now available for review and comment through April 17, 2013. 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 will allow timber taken off these lands to continue to be certified as sustainably managed, a “seal of approval” that gives the public confidence these properties are well managed. Such plans also will benefit sawmills and other companies using timber from those properties, according to Craig Thompson, a land program manager with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources in La Crosse.
“These interim plans are very important for forest certification, which in turn is very important for business,” Thompson says. “People want to know we are managing their lands well, and consumers are increasingly preferring products from sustainably managed forests. A guaranteed stream of certified wood means sawmills and other forest products companies will have the competitive edge they need to do well in domestic and global markets.”
Forest certification is a process that assures consumers that timber (and products made from certified wood) has been grown and harvested in a way that meets strict environmental and social standards. The Wisconsin forest products industry is a $16 billion per year business that directly supports more than 56,000 jobs and generates $228 million in state and local tax revenues.
Information and links to individual 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. April 17, 2013.
 
DNR expects to complete master plans for the properties at some point in the future, but until then, the interim plans will guide the management of forest resources for the following properties:
Adams County
Quincy Bluff & Wetlands State Natural Area 
Ashland & Iron counties
Hay Creek - Hoffman Lake Wildlife Area
Barron County
Barron County Fisheries Areas
Barron County Wildlife Areas
Barron & Polk counties
Loon Lake Wildlife Area
Brown County
Green Bay West Shore Wildlife Area
Gift lands
Green Bay Coastal Fish Habitat (Collectively West Shore) 
Burnett County
Burnett County Wildlife & Fishery Areas
Crex Meadows Wildlife Area
Fish Lake Wildlife Area
Amsterdam Sloughs Wildlife Area
Danbury Wildlife Area
Chippewa County
Hallie Marsh Wildlife Area 
Kickapoo River Wildlife Area - Bell Center Unit
Kickapoo River Wildlife Area - Wauzeka Unit 
Tom Lawin & Drywood Creek Wildlife Areas 
Chippewa & Eau Claire counties
Chippewa and Eau Claire County Fisheries Areas 
Crawford, Dane, Grant, Iowa, Richland & Sauk counties
Lower Wisconsin State Riverway 
Dodge County
Horicon Marsh Wildlife Area 
Door County
Mud Lake Wildlife Area 
Peninsula State Park 
Eau Claire County
Augusta Wildlife Area 
Fond du Lac County
Mullet Creek Wildlife Area 
Forest County
Forest County Wildlife & Fisheries Areas
Florence County
Pine and Popple Wild Rivers
Spread Eagle Barrens State Natural Area
Grant & Iowa counties
Douglas Hallock & James J. Rule Demonstration Forests 
Green Lake County
White River Marsh Wildlife Area and 2 embedded State Natural Areas:
White River Sedge Meadow State Natural Area
White River Prairie/Tamaracks State Natural Area 
Iron County
Caroline Lake State Natural Area
Turtle Flambeau Scenic Waters Area
Underwood Wildlife Area
Iron & Vilas counties
Powell Marsh Wildlife Area
Iron & Price counties
Southern Iron County Scattered Lands
Jackson County
Tank Creek Fishery Area 
South Beaver Creek Wildlife Area 
Jefferson County
Jefferson County Extensive Wildlife Habitat 
Juneau & Monroe counties
Mill Bluff State Park 
Kewaunee County
C. D. Besadny Fish & Wildlife Area 
Lafayette County
Yellowstone Wildlife Area 
Langlade County
Langlade County Fishery Areas
Langlade County Wildlife Areas
Upper Wolf River Fishery Area
Lincoln County
Big Rib River Fishery Area
Rib River Fishery Area
New Wood State Wildlife Area
Ice Age Trail
Bill Cross State Wildlife Area
Chilsen Demonstration Forest
Lincoln & Oneida counties
Menard Island Group
Marathon County
Big Rib River Fishery Area
Rib River Fishery Area 
Plover River Fishery Area and Spring Ponds 
Marinette County
Green Bay West Shore Wildlife Area
Gift lands
Green Bay Coastal Fish Habitat (Collectively West Shore) 
Marinette County
North Branch Beaver Creek 
Pike Wild River 
Marquette County
Mecan River Fishery Area 
Observatory Hill State Natural Area 
White River Marsh Wildlife Area and 2 embedded State Natural Areas:
White River Sedge Meadow State Natural Area
White River Prairie/Tamaracks State Natural Area 
Oconto County
Green Bay West Shore Wildlife Area
Gift lands
Green Bay Coastal Fish Habitat (Collectively West Shore) 
Peshtigo Brook Wildlife Area 
South Branch Oconto River Fishery Area 
Oneida & Vilas counties
Northern Highlands American Legion State Forest Wildlife Areas
Oneida & Vilas County Scattered Lands
Oneida County
Thunder Lake Wildlife Area
Woodboro Lakes Wildlife Area
Pierce County
Kinnickinnic State Park 
Pierce County Islands Wildlife Area 
Polk County
McKenzie Creek Wildlife Area
Parker Creek Fish & Wildlife Area
Rice Beds Creek Wildlife Area
Portage County
Hartman Creek State Park 
Pickerel Lake State Natural Area 
Portage County Remnant Areas 
Portage & Waupaca counties
Little Wolf River Fishery Area 
Radley Creek Fishery Area 
Price County
Cranberry Lake Public Access
Kimberley Clark Wildlife Area
Rusk County
Washington Creek
Ten Mile Creek
Potato Creek Wildlife Areas
Sauk County
Plain Honey Creek Watershed - White Mound County Park
Sawyer County
Benson Creek Fishery Area
Beverly Lake Fishery Area
Hauer Springs Fishery Area
Chief River Wildlife Area
Kissick Swamp Wildlife Area
Weirgor Springs Wildlife Area
Eddy Creek Fishery Area
Taylor Pershing Wildlife Area
Taylor Rib River Fishery Area
Sawyer & Washburn counties
Totagatic River Wildlife Area
Trempealeau County
Borst Valley Wildlife Area 
Chimney Rock Wildlife Area 
Lakes Coulee Wildlife Area 
Vernon County
Battle Bluff Prairie SNA
Washburn County
Washburn County Fishery & Wildlife Areas
Waupaca County
Hartman Creek State Park 
Waupaca County Fisheries Areas 
Waupaca River Fishery Area 
Waupaca & Portage counties
Little Wolf River Fishery Area 
Radley Creek Fishery Area 
Waushara County
Mecan River Fishery Area
Pine River System Fishery Area
Willow Creek Fishery Area
White River Fishery Area 
Plainfield Tunnel Channel Lakes
 
 

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