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NOTICE: Draft Northern Lake Michigan Coastal Regional Master Plan Open Houses Planned

The public will have an opportunity at two open house meetings and through a comment period to provide input on a draft master plan for Department of Natural Resources lands in Door and Oconto counties and parts of Marinette and Shawano counties. The draft Northern Lake Michigan Coastal regional master plan establishes the level and type of resource management and public use permitted on these department-managed properties.

State-owned lands covered by this master plan include state parks--five on the Door Peninsula--as well as State Natural Areas and numerous wildlife and fisheries areas. The state parks covered by this plan include Rock Island, Newport, Peninsula, Whitefish Dunes, Potawatomi, Grand Traverse Island and Copper Culture Mounds.

The public input sessions will provide the public an opportunity to learn more about the regional planning process, review the draft recommendations for resource and recreation management on DNR properties in the region and provide feedback.
• Tuesday, May 29, Sturgeon Bay at the Stone Harbor Resort and Conference Center, 107 N. 1st Avenue, from 5 to 7 p.m.
• Wednesday, May 30, Peshtigo at DNR Service Center, 101 N. Ogden Road, Suite A, Office Hours from 1 to 5 p.m.

People can learn more about and engage in the regional planning process for the Northern Lake Michigan Coastal Ecological Landscape by searching the DNR website, for keywords "master planning" and selecting the Northern Lake Michigan Coastal Ecological Landscape.

For additional information people may contact DNR Planner Ann Freiwald, by email at, phone at 608-266-2130, or US mail at Ann Freiwald, Wisconsin DNR, P.O. Box 7921, Madison, WI, 53707-7921.
The public review and comment period for the draft regional plan is open through June 12, 2018.


National Equestrian Trails Conference
July 8 – 10, 2016
Raleigh, North Carolina

By Patty Wisneski

Margie Kraege, Carrie Quatsoe and I (Patty Wisneski) attended the National Equestrian Trails Conference in Raleigh, North Carolina the weekend of July 8-10, 2016.

The conference provided 17 different presentations directed at enhancing the equine trail ex-perience for all trail enthusiasts. There was a wealth of information regarding trail stewardship, the use of public land and the potential loss of these trails, as well as several presentations by Equine Land Conservation Resources.

We also enjoyed presentations by Robert Eversole, The Trailmeister. You can find a link to on the WHC website under the “Trails” tab.

Below please find links to PDF documents for many of the presentations and other information handed out at this year’s conference. Please check back often, as more presentations will be added.


On March 15, 2011 a new Department of Justice rule takes effect, allowing "other power-driven mobility devices" on trails. People with disabilities will have every right to expect to be able to use their own vehicle- whether it's an electric scooter, a Segway, or an all-terrain vehicle. Trail managers should assess trails and potential use by various devices and vehicles, and make policies available to the public. Read the requirements of the rule and what options trail managers have... The link is :

  1. The agenda is on line.
    • New Convener may be needed.
    • WisDOT will share their study for the GNC and then follow up with a public informational meeting in several weeks.
  2. The notes from the January GNC meeting are on line.
  3. The link to the draft WisDOT report is on line and will take you to the report which several very interesting concepts.
  4. The Trails Subcommittee was updated about two weeks ago with photos of the maps. More map work is expected to be done at the February meeting.
  5. Future Events for 2010 could potentially be:
    • WisDOT Public Information Meeting on US 14 Existing Conditions Study
    • Village of Cross Plains rejects draft official map at public meeting
    • WisDOT design concepts for Main Street/County P intersection in Cross Plains may commence soon
    • Paving of County KP from Cross Plains to Mazomanie may occur in summer 2010
    • County concepts for replacing County P bridge over Black Earth Creek under discussion
    • Madison Area Metropolitan Planning Organization may include GNC area
    • Regional Transportation Authority may authorize funding referendum in fall
    • Lake Marion Study and Dam recommendation by UW Madison to be presented to Village of Mazomanie in several weeks

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