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Changes In NHAL Plan Lead To Public Comment

Wisconsin DNR

Comments are being sought on proposed changes to the Northern Highland-American Legion State Forest and the Willow Flowage master plans.

State Forest Superintendent Steve Petersen says they are making some adjustments to previous master plans because of some recent changes...

"....on the NHAL State Forest, our adjustments are for some lands we have acquired. The master plan was approved in 2005. We have seven blocks of property in the northern part of the state forest in northern Vilas county, and we want to fold that mananagement into the same format that our master plan is in....."

He says another element under consideration is to determine how they want to provide camping on the Rainbow Flowage. He says there are private campsites on the Rainbow, and the Forest already has water camping sites.

The Willow Flowage master plan also has some changes...

"....we're considering opening up some additional motorized access. This is a frequent request we get from people. We are considering a touch more motorized access there, some of it seasonal in nature...."

Two open house public meetings are planned for July 24 at the Presque Isle town hall...with another meeting July 25 at the Little Rice town hall north of Tomahawk. Both meetings run from 3 to 7 p.m. More information on all the proposed changes is available through the Woodruff DNR office or by contacting Bob Dall at the Rhinelander DNR office.

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