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Upper Wolf, Willow Master Plan Amendments To Go To State Board

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   The Wisconsin Natural Resources Board later this month will be considering amendments to the master plans of three popular recreation spots in the region.
 
September 26, the board will consider approving changes in the plans for the Turtle-Flambeau Flowage, Upper Wolf River State Fishery Area and the Willow Flowage.
 
Diane Brusoe is a DNR chief planner. She outlines the proposed changes in the Upper Wolf River plan..
 
"...For the Upper Wolf River State Fishery area, throughout the amendment process, we evaluated the opportunity for an ATV-UTV trail to serve as a connector between trails on the east and west side of the Wolf River. So this amendment is to establish about a 0.25 ATV-UTV trail across the property. This will be in the area of the state Highway 64 bridge...."
 
There was some opposition to the trail from silent sports groups at earlier hearings .
 
Brusoe says they are also updating the land management classifications and maps. She says part of that is to expand the scenic resources management area along the Wolf and Hunting Rivers on the property.
 
On the Willow Flowage, Brusoe says they're proposing two additional parking lots. One on the far southern portion of the property in the Town of Nokomis and another on Willow Dam Road.
 
On the Turtle-Flambeau Flowage, a plan was to put an ATV route down a former logging road, but planners decided to hold off on an amendment at this time and wait until the next full master plan time arrives.

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