Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest

Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest

Last July, a strong windstorm damaged about 137,000 acres of Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest trees in Langlade and Oconto counties. There were thousands of other acres of damage outside the national forest as well.

About 61,000 acres are located within areas where homes are built near or among lands prone to wild land fire. Officials say about 6,700 structures within the areas are at risk of wildfire due to increased downed trees.

Forest spokesperson Hilary Markin talks about the work being done...

Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest

More recreation facilities are opening on the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, but many facilities remain closed.

As the Memorial Day weekend arrives, officials say the Forest will be open for dispersed camping and campfires, lifting the campfire ban across much of the Forest. Fire and campfire restrictions will remain in place for Forest Service lands in Langlade and Oconto counties due to the July 2019 blowdown.

Forest Service staff are working to install boat docks at boat landings except in some closed campgrounds.

Last week, the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest reopened boat landings, just in time for the fishing opener.

Most Forest facilities had been closed due to the pandemic.

In a few days, the Forest will reopen even more recreational options.

The Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest is lifting the closure order for boat landings with the exception of landings within closed campgrounds.

In addition, both motorized and non-motorized trails on the National Forest will be open May 8 or when local conditions allow for opening.

Recreation sites on the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest will stay closed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Forest made the announcement Friday morning.

The order closes trails, picnic sites, boat landings, restrooms, and all camping on the Forest until further notice.

“We’re more acting on the potential for those crowded conditions,” said spokesperson Hilary Markin.  “We have seen an increase in some areas, but it’s more, we’re delaying the opening, and then, we’ll be monitoring the situation and adjusting accordingly.”

Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest-U.S. Forest Service

As spring approaches, the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest (CNNF) is awarding more construction contracts while implementing its 5- year program to upgrade facilties.

Some of the larger projects are on the western side of the forest, but upgrades in the eastern side are also planned says forest spokesperson Teresa Maday... Free-Photos

The amount of timber harvested for sale last year was down a bit from the prior year, but Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest officials think they had a substantial amount lumber produced.

Forest spokesperson Casey Jardine gives us the numbers...

"The 2019 fiscal year, from October 2018 to the end of September 2019 the (forest) sold 123.7 million board feet(MMBF) of timber. It's a little down from the 2018 numbers but we do expect higher numbers to be sold in fiscal year 2020..." JillWellington

The Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest has forest product permits available for individuals looking to harvest items like boughs or cutting firewood.

Forest spokesperson Hilary Markin details what's available...

Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest-U.S. Forest Service

The cleanup continues from the severe storms that flattened large swaths of trees and did damage to portions of Oneida, Langlade and Forest and counties in western and central Wisconsin.

The state Natural Resources Board Wednesday heard a report from DNR Northeast District Forestry Leader Ryan Severson about the 14 confirmed tornado touchdowns and straight line winds topping 100 miles per hour...

Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest-U.S. Forest Service

Enough progress has been made in the clean up of the July blowdown areas of Langlade and Oconto counties that the Forest Service has reopened most ATV trails.

Chequamegon- Nicolet National Forest spokesperson Hilary Markin says local clubs and Forest Service employees have been working toward getting the trails reopened...

Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest-U.S. Forest Service

Clean up crews in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest have made some progress after severe storms damaged some popular campgrounds July 19, but many areas remain closed, mostly in Oconto county.

Spokesperson Hilary Markin says crews continue to check on trails and facilities, mainly making sure the public would be safe from falling trees and limbs. Markin outlines some recreation spots that will be opening...

Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest-U.S. Forest Service

Progress continues in portions of the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest ravaged by heavy rains and flooding in 2016 and 2018.

The main damage was in the Great Divide district in the forest's northwestern area. Forest spokesperson Hilary Markin says crews have been working hard ...

Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest-U.S. Forest Service


Construction to permanently repair roads and trails damaged during the 2016 flood event in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest is underway.

Several northern counties were hit hard on July 11 when up to 14 inches of rain fell in a series of unexpected thunderstorms.

Forest spokesperson Hilary Markin says this year's work is being done in the Great Divide District including Ashland, Bayfield and Sawyer counties..

Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest-U.S. Forest Service

UPDATE: The clean-up project planned for Saturday has been temporarily postponed due to low registrations. We are working to reschedule the clean-up for a day later this summer. Please stay tuned for an announcement about a new date.

For some reason, people choose to dump trash in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest. Volunteers are needed to help clean up the forest.

The Forest, along with "Tread Lightly" is hosting the trash clean-up day June 1 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Trails Closed In Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest

Mar 29, 2019
CNNF staff

Rhinelander, WI — March 29, 2019 — The Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest’s snowmobile, all-terrain vehicle (ATV), utility-terrain vehicle (UTV), horse and bicycle trails are closed for spring break-up. Every spring, the use of wheeled motorized vehicles, mountain bikes, horses or other pack or saddle animals is prohibited on National Forest System trails until May 1.