Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest

The Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest is interested in hearing comments on a proposal to begin charging new recreation fees, increasing overnight fees and removing fees from some recreation sites on the Forest.

Forest spokesperson Hilary Markin says about 90- percent,of the revenue collected at recreation fee sites remains on the Forest to operate. She says this effort is to improve sustainability on the Forest..

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The Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest has finalized its Recreation Facility Strategy and 5-year program of work for developed recreation areas.

The Forest made changes in the last few years to close underused areas and other changes. Spokesperson Hilary Markin says in the last three years, the Forest has been involved in public engagement to assess recreational offerings.

She says the final strategy is designed to have a sustainable recreation plan...

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The Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest has opened about half of its campgrounds and recreation areas.

The National Forest works to have its recreational facilities ready to go by the time the Wisconsin fishing opener takes place. But the long, cold, wet winter slowed the opening says spokesperson Hilary Markin...

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The U.S. Forest Service aims to have the trails and campgrounds available for the opening of the state's fishing season, but Mother Nature has other plans.

Officials at the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest report the delayed opening of recreation trails and some campgrounds due to persisting snow pack and high water.

Forest spokesperson Hilary Markin says the lingering winter is to blame..

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Timber sales on the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest have increased for the sixth year in a row.

The most recent report from the fiscal year ending September 30, the forest sold 128 million board feet of timber through competitive bids.

Forest Supervisor Paul Strong says they haven't sold this many board feet for at least 30 years. The 2014 Farm Bill permanently authorized Good Neighbor Authority and Stewardship contracting, meaning the state also help in managing the federal woodlands. Strong says the new arrangement will continue into the forseeable future...

Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest

There's still time to provide input on proposed changes to recreation sites in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest.

The Forest reviewed 193 developed recreation sites. Forest program manager Tim Vetter explains what is proposed... 

Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest

Public comment is sought on some draft proposed management actions regarding recreation sites in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest.

Forest staff analyzed 193 developed recreation sites. Forest spokesperson Hilary Markin says they've put together a plan they feel is sustainable. 45 sites would have no change, 22 sites would be converted to general forest area with removal of infrastructure and the remaining 126 sites have various other proposed changes.

You can inexpensively get a fresh Christmas tree for your holiday celebrations, courtesy of the national forest. Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest spokesperson Hilary Markin has details...

"....(CNNF) has Christmas tree permits available. They're $5 per tree with a maximum of five permits per household. Folks are welcome to come into any of our offices ,with the exception of the Northern Great Lakes Visitor's Center in Ashland, and ask for a Christmas tree permit...."

Markin says once you get the permit, you're free to explore....

Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest

The Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest has launched an interactive map to help gather comments on campgrounds, boat landings, picnic areas and beaches as it works to develop a sustainable recreation program.

Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest spokesperson Hilary Markin says funding cutbacks requires Forest leaders to make hard decisions on what they can maintain, and they want the public to identify their most popular places and activities...

Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest

Their budget is tight, and Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest officials want to hear from the public what they consider to be their most favorite recreational pursuits on the Forest. They're hosting two open houses in the region next week to hear about it.

Forest spokesperson Hilary Markin outlines what they're hoping to hear from the public...

Last week, The Nature Conservancy and the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest signed a Stewardship Agreement that officials say will improve the health and long-term sustainability of the forest while expanding the ability to provide timber to Wisconsin’s forest products industry.

The Nature Conservancy's Matt Dallman says money generated from harvesting timber will go to conservation projects here in the Northwoods...

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Progress is being reported in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, also hit hard last week by flooding and subsequent damage.

Forest spokesperson Hilary Markin said they know what damage has occurred...

"...we are working through our assessments. We've completed our road assessments. We've identified nearly 100 obstructions have been identified. Places where a bridge has been washed out, a culvert has been washed out and other impacts that are a hazard to the public. We're making repairs as we go along...."

Widespread Storm Damage In CNNF Reported

Jul 14, 2016

Update: 3:20 p.m. 7/14/2016 Wheeler News Service: Several roadways are under water and remain impassable in northern Wisconsin and Minnesota where flooding caused by storms earlier this week has yet to recede. In Wisconsin, Highway 2 between Ashland and Hurley remained closed as well as other roads in the region. In the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, the Beaver Lake Campground near Mellen is closed due to flood damage. In Minnesota, volunteers are filling and stacking sandbags in Moose Lake where residents are keeping an eye on rising lake water.

Snow is still around parts of the Northwoods, but crews in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest are preparing for prescribed fire burns in parts of the forest, including Price county.

Forest spokesperson Hillary Markin says it seems odd that fire can be a positive within a forest, but that's the case...

The DNR and the U.S. Forest Service have announced an agreement where the state and the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest will partner on forest management within the 1.5 million acres of the state's only national forest. It's under the 2014 Farm Bill called Good Neighbor authority.

Under the agreement, the amount of timber offered for harvest that's in an approved plan will increase 25 percent to more than 100 million board feet in 2016.

Forest Supervisor Paul Strong says the extra revenue will be trusted to the state...