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Jeff Currie and his wife Ann took advantage of the early snow melt to get a look at the latest progress on the Great Headwaters Trails.

“I must say this is the first time we’ve taken a look at it,” said Jeff. “It’s definitely dramatic.”

They’re exploring the corner of Song Hill Lane and County Highway K, west of Phelps. That’s where the 8.5 mile stretch of trail from Conover ends and the work on the last segment of trail is beginning.

Over the winter, loggers came through and took down trees that are still strewn over where the path will wind through the woods.

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The Oneida County Forestry, Land and Recreation Committee has been planning to sell a portion of Town Line Lake Park since 2018.

Now, members of the public are speaking out against the sale.

This week, the Oneida County Forestry, Land and Recreation Committee tabled a resolution to sell a portion of Town Line Lake Park.

That means they won’t decide whether or not to move forward with the sale until their meeting in May.

The decision to table the resolution came after a number of community members expressed opposition to the sale.

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Several years ago, Oneida County’s Forestry, Land and Recreation Committee decided to sell a portion of Town Line Lake Park.

But the sale still hasn’t been completed.

Now, a group of community members are speaking up in opposition.

Two miles outside Rhinelander, Town Line Lake Park offers public access to a small lake.

Years ago, the park housed playground equipment and picnic shelters.

But more recently, fewer visitors frequent the park.

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A proposed resolution last week before the Vilas County board that would restructure the functions of  the Vilas County Forestry, Recreation & Parks office was removed from consideration at the request of  Holly Tomlanovich chair of the Forestry/Recreation committee, who indicated there were “extenuating circumstances” for the removal.

Wisconsin DNR

Outdoor recreation is a big part of many Northwoods residents lives. The DNR is in the process of planning what many of those activities will look like.

An open house meeting is set for Stevens Point December 19 to get input on the draft Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan. The plan guides public outdoor recreation policy decisions and helps planners  know where to put grant monies.

DNR planner John Pohlman says the plan encompasses many forms of outdoor recreation...

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Geocaching is a growing phenomenon in the Northwoods and the rest of the world.  

The hobby uses GPS technology to track down small treasures, often hidden in remote locations.  Geocachers take pride in finding hundreds, even thousands of so-called “caches”…but what exactly motivates these searchers?  Contributor Bill Wilkinson decided to find out more. 

Many outdoor activities in Wisconsin this weekend are 'free,' as the state is hosting a weekend where charges don't apply in many places and no fishing license is needed.

Wisconsin residents and visitors can fish,  hike, bike state trails for free, and ride public ATV trails at no charge. On Sunday, June 2 only, they can enjoy free admission to state parks and forests.

Department of Natural Resources aquatic education coordinator Theresa Stabo says this is the weekend to get outdoors...