Public Meetings Set for the Draft Northern Lake Michigan Coastal Regional Master Plan

Public comment period open through June 12

STURGEON BAYWis. – The public will have an opportunity at two open house meetings and through a comment period to provide input on a draft master plan for Department of Natural Resources lands in Door and Oconto counties and parts of Marinette and Shawano counties. The draft Northern Lake Michigan Coastal regional master plan establishes the level and type of resource management and public use permitted on these department-managed properties.

State-owned lands covered by this master plan include state parks–five on the Door Peninsula–as well as State Natural Areas and numerous wildlife and fisheries areas. The state parks covered by this plan include Rock Island, Newport, Peninsula, Whitefish Dunes, Potawatomi, Grand Traverse Island and Copper Culture Mounds.

The public input sessions will provide the public an opportunity to learn more about the regional planning process, review the draft recommendations for resource and recreation management on DNR properties in the region and provide feedback.

“We are excited to present the draft plan and gather feedback from citizens interested in the proposed land management and recreational use of properties in the region,” said

Whitefish Dunes State Park is one of the properties included in the Northern Lake Michigan Coastal regional master plan. - Photo credit: DNR

Whitefish Dunes State Park is one of the properties included in the Northern Lake Michigan Coastal regional master plan. Photo credit: DNR

Diane Brusoe, property planning section chief.

Under the regional master planning process, guided by Chapter NR 44, Wisconsin Administrative Code, department staff develop a plan for properties located within a defined region. The regions are based on 16 previously defined Ecological Landscapes of Wisconsin, areas with similar ecological attributes and management opportunities. The Natural Resources Board approved the regional planning approach at the June 2017 board meeting.

People can learn more about and engage in the regional planning process for the Northern Lake Michigan Coastal Ecological Landscape by searching the DNR website, dnr.wi.gov for keywords “master planning” and selecting the Northern Lake Michigan Coastal Ecological Landscape.

CONTACT:

For additional information people may contact DNR Planner Ann Freiwald, by email at ann.freiwald@wisconsin.gov, phone at 608-266-2130, or US mail at Ann Freiwald, Wisconsin DNR, P.O. Box 7921, Madison, WI, 53707-7921.

The public review and comment period for the draft regional plan is open through June 12, 2018.