Saturday, June 17, 2017

NEWS Updates

PRO-RESOURCE ALERT        

August  2017, Volume 7, Issue 2
Pro-Resource Alert tracks regional issues that affect parks, greenspace, wildlife and trails. Pro-Resource Alert connects people with hot button issues at the grassroots and legislative levels. Contact your legislators and make a difference!  Visit us at  http://www.facebook.com/ProResourceAlert

Recreational Opportunities Analysis (ROA) and Motorized Statute
 Will Change the Face of State Recreation

The DNR is working on the Recreation Opportunities Analysis (ROA), which reviews existing outdoor-based recreation opportunities and future recreation needs. Two key goals of the ROA are to examine recreation on all state lands including parks, wildlife areas and natural areas to provide opportunities for motorized access:  (1) within department properties where it is appropriate and publicly supported and (2) across department properties that provide linkages for trail networks. The ROA will help determine which roads, fire lanes, logging roads, etc., are appropriate for motorized vehicle access including pick-up trucks, ATVs, UTVs, and/or off-road motorcycles.

The Northwood’s region ROA is nearly completed. Now the process will move into the remaining state regions over the next several months. It is important that park supporters engage DNR leadership to ensure the best outcome for parks and trails.  In August, the DNR will gather citizen input at five public open houses. Each meeting will be held from 4-7pm with DNR staff providing overviews at 4:30 and 6pm. Upper Lake Michigan Coastal and Great Northwest Regions meetings are as follows:

Tuesday, Aug. 22  -  Stone Harbor Resort and Conference Center, 107 North First Avenue, Sturgeon Bay; and Wednesday, Aug. 23 - Community Center, 901 Henriette Avenue, Crivitz.

Monday, Aug. 28 - Hotel Chequamegon, 101 Lake Short Drive West, Ashland;

Tuesday, Aug. 29 – The Lodge at Crooked Lake, 24271 HWY 35 North, Siren; and

Wednesday, Aug. 30 - Community Library 418 Corbett Avenue, Ladysmith.

The completed ROA will describe existing recreation opportunities, future needs and priorities, and the role of state-owned lands for incorporating motorized recreation. Click on below link for more information and to find two online surveys, select online feedback opportunity.http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/Lands/RecAnalysis/

The ROA and Non-motorized Statute have caused consternation from many in the non-motorized community. There is increasing concern that informal roads used by hikers, snowshoers, bird watchers, and others will be used for motorized use. This has been further exacerbated by potential loss of non-motorized trails in NW Wisconsin. The Stower Seven Lakes and Gandy Dancer Trails have been coveted by local motorized groups even though multiple municipalities want these trails to remain non-motorized. This points to the problem of co-management of trails by DNR and county sponsors. Counties can change trails use, historical use and non-motorized funding is disregarded.

The ROA will have long lasting implications on the future of state lands recreation.  Make sure your voice is heard and feel free to share this information!  

Proposed Kohler Golf Course May Take State Park Lands

The public will have an opportunity at an upcoming open house to learn about the scope and objectives of the proposed master plan amendment for Kohler-Andrae State Park for a golf course proposed on property adjacent to the park.  An open house meeting to learn about the scope and objectives of the proposed master plan amendment for Kohler-Andrae State Park related to a golf course proposed for property adjacent to the park has been moved to the University of Wisconsin-Sheboygan campus. The meeting had originally been scheduled to be held at Sheboygan Falls High School but is being moved due to conflicts with student activities taking place at the school at that time. The open house will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. August 24 in "The Commons" at the UW-Sheboygan, One University Drive, Sheboygan.  The public will have an opportunity to identify pertinent issues to be evaluated in the planning amendment process. An open house provides a meaningful format for one-on-one conversations with Department of Natural Resources staff.

The public will have an opportunity at a future phase in the amendment process to provide comment through a more formal hearing format.  For more information contact Jackie Scharfenberg at jackie.scharfenberg@wisconsin.gov or 920-533-8322.

The Kohler Company is proposing to construct an 18-hole golf course on land it owns immediately north of the park in Sheboygan County. The company is seeking to use approx. 5 acres of park property for access to the golf course and for construction of a maintenance facility.  Kohler owns other property that could serve as an entrance to the proposed golf course however affluent subdivision residents are opposed to the entrance being near their homes.

Kohler-Andrae State Park, includes two adjacent state parks -- Terry Andrae State Park, established in 1927, and John Michael Kohler State Park, established in 1966 -- totaling 1,028 acres. The parks contain over 2 miles of beach and sand dunes along the shoreline of Lake Michigan.

GPR Not Restored But State Parks Budget Success !
It appears that General Purpose Revenue (GPR) will not be restored for state parks in this budget cycle. While there is widespread public support for restoring GPR, the Joint Finance Committee decided otherwise. On the bright side there will be a $2M infusion for development and maintenance on state park properties. This is good news for park supporters

WI Parks have key friends in the legislature including GPR Legislative Champion Rep Ron Tusler. The Friends of Wisconsin State Parks (FWSP) Board and Friends Group worked hard to raise the profile of this issue.  Credit goes to the many individuals who made phone calls and met with legislators. The Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters (WLCV) provided guidance to make this happen. Having partners like WLCV widen the circle of influence that state parks and other natural resource organizations have.

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VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Good Morning Amazing Volunteers!
We sure could use some extra hands and help with the following programs.  Let me know if you are willing and able to help out with which ones.

August 27, (Saturday), 1:00-4:00 pm
        Outdoor Basics Drop In at the Beach at Mauthe Lake
August 28 (Sunday), 12:00 -3:00 pm
        Outdoor Basics Drop In at the Beach at Long Lake
September 3 (Saturday), 10:00-11:00 am
        Extreme Saturday Morning at Long Lake or Mauthe Lake
Thank you so much for your time and consideration!  You are the very best!!!!