Forest Service Seeking Comments on Proposed Actions to Recreation Sites

Release Date: Oct 15, 2018  

Contact(s): Hilary Markin, 715-362-1354


RHINELANDER, Wis. (October 15, 2018) – The Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest has been working to develop a strategy that will prioritize investments, as well as pursue changes in operations or maintenance of developed recreation sites and facilities to contribute to the sustainability of the Forest’s recreation program into the future.

This strategy is intended to reduce operations and maintenance costs and maximize public benefits, while balancing social, economic and environmental factors.

“The Forest has been working since 2015 to develop a proposal for a sustainable recreation program,” said Paul Strong, Forest Supervisor, Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest. “We finally have a proposal and are looking forward to engaging with our partners and visitors on next steps.”

The Forest is seeking feedback and comments on the draft proposed management actions from October 15 to December 15. The comments received will be taken into consideration as the Forest looks to finalize the 5-year Recreation Facility Strategy in spring of 2019.

The Forest analyzed 193 developed recreation sites. In the draft proposed management actions, 45 sites would have no changes, 22 sites would be converted to general forest area as infrastructure is removed; the remaining 126 sites have varying proposed actions ranging from increased amenities to changes in the level of operation and maintenance.

The Forest is hosting six public meetings/open houses to provide an opportunity for visitors to engage with staff, to learn more about the draft strategy, proposed management actions and to ask questions.

Comments on the proposed management actions can be submitted online through the interactive map on the Forest’s website at www.fs.usda.gov/cnnf/. Visitors may also visit any of the Forest’s offices, contact the Public Affairs Officer at 715-362-1354 or email CNNFAdmin@fs.fed.us.

Public Meetings/Open Houses:

  • October 29 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Best Western in Crandon, WI
  • October 30 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Park Falls Ranger District Office in Park Falls, WI
  • November 5 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Medford Library in Medford, WI
  • November 7 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center in Ashland, WI
  • November 8 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Cable Community Center in Cable, WI
  • November 13 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the North Star Lanes in Antigo, WI

The Forest Service is looking for information, comments, and other assistance from Federal, State, and local agencies, tribes, landowners, and other individuals or organizations that have an interest in or could be affected by the proposed management actions. Specific comments are the most useful for the identification of issues development and analysis of alternatives to proposed management actions.

“The Forest will consider all comments and feedback received during the public engagement period,” said Strong. “The feedback received will be evaluated and may be incorporated into changes to the 5-year Recreation Facility Strategy. We value your feedback and look forward to your participation in this effort.”

The forest expects to begin implementing the 5-year Recreation Facility Strategy during the 2019 recreation season. 

Some actions may require a level of environmental analysis through the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).  The comments collected during this comment period as well as contact information will become part of the project record. There will be an opportunity for continued public engagement through the NEPA process.

For more information about the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest please visit our website at www.fs.usda.gov/CNNF or follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/CNNF002 or like us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/CNNF002.

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