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DNR seeks comments on master plan

Process includes Hartman Creek

Public comments are sought on the next phase of the Central Sand Hills Regional Master Plan process, which includes Hartman Creek State Park and several other state-owned properties.

The properties are located in Waupaca, Waushara, Portage, Winnebago, Green Lake, Marquette. Adams, Columbia, Dane and Sauk counties.

The state Department of Natural Resources has scheduled two open houses on the plan, including one in Wautoma.

That open house will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 3, at the Waushara World War II Veterans Memorial building, 440 W. Main St. Another meeting will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 27, at the River Arts Center at Sauk Prairie High School, 105 Ninth St., Prairie du Sac.

DNR staff will give a presentation on the planning process at each open house starting at 5:30 p.m. and be available to answer questions and discuss the next phase of the planning process before and after the presentation.

More than 60 properties are included in the plan, including Hartman Creek and Devil’s Lake state parks; Emmons Creek, Radley Creek and Pine River state fishery areas; Wild Rose State Fish Hatchery; and several segments of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail.

The DNR manages almost 92,000 acres of land in the region in a series of parks, natural areas, fish and wildlife areas and a variety of other types of properties including fish hatcheries and water access sites and has developed a draft vision goals and management objectives for each property.

Alternative approaches to reach the objectives have been developed for some properties. These draft plan elements are now available for review in the Central Sand Hills Draft Vision, Goals, Objectives and Management Alternatives document.

The document and information on how to provide input is available on the department’s Central Sand Hills Region webpage, which can be found at dnr.wi.gov and searching “Central Sand Hills Region.”

The public is encouraged to submit comments using the online public input form located on the project webpage.

Comments can also be submitted to John Pohlman, DNR Property Planner, P.O. Box 7921 Madison, WI 53707; or by contacting him at [email protected] or 608-264-6263.

The DNR is seeking public comments on the document through Thursday, Nov. 2.

A hard copy of the document is also available at the Hartman Creek State Park office, N2480 Hartman Creek Road, Waupaca; and at the Wautoma Public Library, 410 W. Main St., Wautoma.

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