August 25, 2023 at 5:45 a.m.

DNR seeking public comment on master plan variance to add ATV/UTV routes to NHAL state forest

Submit comments through Aug. 30

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is seeking public comments on a master plan variance that would add additional ATV/UTV routes and trails to Northern Highland–American Legion State Forest (NHAL). The public comment period is open through Aug. 30.

A master plan variance is a change in the use or management of an area that is consistent with the area’s land management classification and objectives, according to a DNR press release.

The variance to the NHAL State Forest Master Plan proposes approximately seven miles of ATV/UTV routes and trails in four segments. The proposed routes and trails contribute to regional ATV/UTV network connectivity and rider safety.

This variance proposal accompanies an October 2017 amendment to the recreation portion of the State Forest’s 2005 Master Plan and subsequent variances approved in 2018, 2019 and 2021. This proposal is an updated review of the proposed 2023 variance after a natural resource conflict was identified and a route relocated in response.

Spread across three counties near the towns of Woodruff, Minocqua and Boulder Junction, the NHAL State Forest provides opportunities for a variety of outdoor activities on its 236,000 acres and more than 900 lakes within its boundaries. Please submit questions or comments on the draft variance by Aug. 30, 2023 to:

Wisconsin DNR; Attn: Erin Rieser, 101 S. Webster St. PO Box 7921, Madison, WI, 53707; [email protected]; or 608-400-6171.


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