Natural Resources Board to meet December 14 in Madison

MADISON – A request for the approval of the draft master plans for the Sauk Prairie Recreation Area and the Powel Marsh State Wildlife Area, a request to designate a new state trail and two separate rules pertaining to management of lake trout on lakes Superior and Michigan are among the items the state Natural Resources Board will address when it meets December 14 in Madison.

The regular business meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, December 14, in Room G09 of the State Natural Resources Building (GEF 2), 101 South Webster St., Madison.

The complete December board agenda is available by searching the DNR website, for keyword “NRB” and clicking on the button for “view agendas.”

The 3,380-acre Sauk Prairie Recreation Area, located in southeastern Sauk County, consists of a portion of the decommissioned Badger Army Ammunition Plant. Hunting, hiking, horseback riding and recreational and mountain biking trails are proposed in the draft plan, as are some structured opportunities for motorized use, dog training, and rocketry.

The board will also be asked to designate a new state trail, the Great Sauk State Trail, which will pass through the Sauk Prairie Recreation Area and eventually follow an abandoned rail corridor into the villages of Prairie du Sac and Sauk City. The trail would be developed and maintained by Sauk County under a cooperative agreement with the state.

The 4,850-acre Powell Marsh State Wildlife Area in western Vilas County is bounded on three sides by the Northern Highland American Legion State Forest and by the Lac du Flambeau Indian Reservation on the south. The draft master plan calls for maintaining and enhancing hunting, trapping, wildlife viewing and other compatible recreational opportunities, and adding additional hiking trails, including accommodations for people with disabilities.

The proposed lake fish rules are intended to add additional protection for lake trout in parts of Lake Superior by reducing recreational and commercial harvest, while the rule proposed for Lake Michigan would allow for additional harvest in portions of the lake.

The public must pre-register with Laurie Ross, board liaison, to testify at the board meeting. The deadline to register to testify or submit written comments for this business meeting is 11 a.m. on Friday, December 9, 2016. Registration information is available on the agenda on the DNR website.

Board meetings are webcast live. People can watch the meeting over the internet by going to the NRB agenda page of the DNR website and clicking on webcasts in the Related Links column on the right. Then click on this month’s meeting. After each meeting, the webcast will be permanently available on demand.