Earlier this year, the Department of Natural Resources launched an effort to look at recreational opportunities and needs across Wisconsin. This Recreation Opportunities Analysis aims to identify existing and future recreational needs in each region of the state, and determine the role of DNR lands in helping to meet those needs.
The ROA will rely on the same eight regions that the Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP) uses to evaluate outdoor recreation trends and issues. Recommendations resulting from the ROA will then be used to help inform decision-making about use of DNR lands, including in future master planning efforts.
The first region of the state where the department is seeking public input is the Northwoods Region composed of Forest, Florence, Iron, Langlade, Lincoln, Oneida, Price, Taylor, and Vilas counties.
Coinciding with the ROA is the department's effort to amend the recreation component of the master plan for the Northern Highland American Legion State Forest. This amendment will consider changes to several aspects of recreational use of the property.
The DNR will be hosting public open houses to gather input on both the ROA and the master plan amendment to the Northern Highland American Legion State Forest. If you are interested in attending, please save the date for meetings in the following locations:
- April 25 – Minocqua/Woodruff area
- April 26 – Park Falls
- April 27 – Antigo
In early April, the ROA web page will have updated open house information, an online survey about outdoor recreation opportunities, summaries describing different types of outdoor activities, and maps showing an initial representation of existing outdoor recreation opportunities.
If you would like to receive periodic updates on this study, please subscribe to the ROA "GovDelivery" service. The link to this service is on the right-hand side of the ROA web page.