The Department of Natural Resources is underway on a study, known as the Recreation Opportunities Analysis, looking at existing outdoor-based recreation opportunities and future recreation needs in each region of the state. The study will identify future opportunities for providing high-quality recreation experiences and the potential role of department properties in helping to meet those needs. More details can be found on our web page by going to http://dnr.wi.gov/ and searching the key word "ROA".
Over the last few months, the department has been working with statewide recreation stakeholder representatives to consider recreation goals and activity attributes. The department also sought their input on how local stakeholders and the public can best be heard. Our next step is to gather feedback from local stakeholders and the general public regarding outdoor recreation opportunities. This past spring, the department began its public input gathering effort in the Northwoods region. The next region of the state from which we are seeking public input is the Great Northwest Region composed of Ashland, Barron, Bayfield, Burnett, Douglas, Polk, Rusk, Sawyer, Washburn counties.
The department will be hosting public open house informational meetings to gather input on the Recreation Opportunities Analysis. If you are interested in attending, please save the date for meetings in the following locations:
- *Monday, August 28th, Hotel Chequamegon, 101 Lake Short Drive West, Ashland
- *Tuesday August 29th - The Lodge at Crooked Lake, 24271 Hwy 35 North, Siren
- *Wednesday August 30th - Community Library 418 Corbett Ave, Ladysmith
The meetings will be held between 4PM and 7PM. DNR staff will provide a brief overview at each meeting both at 4:30 and 6PM.
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 webpage mentioned above. After you subscribe, you will receive an email when news releases are published, when new information is available to review, and when updates occur to the ROA webpage.
If you have questions or comments about either the Recreation Opportunities Analysis, please feel free to contact me:
Cameron Bump, Park & Recreation Specialist