In August, Department of Natural Resources staff will gather input at five public open houses to shape future planning regarding outdoor recreation opportunities in northern and northeastern Wisconsin.
In spring 2017, the DNR staff began the Recreation Opportunities Analysis process to collect information regarding existing outdoor-based recreation opportunities and identify future recreation needs in eight regions throughout Wisconsin. This process will identify future opportunities for providing high-quality recreation experiences and the potential role of DNR properties in helping to meet those needs.
Gathering public input is an extremely important step in the ROA process, and meetings in northern and northeastern Wisconsin will give anyone interested in outdoor recreation a great opportunity to provide feedback.
Each meeting will be held from 4-7 p.m. - DNR staff will provide a brief project overview at 4:30 p.m. and 6 p.m.
Public meetings for the Upper Lake Michigan Coastal region (Marinette, Oconto, Manitowoc, Brown, Kewaunee and Door counties) are as follows:
- Tuesday, Aug. 22- Stone Harbor Resort and Conference Center, 107 North First Avenue, Sturgeon Bay; and
- Wednesday, Aug. 23 - Community Center, 901 Henriette Avenue, Crivitz.
Public meetings for the Great Northwest Region (Douglas, Bayfield, Ashland, Burnett, Washburn, Sawyer, Polk, Barron and Rusk counties) are as follows:
- Monday, Aug. 28 - Hotel Chequamegon, 101 Lake Short Drive West, Ashland;
- Tuesday, Aug. 29 – The Lodge at Crooked Lake, 24271 HWY 35 North, Siren; and
- Wednesday, Aug. 30 - Community Library 418 Corbett Avenue, Ladysmith.
While the ROA process has begun in these regions, additional regional public meetings will be held as the process moves forward. The analysis process will generally describe recreation opportunities for each region. For more information regarding the recreational opportunities analysis, search keyword "ROA."