Draft master plan for Horicon-Shaw Planning Group available for public input

Discussion in 'Outdoor News' started by Wisconsin DNR News, Jul 22, 2016.

  1. By Central Office July 19, 2016

    Contact(s): Bret Owsley, DNR area wildlife supervisor, 920-387-7874; Yoyi Steele, DNR planner, 608-266-8169

    HORICON, Wis. - The Horicon-Shaw Planning Group draft master plan is available for public review and comment through Friday, August 19.

    The Horicon-Shaw Planning Group, located in Dodge County, includes Horicon Marsh Wildlife Area, Shaw Marsh Wildlife Area, Sinnissippi Extensive Wildlife Habitat, and the Horicon Rough Fish Station. Primary objectives of the draft plan include maintenance of open wetland habitats, such as emergent marsh for a wide variety of wildlife.

    While public comments may be submitted through Aug. 19, a public meeting Aug. 3 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center will provide an additional opportunity to submit feedback. The Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center is located at N7725 Highway 28, Horicon - the meeting agenda is as follows:

    • 5:30-6:15 p.m. - open house with informational displays available and staff present for questions and discussion;
    • 6:15-6:30 p.m. - formal presentation providing an overview of the draft plan;
    • 6:30-6:45 p.m. -formal question-and-answer period; and
    • 6:45-7:30 p.m. - additional open house and one-on-one questions and discussion.

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    Join DNR staff Aug. 3 at the Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center for a public meeting regarding the draft Horicon-Shaw Planning Group master plan.
    Photo Credit: DNR

    The draft master plan and environmental analysis, maps, and other background information will be available at the public meeting. These materials can also be found online and at the Horicon DNR Service Center and public libraries in Beaver Dam, Horicon, Hustisford, Mayville, and Waupun.

    Public comments may submitted at the Aug. 3 public meeting, on the Department of Natural Resources website (dnr.wi.gov - search keywords "master planning" and select "Horicon-Shaw Planning Group) or sent to the following department staff via mail, telephone or email:

    • Bret Owsley, N7725 Hwy 28, Horicon, WI 53032, 920387-7874, [email protected]; or
    • Yoyi Steele, 101 S. Webster Street, WM/6, P.O. Box 7921, Madison, WI 53707-7921, 608-266-8169, [email protected].

    The draft plan describes proposed land management strategies, recreational opportunities, and other public use proposals for the properties. Highlights of proposed management include:

    • continued emphasis on management of open wetlands, including emergent and submergent marsh, sedge meadow, and wet prairie, and associated upland grassland and shrub habitats;
    • sustainable management of forested stands, particularly oak, aspen, and bottomland hardwood for forest health and wildlife benefit;
    • protection and enhancement of colonial waterbird nesting areas;
    • continued emphasis on traditional outdoor recreational activities such as hunting, fishing, and trapping, as well as other nature-based activities such as wildlife viewing and nature enjoyment, hiking, paddling, and cross-country skiing;
    • maintenance and enhancement of the Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center and its wildlife conservation education programming and recreational facilities; and
    • continued collaborations with conservation organizations, local governments, and private landowners on shared stewardship, management, and recreation goals.

    New proposals include modifications to existing closed or restricted areas and a new picnic shelter and flush toilet building at Horicon Marsh Wildlife Area. The draft master plan also includes two alternatives related to a request by proponents of the Gold Star Memorial Trail to allow bike use on existing hiking trails at Horicon Marsh Wildlife Area.

    Proposed actions are not anticipated to result in significant adverse environmental effects - the department has made a preliminary determination that an environmental impact statement will not be required.

    Last Revised: Tuesday, July 19, 2016

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