Draft master plan for Powell Marsh available for public input

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  1. By Central Office August 19, 2016

    Contact(s): Diane Brusoe, DNR Facilities and Lands Bureau, 608-267-7469;Michele Woodford, DNR wildlife biologist, 715-356-5211 EXT. 207

    Manitowish waters, Wis. - A draft master plan for the Powell Marsh State Wildlife Area is available for public review and comment through Sept. 9, 2016.

    The current management plan for Powell Marsh, approved in 1980, is in need of revision as conditions have changed over time - the current plan does not meet current NR44 requirements for property master plans. For more information, including maps and the draft master plan, visit dnr.wi.gov, search keywords "master planning," and select "Powell Marsh Wildlife Area."

    An open house will be held Monday, Aug. 29 at the Manitowish Waters Community Center, 4 Airport Road and Highway 51, Manitowish Waters. Attendees will have an opportunity to review property maps and copies of the draft plan from 5 to 5:30 p.m.

    Following the open house, Department of Natural Resources staff will make a short presentation at 5:30 p.m., followed by an opportunity to submit verbal or written comment from 5:45 to 7:30 p.m. Those who choose to submit verbal comment will have a time limit of three minutes.

    For those unable to attend the open house, input will be accepted through Sept. 9 at 5 p.m., and can be submitted online through a comment form found on the Department of Natural Resources' master planning page (search keyword "master planning" and select "Powell Marsh Wildlife Area"). Comments can also be submitted via US mail to Diane Brusoe, Wisconsin Dept. of Natural Resources, 101 S. Webster Street - LF/6, Madison or via email at [email protected].

    The Powell Marsh State Wildlife Area is located in western Vilas County, three miles south of Manitowish Waters and 10 miles north of Lac du Flambeau. The approximately 4,800-acre property is primarily an open peatland with several small flowages and lakes.

    Under the proposed plan, the current amount and types of habitats are maintained. This management regime largely maintains the current open habitats that many Species of Greatest Conservation Need depend upon and provides significant habitat for ducks, geese and semi-aquatic furbearers that optimizes hunting and trapping opportunities. In addition, the proposed plan provides improved public access by adding road access into the interior of the property, adding more hiking and ADA accessible trails and facilities, improved watercraft access, and also offers new educational and information features.

    The draft master plan also includes a proposal to lower the potential for iron floc production on the property by reducing the length of ditches and increasing the level of water that "filters" through the marsh/wetland before discharging to Dead Pike Lake. Collectively, proposed actions further reduce the potential for iron floc to be generated in Powell Marsh's ditch system.
    Last Revised: Friday, August 19, 2016