Logging scheduled for Columbia County wildlife and fishery areas

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  1. By Central Office November 25, 2016

    Contact(s): Bruce Henderson, DNR forester ranger, 608-635-8121; Sara Kehrli, DNR wildlife biologist, 608-635-8123; Jennifer Sereno, DNR communications, 608-770-8084

    POYNETTE, Wis. - Visitors to Mud Lake, Grassy Lake, Pine Island and Paradise Marsh Wildlife Areas in Columbia County are likely to see active timber harvests on these public properties in the near future.

    Harvests are scheduled for a total of approximately 313 acres across these properties this fall and winter. Harvesting may also occur as a result of a 33 acre timber sale on the Rocky Run Fishery Area and the adjacent Rocky Run State Natural Area. Since these harvesting contracts generally last two years, all of this forest management may not occur this season. No harvesting will occur during the nine day gun deer hunting season on any of the properties.

    "Harvesting may begin over the next several weeks," said Bruce Henderson, DNR forester ranger for Columbia County. "These lands are managed based on long-term plans with objectives that include maintaining or improving wildlife habitat. Our forests are tremendous natural assets and the management plans help balance current environmental, social and economic benefits while ensuring opportunities for future generations."

    The scheduled harvests will change the short term appearance of these popular hunting spots, but the work is necessary to achieve the management objectives and, where applicable, create conditions ideal for the next crop of tree seedlings to grow. Specific objectives for these Columbia County harvests include regeneration of oak and aspen forest stands, thinning of pine plantations and hardwood stands, as well as some conversion to oak savanna or grassland, said Henderson.

    "Access restrictions may apply to areas where equipment is actively working," Henderson said. "We appreciate citizen support for these efforts and ask for patience while these management activities are underway."

    Last Revised: Friday, November 25, 2016