Master planning efforts set to begin for Northwest Barrens properties

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  1. By Northwest Region January 21, 2016

    Contact(s): Paul Bruggink, DNR Fish, Wildlife, and Parks Division Northern Representative, 715-356-5211; Beth Kienbaum, DNR Property Planner, 608-266-3219

    SPOONER, Wis. - Master planning efforts are set to begin for Namekagon Barrens and Douglas County wildlife areas and Totogatic Wild River area, and the public is encouraged to provide input.

    An open house will be held Thursday, Feb. 4 from 5-7 p.m. in the Chicog Town Hall, located 10 miles west of Minong, Wis. on Hwy 77. Here, attendees will have the opportunity to review maps, review the Regional and Property Analysis, contribute management suggestions, and discuss ideas with department staff.

    For those unable to attend the open house, public input will be accepted Monday, Jan. 25 through Friday, Feb. 12, and can be submitted online through a comment form found on the Department of Natural Resources' master planning page (, keyword "master planning," then select Northwest Barrens). Comments may also be sent to Beth Kienbaum, Wisconsin Dept. of Natural Resources, 101 S. Webster Street - LF/6 Madison WI 53707 or via email at [email protected].

    Namekagon Barrens and Douglas County wildlife areas and the Totogatic Wild River Area are located within the Northwest Sands Ecological Landscape, and consist of nearly 13,000 acres of oak/pine barrens, with some northern dry forest, wetlands and streams within the St. Croix and Namekagon River watersheds. This unique habitat provides for a wide array of wildlife, including many rare bird species.

    These properties provide an important recreational resource and economic benefit, as each is a popular destination for hunting, fishing, gathering and bird watching. Canoeing or kayaking the Totogatic River, one of only five designated Wild Rivers in Wisconsin, provides a rare opportunity to enjoy river landscape in its natural and free-flowing condition.

    The Friends of Namekagon Barrens [EXIT DNR] and Friends of the Bird Sanctuary [EXIT DNR] provide significant management support to DNR staff, including educational resources for visitors who use these properties.

    Background information, including maps and a preliminary vision and goals document, can be found online. Visit, search keyword "master planning" and select "Northwest Barrens properties" to learn more.

    Background materials are also available at Spooner DNR Service Center, Superior DNR Service Center, Brule DNR office, Minong Ranger Station, and public libraries in Solon Springs, Minong, Superior and Spooner.

    If you would like to receive email updates regarding Northwest Barrens master planning, visit and click on the email icon near the bottom of the page for "subscribe for updates for DNR topics." Follow the prompts and select "Northwest Barrens properties master planning process," found within the "property master planning" list.

    Last Revised: Thursday, January 21, 2016