Open House meetings will accept public comments on the Wildlife, Fishery and Natural Area...

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  1. By South Central Region September 8, 2015

    Contact(s): Ed Jepsen, DNR property planner, 608-266-3568; Sawyer Briel, DNR communications, 608-261-0751

    MADISON - The draft master plan for 12 wildlife, fishery, natural areas and park properties, as well as 14 smaller habitat areas in the Sugar River Planning Group is now available for public review and comment through Oct. 8, 2015.

    This planning group is located in southcentral Dane County, eastern Green County and western Rock County. The draft plan contains recommendations from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources for habitat and recreation goals and objectives for the following properties:

    • wildlife areas - Albany, Avon Bottoms, Badfish Creek, Brooklyn, Evansville, Hook Lake/Grass Lake and Liberty Creek;
    • fishery areas - Anthony Branch, Allen Creek and Story Creek;
    • natural areas - Hook Lake Bog; and
    • parks and recreation - Montrose State Ice Age Trail Area.

    This plan also includes a feasibility study for a proposed Footville Public Hunting Ground project.

    Two open house sessions will be held with a brief 10 minute formal presentation at 6 p.m., followed by an open question and answer period. Dates and times for these meetings are as follows:

    • Tuesday, Sept. 22, 5- 7 p.m. - Dunn Town Hall, 4156 County Road B, McFarland; and
    • Wednesday, Sept. 23, 5-7 p.m. - Brodhead Public Library, 1207 25th St., Brodhead.

    The draft master plan is available for public review during public hours at the Fitchburg DNR Service Center, 3911 Fish Hatchery Road, Fitchburg and at the State Natural Resources Building, 101 S. Webster St., Madison.

    A physical copy of the draft master plan has been provided to the following public libraries:

    • Albany (Albertson Memorial) Public Library;
    • Belleville Public Library;
    • Beloit Public Library;
    • Brodhead Memorial Public Library;
    • Edgerton Public Library;
    • Evansville (Vanderburgh) Public Library;
    • Fitchburg Public Library;
    • Janesville (Hedberg) Public Library;
    • Madison Public Library;
    • Monticello Public Library;
    • Monroe Public Library;
    • New Glarus Public Library;
    • Orfordville Public Library;
    • Oregon Public Library; and
    • Stoughton Public Library.

    Public comments can be submitted at the aforementioned open houses, sent to Ed Jepsen, FL/6, PO Box 7921, Madison, 53707-7921 and submitted through an online form.

    For more information and to submit comments online, visit and search keywords "master planning" and select the "Sugar River Planning Group."

    Last Revised: Tuesday, September 08, 2015