Public comments regarding draft management plans for 10 State Natural Areas due Jan. 19, 2016

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  1. By Central Office January 4, 2016

    Contact(s): Matt Zine, DNR conservation biologist, 608-266-8916

    MADISON - Draft management plans for 10 State Natural Areas with some of Wisconsin's rarest natural community types, including bluff prairies and oak savannas, are open for public comment through Jan. 19, 2016.

    Management plans are required for Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources properties to help guide management and development. These 10 properties are considered "Tier 3" sites due to their smaller size and lack of infrastructure.

    Draft management plans include information regarding current conditions, recreational opportunities, property and acquisition boundaries, habitat and natural community types, habitat management prescriptions, and motorized road inventories.

    Draft management plans for the following properties are currently open for review:

    • Battle Bluff Prairie State Natural Area, Vernon County;
    • Cassville Bluffs State Natural Area, Grant County;
    • Gasner Hollow Prairie State Natural Area, Grant County;
    • Hardscrabble Prairie State Natural Area, Lafayette County;
    • Hogback Prairie State Natural Area, Crawford County;
    • Limery Ridge Savanna State Natural Area, Crawford County;
    • Maiden Rock Bluff State Natural Area, Pepin County;
    • Morgan Coulee Prairie State Natural Area, Pierce County;
    • Romance Prairie State Natural Area, Vernon County; and
    • Trenton Bluff Prairie State Natural Area, Pierce County.

    To view draft management plans for these properties, visit, search keyword "master planning," and select "Tier 3 Management Plans."

    Comments and questions related to these draft plans can be sent to Matt Zine, WDNR, P.O. Box 7921, Madison, WI 53707-7921 or via email at [email protected] before 5 p.m. Jan. 19, 2016.

    "These plans help guide the department to ensure consistent management over time," said Matt Zine, DNR conservation biologist. "They are particularly important for prairie and oak savannas, since they require active hands-on management. Prescribed burns, invasive species control, and in many instances timber harvests are necessary to restore and maintain these unique communities over time."

    Wisconsin is home to 674 State Natural Areas - 425 of these areas are located within DNR lands, while the remaining 249 are owned by partner organizations. Natural areas provide opportunities for research and educational use, preservation of genetic and biological diversity, and serve as ecological benchmarks for determining the impact of use on managed lands.

    Tier 3 property management plans are minor actions under Natural Resources Chapter 150.20(1 m)(k) of the State Administrative Code and do not require a full environmental analysis
    Last Revised: Monday, January 04, 2016