Public meeting set on plan to rename a DNR wildlife area

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  1. By Northeast Region February 8, 2016

    Contact(s): Jeff Pritzl, DNR wildlife supervisor, Green Bay, 920-662-5127; Ed Culhane, DNR communications, 715-781-1683

    GREEN BAY - Anyone with an interest in the state-managed managed property called Little Tail Unit - adjacent to the Little Tail Point peninsula, three miles north of Suamico - is invited to a public meeting on a proposed name change.

    Little Tail Point is privately owned. The owners have asked the Department of Natural Resources to change the name of Little Tail Unit to avoid confusion between the public and private lands. DNR staff has proposed renaming the state managed property "Bayside Road Unit."

    The meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 17, at the DNR service center at 2984 Shawano Ave., Green Bay.

    The name-change request came as part of public input during a master planning process for Green Bay Planning Group properties, including the Green Bay West Shore Wildlife Area - 11 separate, non-contiguous units scattered along the west shore in Brown, Oconto and Marinette counties. The Natural Resources Board, which sets policy for DNR, directed staff to consider a name change.

    The 293-acre Little Tail Unit is located three miles north of Suamico in Brown County, east of Bayside Road and between Brown Road East to the north and Norfield Road to the south. Primary recreational uses by the public are hunting and trapping. Maps of the property can be accessed online at http://dnr.wi.gov/files/PDF/pubs/lf/LF0075Map_K.pdf.

    Immediately to the east lies Little Tail Point - a long, narrow peninsula extending southeast into the bay. Little Tail Point is privately owned and is used primarily for waterfowl hunting. Its owners have said the nearly identical name creates a presumption by the public that the point itself is public land, leading to routine trespass problems.

    Some opposition to the name change surfaced during the master plan process and so DNR staff is providing this additional opportunity for public input. Questions about the meeting or the property can be directed to DNR wildlife supervisor Jeff Pritzl at 920-662-5127.

    Last Revised: Monday, February 08, 2016

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