Recreational users of the County Forest have requested that vehicular access to permanent secondary (i.e. gated) county forest roads, in the Town of Ruby, be allowed under frozen ground conditions.
The requested vehicular access was previously prohibited under the 2006-2020 County Forest Comprehensive Land Use Plan.
In response to the public requests, County staff followed a prescribed administrative process including opportunities for public participation. Opportunities for public participation included the formation of a stakeholder focus group consisting of representatives from law enforcement, natural resource managers, private landowners, recreational trail organizations, and hunting and fishing organizations. In addition to group discussion at the meetings, stakeholders completed a written questionnaire that was developed to solicit more specific input.
A public informational hearing was also conducted to present draft plan amendments and solicit input from the general public.
The Land Conservation and Forest Management (LCFM) Committee discussed this topic at multiple meetings. The County Board approved Resolution 41-15 (click here to see pages 71-79 of the County Board Minutes Packet from the November 10, 2015 County Board Meeting). Resolution 41-15 amended the 2006-2020 County Forest Comprehensive Land Use Plan to allow for vehicular access to permanent secondary (i.e. gated) county forest roads, in the Town of Ruby, under frozen ground conditions. The State of Wisconsin, Department of Natural Resources issued formal approval of the Plan amendment referred to above, on November 19, 2015.
Click here for a map [PDF] showing the secondary (i.e. gated) county forest roads, in the Town of Ruby, that are subject to frozen-ground only motorized vehicle use pursuant to Resolution 41-15.
Information on the status (i.e. Has the County observed frozen ground conditions and opened the gates?) of the vehicle access described above is contained under the Trail Conditions page (click here).