The Chippewa County Department of Land Conservation & Forest Management will reconvene a stakeholder focus group to assist in the development of a County Forest Comprehensive Land Use Plan covering the time period of 2021 through 2035. The focus group will include representatives from law enforcement, natural resource managers, private landowners, loggers, recreational trail organizations, and hunting and fishing organizations.
The meetings have been scheduled as follows:
- March 31, 2020, at 6:00 p.m. Due to the Safer at Home Order (3/24/20), the meeting will be held through the Webex Online Meeting platform. Instructions will be posted to join the meeting shortly.
- April 28, 2020, at 6:00 p.m. At this time, it is unknown if the meeting will be in person or through the Webex Online Meeting.
- Public Open House - July 2, 2020
- Public Hearing - July 9, 2020
Overview of Planning Process
Chapter 28 of Wisconsin Statutes, Section 28.11(5)(a) requires that counties manage county forest lands pursuant to a Comprehensive County Forest Land Use Plan, prepared for a 15-year period by the County Forestry Committee.
Comprehensive County Forest Land Use Plans establish policy and provide a management framework that guides counties to administer County Forests in compliance with the purpose and direction of the County Forest Law, as defined in s. 28.11, Wisconsin Statutes, and pursuant to input from citizens and groups so that local needs and objectives are met.
County staff will facilitate four (4) Stakeholders Advisory Group meetings between October, 2019, and January, 2020. Each meeting will focus on a set of topics. The meetings are tentatively scheduled as follows:
-October 3, 2019
-November 5, 2019 - This meeting has been postponed.
-December 3, 2019 - This meeting has been postponed.
-January 7, 2019 - This meeting has been postponed.
After reviewing the draft plan with the Stakeholders Advisory Group and the Land Conservation & Forest Management Committee, LCFM staff will conduct a public open house July 2, 2020, to inform and educate interested members of the public. A formal public hearing will then be held in July 9, 2020, to gather final public input prior to completion of the plan for approval by the Chippewa County Board and the DNR.
The meetings will be open to the public, however, discussion will be limited to recognized group members in the interest of systematic and efficient process.
March 31, 2020, Stakeholder Advisory Meeting - Focus on Ecologically Significant Areas, Soil, Water, Fish & Wildlife Management
October 4, 2019, Stakeholder Advisory Group Meeting - Focus on Access and Recreation
Permanent Primary Road Map (To be added soon)
Secondary Road Map (To be added soon)
County Forest Snowmobile and ATV/UTV Trail System Map (To be added soon)