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Process Update

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

3/31/20 Agenda

Questionnaire for 2021-2035 Chippewa County Forest Comprehensive Land Use Plan, Stakeholder Advisory Group Meeting #2 of 3:  Focus on Soil, Water, Fish, and Wildlife

Habitat Management of Wildlife Flowages in the Chippewa County Forest, (L. Olson, 2/2015)

Biotic Inventory and Analysis of the Chippewa County Forest (Natural Heritage Inventory Program, 10/2005).

Biotic Inventory of Five Wildlife Flowages Within the Chippewa County Forest, (E. Lind, Beaver Creek Reserve, 3/2015).

What Climate Change Means for Wisconsin, (EPA, 8/2016)

Common Guidance for the Identification of High Conservation Values, (HCV Resource Network, 10/2013)

Wisconsin State Natural Areas Map,  (State Natural Areas/DNR)

State Natural Areas

Aspen Harvest Scheduling Analysis for Chippewa County, (Steigerwaldt Land Services, 10/9/2017)

October 4, 2019, Stakeholder Advisory Group Meeting - Focus on Access and Recreation

10/3/19 Agenda

Overview of Current Policy and Maintenance Protocol or Primary Infrastructure in the County Forest

Revised and TENTATIVE Scheduling for Preliminary Public Participation Plan for the Development of the 2021-2035 Chippewa County Forest Comprehensive Land Use Plan (8/21/19)

Questionnaire for 2021-2035 Chippewa County Forest Comprehensive Land Use Plan Stakeholder Advisory Group Meeting #1:  Focus on Access and Recreation

Permanent Primary Road Map (To be added soon)

Secondary Road Map (To be added soon)

County Forest Blocking Boundary Maps

Hickory Ridge Trail System Map
     -Hickory Ridge Ski Trail
     -Hickory Ridge Mountain Bike and Snowshoe Trail

Hay Meadow Horse Trail System Map

County Forest Snowmobile and ATV/UTV Trail System Map (To be added soon)

Town of Ruby Frozen Ground Access/Tealey Creek Game Loop Map