Wisconsin: Help define management of Coulee Experimental State Forest

People interested in the Coulee Experimental State Forest are invited
to attend a public meeting to review a draft master plan for this
unique state property. The plan will govern management of the forest
for the next 15 years. Located 15 miles east of La Crosse, the
3,000-acre-forest was purchased by the state to conduct long-term
research into forest watershed problems. The forest is open for
hunting, cross country skiing, hiking and horseback riding.

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The Coulee Experimental State Forest has become a popular destination
for those interested in hunting, hiking, cross-country skiing,
horseback riding, nature study and wildlife viewing. Motorized
vehicles and bicycles have historically been prohibited because of the
small property size, the high potential for conflicts with other
users, the variable to steep topography with erodible soils and
limited trail management resources. The Coulee Experimental State
Forest has unique ecological features that include old oak forests, a
variety of conifer plantations, farm fields, dry prairies, rare cliff
communities and a legacy of forest research sites.

This ecological diversity creates important opportunities for forest research, wildlife habitat improvement and the protection of rare species and natural communities. The DNR is committed to working with citizens to manage the Coulee Experimental State Forest in a sustainable manner for current and future generations. This approach incorporates ecological, economic and social values. The activities proposed in the draft master plan are not anticipated to result in significant adverse environmental effects. The department has made a preliminary determination that an environmental impact statement will not be required for this action. Copies of the environmental assessment that led to the DNR’s preliminary determination along with the current draft master plan can be obtained from James Dalton, Coulee Experimental State Forest manager at 608-785-9007 or at
James.Dalton@wisconsin.gov.

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Comments (1)

dnrApril 16th, 2009 at 7:06 am

Who is the idiot that is prohibiting hunting on the property.

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