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City of Waterloo, Wisconsin Seeks Grant to Buy Land for Stewardship Trailhead Project

January 21, 2013

City of Waterloo seeks grant to buy land; Grant requested for Stewardship trailhead project in Waterloo

The City of Waterloo has applied for a 50 percent matching grant from the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program to help buy 0.22 acres of land in the City of Waterloo in Jefferson County. The city will provide match to the grant award.

The property is being acquired to develop a trailhead with a trail connection to Fireman’s Park and will include the activities of fishing, trapping, hiking, cross-county skiing, non-motorized boat access, biking and nature appreciation. The property includes 125 feet of frontage along the Maunesha River. The Department of Natural Resources is proposing to make the determination that the prohibition of hunting is necessary to protect public safety based on the parcel’s proximity to residential buildings and roads, the size of the parcel, the expectations of visitors, and a city ordinance prohibiting the discharge of weapons within the park.

DNR’s initial assessment of the allowed Nature Base Outdoor Activities (pdf) may be downloaded from the Stewardship Public Notice website or you may request a hard copy by contacting the project contact listed below. Public written comments on the proposed acquisition can be mailed to Julie Sauer, Administrator, Division of Customer and Employee Services, care of Mary Rothenmaier, Community Services Specialist, 3911 Fish Hatchery Road, Fitchburg, WI 53711 or sent by email to Mary.Rothenmaier@Wisconsin.gov.

If you have questions about this project, Mary Rothemaier can be reached by phone at (608) 275-3322. Written comments will be accepted through Feb. 7, 2013. In accordance with s. NR 52.04 (2) (b), Wis. Adm. Code, objections about the prohibited activities on this property must show the proposed prohibition to be inconsistent with s. 23.0916 (2) (b), Stats., and s. NR 52.05, Wis. Adm. Code.

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Alabama State Parks Offer Free Admission September 29, 2012

September 17, 2012

Alabama State Parks Offer Free Admission September 29, 2012

In recognition of National Public Lands Day, Alabama State Parks will waive day-use fees on September 29, 2012. Participating parks include those operated by the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. Locations and directions are found at www.alapark.com.

Day-use fees average $1 to $3 per person at most state parks. Fees for park amenities such as canoe rentals and cave tours will still apply, but there will be no cost for activities like hiking, biking, bird-watching or geocaching.

Parks Director Greg Lein says that National Public Lands Day was designated to recognize all that our public lands have to offer. “If there are people who have never visited a state park, this would be a great time to gather the family, pack a picnic lunch and spend a day enjoying the outdoors,” he said. “Since our state parks are dependent on user fees to operate — not state taxes — we hope that people will come back another time and pay the nominal entrance fee to visit a park.”

Several of Alabama’s state parks have benefited from land additions through purchases by the Forever Wild Land Trust, including Monte Sano and Cathedral Caverns. Forever Wild directly benefits Alabama’s outdoor enthusiasts through access to public recreational lands and supporting activities such as backpacking, bird-watching, boating, canoeing, camping, field trials, fishing, horseback riding, hunting, mountain biking, nature study and wildlife watching.

As hunting season approaches, hunters can also celebrate the Forever Wild Land Trust’s support of Alabama’s public hunting lands program by hunting on a state Wildlife Management Area (WMA). While Alabama’s public hunting lands program continues to lose no-cost lease lands previously made available under the state’s WMA system, Forever Wild has added new public hunting lands at 16 of the state’s 37 WMAs.

Alabama’s State Parks and Forever Wild lands are part of a larger national system of state-run public lands. These lands are available to all citizens, many of whom rely on them for recreational activities that support a healthy lifestyle.

The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources promotes wise stewardship, management and enjoyment of Alabama’s natural resources through five divisions: Marine Police, Marine Resources, State Lands, State Parks, and Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries.  To learn more about ADCNR, visit www.outdooralabama.com.

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Michigan DNR Seeks Public Input on Long Range Plans for Pinckney and Waterloo Recreation Areas at Oct. 2 Open House

September 13, 2012

Michigan DNR Seeks Public Input on Long Range Plans for Pinckney and Waterloo Recreation Areas at Oct. 2 Open House

The Department of Natural Resources will host an open house on Tuesday, Oct. 2, to gather public input on the proposed Phase 2 Long Range Action Goal Plans for Pinckney Recreation Area (in Livingston and Washtenaw counties) and Waterloo Recreation Area (in Jackson and Washtenaw counties). The open house is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Gerald Eddy Discovery Center, 17030 Bush Road in Chelsea, Mich.

Pinckney Recreation Area and the adjacent Waterloo Recreation Area combine to provide more than 30,000 acres of public recreational property in Jackson, Livingston and Washtenaw counties. The parks are home to diverse natural and cultural resources.

Waterloo Recreation Area, for example, features more rare animals and plant species and more exemplary natural communities than any other park in the state system. A variety of recreation opportunities are enjoyed in both parks, including modern and rustic camping; many boating and fishing options; and a vast area of public land open to hunting, trapping and other recreation uses. Trail-use activities are especially important in both parks, popular with equestrians, mountain bikers, hikers, runners, walkers and others.

The open house will provide an opportunity for the public to review and comment on specific long-range actions that are recommended for these two parks. The DNR’s planning consultant, Birchler Arroyo Associates, will conduct the open house. DNR staff will also be available to participate in an overview of the planning process and to address questions regarding the park and the planning efforts already under way.

Anyone needing more information about this open house or the proposed plans, or persons needing accommodations to attend this open house, should contact Paul N. Curtis, DNR Park Management Plan administrator, at 517-335-4832 (TTY/TDD711 Michigan Relay Center for the hearing impaired) at least five business days before the open house.

The Recreation Passport is an easy, affordable way for residents to enjoy and support outdoor recreation opportunities in Michigan. By checking “YES” for the $10 Recreation Passport ($5 for motorcycles) when renewing a license plate through the Secretary of State (by mail, kiosk, online at www.expresssos.com or at branch offices), Michigan motorists get access to state parks, recreation areas, state forest campgrounds, non-motorized state trailhead parking and state boat launches. In addition, Recreation Passport holders can experience real savings at businesses and retailers that participate in the Passport Perks discount program. The Recreation Passport is valid until the next license plate renewal date. Nonresidents can purchase the Recreation Passport ($29 annual; $8 daily) at any state park or recreation area or through the Michigan e-Store at www.michigan.gov/estore.

Learn more about this creative way of sustaining Michigan’s outdoor recreation and natural resources at www.michigan.gov/recreationpassport. For information on Passport Perks shopping discounts or how businesses and retailers can enroll in the program, visit www.michigan.gov/passportperks.

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