Sunday, October 21, 2018

Getting Out

Field Notes 10/20/17

Recreation area to be discussed

MADISON — A master plan for the Chippewa Moraine State Recreation Area is among topics scheduled for discussion at Wednesday’s Natural Resources Board meeting in Madison. 

The board also is scheduled to discuss altering the Northern Highland-American Legion state forest master plan. In addition, board members are scheduled to discuss elk management rules.    

The meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m. in Room G09 of the State Natural Resources Building (GEF 2), 101 S. Webster St., Madison.

The original plan for the 3,568-acre Chippewa Moraine State Recreation Area was approved in 1990. Management under the plan will maintain and, where opportunities allow, enhance the ecological integrity of the property’s forest, wetland and aquatic native communities and habitats, state Department of Natural Resources officials said.

The proposed plan would maintain, and in some cases expand, the property’s existing recreational facilities and opportunities, including adding seven miles to the National Scenic Ice Age Trail that traverses the property. 

The proposal also calls for adding eight primitive campsites and one additional carry-in boat launch.

The complete board October agenda is available by searching the DNR website,, using the keyword “NRB” and clicking on the button for “view agendas.”

People wishing to attend Wednesday’s meeting must pre-register with Laurie Ross, Natural Resources Board liaison, to testify at the board meeting. The deadline to register, testify, or submit written comments is 11 a.m. today. Registration information is available on the agenda on the DNR website.

Donated venison helps families

MADISON — Each year, hunters, meat processors and food pantries help families in need by working closely with the state Department of Natural Resources and its partners to donate thousands of pounds of venison to those in need.

The Deer Donation Program was established in 2000. Since then, more than 90,000 deer have been donated and more than 3.6 million pounds of venison have been processed and distributed.

For more information about the DNR’s deer donation program, visit and search using keywords “deer donation.”

From staff reports

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