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November 26, 2019 - Oconto County Begins Revising the Current 15-Year Comprehensive Land Use Plan

Oconto County, along with all 29 of Wisconsin’s County Forests, is in the initial steps of revising the current 15- Year Comprehensive Land Use Plan. Once approved, these revised plans will be in effect January 1, 2021-December 31, 2035.

Covering over 2.4 million acres of public land in the state, the Wisconsin County Forests mission is to manage, conserve and protect natural resources on a sustainable basis for present and future generations. The management of these resources address many ecological, social and economic needs of society.

As defined in state statue. 28.11, the purpose of Wisconsin's County Forests is:
" ... to provide the basis for a permanent program of county forests and to enable and encourage the planned development and management of the County Forests for optimum production of forest products together with recreational opportunities, wildlife, watershed protection and stabilization of stream flow, giving full recognition to the concept of multiple use to assure maximum public benefits; to protect the public rights, interests and investments in such lands; and to compensate the counties for the public uses, benefits and privileges these lands provide; all in a manner which will provide a reasonable revenue to the towns in which such lands lie."

A critical step in the plan revision process is soliciting comments from those who live, work and/or recreate in these forested lands. Input from the individuals who utilize these resources can be very useful as the plans are developed and management decisions are made. Throughout the planning process, public input and interest will be welcomed and addressed. Residents, users and other stake holders of the Oconto County Forest can provide feedback to the Oconto County Forest, Parks, & Recreation/Land Information Systems Sub Committee at their monthly meetings or via email at fpr@co.oconto.wi.us. Please check the home page news and announcements column for updates, drafts, and meeting dates located at www.co.oconto.wi.us