State Senator Tom Tiffany is supporting Oneida County’s call for increased cutting in the Chequamegon Nicolet National Forest.
The county board passed a resolution Tuesday asking federal officials and members of Congress to bring the national forest harvest up to its allowable level. Senator Tiffany says after widespread clear-cutting a hundred years ago, the pendulum has now swung too far the other way.
Wisconsin Public Service officials say by 2019 they will need more power for this region. The utility serving much of the Northwoods says they have two options: buy power or generate more power. And if they decide to generate more power they've narrowed down to possible sites.
A resolution that would allow flat roofs on boathouses in Oneida county was postponed at Tuesday's county board meeting.
Planning and Development chair Scott Holowinski asked for the postponement after department Director Karl Jenrich heard from the DNR....
"....we submitted it to DNR to comment on the rule and Karl, this morning, got an email(from the DNR) with some changes that the committee should talk about before we debate this. So what I'd like to do is table this...."
Some local officials aren’t thrilled with a state senate bill allowing Gogebic Taconite to cut off public access from its proposed mine site.
The area sits on managed forest land, meaning property owners get a tax break if they open their land to public recreation. Under a bill authored by Senator Tom Tiffany, GTac could close about 4000 acres and pay only a small increase in taxes, rather than a higher tax rate associated with managed forest closed to public access.