Forest Road Study Extends Comment Period

Dec 3, 2014

People have about another month to give feedback on how they use the nine thousand miles of roads in the Chequamegon Nicolet National Forest. The comment period for a study on those roads is being extended until the end of December. 

The Chequamegon-Nicolet is giving people more time to comment on how they value forest service roads.
Credit Hilary Markin / USFS

Spokesperson Hilary Markin says the study hopes to gain specific information about which roads are important to people.                    

“And we’re also looking for their thoughts on do they think we have too many roads?  Do they want to see more roads closed on the forest, or do they want to see more roads open for the public use?”

Markin says road maintenance costs are going up, while budgets are going down. 

That fact has spurred a closer look at the road system, with study analysis set to conclude by next fall. 

The study hopes to gather more information about how the road system should be sustainably managed.