scenic byway

Next we hear from Richard Ackley, a Forest County UW-Extension agent. Richard and several community members will be meeting next week as the next step in a process to have the WOLF RIVER-NICOLET SCENIC BYWAY Hwy 55/32  though Langlade and Forest Counties named as a Wisconsin Scenic Byway....

Richard Ackley discussing the proposed Scenic Byway in Langlade and Forest counties....

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Organizers around a proposed scenic byway near the Wolf River are trying to drum up local support for the plan.  Members of the public were invited to Mole Lake Wednesday to get involved. 

To convince state officials that Wolf River Heritage Corridor has what it takes to be a scenic byway, the first step was a detailed scenic assessment.  It scored each mile of the route based on natural beauty, historical significance and amenities.  Overall the byway averaged a promising 7 out of 8 possible points.

State Highway 55 could become the state's fifth Scenic Byway corridor. A meeting Wednesday, April 23,  in Mole Lake will enable the public to see what is in the works.

The program is administered by the Department of Transportation. Highways with historic and scenic corridors are considered. If adopted, the stretch of Highway 55 north from Menominee county through Forest county to the Michigan line would be known as the the Wolf River-Nicolet Scenic Byway.

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A plan for a Scenic Byway in Forest County is just one step away from becoming a reality.  

The Wolf River Heritage Corridor would follow Highway 55, north from Langlade to Nelma near Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. 

The more than one hundred mile route bisects the Mole Lake Sokaogon Chippewa Community.  It also includes a loop near Three Lakes. 

Forest County Economic Development Director Jim Schuessler says getting the scenic byway designation is a rigorous process.