Voters in Forest county might see a referendum this fall whether to allow the county to work on the development of a large offroad park. The county Forestry committee Tuesday passed a resolution unanimously. Forest Administator David Ziolkowski says the committee discussed land acquisition and DNR requirements, then decided to ask the full county board for a public vote.
The DNR says it needs more information to determine whether an off road park in Forest County would be eligible for certain grants.
The nonprofit Wisconsin Off-Road Vehicle Park Incorporated wants Forest County to buy the land for a 10,000-acre park.
The group is pitching the project as a good deal for the county, saying park tourism and timber management on the land could generate revenue, while the purchase of the land could be fifty percent paid-for by DNR stewardship grants.
Proponents of a controversial off-road park in Forest County have unveiled the details of their proposal.
A planning committee has selected a location north of Laona, near the intersections of county highways G and O. It includes a stretch of the Peshtigo River.
The group Wisconsin Off-Road Vehicle Park Incorporated wants Forest County to purchase the 10-thousand acre site over a series of several years and phases. The land is currently held by private companies Crandon Timber and Plum Creek.
A proposed 10,000-acre off-road vehicle park in Forest county drew opposition at a Saturday public hearing in Laona, along with calls for a referendum.
About 60 people attended the first gathering called by the Forest county board.. A private non-profit organization, Wisconsin Off-Road Vehicle Park, Inc wants to develop the large facility but has not produced on the record details where the park would be located, saying it could be in seven possible locations.
One speaker asked a series of questions to the four committee members present...