Woodboro Lakes Wildlife Area

Possible First ATV Trail in State Wildlife Area
9:44 am
Thu January 15, 2015

Planning Process Begins For Woodboro Lakes

The Woodboro Lakes Wildlife Area is primarily early successional aspen forest, and also contains a number of kettle lakes.
Credit Wisconsin DNR

Members of the public are getting a chance to voice what they’d like to see longterm on the Woodboro Lakes Wildlife Area in Oneida County.  About 40 people attended a public information session Tuesday night. 

Controversy over a local club’s proposal for what could be the first ATV trail through a state Wildlife Area has been folded into a larger master planning process for the Woodboro Lakes Wildlife Area.  It will likely dictate where and if motorized use is allowed. 

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ATV club request starts process
4:40 am
Mon December 29, 2014

Master Plan Process Begins In Jan. For Woodboro Lakes

Credit Wisconsin DNR

A  Master Plan is needed as the state considers a request to build an ATV trail in the Woodboro Lakes area west of Rhinelander.

Woodboro Lakes Wildlife Area is a heavily wooded 3,600 acre property. An ATV club asked for the trail earlier this year.

DNR Planner Yoyi Steele says this property has no Master Plan, even lacking an old plan that could be amended. So the department needs to start from scratch. The board presented a trail feasibility study to the Natural Resources Board...

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Wildlife Matters with Jeremy Holtz
10:54 am
Thu November 20, 2014

Why Windstorms Can Be Good For Wildlife Habitat

Fallen trees are a good choice for firewood, but also helpful for animals.
Credit Rob Burke

Many people gather firewood from fallen or dead trees on their own lands or from national forest or state-owned property.  In today’s Wildlife Matters, DNR Wildlife Biologist Jeremy Holtz says in some cases, managers may choose to leave those trees alone for the benefit of wildlife.  

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Moving Ahead With Master Plan
4:38 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

NRB Delays Decision on Woodboro Lakes ATV Trail

ATV use could be part of the master plan that DNR staffers will be working on for the Woodboro Lakes Wildlife Area.
Credit Wisconsin DNR

The public will have a few more chances to give input before ATVs are allowed on the Woodboro Lakes Wildlife Area near Rhinelander. 

The state Natural Resources Board has postponed a decision on ATV access for a specific trail, opting instead to first develop a master plan for the property.

DNR property planner Tom Watkins says that will allow managers to take a broader look at how the property should be used long term.

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Natural Resources
5:10 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

NRB To Consider ATVs in Woodboro Lakes Wildlife Area

ATVs may be allowed through a portion of the Woodboro Lakes Wildlife Area, if the Natural Resources Board approves a proposal Wednesday.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

The state Natural Resources Board is set to weigh in on a proposal for an ATV route through the Woodboro Lakes Wildlife Area near Rhinelander.

The Nokomis ATV club has requested ATV access on 3/4 mile of state-owned trail that’s currently only open to foot traffic and snowmobiles in winter. 

The ATV trail would also extend south on county forest property for another 3/4 mile.

DNR Wildlife Biologist Jeremy Holtz explains that a feasibility study found the proposal to be workable, providing a few conditions are met.

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Area Primarily Used by Hunters
6:23 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

DNR Taking Comment on Woodboro Lakes ATV Trail Plan

The DNR is considering allowing ATVs and UTVs on a trail in the Woodboro Lakes Area.
Credit Wisconsin DNR

Members of the public will have a chance to comment on an ATV trail proposed for the Woodboro Lakes Area.

The Nokomis ATV Club has asked for an ATV/UTV trail through the 3-thousand acre property that’s about 10 miles west of Rhinelander. 

DNR Wildlife biologist Jeremy Holtz says a DNR analysis of the plan finds it feasible if certain conditions are met.

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Woodboro Lakes Wildlife Area
3:48 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

Gathering Storm Cancels DNR ATV/UTV Meeting

Woodboro Lakes Wildlife Area
Credit Wisconsin DNR

The winter storm coming to the Midwest has led to the cancelation of a DNR meeting Thursday evening about an ATV trail in the Woodboro Lakes wildlife area.

The open house was called to get public input on a proposal by the Nokomis ATV club about using part of the 3,000 acre property for a trail. DNR Woodboro Lakes area manager Jeremy Holtz says the weather put a halt to plans...

 

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Comment period, open house set
3:25 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

ATV Club Wants To Run Trail Through Woodboro Lakes Area

Woodboro Lakes Wildlife Area
Credit Wisconsin DNR

The Nokomis ATV Club is asking for an ATV/UTV trail to be allowed across the southeast portion of the Woodboro Lakes Wildlife Area off Highway "K" west of Rhinelander. The DNR is holding an open house to get public input on the proposed trail.

DNR Woodboro Lakes Wildlife Area manager Jeremy Holtz...

 

"....so we're asking folks to get more information, learn about the request, attend the meeting and share their opinions..."

 

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