In October 2017, the Natural Resources Board amended the Northern Highland-American Legion State Forest master plan to include a proposal to open more forest roads for motor vehicle access. Currently, there are already 848 miles of roads open each fall for hunters and anglers to use, leaving few areas left in the state forest that sportsmen and women can get away from the roads. The 35 miles of roads proposed to be opened over the next two years are proposed heavily in these limited remote areas, removing the opportunity for sportsmen and women to escape vehicle traffic.
Wisconsin Backcountry Hunters and Anglers opposes the opening of these roads as the opportunities for hunters and anglers to get 1 mile from a road on public land are extremely limited in Wisconsin. Access along these roads is already available with a disability permit for those who cannot walk into these areas, and the only thing preventing others from enjoying these places is the unwillingness to do so.
A public comment period on these proposed roads is open through July 23rd. We urge you to join us in voicing your opposition to this proposal here (https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TK2MSPJ) before the public comment period ends.