Make Your Voice Heard in Southern Wisconsin

We’ve been keeping you up to date on the Recreation Opportunities Analysis conducted by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources as it works its way around the state.

This is important to cyclists and to everyone who enjoys silent sports because it will influence individual property plans. If we want more biking opportunities than we need to make our voice heard now.

The ROA divided the state into several regions and the last two regions in southern Wisconsin are now being considered.

Below find a message from the DNR describing your chance for public input.


The Department of Natural Resources is underway on a study, known as the Recreation Opportunities Analysis, looking at existing outdoor-based recreation opportunities and future recreation needs in each region of the state. The study will identify future opportunities for providing high-quality recreation experiences and the potential role of department properties in helping to meet those needs. More details can be found on the ROA web page.

Over the last few months, the department has been working with statewide recreation stakeholder representatives to consider recreation goals and activity attributes. The department also sought their input on how local stakeholders and the public can best be heard. Our next step is to gather feedback from local stakeholders and the general public regarding outdoor recreation opportunities. This past year, the department began its public input gathering effort in the most northern areas of Wisconsin. The final regions from which we are seeking public input are the Southern Gateways and Lower Lake Michigan Coastal Regions.

The department is gathering public input through an on-line questionnaire found on our web page. The department will also be hosting public open house informational meetings to gather input on the Recreation Opportunities Analysis. The meetings will be held between 4PM and 7PM. If you are interested in attending, please save the date for meetings in the following locations:

Tuesday, December 5 – Baraboo Civic Center, 124 2nd Street, Baraboo, WI 53913

Wednesday, December 6 – Horicon Marsh Education & Visitor Center, N7725 Highway 28, Horicon, WI 53032

Tuesday, December 12 – Urban Ecology Center (Menomonee Valley branch), 3700 W. Pierce Street, Milwaukee, WI 53215

Wednesday, December 13 – Wyndham Garden Hotel, 2969 Cahill Main, Fitchburg, WI 53711

If you would like to receive periodic updates on this study, please subscribe to the ROA “GovDelivery” service. The link to this service is on the right-hand side of the ROA webpage mentioned above. After you subscribe, you will receive an email when news releases are published, when new information is available to review, and when updates occur to the ROA webpage.

If you have questions or comments about the Recreation Opportunities Analysis, please contact me at:
Cameron Bump, Park & Recreation Specialist
1300 West Clairemont Avenue
Eau Claire, WI 54702
Phone: 715-839-2786

About Dave Cieslewicz, Director Emeritus

Dave Cieslewicz served two terms as mayor of Madison where he set the city on a path for Platinum status as one of the best biking cities in North America. Before that he started his own nonprofit, 1000 Friends of Wisconsin, which focuses on land use and transportation policy. He has been an adjunct professor at the UW Madison's Department of Urban and Regional Planning where he teaches a class called Bikes, Pedestrians and Cities. He pronounces his name chess LEV ich, but nobody else does.

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