Anglers and other outdoors enthusiasts familiar with Wisconsin's Driftless Area are invited to share ideas on how to improve fishing access and better manage state lands in this fisherman's paradise.
There are nine public meetings statewide as the state Department of Natural Resources begins the process of preparing a master plan for these state properties. There will be a public meeting in Eau Claire at the DNR Service Center, on March 12th, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
People attending the meetings will be able to see a decade's worth of information on fish populations, view maps of existing public access and learn how climate change is projected to change the future distribution of trout and bass throughout the Driftless Area.
The DNR currently owns about 28,000 acres in the Driftless Area and holds easements on more than 8,000 acres of land that allow anglers access to more than 300 streams.