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Waterway Master Plans Comments

posted Sep 27, 2013, 11:47 AM by Ken Carpenter   [ updated Sep 27, 2013, 11:47 AM ]

The Glacial Drumlin Horse Trail Association (a Wisconsin based horse trail advocacy organization) would like to comment on the MasterPlan for the Driftless Area Streams. We are concerned that the plan as written now doesn't allow for access of land based recreational trails that may need access into the area covered by the plan. We understand that the focus is on streams as well as the buffer area around the streams. In the Blackhawk Creek area there is already a plan in the works that will need access to this buffer. The plan is the Good Neighbor Trail which is a community based trail that will run from Middleton to Mazo. This plan has been accepted by the towns, townships and city through which the trail will run. Written support for the plan has already been submitted by the DNR. This is just one example of how this Master Plan could impact other planned or yet to be planned land based recreational trails.

We would also like to express that there has been research done over the last several years on the effects of recreational trail crossing of areas on the Federal side. The US Forest Service in particular has worked hard to find ways to continue to allow recreational trails near waterways and to cross them as well. Science has found ways to protect both vertebrate and invertebrate organisms in wildlife ares in Kentucky and Tennessee. Some are very cleaver, like changing the color of the waterway bottom at a horse trail crossing in order to prevent animal nesting. Studies found that the certain protected animals had a strong preference for a certain color stream bed. Changing the color didn't impede the animal's travel, just where eggs were laid. While studies and research like this have yet to be done, we want to make sure that the MasterPlan doesn't blindly limit land based recreation trails.

We hope that a general statement can be added to the MP that would allow for recreational trail connections.  It would be necessary that the design of these connections would need to show that the environment they pass through do not cause undue degradation.  New trail design and construction ideas like this is part of what our group in conjuction with the DNR Parks department have been teaching volunteers and land manager staffs for 8 years.  New trail design ideas help ensure that user group impact to the enviroment through which the trail runs is reduced to as low as possible.

I am available to talk about adding access for land based recreational to this Master Plan if I can provide more details or answer any questions

Thanks for your attention to our concerns.

Ken Carpenter

Glacial Drumlin Horse Trail Association, inc


The Glacial Drumlin Horse Trail Association (a Wisconsin based horse trail advocacy organization) would like to comment on the Southern Kettle Moraine Waters MasterPlan. We are concerned that the plan as written now doesn't allow for access of land based recreational trails that may need access into the area covered by the plan. We understand that the focus is on streams as well as the buffer area around the streams. However we are concerned that this Master Plan could impact the necessary connectivity of any yet to be planned land based recreational trails. We would like to see something placed into the plan that would allow consideration of recreational trails passing through these areas covered in the plan.

We hope that a general statement can be added to the MP that would allow for recreational trail connections.  It would be necessary that the design of these connections would need to show that the environment they pass through do not cause undue degradation.  New trail design and construction ideas like this is part of what our group in conjunction with the DNR Parks department have been teaching volunteers and land manager staffs for 8 years.  New trail design ideas help ensure that user group impact to the environment through which the trail runs is reduced to as low as possible.

We are concerned also about wording in the Mukwongo River Watershed Protection Plan. In particular the 2nd bullet point which we would like to suggest that the wording be changed. We would like to see this section taken out: “therefore, bridges spanning streams are preferred but not limited to other structures.” If a crossing can be engineered to maintain the streambed and bank conditions, then it should be considered. Research done over the last several years on the effects of recreational trail crossing of areas on the Federal side. The US Forest Service in particular has worked hard to find ways to continue to allow recreational trails near waterways and to cross them as well. Science has found ways to protect both vertebrate and invertebrate organisms in wildlife ares in Kentucky and Tennessee. Some are very cleaver, like changing the color of the waterway bottom at a horse trail crossing in order to prevent animal nesting. Studies found that the certain protected animals had a strong preference for a certain color stream bed. Changing the color didn't impede the animal's travel, just where eggs were laid. While studies and research like this have yet to be done, we want to make sure that the MasterPlan doesn't blindly limit land based recreation trails.

I am available to talk about adding access for land based recreational to this Master Plan if I can provide more details or answer any questions

Thanks for your attention to our concerns.

Ken Carpenter

Glacial Drumlin Horse Trail Association, inc

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