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DNR and Nokomis ATV Club seeks input from public Submitted: 08/19/2014
Story By Shardaa Gray


HARSHAW - A Northwoods ATV Club wants to add a trail in Oneida County, but first they need to make sure the community is happy with the proposed project.

The Nokomis ATV Club is asking for the nearly mile-and-a-half trail to go across the Woodboro Lakes Wildlife area. Those 3,000 acres are about ten miles west of Rhinelander.

DNR workers say there are several sensitive areas that the trail would need to avoid.

"We have to do some paving and stuff, but outside of that they said it could be allowed," said Nokomis ATV Club Secretary Jim Cleary.

The feasibility study shows the project could work, but a bridge over Rice Creek would need to get fixed.

"There are still questions about the viability of that bridge," said Wisconsin DNR Property Planner Tom Watkins. "We have to do more engineering studies to know what we have to do. It may have to be replaced or possibly be repaired."

The club has until August 25 to give their feedback to the DNR. After they talk to residents, they'll then present their data to the DNR board.

The club can move forward with the trail if they get approval from the board. They expect the board's decision some time in October.


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