Petition update

The DNR must deny allowing Kohler to destroy Globally Rare Wetlands

Friends of The Black River Forest

Sep 15, 2017 — The Kohler proposed Golf Course and taking of over 20+ acres of the Kohler Andrae State Park faces a few Project Challenges:

Of the project challenges, three distinct issues and inter-related issues present the greatest challenges to proposed project. These include
(1) wetlands both on Kohler property as well as State Park property,
(2) threatened and endangered species and
(3) geographically dispersed archeological and historical resources

• There are approximately 81 wetlands between the two properties, ranging from small wetland depressions to an extensive riparian wetland complex associated with the Black River.
• A significant percentage of the 247 acre property and adjacent state park property identified for an easement have wetlands present.
• The wetland community types present onsite are rated being high to exceptional condition.
o The interdunal wetland community has been classified by the DNR as critically imperiled in Wisconsin (five or fewer occurrences or very few remaining individuals or acres) and Globally because of extreme rarity (6 to 20 occurrences or few remaining individuals or acres) and/or factors making it very vulnerable to extinction throughout its range.
o The ridge and swale wetlands on site are imperiled in Wisconsin (6 to 20 occurrences or few remaining individuals or acres) and are Globally either very rare and local throughout their range or found locally (even abundantly at some of its locations) in a restricted range.
o Rarity and other factors make it vulnerable to extinction throughout its range.

Threatened & Endangered Species
• Several rare species have been identified as potentially occurring on the Kohler property and impacted State Park property.
• Numerous flora, fauna and communities have been identified through surveys and site visits.

Archeological and Historical Resources
• An archaeological study began on the Kohler property in summer of 2014 including a visual inspection, shovel tests (10 meter intervals), geomorphology investigations, and test excavation pits.
• DNR planning documents suggest several American Indian populations inhabited the Black River area.
• Burial mounds are known to exist near the northwest corner of the Kohler property;

We are asking the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to DENY the Kohler Company's request for an easement across heavily used public recreational lands which are part of the Kohler-Andrae State Park.  The DNR must tell the Kohler Company they can NOT destroy globally rare wetlands, bulldoze dunes along the Lake Michigan shoreline,  clear cut over 125 acres of forest and use public lands for a private, for-profit, Golf course. The DNR must NOT set a precedent of stealing land from Wisconsin residents and giving to the highest bidder.  We are requesting the Wisconsin DNR to PROTECT OUR ENVIRONMENT AND PRESERVE WISCONSIN'S PUBLIC LANDS.

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