- - by a major Scott Walker campaign donor should win approval by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.
The plan proposes turning over to the development between four and twenty acres of the adjoining Kohler-Andrae State Park.
The DNR held a public meeting in Sheboygan last week on its draft Environmental Impact Statement, (EIS), issued for the plan even though the agency has no formal application or permit submissions for the project.
I thought people should read why the former Superintendent of the Kohler Andrae State Park - - 36-year DNR veteran James Buchholz - - said in his formal comments that the draft EIS "is flawed and incomplete...lacks scientific analysis and study, and depends way too heavily on the Kohler Company’s own very slanted studies and papers."
His emailed comments to the DNR were copied to project opponent Friends of the Black River Forest, which is distributing them.
permitted except in very rare circumstances.
This is far from the truth. The area may not be used as heavily as the park’s beach and picnic areas but this was by design by park management.
Hiking trails, boardwalks, restrooms, etc. were left out of this area to keep it in its natural sand dune state to protect this rare ecosystem as
mandated by the Kohler-Andrae State Park Master Plan.
hotdogs of course).
If so, all confidence is lost for this agency now and into the future.
The Kohler-Andrae Master Plan was developed over several years of local and statewide public input and was approved by the Wis. Natural Resource Board. It cannot be altered without permission and approval of the natural resource board “and” without new local and statewide public debate/hearings.
It would not even accommodate most of the larger RV’s and longer camping trailers that would need to maneuver through this small roundabout. A much larger roundabout would be needed which would require at least an acre of land (sand dune habitat) and create even more lost public land and habitat.
There is no convincing need to use state park lands to accomplish their project other than it is the “cheapest” way to go for the Kohler company. This should not be a consideration for the DNR to give away state park lands. The alternative D-3 of the EIS is the correct route to go and should be selected by the DNR’s EIS as the only course to take.
The D-3 version allows Kohler to make use of their own existing entrance off of Co. Hwy V (12th Street) north of the state park with a direct eastern access to their property.
There is no reason to take away public state park land and destroy rare sand dune formations and habitat for Kohler’s shop building and parking area development when they have 247 acres of their own property to work with.
The EIS should make a strong statement against the destruction and fragmentation of this important IBA and Great Lakes dunes habitat. It should be noted also that an active bald eagle nesting site is located only a short distance to the north of the Kohler property which most likely will be negatively affected by the massive tree removal, development and increase in public use of this area.
If the DNR doesn’t protest the irreversible/permanent destruction of this important and threatened ecosystem who will?
The EIS should make this clear to all readers in addition to explaining why these wetlands and surrounding dune formations should be protected from development.
In addition, the state park itself may have water issues with its own wells due to the high draw of ground water aquifers which will affect all
state park visitors and campers.