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Open house focuses on plan for managing hunting, trapping, gathering in Apostle Islands National Lakshore

A public open house will be held at Apostle Islands National Lakeshore park headquarters, 415 Washington Ave., Bayfield Tuesday. A plan providing direction for managing harvestable species in the park — wildlife that can be legally hunted and trapped as well as plants that can be legally gathered by the public or tribal members — will be discussed and public comment will be taken. A brief presentation will be given at 5 p.m. Background information will be provide and park staff will be available to provide information and answer questions.

While hunting and trapping are not allowed in many parts of the National Park System, the legislation that created the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore permits hunting, fishing and trapping in accordance with appropriate laws of Wisconsin and the United States. The Draft Harvestable Species Plan includes strategies that provide for the continuation of unique primitive harvest opportunities, while ensuring the long-term health of native plant and animal communities.

The new Draft Harvestable Species Plan and Environmental Assessment (EA) was developed by an interagency planning team, including state and tribal representatives. This plan updates the 2007 Wildlife Management Plan for Harvestable Species for Apostle Islands National Lakeshore.

The public review period for the plan is Feb. 25 through March 28. The draft plan and background material can be found online at: