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    In 2007 a "stakeholder group" was assembled by the Northern Highland-American Legion State Forest to propose a possible ATV route within the Forest. The route which was proposed would end near Star Lake. The proposal generated considerable opposition from both year-round and seasonal residents. Among the documents listed below are a number compiled by Northwoods Citizens for Responsible Stewardship in opposition to the proposed trail. Their website is listed in the "Links" below.

    Click on the link titled "NH-AL Sustainable ATV Trail Stakeholders Group" [at the Links Tab above] to see various official documents regarding their working and final proposals.

    Charles P. Forbes
    September 11, 2007
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    Comprehensive References

    Costanza, Joe. ATV Meetings Draw Big Crowds. [Vilas County News-Review, Sept. 26, 2007] Eagle River, 2007. View Full Entry
    Engstad-Heitz, Jennifer. Letter to Natural Resources Board, Regarding ATV Usage. Merrill, 2007. View Full Entry (Full text available)
    Krueger, Kurt. ATV Trail Deserves a Shot Under Stringent Conditions. [Editorial, Vilas County News-Review, Sept. 12, 2007] Eagle River, 2007. View Full Entry
    Krueger, Kurt. State Forest ATV Trail Plan Goes to Meetings Next Week. [Vilas County News-Review, Sept. 12, 2007] Eagle River, 2007. View Full Entry
    Kurt Krueger. ATV Trails Not Needed?. [Vilas County News-Review, August 15, 2007.] Eagle River, 2007. View Full Entry (Full text available)
    Ludvik, Tracey. ATVs Banned on Town Land in Plum Lake. [Wausau Daily Herald, July 6, 2007] Wausau, 2007. View Full Entry (Full text available)
    Murray, Peteer. Letter on behalf of the Wisconsin Association of Lakes regarding ATV use on the NHAL State Forest.. Madison, 2007. View Full Entry (Full text available)
    Natural Trails and Waters Coalition. Off-Road Vehicles Diminish Traditional Hunting Opportunities. [Coalition Fact Sheet] 2007. View Full Entry (Full text available)
    NCA and ECCOLA. E. M. Griffith Forest Restoration and Recreation Area. [A Proposal by NCA and ECCOLA, to the Natural Resources Board, November 14, 1996] Minocqua, 1996. View Full Entry (Full text available)
    Oie, Vernon. Star/Little Star Lake Group Opposes Any Plan for ATVs. [Letter to the Editor, Vilas County News-Review, October 24, 2007] Eagle River, 2007. View Full Entry
    Olson, Richard. Olson Letter to DRN. [Personal Correpondence, August 20. 2007] Madison, 2007. View Full Entry (Full text available)
    Pierce, Gail Gilson. Letter on behalf of the River Alliance of Wisconsin regarding ATV usage on the NHAL SF.. Madison, 2007. View Full Entry (Full text available)
    Plum Lake Riparian Homeowners Association. Plum Lake Riparian Homeowners Assn: Position Regarding ATV Use and Trails in Vilas County. [Adopted by Board of Directors, June, 2007.] Sayner, 2007. View Full Entry (Full text available)
    Plum Lake. Town of Plum Lake Letter to Natural Resources Board Regarding ATV Trails. [Letter, July 10, 2007] Sayner, 2007. View Full Entry (Full text available)
    Sloey, William. ATV Stakeholders Group Took a Wrong Turn. [Vilas County News-Review On-Line Letters to the Editor, May 1, 2007] Eagle River, 2007. View Full Entry (Full text available)
    Sloey, William. Proposed State Forest ATV Trail Threatens Rare Old-Growth Forest. [Vilas County News-Review On-Line Letters to the Editor, May 29, 2007] Eagle River, 2007. View Full Entry (Full text available)
    Smail, Robert. Wisconsin All Terrain Vehicle Owners: Recreational Motivations and Attitudes Toward Regulation. [MS Thesis, College of Natural Resources, UWSP, July, 2007] Stevens Point, 2007. View Full Entry (Full text available)
    Splitt, Frank. A Sustainable ATV Trail Is a Real Canard . [Vilas County News-Review On-Line Letters to the Editor, July 17, 2007] Eagle River, 2007. View Full Entry (Full text available)
    Splitt, Frank. ATV Trails in the State Forest Are Tragedy in the Making . [Vilas County News-Review On-Line Letters to the Editor, June 5, 2007] Eagle River, 2007. View Full Entry
    Splitt, Frank. On Opposition to Proposed ATV Trails in the NHAL State Forest by Northwoods Citizens for Responsible Stewardshi. [Copies of E-mails] Star Lake, 2007. View Full Entry (Full text available)
    Splitt, Frank. State Forest ATV Trails Need Rerouting . [Vilas County News-Review On-Line Letters to the Editor, May 15, 2007] Eagle River, 2007. View Full Entry (Full text available)
    Splitt, Frank. The Unsustainable ATV Trail Plan for the NHAL State Forest. [Letter to the Editor, Lakeland Times, July 24, 2007.] Minocqua, 2007. View Full Entry (Full text available)
    Vilas County Lakes Association. ATV Trails in the Northern Highland American Legion State Forest. [Association Resolution 2007.2, June 27, 2007.] Eagle River, 2007. View Full Entry (Full text available)
    Wisconsin, Natural Resources, Dept. of. Guidance for All-Terrain Vehicle Use on Department Lands. [Department Publication, January 2005] Madison, 2005. View Full Entry (Full text available)

    Major References

    Jopek, Brian. Plum Lake Moves ATV Ordinance Draft Forward. [Lakeland Times, July 13, 2018, pp. 5 & 26.] Minocqua, 2018. View Full Entry
    Northern Highland-American Legion State Forest. 2018 ATV/UTV Route and Trail Variance to the Northern Highland – American Legion Master Plan. [NHAL State Forest Document, Approved 2018] Rhinelander, 2018. View Full Entry (Full text available)
    Northern Highland-American Legion State Forest. 2019 ATV/UTV Route and Trail Variance to the Northern Highland – American Legion Master Plan. [NHAL State Forest Document, Approved 2019] Rhinelander, 2019. View Full Entry (Full text available)
    Northern Highland-American Legion State Forest. Amendment to the Recreation Portion of the 2005 Master Plan. Approved October 25, 2017. [DNR PUB LF 107 2018] Madison, 2017. View Full Entry (Full text available)

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