Vilas County Land and Water Resource Management, 2025

The Vilas County Land and Water Resource Management (LWRM) Plan is drafted as a 10-year plan (2025-2034) with a 5-year Work Plan starting in 2025 in accordance to the requirements set forth in Chapter 92 of the Wisconsin Statutes.

2024 LWRM Plan Update Process

Winter 2023 – County Land & Water Conservation Committee appoints Resource Advisory Committee.

January 2024 & July 2024 – 2 meetings for Resource Advisory Committee to assist with determining resource management direction for next 10-years.

Summer 2024 – Draft LWRM Plan assembled & reviewed by DATCP.

Summer 2024 – Draft LWRM Plan is reviewed by County Land & Water Conservation Committee for public hearing.

Summer 2024 – Draft LWRM Plan is open for public review and comment.

Fall 2024 – Draft LWRM Plan is reviewed by Land & Water Board in Madison for approval.

Fall / Winter 2024 – LWRM Plan is adopted by County Board.

Plan Maps

Map 1 – Land Use
Map 2 – Land Management
Map 3 – General Soils
Map 4 – Soil Susceptibility to Groundwater Contamination
Map 5 – Designated Waters
Map 6 – Lake Classifications

The current 2015-2024 LWRM Plan is available HERE.

Wausau Safe Routes To School

Safe Routes to School (SRTS) programs are an opportunity to make walking and bicycling to school safer for children in grades K-8, and to increase the number of children who choose to walk and bicycle. On a broader level, SRTS programs can enhance children’s health and well-being, ease traffic congestion near the school, and improve community members’ overall quality of life.

Regional SRTS HomePedestrian SafetyResourcesBicycle SafetySRTS PSAs

Planning Process and Schedule

In 2018, the City of Wausau and the Wausau School District won a WisDOT SRTS planning grant to create a SRTS Plan.

In the fall of 2021, the City of Wausau and the Wausau School District began SRTS Planning with the assistance of the North Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission (NCWRPC). The NCWRPC is guiding the Wausau SRTS Task Force through the planning process.

Data collection occurred in spring & summer 2022. Further analysis with the SRTS Task Force will occur throughout the 2022-2023 school year.

Plan development occurred in 2023.

Plan review and revision will occur throughout the 2023-2024 school year.

Plan adoption is anticipated in spring/summer 2024.

Implementation of the Wausau SRTS Plan can begin anytime thereafter into many years later.

Schools in Wausau SRTS Plan:

John Muir Middle School
Thomas Jefferson Elementary
Grant Elementary
G.D. Jones Elementary
Lincoln Elementary
Horace Mann Middle School
Riverview Elementary
Franklin Elementary
Hawthorn Hills Elementary
John Marshall Elementary

Make questions or comments about the planning here.
(Email link to submit comments on this plan.)

Resources – Regional Safe Routes To School


HomePedestrian SafetyBicycle SafetySRTS PSAs

Keep Going! Walk & Bike Year-Round

Here is additional advice on how to sustain enthusiasm from walk-bike events to create year-round walking and biking to school:

Low-cost strategies for successful walk & bike to school rates (CDC, 2014)
Full CDC study

FOR KIDS: NHTSA–Kids Walking Guide

FOR PARENTS (Walking): Nat’l SRTS–Teaching Kids To Walk Safely (by age)

FOR PARENTS (Biking): Portland’s Family Biking Guide (all stages of riding)

Bike Parking Guidelines

NCWRPC Walking/Biking Club Toolkit

Railroad crossing signs for SRTS in Wauwatosa, WI

School Success Story – Omro, WI (2010 population: 3,500)
    – Annual bicycle field trip;
    – bicycle mechanics program; and
    – other successes.

Walking School Buses
Walking school buses are a great way to offer children a supervised walk to school on a regular basis.

Bicycle Trains and Bicycle Skills Clinics
Bicycle trains allow students to bicycle to school together on a designated route under supervision. Bicycle Skills Clinics or “bicycle rodeos” are hands-on bicycle safety lesson with bike inspections, safety talks and bicycle skills practice.

Youth Education – available for a nominal fee [Wisconsin Bike Fed].

Adult Education – available for a nominal fee [Wisconsin Bike Fed].

Mileage Tracking
Providing a way for students to track the miles that they have walked or ridden a bicycle is a tangible way to chart progress toward a walking or biking goal.


Links to SRTS surveys:
 
Class Tally Sheet
 
Parent Survey (English)
Parent Survey (Español)
Parent Survey (Hmoob)

Athens Elementary Safe Routes To School

Safe Routes to School (SRTS) programs are an opportunity to make walking and bicycling to school safer for children in grades K-8, and to increase the number of children who choose to walk and bicycle. On a broader level, SRTS programs can enhance children’s health and well-being, ease traffic congestion near the school, and improve community members’ overall quality of life.

Regional SRTS HomePedestrian SafetyResourcesBicycle SafetySRTS PSAs

Planning Process
In 2022, the North Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission and School District of Athens won a WisDOT SRTS planning grant to create a SRTS Plan for Athens Elementary. In the fall of 2023, the Village and Athens Elementary began SRTS Planning with the assistance of the North Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission (NCWRPC). The NCWRPC guided the Athens Elementary SRTS Task Force through the planning process.

Athens Elementary SRTS Task Force
_________, Principal
_________, _____________
_________, _____________
_________, _____________
Fred Heider, Planner, North Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission

School Data
Athens Elementary
-Parent Survey Results
Map 3 – Site Assessment (Not available yet.)
Map 4 – Transportation (Not available yet.)
Map 5 – School Routes (Not available yet.)
Map 6 – Recommendations (Not available yet.)

Make questions or comments about the planning here.
(Email link to submit comments on this plan.)

Marathon Area Elementary Safe Routes To School

Safe Routes to School (SRTS) programs are an opportunity to make walking and bicycling to school safer for children in grades K-8, and to increase the number of children who choose to walk and bicycle. On a broader level, SRTS programs can enhance children’s health and well-being, ease traffic congestion near the school, and improve community members’ overall quality of life.

Regional SRTS HomePedestrian SafetyResourcesBicycle SafetySRTS PSAs

Planning Process
In 2022, the North Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission and Marathon School District won a WisDOT SRTS planning grant to create a SRTS Plan for Marathon Area Elementary. In the fall of 2023, Marathon City and Marathon Area Elementary began SRTS Planning with the assistance of the North Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission (NCWRPC). The NCWRPC guided the Marathon Area Elementary SRTS Task Force through the planning process.

Marathon Area Elementary SRTS Task Force
_________, Principal
_________, _____________
_________, _____________
_________, _____________
Fred Heider, Planner, North Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission

 

School Data

Marathon Area Elementary School
-Parent Survey Results
Map 3A – Site Assessment (Not available yet.)
Map 4A – Transportation (Not available yet.)
Map 5A – School Routes (Not available yet.)
Map 6A – Recommendations (Not available yet.)

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Make questions or comments about the planning here.
(Email link to submit comments on this plan.)

Wisconsin Rapids Safe Routes To School – 2024

Safe Routes to School (SRTS) programs are an opportunity to make walking and bicycling to school safer for children in grades K-8, and to increase the number of children who choose to walk and bicycle. On a broader level, SRTS programs can enhance children’s health and well-being, ease traffic congestion near the school, and improve community members’ overall quality of life.

Regional SRTS HomePedestrian SafetyResourcesBicycle SafetySRTS PSAs

Planning Process
In 2022, the North Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission and the Wisconsin Rapids School District won a WisDOT SRTS planning grant to create a SRTS Plan for several schools in the District. In the fall of 2023, the City and District began SRTS Planning with the assistance of the North Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission (NCWRPC). The NCWRPC guided the Wisconsin Rapids SRTS Task Force through the planning process.

The following schools are part of Wisconsin Rapids SRTS Planning:
Wisconsin Rapids Area Middle School
Grant Elementary
Grove Elementary
Howe Elementary
Mead Elementary
THINK Academy
Washington Elementary
Woodside Elementary

Wisconsin Rapids SRTS Task Force
__________, _________
__________, _________
__________, _________
__________, _________
__________, _________
__________, _________
__________, _________
Fred Heider, Planner, North Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission

School Data
-Parent Survey AGGREGATE Results (All elementary and middle school parent surveys were tabulated together in this report.)

Wisconsin Rapids Area Middle School
-Parent Survey Results
Map 3A – Site Assessment (Not available yet.)
Map 4A – Transportation (Not available yet.)
Map 5A – School Routes (Not available yet.)
Map 6A – Recommendations (Not available yet.)

Grant Elementary
-Parent Survey Results
Map 3B – Site Assessment (Not available yet.)
Map 4B – Transportation (Not available yet.)
Map 5B – School Routes (Not available yet.)
Map 6B – Recommendations (Not available yet.)

Grove Elementary
-Parent Survey Results
Map 3C – Site Assessment (Not available yet.)
Map 4C – Transportation (Not available yet.)
Map 5C – School Routes (Not available yet.)
Map 6C – Recommendations (Not available yet.)

Howe Elementary
-Parent Survey Results
Map 3D – Site Assessment (Not available yet.)
Map 4D – Transportation (Not available yet.)
Map 5D – School Routes (Not available yet.)
Map 6D – Recommendations (Not available yet.)

Mead Elementary
-Parent Survey Results
Map 3E – Site Assessment (Not available yet.)
Map 4E – Transportation (Not available yet.)
Map 5E – School Routes (Not available yet.)
Map 6E – Recommendations (Not available yet.)

THINK Academy
-Parent Survey Results
Map 3F – Site Assessment (Not available yet.)
Map 4F – Transportation (Not available yet.)
Map 5F – School Routes (Not available yet.)
Map 6F – Recommendations (Not available yet.)

Washington Elementary
-Parent Survey Results
Map 3G – Site Assessment (Not available yet.)
Map 4G – Transportation (Not available yet.)
Map 5G – School Routes (Not available yet.)
Map 6G – Recommendations (Not available yet.)

Woodside Elementary
-Parent Survey Results
Map 3H – Site Assessment (Not available yet.)
Map 4H – Transportation (Not available yet.)
Map 5H – School Routes (Not available yet.)
Map 6H – Recommendations (Not available yet.)

Make questions or comments about the planning here.
(Email link to submit comments on this plan.)

Rhinelander Safe Routes To School – 2024

Safe Routes to School (SRTS) programs are an opportunity to make walking and bicycling to school safer for children in grades K-8, and to increase the number of children who choose to walk and bicycle. On a broader level, SRTS programs can enhance children’s health and well-being, ease traffic congestion near the school, and improve community members’ overall quality of life.

Regional SRTS HomePedestrian SafetyResourcesBicycle SafetySRTS PSAs

Planning Process
In 2022, the North Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission and the School District of Rhinelander won a WisDOT SRTS planning grant to create a SRTS Plan for several schools in the District. In the fall of 2023, the City and District began SRTS Planning with the assistance of the North Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission (NCWRPC). The NCWRPC guided the Rhinelander SRTS Task Force through the planning process.

The following schools are part of Rhinelander SRTS Planning:
James Williams Middle School
Central Elementary
Crescent Elementary
Northwoods Community Elementary
Pelican Elementary

Rhinelander SRTS Task Force
__________, _________
__________, _________
__________, _________
__________, _________
__________, _________
__________, _________
__________, _________
Fred Heider, Planner, North Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission

 School Data

James Williams Middle School
1-Parent Survey Results [Cross tabulated National SRTS Data Center]
2-Parent Survey Results [Original data with all comments]
Map 3A – Site Assessment (Not available yet.)
Map 4A – Transportation (Not available yet.)
Map 5A – School Routes (Not available yet.)
Map 6A – Recommendations (Not available yet.)

-Elementary School Parent Survey AGGREGATE Results (All elementary school parent surveys were tabulated together in this report.)

Central Elementary
-Parent Survey Results
Map 3B – Site Assessment (Not available yet.)
Map 4B – Transportation (Not available yet.)
Map 5B – School Routes (Not available yet.)
Map 6B – Recommendations (Not available yet.)

Crescent Elementary
-Parent Survey Results
Map 3C – Site Assessment (Not available yet.)
Map 4C – Transportation (Not available yet.)
Map 5C – School Routes (Not available yet.)
Map 6C – Recommendations (Not available yet.)

Northwoods Community Elementary
-Parent Survey Results
Map 3D – Site Assessment (Not available yet.)
Map 4D – Transportation (Not available yet.)
Map 5D – School Routes (Not available yet.)
Map 6D – Recommendations (Not available yet.)

Pelican Elementary
-Parent Survey Results
Map 3E – Site Assessment (Not available yet.)
Map 4E – Transportation (Not available yet.)
Map 5E – School Routes (Not available yet.)
Map 6E – Recommendations (Not available yet.)

Make questions or comments about the planning here.
(Email link to submit comments on this plan.)

Portage County Outdoor Recreation Plan 2025-2029

Portage County’s Parks Department updates its Outdoor Recreation Plan every 5 years to identify essential outdoor recreation needs that affect the future of outdoor recreation in the County.

This Outdoor Recreation Plan (ORP) focuses upon County managed outdoor recreation facilities, and also list projects within the towns and villages. The City of Stevens Point’s ORP is referenced in this plan. All listed nature based and active recreation based projects become eligible for competitive federal and state outdoor recreation grant money when this plan is adopted by County or local municipality by resolution.

All communities that want to use this plan to apply for grants, must adopt it by resolution.

Non-profit groups, foundations, and the general public may also use this document to coordinate their own private efforts for developing outdoor recreation facilities.

2024 Planning Timeline

Winter/Spring 2024 – Staff park analysis, plans reviewed, & demographic data analysis.

Spring 2024 – Survey OPEN Now. Take Survey HERE.

Spring/Summer 2024 – Goals & Objectives developed.

Summer/Fall 2024 – Draft Plan ready for review.

Fall/Winter 2024 – Plan ready for approval by Committee and adoption by County Board.

Spencer Safe Routes To School

Safe Routes to School (SRTS) programs are an opportunity to make walking and bicycling to school safer for children in grades K-8, and to increase the number of children who choose to walk and bicycle. On a broader level, SRTS programs can enhance children’s health and well-being, ease traffic congestion near the school, and improve community members’ overall quality of life.

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Planning Process
In 2022, the North Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission and School District of Spencer won a WisDOT SRTS planning grant to create a SRTS Plan for Spencer Elementary and Spencer Middle/High School. In the fall of 2022, Spencer and Spencer Public Schools began SRTS Planning with the assistance of the North Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission (NCWRPC). The NCWRPC guided the Spencer SRTS Task Force through the planning process.

Spencer SRTS Task Force
Mike Endreas, District Administrator
Paul Hensch, Village Administrator/Clerk/Treasurer
Barb Wesle, Spencer School Board
Brooke Krause, Spencer PTA/Parent
Brad Bauer, Spencer Police Department
Edward Ikert, Spencer Elementary School Principal
Fred Heider, Planner, North Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission

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Make questions or comments about the planning here.
(Email link to submit comments on this plan.)

Weston Elementary Safe Routes To School

Safe Routes to School (SRTS) programs are an opportunity to make walking and bicycling to school safer for children in grades K-8, and to increase the number of children who choose to walk and bicycle. On a broader level, SRTS programs can enhance children’s health and well-being, ease traffic congestion near the school, and improve community members’ overall quality of life.

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 NCWRPC Safe Routes to School

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Planning Process and Schedule

In 2022, the North Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission and Weston Elementary won a WisDOT SRTS planning grant to create a SRTS Plan for Weston Elementary. In the fall of 2022, Weston Elementary began SRTS Planning with the assistance of the North Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission (NCWRPC). The NCWRPC is guiding the Weston Elementary SRTS Task Force through the planning process.

Fall 2022 – Parent Surveys were administered.

Fall 2022 – Student travel tallies were conducted.

Spring 2023 – Weston Elementary SRTS Task Force – Meeting 1 presentation

Summer 2023 – Weston Elementary SRTS Task Force – Meeting 2 – Maps & Walk Audit

Fall 2023 – Draft Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Plan available for review.

Fall 2023 – Revisions to SRTS Plan.

Winter 2023-2024 – Potential adoption of SRTS Plan by Village of Weston and D.C. Everest School District resolutions.

Weston Elementary SRTS Task Force

Kelly Ziegelbauer, Principal
Jason Jablonski, DCE Buildings and Grounds
Chris Nichols, DCE Finance Department
Tiffany Wurz, Parent
Greg Schremp, School Resource Officer
Karen Wegge, DCE K-12 Physical Education/Health Curriculum Coordinator
Yee Xiong, DCE School Board member
Michael Wodalski, Village Director of Public Works
Fred Heider, Planner, North Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission

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Make questions or comments about the planning here.
(Email link to submit comments on this plan.)