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Wisconsin iron mine site could be closed to recreational use


MADISON (WKOW) -- On the Friday before Labor Day weekend two Republican Senators introduced a bill that would allow any or all recreational activities on the proposed Gogebic Taconite iron mine site in northern Wisconsin to be prohibited.

The bill, introduced by Sen. Tom Tiffany (R-Hazelhurst) and Sen. Glenn Grothman (R-West Bend) is already set for a public hearing on Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. in Room 300 Southeast of the State Capitol.

The proposed mining site is located on property that is designated by the DNR as Managed Forest Land.  Such land that is designated as "open" by the DNR must be available for hunting, fishing, hiking, sight-seeing and cross-country skiing.  Senate Bill 278 would exempt Managed Forest Land that is within a proposed mining site from having to be open for those recreational activities.

The bill would instead allow the mining company and the DNR to enter into an agreement on which recreational activities would be allowed during certain times of the year.

Some local officials who appeared at a public hearing on the Gogebic Taconite iron mine pre-application process in Hurley last month expressed concern the company would be doing bulk sampling on the property during a period when deer hunters regularly use the land.


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