Mixed Bag

Rhinelander, Wis. The DNR has completed negotiations to purchase
257 acres from 3M Corporation west of Rib Mountain State Park in
Marathon County in order to expand the state park boundary. This
purchase includes much of the company’s holdings on that side of
the park.

“This addition will protect the park from development while
providing new recreational opportunities that could include
activities such as cross country skiing, deer hunting, and rock
climbing,” said Dawn Bishop, Rib Mountain State Park
superintendent.

The DNR will ask the Natural Resources Board to approve this
purchase in December.

In a separate transaction, 3M has agreed to sell 25 acres of
company land to Granite Peak Ski Area. This parcel, to the west of
the present park boundary, could be used by Granite Peak Ski Area
for development. With this action by Granite Peak, the DNR will no
longer pursue the sale or swap of state park land for private
development.

In addition, the DNR has approved a variance to the park master
plan to allow Granite Peak to build new ski runs to the west of the
existing ski hill. Clearing of trees in advance of that
construction could begin in the winter of 2001-02.

The DNR has set a public meeting to discuss issues related to
Rib Mountain State Park from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 28 at the
Park Inn, 2101 North Mountain Road, Wausau.

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