• Stockton Island, looking south.

    Apostle Islands

    National Lakeshore Wisconsin

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Harvestable Species Plan

The enabling legislation for the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore directs park management to permit hunting, fishing, and trapping in accordance with the appropriate laws of Wisconsin and the United States. This same legislation also gives the park flexibility to "designate zones where, and establish periods when, no hunting, trapping, or fishing shall be permitted for reasons of public safety, administration, fish or wildlife management, or public use and enjoyment." This plan provides guidance specific to management of harvestable wildlife within the park. It does not address management of fish or other aquatic resources.

The Wildlife Management Plan for Harvestable Species was completed in 2007 and is currently being updated. Since the plan was completed, the status of certain wildlife species has changed, necessitating important updates, and the NPS has had an opportunity to determine the effectiveness of the previous plan. In addition, plant gathering has been added to the plan because certain plants are subject to harvest and were not included in the previous plan.

The Draft Harvestable Species Plan (replaces Wildlife Management Plan) is available for public review. Comments are encouraged and will be accepted during the public review period of February 26 through March 28, 2014. Submit your comments online at: http://parkplanning.nps.gov/apis or mail to: Chief, Planning and Resource Management, Apostle Islands NL, 415 Washington Ave., Bayfield, Wisconsin 54814.

Draft Harvestable Species Plan

2007 Wildlife Management Plan for Harvestable Species

Did You Know?

Workers at quarry

Brownstone (sandstone) was shipped from quarries in the Apostle Islands at the end of the 19th century to midwestern cities like Chicago, Milwaukee, Detroit, Cleveland, Minneapolis, and St. Paul where it was used to build some of the cities' most distinctive landmarks.