Ice Age Complex at Cross Plains General Management Plan
The National Park Service and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources are initiating a General Management Plan for the Ice Age National Scenic Trail (NST) Interpretive Site and the Ice Age National Scientific Reserve Unit in the Town of Cross Plains, Wisconsin. For the purposes of this planning, we are calling this the “Ice Age Complex at Cross Plains.” Lying within the Complex’s boundary is Shoveler Sink, a U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service Waterfowl Production Area.
General management planning is the broadest level of decision-making for national park areas. General Management Plans (GMP) provide the park with a “big picture” and long-term goals that guide actions for 15-20 years. The GMP will define:
· natural and cultural resource conditions to be achieved and maintained over time
· conditions for visitors to understand, enjoy, and appreciate the park’s significant resources
· appropriate levels of management activities, visitor use, and development
· indicators and standards for maintaining the desired conditions
More detailed site specific actions such as site plans or vegetative management plans will be addressed in subsequent planning.
The GMP for the Ice Age Complex at Cross Plains will take approximately 3 years to complete. The first series of open-house meetings was held in August 2008. A second round of open house meetings and tours of the Complex have been scheduled for August and September of 2009. The public is invited to attend and submit comments on the alternatives that will be presented. Maps and directions are provided below. Comments may also be submitted electronically.
Open House I- AUgust 2008
Did You Know?
Mammoths and sabertooth cats roamed Wisconsin during the late Pleistocene era or Ice Age.