• Canoeists paddle by tree lined shores

    Saint Croix

    National Scenic Riverway WI,MN

Downed Trees on Private Property

In response to the recent storm damage to trees on private land within the Riverway, the following guidelines have been established for landowners with National Park Sevice Easements on their land within the Riverway.

Landowners:
If you own land along the Riverway that is covered by a Scenic Easement, you need to follow the following procedures to remove downed and hazard trees.

GUIDELINES FOR REMOVING STORM-DAMAGED TIMBER FROM SCENIC EASEMENT PROPERTY WITHIN THE ST. CROIX NATIONAL SCENIC RIVERWAY
(Emergency Rule adopted July 2011)

I. Within the boundaries of any Scenic Easement property, it shall be permitted to remove storm-damaged or downed trees or parts thereof from the premises, provided that:

a. Said trees or tree parts are in a mowed/maintained area in proximity to a residence (home or cabin), or:
b. Lying across or leaning towards any structure or driveway located within the Scenic Easement.

II. All other storm-damaged or downed timber within the 100-foot wide Riparian Management Zone portion of the Scenic Easement property shall be left in place as is (see the Wisconsin DNR's Best Management Practices manual in reference to Riparian Management Zones).

III. It is the responsibility of the Landowner whose property is encumbered with a National Park Service scenic easement to contact the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway's Lands Specialist Laura Hojem (715-483-2261) with any site-specific questions in regard to these Guidelines, prior to commencement of site clean-up activity; a site visit by a National Park Service Official is necessary, to make a determination and give approval.

IV. It is the responsibility of the Landowner to secure any and all necessary permits from local and state units of government prior to beginning any salvage operation once approval from NPS has been granted.


To print a copy of this document GUIDELINES FOR REMOVING STORM-DAMAGED TIMBER FROM SCENIC EASEMENT PROPERTY WITHIN THE ST. CROIX NATIONAL SCENIC RIVERWAY

Additional Information and guidelines can be found at the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources website:

Did You Know?

An aerial photo of the river splitting and a tributaru joining from the north

In the Dakota language The St. Croix River is O-Ki-Zu-Wa-Kpa: To meet or to unite, as the waters of a river gather into a lake or two rivers meet or an area where we planted. Dakota and Ojibwe Indians still live near St. Croix NSR.