Five Mile Islands Workshop
Contact: Jill Medland, 715-483-2284
The National Park Service (NPS) invites the public to a workshop on managing recreational use and protecting resources on the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway between the Soo Line High Bridge and north Stillwater. This short five-mile stretch of river is known for its scenic cliffs and the numerous recreational opportunities provided by its island environment.
The workshops will be held at the Stillwater City Hall in Stillwater, Minnesota on Saturday, April 12 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and on Wednesday, April 16 from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. The public may attend either or both workshops.
The workshops are being held in response to public input on the camping plan for the Lower St. Croix, which was released last spring. Numerous comments on the plan prompted the NPS to continue exploring management alternatives for the stretch of river between the High Bridge and north Stillwater.
Since release of the camping plan, the NPS has met informally with a number of people who use the river between the Soo Line High Bridge and Stillwater, a stretch referred to as the “Five Mile Islands Area.” These meetings generated new ideas about how to manage camping, day use, and boating while protecting the islands that have been enjoyed for generations.
At the workshop, the NPS will review the ideas and concerns gathered to date and facilitate a brainstorming exercise to generate additional ideas. Workshop participants will begin to develop alternatives from these ideas. These alternative concepts will be further developed by the NPS for a “Draft Recreation Use Plan for the Five Mile Islands Area.” A final decision by the NPS will follow public review of the draft plan. A decision is expected in late 2008 or early 2009.
Stillwater City Hall is located at 216 4th Street North in Stillwater, Minnesota. For more information about the meeting, please contact Jill Medland, with the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway in St. Croix Falls, at 715-483-2284.
Did You Know?
Winged maple leaf mussels were thought to be extinct until some were rediscovered in the St. Croix River in 1987. Today scientists are helping to raise young mussels and re-introducing them into their former range including St. Croix National Scenic Riverway to help prevent future extinction.