In order to conserve the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore "unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations" as required by law, park managers are challenged with a variety of conservation, financial, and political issues. The park operates in a large geopolitical ecosystem and success often involves working collaboratively with other agencies and partners inside and outside the boundaries to find common ground.
Some of the most important current issues include:
PROPOSED NATIONAL MARINE SANCTUARY NEAR APOSTLE ISLANDS
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is accepting citizen-driven proposals for new National Marine Sanctuaries in the Great Lakes. Local citizens are proposing a Sanctuary that would surround the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore. This is of great interest to those who care about the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore and Lake Superior. What's the park's position on this?
Normally, the NPS doesn't comment at such an early stage on the agenda before another federal agency. That said, it's a legitimate question and park management is engaged in the discussion. The park superintendent has written a letter outlining the park's interest. Key points from that letter are:
and most importantly,
PROPOSED CONCENTRATED ANIMAL FEEDING OPERATION (CAFO) IN BAYFIELD, WIBadgerwood, LLC has submitted an application to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to construct a facility housing over 26,000 pigs approximately 12 miles upstream from Chequamegon Bay. They propose to store more than 180 days of liquid manure and apply it over nearby agricultural fields. Effluent from this operation will drain into the park's watershed.
This would be the first such facility in the Apostle Islands area. The National Park Service is on record strongly encouraging the DNR to do a "detailed environmental analysis" and expressed concerns over the impact on water quality and other issues as they may affect the national lakeshore and its resources. The DNR subsequently decided to do an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and solicited comments on the scope of this review.
Last updated: April 4, 2016