Map released of area closed off around proposed Gogebic Taconite mine

By KBJR News 1

Map from the Wisconsin DNR of the closed Managed Forest Law lands in the Penokee Hills.

January 24, 2014 Updated Jan 24, 2014 at 3:56 PM CDT

Madison, WI (NNCNOW.com) --- The Wisconsin DNR has released the map of the Managed Forest Law lands that will be temporarily closed around the proposed Gogebic Taconite mine in the Penokee Hills.

The land closure includes a 600-foot strip on each side of each private road that is now required after Wisconsin Act 81 was passed.

Along with the acreage share tax, Gtac will now also be required to pay 15 percent of the average statewide property tax per acre for lands that are not open for public use.

DNR officials say the lands can be open for public use on the following conditions:
- The public may access the closed lands by foot within 50 feet of a Class 1 or Class 2 trout stream for the purposes of fishing.

- The closed land will be open exclusively for deer hunting purposes during the nine-day gun-deer season

The map of the closed area around the proposed mining site can be seen above.

Gogebic Taconite is proposing a mine along a four-mile stretch in the Penokee Hills. The Penokee deposit is generally defined as the 21-mile western end of the 60-mile long Gogebic Iron Range, which stretches east to west from Lake Gogebic, Michigan, to Mineral Lake, Wisconsin.

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