The minimum amount of deforestation that would be required, clearing at least 50% of the forest property. The holes along the shore are now partly in water due to higher lake levels since Kohler's concept plan. This map does not show any additional clearing required for cart paths or changes to the site grade. Experts say that in a sand-based ecosystem, there is a tipping point where removal of trees will open up the forest to wind and other factors which could cause a collapse of the entire forest.
Proposed maintenance buildings in Kohler Andrae State Park. The DNR states that one use of the land will be for a maintenance building. It is in fact THREE buildings totaling almost 24,000 sq. feet along with an asphalt parking lot just north of the park entry. If the master plan for the park is to be updated, FRBF believes it must be done in a manner consistent with the public interests and the mission of our state parks, not specifically tailored to an individual private corporation interest. We cannot allow the Governor and the DNR to establish this precedent.
Habitat Map of proposed golf course
Concept Plan of Golf Course - Looks like some holes are now in Lake Michigan
Land Swap Map, Feb. 2018
Land Swap Map 2
Map of proposed annexation
Proposed Buildings on state park land
Proposed Roundabout inside the entrance
"Another danger that I see here that if a golf course is allowed this close to the lake, very quickly the DNR will receive a request to armor the lakeside to protect it. The detrimental effects of armoring on adjacent shorelines are well-documented (more erosion). The neighbors of this shoreline are the residents to the north and the State Park to the south." ~ Quentin Carpenter, Ph.D. in Land Resources.
Proposed Golf Course Map Plant Communities
Proposed well locations and draw down areas
Lake Michigan water levels
Wilson 20 Year Plan Map, 2.1, Town of Wilson
Minor Arterial Roads - green lines, none within 1/2 mile per
Comprehensive Plan Map of Sheboygan's Long Term Plan to Annex - The City is extending water to a new business park. "The City of Sheboygan’s Comprehensive Plan calls for absorbing approximately 6,000 acres of Town of Wilson," Town newsletter, Spring 2016.
Sheboygan Cty Shoreland Zoning Map
1994 Black River Watershed Study
Wetlands Map, Town of Wilson
Wetlands & Environmental Corridors
Black River Watershed
Critical Watershed Areas
Woodlands map, Town of Wilson
Significant Natural Features map
Wisconsin Water Well Viewer
Deforestation Map (shown)
Black River Trails, a proposed easement will cut off the southern loop of the trail system
The proposed golf course is slated to be built on 247 acres of pristine woods and ancient dunes of which 32 acres are part of the state park. The land runs adjacent to the Black River and wetlands to the west, Kohler-Andrae State Park to the south, the Timberlake subdivision to the north, and Lake Michigan on the east.
Kohler is proposing to construct a new roadway with a roundabout that would provide access to the park and golf course. They also want to construct a new maintenance facility near the northern park boundary that contains an existing park building, and it is seeking utility access for electricity, sewer and water.
Kohler has also submitted applications for wetland and waterway permits from the department, but those permits will be evaluated separately from the master plan amendment process.