Wis. Senate To Consider Forest Access Restrictions For Mining

Saturday, November 2nd, 2013 at 11:14 am

A pair of Wisconsin republicans are heading proposals that would deal with the controversial iron mine sites in Ashland and Iron Counties.

According to WDIO, Republican Sen. Tom Tiffany is proposing to scale potential access restrictions to the forest surrounding the iron mine site. Approximately 3,500 acres in the area belong to the state’s managed forest program, which grants landowners reduced fees if they keep the land open for recreational use.

Despite local and state-wide protest, the proposal has garnered little support.

Another Repblican Senator, Rob Cowles of Green Bay, is heading a proposal that would close areas around mining equipment and roads. The Senate is scheduled to hear his proposal on Tuesday.

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