Wisconsin’s Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest has launched an interactive map to help gather comments on campgrounds, boat landings, picnic areas and beaches as it works to develop a sustainable recreation program.

As reported by WXPR, Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest spokesperson Hilary Markin says funding cutbacks requires forest leaders to make hard decisions on what they can maintain, and they want the public to identify their most popular places and activities.

“We want people to go to the interactive map and tell us what they like because the forest is working on developing a sustainable recreation program,” Markin said. “For many years we’ve kept everything we’ve had on the recreation landscape and we can no longer keep everything we’ve got. We need to do something differently. Our budgets have declined a little bit. Obviously our cost of maintenance and operations continues to go up and we need to do something different. We need a different model for our recreation programs.”

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