Wisconsin State Trails Council
The State Trails Council (STC) was created by statute 15.347(16) in 1989. The council provides advice and consultation to the Department of Natural Resources on the planning, acquisition, development and management of trails in Wisconsin. The council represents trail users in Wisconsin, which includes more than half of the state's residents. The council is also responsible for providing counsel in administering Federal Recreational Trails Program funds. The council serves as Wisconsin's state recreational trail advisory committee for Recreational Trails Program, necessary for Wisconsin to participate in the program.
The council is an independent forum for finding solutions to trail problems for both motorized and nonmotorized groups and is a statewide advocate for public/private cooperation in funding and management of trail systems. Wisconsin is a national leader in creating partnerships that provide for state ownership coupled with county management of trails.
- Monday, Jan. 6, 2020
- Thursday, April 9, 2020 (canceled)
- Friday, July 24, 2020
- Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020
Meeting minutes, members and more information
See below for meeting minutes, council members and more information about the State Trails Council.
- Council members
Voting member positions Filled by Off-highway motorcycles Bryan Much (Chair) Hiking/walking/backpacking Ken Neitzke (Vice chair) Snowmobiling Doug Johnson (Secretary) Off-road bicycles/mountain bikes John Siegert 4-wheel drive vehicles Luana Schneider Nonmotorized water trails Steve Falter Equestrian Kricket Jewett Off-road vehicles Randy Harden Cross-country skiing Ben Popp Bicycle touring/rail trail bicycling/road bicycling Roy Atkinson Boards and small wheels James White Non-voting, advisory member positions Filled by Wisconsin Department of Tourism Jeff Anderson Wisconsin Department of Transportation Bob Fasick
- Appointments to the Council
The State Trails Council is comprised of 11 voting members appointed by the governor to four-year terms who engage in one or more of the various recreational uses of trails. Non-voting council members are selected to the council as needed. All council members must be knowledgeable in various recreational uses of trails and serve as an advocate for trails. The structure of the council is based on recommendations made to it in 2010 and is biennially reviewed by the council.
Members of the State Trails Council may represent the STC on issues upon endorsement of the council, usually as a result of a discussion of the council as a whole.
- How to apply to the State Trails Council
The public may apply for an open seat on the council. If you would like to apply to be recommended for appointment to the council, please fill out the State Trails Council application.
- Public participation
Public comment. The public may submit comments in writing to the State Trails Council at any time. Council members may be contacted directly. Comments may also be submitted to the department for distribution to the State Trails Council. Additionally, public comment will be taken in person at the end of each face to face (non-teleconference) meeting.
Public appearance. (Speaking on specific items that are on the current council agenda for consideration). Public appearances are made after an agenda item has been presented by the council. Council members may wish to discuss the content of their appearance presentation with citizens. Requests for public appearance for an agenda item may be made regardless of whether the meeting is face to face or is being held via teleconference. So that accommodations may be made, requests for public appearance must be submitted at least 10 calendar days before the scheduled meeting. Public appearance requests may only be made for a specific agenda item.
Bringing an issue to the council for consideration. The public may make a request for appearance to bring an issue to the council. Requests should be made to the council chairperson no later than 10 calendar days prior to the meetings and should outline the reasons for the request including the subject matter to be discussed and recommendations to be made. Those requesting an appearance will be requested to provide council members with copies of written materials to be presented or a written statement of a position.
- Issues may be submitted via email to the State Trails Council. Please include your name, contact information, description of the issue and the action requested of the council.
Attendees who require assistance to participate in State Trails Council meetings should contact the council at least seven days prior to the scheduled meeting date.
- State Trails Council resolutions
Dec. 8, 2011
Oct. 28, 2011
Jan. 12, 2009
- In support of the proposals of the Special Committee on Enhancing Recreation Trails for Non-Motorized Use
July 11, 2008
July 13, 2007
April 11, 2007
July 14, 2006
- In support of responsible use of motorized recreation vehicles
- In support of Motorized State Recreation Area
- In support of a Wisconsin State Park System trail crew
May 2, 2006
Oct. 10, 2005
- Supporting the trails portion of the Northern Highland-American Legion State Forest Master Plan
- Opposing the use of trail corridors for overhead power lines
April 18, 2005
Oct. 11, 2004
July 12, 2004
Oct. 13, 2003
- Trail etiquette
- Supporting consolidation of ownership of the Bearskin-Hiawatha State Trail
- Supporting increasing all-terrain vehicle registration fees
April 7, 2003
- Supporting acquisition of seven rail corridors
- Expressing gratitude to Sue Black, former bureau director
- Support for increasing trail fees
July 15, 2002
- State Trails Council meeting minutes