Saving Big Timber Island
The Chippewa Flowage Area Property Owners Association
Couderay Waters Regional Land Trust
are pleased to present
the Chippewa Islands Project.
We did it!!
Thanks to your commitment and generosity
We have SAVED Big Timber Island
On January 27, 2004 the Wisconsin Natural Resources Board unanimously approved the acquisition of the privately owned parcel on Big Timber Island. On February 4, 2004 Governor Jim Doyle signed the purchase agreement. Documents and deeds have been signed and recorded. It’s a Done Deal!
Your gifts, totaling over $50,000 made this possible. One can give without loving but no one can love without giving. The hundreds of people who gave what they could have proven they truly love this wonderful semi-wilderness resource. You have proven to everyone the Chippewa Islands Project is for real. You have made the first half of the Chippewa Islands Project a rousing success!
Thanks to the vision and stewardship of people in prior decades, 90% of the shoreline and nearly all of the islands on the Flowage are undeveloped and will stay that way.
There are, however, two significant, undeveloped, island properties that are privately owned, one on Big Timber Island, the other on the "Moonshine" island. Developers have targeted both in the last year. A coalition of property owners, the WDNR, the Lac Courte Oreilles Band and other concerned citizens have been able to thwart these efforts to date, but the margins of victory have been too close. At a Sawyer County Zoning Committee hearing on l2-20-02 a committee member suggested that if we did not want development on these islands, then "buy them." That is exactly what the Chippewa Islands Project is going to bring about.
Our immediate focus is the parcel on Big Timber Island. Under l0 acres of land, but with over 2000 feet of shoreline, the parcel is listed for sale. The WDNR is going to be the lead agency in this acquisition. A covenant will assure daytime public use and ban development forever.
The current owner is willing to sell to the WDNR and communications are taking place between his agent and the Department. This acquisition is consistent and in perfect harmony with the Chippewa Flowage Joint Agency Management Plan. Ultimately the purchase will require the approval of the Natural Resources Board, the Legislature, and the Governor.
- Current list of supporting organizations:
- Chippewa Flowage Area Property Owners Association
- Couderay Waters Regional Land Trust
- Fishing Has No Boundaries – Hayward Chapter
- Hayward Area Chamber of Commerce
- Hayward Area Development Corporation
- Hayward Lakes Resort Association
- Exeland Rod & Gun Club
- Lac Courte Oreilles Conservation
- Lac Courte Oreilles Tribal Council
- Lake Chippewa Flowage Resort Association
- Muskies, Inc. – Hayward Lakes Chapter
- President, Wisconsin Assocation of Lakes
- Realtors Association of Northwestern Wisconsin
- Sawyer County Lakes Forum
- Sawyer County Board of Supervisors
- Town of Hunter
- Troop 55 Radisson Boy Scouts
- US Forest Service
- Walleyes For Northwest Wisconsin
- Winter Lakes Alliance
The Chippewa Islands Project is a co-operative effort to facilitate and expedite this transaction. The groundwork has been done quietly over the past six months. A growing list of organizations and interested parties are providing letters of support. The political logistics from here to Madison are being worked out. To underscore the deep and broad based support for this purchase the CFAPOA and the CWRLT have launched a fund raising effort. We are now actively seeking and asking for contributions to help make this happen. CWRLT is a 501(C) (3) non-profit organization. Contributions are tax-deductible dependant only on one’s individual tax filing status.
If everyone who has enjoyed the Chippewa Flowage once in the past year gave just $20, we could secure Big Timber and have a nice down payment for "Moonshine" without any State involvement. Hopefully those who enjoy the Flowage more often (and can) will contribute more.
The transfer of these properties to public or quasi public ownership will fill in the last two pieces of the puzzle; be the last two brush strokes on the vision of an enduring, though heavily used, semi-wilderness paradise in the heart of Wisconsin’s vacationland. This is an opportunity to give a little something back; or maybe, to give something forward, to our grandchildren’s grandchildren and beyond. Please give what you can./P>
This is an opportunity to give a little something back; or maybe, to give something forward, to our grandchildren’s grandchildren and beyond. Please give what you can.
Major Contributors Included;
John and Marlen Kaiser, Cheryl Treland, Fritz and Kitty Taylor, Marguerite Tibbetts, Robert Tibbetts, The Clagett Family, Treeland Resorts, Stephen and Cindy Karstaedt, Donald and Susan Reinardy, Walleyes For Northwest Wisconsin, William and Nancy Althoff, Peter and Colleen Mavroulis, Muskies, Inc. Hayward Lakes Chapter, Lake Chippewa Flowage Association, William Pokorny, Peter Suttle, Kathy and Dwayne Gormanson, Robert and Lois Olson
Thank you John and Marlen!