General Management Plan for Ice Age Complex at Cross Plains, WI
The National Park Service and Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources are pleased to announce the availability of the Final General Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement for the Ice Age Complex at Cross Plains, Wisconsin. This document is a joint federal and state effort addressing lands within the Cross Plains Unit of the Ice Age National Scientific Reserve as well as the Interpretive Site for the Ice Age National Scenic Trail; these lands are referred to as the "Ice Age Complex at Cross Plains" for the purpose of this planning effort.
This plan will guide the management of the Ice Age Complex at Cross Plains for the next 25 years. The Final General Management Plan/Environmental Impact Statement (GMP/EIS) considers five draft conceptual alternatives—no action and four action alternatives, including the NPS preferred alternative. The Final GMP/EIS assesses impacts to soil resources, water quality, soundscapes, vegetation and wildlife, socioeconomics, and visitor use and experience.
The preferred alternative focuses on providing visitors with interpretation of the evolution of the Complex from the last glacial retreat and opportunities to enjoy appropriate low-impact outdoor recreation. Ecological resources would largely be managed to reveal the glacial landscape. The most sensitive ecological areas would be carefully protected, and visitor access would be highly controlled in these areas. Visitors would experience a wide variety of indoor and outdoor interpretive programming. Under this alternative, the Ice Age Complex would serve as the headquarters for the Ice Age National Scenic Trail.
Trail Manager, Ice Age National Scenic Trail
Regional Park Specialist
National Park Service
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources