Projects which are designed to serve the recreation needs of elderly persons, minorities and disabled persons.
Sponsors shall be required to acknowledge federal (LAWCON) assistance by placement of signs approved by the department and the department of interior.
Fifty percent of the grant amount may be paid to a local unit of government at the time of project approval if requested.
NR 50.06 Note
Note: This applies only to grant contracts executed after March 1, 1996.
Land acquisition — eligible types of projects. Eligible types of projects for land acquisition include:
Areas with frontage on rivers, streams, lakes, estuaries and reservoirs which will provide water based public recreation opportunities;
Land for creating water impoundments to provide water based public outdoor recreation;
Areas which provide special recreation opportunities, such as floodplains, wetlands and areas adjacent to scenic highways;
Natural areas and preserves and outstanding scenic areas where the objective is to preserve the scenic or natural values, including areas of physical or biological importance and wildlife areas. These areas must be open to the general public for outdoor recreation use to the extent that the natural attributes of the areas will not be seriously impaired or lost;
Land within urban areas for day use picnic areas, neighborhood playgrounds, play areas for small children, areas adjacent to school playgrounds, and competitive nonprofessional sports facilities;
Land development — eligible types of projects. Eligible types of projects for land development include:
Observation and sightseeing facilities such as overlooks, turnouts and trails;
Picnic facilities, including tables, fireplaces, shelters and paths;
Camping facilities, including tent and trailer sites, tables and fireplaces;
Swimming, bathing and water sports facilities, including beaches, swimming areas and swimming pools, guard towers and bathhouses;
Fishing and hunting facilities, such as trails and fishing piers;
Winter sports facilities, such as slopes and trails for sledding and tobogganing, cross-country ski trails, facilities for skating and snowmobiling;
Urban recreation areas, such as neighborhood playgrounds, bicycling paths, walking or riding trails and participant sports facilities, including playing fields and tennis courts;
Supporting facilities, including entrance and circulation roads, utility and sanitation systems, erosion control work, parking areas, toilet buildings and interpretive facilities where there is a permanent professional naturalist staff and the facilities are on the land being used for nature interpretation;
Renovation or redevelopment of existing facilities or areas when the facilities or areas have received adequate and regular maintenance, yet have deteriorated to the point where their usefulness is impaired, or have become outmoded. Renovation or redevelopment may be undertaken to rebuild the facilities or areas into more useful forms;
Beautification of areas may be undertaken provided that the beautification is not regular maintenance and that the site's condition is not due to inadequate maintenance. Beautification may include landscaping to provide a more attractive environment, cleaning and restoration of areas which have been exploited, polluted, littered, etc., and screening, removal, relocation or burial of overhead wires;
Playgrounds and recreation areas on public school grounds, provided that such recreation grounds and facilities being developed are in excess of those normally provided to meet minimum education requirements. In determining the eligibility of a project, a statement or schedule of the time the facility will be available to the public is required;
Open shelters and multipurpose shelter buildings which support an outdoor recreation activity.
Fences for the protection of park users, tennis court fences and ballfield fencing;
Lighting for tennis courts, hockey rinks, games courts, ball fields, sports fields, multipurpose courts and safety lighting; and
Development, acquisition or acquisition and development projects which generally will not be assisted include;
Acquisition, restoration or preservation of historic structures;
Development of areas and facilities to be used primarily for semiprofessional and professional arts and athletics;
Acquisition of areas for and development of amusement facilities such as merry-go-rounds, ferris wheels, children's railroads, exhibit type developments, convention facilities and commemorative exhibits, or the construction of facilities, including their furnishings, that are only marginally related to outdoor recreation such as professional type outdoor theaters;
Development of areas and facilities to be used solely for game refuges or fish production purposes unless they are open to the public for general compatible recreation use, or if they directly serve priority public outdoor recreation needs identified in the state plan;
Construction of lodges, motels, luxury cabins, or similar elaborate facilities;
Development projects in new or previously undeveloped recreation areas which consist solely of support facilities, unless it is clearly indicated that such facilities are required for proper and safe recreational use of the area; and
In addition to conditions listed in sub. (4)
, the general provisions of s. NR 50.05
Applicants for local LAWCON monies shall submit applications on the prescribed department form to the appropriate district office by May 1 of each year.
The department shall evaluate completed applications utilizing a project rating sheet to determine which applications shall be approved.
NR 50.06 Note
Section NR 50.06
requires 2 new forms: a preapplication and a project rating sheet.
NR 50.06 History
Cr. Register, March, 1975, No. 231
, eff. 4-1-75; am. (2), cr. (6) (e), Register, March, 1976, No. 243
, eff. 4-1-76; r. and recr. Register, October, 1978, No. 274
, eff. 11-1-78; r. and recr. Register, May, 1983, No. 329
, eff. 6-1-83; am. (1), (2), (3) (a) 2., (4) (a), (d), (e) and (f), r. and recr. (3) (b) and (c), (4) (b) and (6), Register, April, 1984, No. 340
, eff. 5-1-84; am. (6) (a), Register, April, 1989, No. 400
, eff. 5-1-89; am. (6) (a), Register, October, 1990, No. 418
, eff. 11-1-90; am. (3) (a) 1. and 2., (c), (4) (b) 12., 13. and 22., (e) 13., (6) (a), r. (3) (a) 3., (4) (e) 15., (6) (b) and (d), cr. (4) (cm), renum. (4) (e) 16. and 17., (6) (c) to be (4) (e) 15. and 16., (6) (b) and am. (6) (b), Register, February, 1996, No. 482
, eff. 3-1-96; correction in (1) made under s. 13.93 (2m) (b) 7., Stats., Register, December, 1999, No. 528
County snowmobile aids. NR 50.09(1)
The purpose of this section is to establish standards for the implementation of the snowmobile aids program under ss. 23.09 (11)
and 350.12 (4)
The provisions of this section are applicable to all counties participating in the snowmobile aids program.
(3) Distribution of funds.
The distribution of funds according to priority ranked purposes is specified in s. 23.09 (26) (c)
, Stats. Should funds not be sufficient to satisfy the total request for either maintenance or acquisition, the funds remaining to satisfy that priority ranked purpose shall be distributed on a proportional basis.
Counties not previously participating in the snowmobile aids program and desiring to sponsor public snowmobile trails are required to have a comprehensive snowmobile plan approved by the county board of supervisors and the department.
Counties that have previously met the comprehensive snowmobile plan requirement are required to maintain a current trail system map that describes trail locations, trail classifications and existing trail mileage by classification.
The value of an easement, lease, permit or other agreement for a period of less than 3 years is an eligible cost of maintenance under s. 350.12 (4) (be)
The value of an easement, lease, permit or other agreement entered into by a project sponsor and the owner of land, including for bridge construction or rehabilitation, is an eligible cost of development under s. 350.12 (4) (bc)
, Stats. The length of any easement, lease, permit or other agreement for the placement on private land of a bridge that is either constructed or rehabilitated with funds under this chapter shall be for a period of at least 3 years if the total cost of the bridge is more than $3,000, per s. 23.09 (26) (am) (1)
NR 50.09 Note
The Governor's Snowmobile Trail Council will, at one of its duly-noticed meetings, consider public comment, develop criteria for easements, leases, or permits, and recommend these criteria to the department, including minimum year lease requirements beyond the required 3 year lease for bridge projects costing more than $50,000. The Council may meet with the Off Road Vehicle Advisory Council to develop joint recommendations for easement criteria for joint snowmobile and ATV trails to the department. See online materials at http://dnr.wi.gov/Aid/Meetings.html
. Click on tab Snowmobile recreation.
The value of either a short term or long term easement, lease, permit or other agreement may be based on the rental rate of land. The value may be one percent per month of equalized or assessed valuation. An annual fee of 10 cents per rod may be paid if the assessed valuation procedure is not used.
The minimum term of the short or long term easement, lease, permit or other agreement shall be 4 months between December 1 and the following March 31.
The width of the snowmobile right-of-way eligible for cost sharing may not exceed one rod in width unless approved by the department.
The short or long term easement, lease, permit or other agreement shall contain at a minimum the right to sign, right of limited construction, right to maintain, and the right of use by snowmobiles and snow grooming equipment.
The county shall submit a certification that all easements, leases, permits or other agreements secured grant public access and use of the land for snowmobiling. The county shall maintain a current file of all easements, leases, permits or other agreements which shall include the name of the property owner, description of the property, duration and amount paid for the easement, lease, permit or other agreement, date owner was contacted and name of the county or snowmobile club representative who obtained the easement, lease, permit or other agreement.
Eligible costs for fee simple acquisition of property under s. 350.12 (4) (bc)
, Stats., are the fair market value of the property and reasonable costs related to the purchase of the property, but limited to the cost of appraisals, land survey fees, relocation payments, title evidence costs, title insurance costs and recording fees.
The length of any easement, lease, permit or other agreement for the placement on private land of a bridge that is either constructed or rehabilitated with funds under this chapter shall be for a period of at least 3 years if the total cost of the bridge is $50,000 or less. Any easement, lease, permit or other agreement for the placement of a bridge on private land that is either constructed or rehabilitated shall be in writing. The length of any easement, lease, permit, or other agreement may be a factor in determining the amount of snowmobile trail funds to be awarded for a project.
Minimum graded width for one-way trails is 6 feet and maximum 8 feet.
Minimum graded width for 2-way trails is 10 feet and maximum 12 feet.
Snowmobile trails may not be routed over bodies of water. If stream crossings make bridging necessary, bridging shall be at least 8 feet wide free from obstruction. If the bridge is located on an abandoned railroad grade, the bridge shall be a minimum of 10 feet wide free from obstruction. The department shall determine the need for bridging or if ice crossings may be used.
Trails shall be routed away from areas designated in department wilderness policy, game preserves, winter browse areas, experimental stations, nurseries, plantations, residences and other areas of anticipated conflict, particularly areas which may be damaged by trail development or snowmobile use.
Snowmobile highway signs shall conform with sign reflectorization, colors and legend listed in the Wisconsin manual of traffic control devices.
With the exception of snowmobile guide and information signs, signs for use on snowmobile trails to regulate snowmobile traffic or advise the snowmobile user of a specific trail condition shall be totally reflectorized. Guide signs which assist the snowmobile driver to reach a destination shall have the letters and legend reflectorized. Information signs do not need to be reflectorized. Trail signs shall also conform with the following specifications and illustrations:
Purpose: To delineate the trail and to reassure the user that he or she is on the trail
Size: 6 inches by 6 inches
Purpose: Acceptable alternative to use of blazers in agricultural areas and other cleared areas.
Size: Minimum of 6 square inches of reflective orange material mounted 4 inches to 6 inches below top of stake. Material is mounted on each side of stake and stakes are installed in pairs. Top 12 inches to 16 inches of stake is painted non-reflective orange.
Purpose: Indicates a change in trail direction.
Minimum Size: 12 inches by 6 inches