Fox Wisconsin Heritage Parkway

A non-profit organization dedicated to the improvement and preservation of the Fox and Wisconsin Rivers.

Feasibility Study

In May of 2009, a study was prepared to provide U.S. Congress and the public with information about the resources in the Fox-Wisconsin Heritage Parkway and their feasibility to become a National Heritage Area.

This study was prepared by Friends of the Fox, Inc. and the East Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission.

This study may be viewed in our website by clicking on the links on the right side of this page or in pdf format.

Abstract

Fox-Wisconsin Heritage Parkway

Special Resource Study

National Heritage Feasibility Study

Environmental Assessment

This study has been prepared to provide U.S. Congress and the public with information about the resources in the Fox-Wisconsin Heritage Parkway and their feasibility to become a National Heritage Area. Publication and transmittal of this report should not be considered an endorsement or commitment by the National Park Service. Authorization and funding for any commitments by the National Park Service will be considered with competing priorities for existing park system unites and programs.

This report was prepared by Friends of the Fox, Inc. and the East Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission. For additional copies or more information contact:

Friends of the Fox, Inc.
P.O. Box 741
Appleton, WI 54912-0741

www.friendsofthefox.org

May 2009

This National Heritage Area Feasibility Study and Environmental Assessment examines the resources of the Fox-Wisconsin Heritage Parkway according to the National Park Service (NPS) criteria for designation as a National Heritage Area (NHA). The Parkway is a 280-mile waterway in Wisconsin, comprised of the Fox and Wisconsin Rivers and their surrounding lands.

The study assessed the ten NHA criteria used by the NPS to evaluate regions for eligibility as a National Heritage Area. These criteria were applied to the Parkway, its resources, themes, management alternatives, public support, governmental commitment, and other relevant aspects. Based on analysis throughout the development of this study, the Fox-Wisconsin Heritage Parkway meets all ten criteria, and is eligible for designation as a NHA. There is a considerable amount of public support for the project and opportunities for further involvement exist as the process continues. Upon designation, the Fox-Wisconsin Heritage Parkway Board would assume responsibility for managing the National Heritage Area.

The comment period for this document ends on June 12, 2009. Comments should be emailed to info@heritageparkway.org or mailed to:

Candice Mortara
Friends of the Fox, Inc.
P.O. Box 741
Appleton WI, 54912-0741

Additional information about the Fox-Wisconsin Heritage Parkway, the feasibility study, and electronic copies of the report are available at the Friends of the Fox website www.friendsofthefox.org For further information about National Heritage Areas and the feasibility study process, please visit the NPS website at www.nps.gov/history/heritageareas/INDEX.htm