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Heritage Parkway News, Issue 4 – Summer 2009
Posted by Gary Haas on July 1st, 2009
Congressional Delegation Supports Fox-Wisconsin National Heritage Corridor Designation
A major milestone has been reached for the Fox-Wisconsin Heritage Parkway! After an extensive amount of work, and with review from multiple agencies, the Friends of the Fox and the ECWRPC have completed the final draft of the
Feasibility Study . This is a very important and required step in seeking the National Heritage Area designation from the National Park Service. The document provides a detailed analysis of the proposed Heritage Area and the resources that make it a viable consideration for nomination.
On June 23rd staff from ECWRPC and Friends of the Fox presented the Feasibility Study to staff from Senators Kohl and Feingold’s office, as well as staff from U.S. Representatives Tom Petri, Steve Kagen, Tammy Baldwin and Ron Kind. After further discussion, the congressional delegation staff agreed that Senator Kohl will take the lead in sponsoring the legislation to create the Fox-Wisconsin Heritage Parkway as a National Heritage Area, with Senator Feingold, Congressman Kagen, Congressman Petri, Congressman Kind, and Congressman Baldwin agreeing to co-sponsor the bill.
The Feasibility Study was also sent to the National Park Service for review and recommendations. The next step in this process is to receive the recommendations from the National Park Service, and for the congressional delegation to draft federal legislation creating the Fox-Wisconsin National Heritage Parkway. The Feasibility Study document can be found by clicking here.
Another successful year for the Park to Park Paddle
The 8th Annual Park-to-Park Paddle was held on Saturday, July 25th 2009. The paddle began with a group launch at
Shattuck Park in Neenah, preceded around Doty Island to the Menasha Lock, and on to Lutz Park for a total paddle
distance of nearly 8.5 miles. Participation was an all time record with 234 boats of various sorts and sizes passing
through the lock in two separate passes. The event was hosted by the Northeast Wisconsin Paddlers/ACA, Friends of the Fox, Fox-Wolf Watershed Alliance and supported by several organizations with sponsorships or help at the event.
Notable events included participation of a Voyager canoe with its 13 passengers, and the dedication, by the City of Menasha, of a new sculpture located at the Menasha lock. The average participant age was 44.6 years old with the oldest participant being 81 years old. Participants included local area residents along with residents of Colorado, Michigan, Illinois, and California. Next year’s event is scheduled for Saturday July, 24th. Please visit
http://www.wisconsinpaddlers.org/ for more information.