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Information Workshop

"This is a public workshop, but seating, educational materials and meals/refreshments will only be provided for registered participants. See ya Saturday!"

On January 25th the Wisconsin Off-Road Vehicle Park, Inc. (WORVPI) will be hosting an Information Workshop for Government, Agency & Media Leaders. The Workshop will be held at the Potawatomi Carter Casino and Hotel from 9:00am – 4:00pm (and will include a fantastic lunch). Advanced paid registration of $50 is required (as seating is limited).


WORVPI is dedicated to providing economic development through a recreational venue which educates and encourages the principles of safe and responsible motorized recreation. With our sites set on exceeding the expectations of motorized trail enthusiasts and their families, WORVPI is pursuing development of a 10,000 acre OHV Park (Motorized Recreation Area) here in Forest County. Operating as a non-profit corporation, our Park will stimulate economic activity throughout Wisconsin and become a national destination for family vacations. Our Park will provide off-road enthusiasts an opportunity to ride an extensive trail system with challenges ranging from mild-to-wild. Our Park will be designed in a manner which entertains and excites children, as well as the seasoned off-road veteran. Rocks, hills, trails, camping…our Park will have everything the motorized recreationist is looking for in a family vacation destination.


This Workshop is being conducted by staff from the National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council (NOHVCC). NOHVCC is a 501(c)(3) education non-profit organization. As a national body of OHV recreation enthusiasts, NOHVCC develops and provides a wide spectrum of programs, materials and information, or “tools”, to individuals, clubs, associations and agencies to further a positive future for responsible OHV recreation. The morning session will be focused on

exploring exactly what an OHV Park is (and isn’t), while the afternoon will be aimed at sharing information on existing parks across the country and the economic impact of having such a venue near your community.


You’ll learn about:

  • Design and engineering techniques which assure long-term minimal environmental impact while maximizing visitor experience.
  • How successful Parks operate across the country.
  • Exactly who visits a Park (demographics).
  • Positive economic impact to local communities.
  • Why Forest County is the perfect location for the Park.
  • How multiple stakeholder groups all benefit by Park development.


Registration deadline is Sunday, January 19th. Payment ($50 payable to WORVPI) should be mailed (along with name, address, telephone and email) to:




Attn: Workshop

P.O. Box 321

Crandon, WI 54520-0321

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                               Contact:  Paul Millan

December 20, 2013                                                                                           (715) 889-2790


Forest County Chairman names ad-hoc committee for proposed off-road park


Supervisors and citizens to work with off-road park group to assess feasibility for proposed park

Forest County—County Chairman Paul Millan named three county supervisors and two citizens to work with the non-profit group Wisconsin Off-Road Vehicle Park, Inc. (WORVPI) to determine benefits and risks of park development in Forest County.  “Before we ask the county board to make any final decisions there are many questions that have to be answered,” stated Millan.  “We carry the burden of responsibility for the taxpayer to make certain that benefits of a park are real and there is no risk of harm to the full faith and credit of Forest County.”

Millan announced a Forest County Off-Road Park Committee represented by supervisors Paul Cleereman (Caswell), Mike Albrecht (Laona), and chaired by Steve Bunda (Lincoln), joined by two citizen committee members; Cheryl Ehlinger (Town of Wabeno) and Jerry Gudowicz (Town of Armstrong Creek).  This group will begin a series of meetings with the WORVPI Phase II action committee under a formal Memorandum of Understanding.  The initial goal of this committee will be to oversee the county’s portion of a grant which is focused on completing the scoping phase of the project.

The notion of an off-road park has been building for a decade or more in Forest County.  Things progressed in 2006, not soon after the Wisconsin Natural Resources Board, after recognizing the overwhelming economic impact of off-road parks in neighboring states, unanimously passed a directive seeking that one be developed in Wisconsin.  Efforts in other areas of the state have to date not been successful. 

Forest County’s effort picked up even more momentum in the past few years due to the support of University of Wisconsin Extension agent Steven Nelson, as a formal non-profit (WORVPI) was formed, twelve-member board elected, and the investment was made in a feasibility study and business plan, now completed.

Forest County Economic Development Partnership (FCEDP) President RT Krueger, while expressing support for the potential economic impact the project could bring to the county, noted the need to make certain that Forest County’s pristine environment is protected.  “We choose to live in Forest County for its quality of life and great natural resources.  Projecting this environment and making certain that a park will not negatively impact our watersheds and ecological values is paramount.”  One of the steps to help ensure environmental protection will be a partnership with the National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council (NOHVCC).

Along the way, the decade-long plan of an off-road park of up to 10,000 acres has led to very recent speculation and unfounded rumors of potential economic exposure to the county, as well as impact to the environment and communities.  Confidentiality has been important to protect the venture from being developed in another region or by private investors that would seek to maximize personal profit.  “I expect this process to help us separate the wheat from the chaff and determine what this could mean to taxpayers, business owners, and local municipalities,” added Mike Albrecht. 

Recently, the county board agreed to invest matching funds for a grant through the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC).  That grant was recently completed by FCEDP.  The grant is focused on determining alternatives for grants and financing for potential acquisition, environmental evaluation studies of the seven potential sites, potential for marketing income, and appraisal services.  Once phase two (scoping phase) of the project is complete, possibly as late as early summer, options will be presented at a public meeting before any final commitment will be considered.  Any talk of purchase price or finance rates prior to the completion of the scoping phase is mere conjecture.

WORVPI President John Schnorr applauded Millan’s announcement stating “it is important that we complete the process of determining the best path forward for all parties that may be involved.  Certainly this announcement creates the opportunity for Forest County to have more influence on the final process as opposed to completing the project with private investors.”


Thank you.

Jim Schuessler, Executive Director

Forest County Economic Development Partnership

P. O. Box 96

Crandon, WI  54520

(715) 851-7776

Fax (715) 784-6062

Economic Development is NOT greener on the other side of the fence.    It is greener where you nurture it.


The mission of FCEDP is to is to foster an economic environment that promotes an increased tax base, an improved standard of living and quality of life for all the people of Forest County.  Our stakeholders include the City of Crandon, Forest County Chamber of Commerce, Forest County Potawatomi Community, Forest County Potawatomi Foundation, Forest County Government, Forest County Tourism Commission, Sokaogon-Chippewa Community, and Wabeno Chamber of Commerce.

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