Viewpoint: Create Penokee Hills National Park
The Penokee Hills are an unspoiled tract of land with beautiful streams, forests and waterfalls. There is no other area like it in the United States. Within a day’s time, a dozen or more waterfalls can be seen by a family. There are already parking areas and approaches to many of the falls. There are hiking trails throughout the area.
I contacted the Department of the Interior and thence the National Park Service. I then contacted Sen. Baldwin and Sen. Johnson to make them aware of the potential of this area as a national park.
This area is within a day’s driving distance of all major cities in the central part of the country. As a national park, it would offer great beauty to any visitor. It would furnish far more, permanent jobs than any mine would ever offer.
A national park will offer permanent financial benefits to Wisconsin and all states bordering Wisconsin. And it will protect the land, the air and Lake Superior.
Contact any legislator to encourage him or her to take an interest in this project. Especially contact our two U.S. Senators to let them know you want this national park. The only reason this idea of a park has not been proposed before is that much of northern Wisconsin’s beauty is often secret from the rest of our country. There is still time to save this beautiful area. Penokee Hills National Park should be a reality.
Jerry Rau, Rhinelander