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Letter to the Editor: Time to Step Up to Save Potawatomi State Park Observation Tower

On Jan. 27, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources held a public virtual meeting and comment period regarding plans for the Potawatomi State Park Observation Tower.

During this meeting, I felt that the majority of contributors, including state Sen. André Jacque and state Assembly Rep. Joel Kitchens, were in favor of trying to save the tower, which, according to a study performed by Wood Research and Development (a company that specializes in the restoration of wood products) on behalf of the Sturgeon Bay Historical Society Foundation, could be completed at a cost of approximately $300,000 (but no more than $500,000). 

My hopes would be that Gov. Tony Evers can find a grant award through the Tourism Capital Investment Grant Program, similar to the way he did for Peninsula State Park’s Eagle Tower and the Door County Maritime Museum Tower. 

Such a grant would be advantageous in providing the cost of restoration of the tower, thereby providing access for Door County residents, Ice Age Trail hikers and the many visitors and campers to the park who have certainly been denied viewing the surrounding beauty the tower offers since its closure. 

The public is encouraged to submit written comments regarding the observation tower by Feb. 22 using the survey link at surveymonkey.com/r/potawatomitower, emailing [email protected], or mailing a letter to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, c/o Missy VanLanduyt, 101 S. Webster St., P.O. Box 7921, Madison, WI 53707.

It’s time to step up, give your input and save the tower.

R. Peter Jackson

Nasewaupee, Wisconsin