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ENVIRONMENT


Kohler Co.’s proposed 18-hole, public golf course in the City of Sheboygan represents an extraordinary opportunity to open private land the company has owned for more than 75 years. The project will create public access and help ensure minimalist development on the site in the future. We have made concerted efforts to minimize, avoid or mitigate the potential environmental impact.

The draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) issued by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources reviews the balanced approach we’ve adopted to reduce wetland impact, provide protection for wildlife and habitat and help remove invasive species. The EIS – an extensive science- and engineering-based study that is part of the DNR’s normal project approval process – also reviews the project’s sound environmental management and water protection efforts.

The key findings in the draft EIS show that the proposed project would:

  • Remove invasive species and add native plants and grasses
  • Avoid, minimize or mitigate impacts to specific species, plants and wildlife
  • Result in no surface water impacts to Lake Michigan or the Black River

The project also would have a positive impact on jobs and tax revenue in the City of Sheboygan and Sheboygan County, and there is an important historical opportunity for education and discovery because of our sensitive approach to archaeological findings on the site. Kohler Co. will leave the known Indian burial mounds completely undisturbed and include a lakeshore easement for Timberlake homeowners. And, because the project would provide enhanced public access to Kohler-Andrae State Park, there would be minimal traffic impact by using an entry that avoids neighboring homes to the south.


READ THE DRAFT EIS SEE OUR WETLAND PERMIT APPLICATION
READ ABOUT OUR REDUCED WETLAND IMPACT VISIT THE DNR GOLF COURSE PROJECT WEBSITE


PROJECT PATH

ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW PROCESS



  • August 24, 2017:
    Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources hosts open house for public to learn about proposed master plan amendment for Kohler-Andrae State Park related to golf course project on company-owned property adjacent to the park

  • March 8, 2017:
    Kohler Co. submits wetland permit applications to Wisconsin DNR and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; introduces design update reducing wetland impact to less than 4 acres and leaving rare interdunal wetland untouched

  • August 26, 2016:
    Deadline for public comments regarding the DNR's draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)

  • July 20, 2016:
    DNR holds public hearing on draft EIS at Sheboygan Falls High School

  • June 29, 2016:
    DNR releases draft EIS and announces public hearing and comment period

  • August 3, 2015:
    Kohler Co. provides supplementary information to the DNR

  • July 24, 2015:
    Public comment period regarding scope of DNR Environmental Impact Report (EIR) ends

  • July 14, 2015:
    DNR holds public hearing at UW-Sheboygan Theatre regarding scope of draft EIR

  • May 22, 2015:
    DNR requests supplemental information from Kohler Co., part of the normal environmental review process

  • April 15, 2015:
    Kohler Co. submits initial EIR on proposed Town of Wilson golf course to DNR

  • March, 2015:
    Kohler Co. unveils plans for “minimalist” golf course design that respects land’s natural character

  • Summer 2014:
    Kohler Co. announces plans to build a public, 18-hole golf course on land it owns in Sheboygan County