It is probably not well known or at least forgotten that under a large expanse of Northern Wisconsin lies one of the world's largest mineral deposits. When Exxon Corporation attempted to open a mine near the Wolf River by Crandon, the project was met with a lot of opposition and the Wolf River became known as one of the most endangered wild rivers in the United States. Exxon gave up the pursuit and sold their land to the Potawatomi Tribe.
The Wolf River runs through Shawano. One day I and a friend got the idea to float this river from Shawano to Oshkosh and left one rainy morning with fishing gear but little food and rowed for 7 days before arriving in Oshkosh. The next week we attempted the northern half of the river, putting in at Post Lake and arrived 2 days later in Lily fairly beat up and exhausted. The northern half was the section they were obviously referring to as wild.
Recently the City of Shawano along with the efforts of local organizations, acquired and cleaned up an old lime kiln plant along the Wolf. They planted trees, preserved the shoreline and within view of the water laid out a few residential parcels. South into Belle Plaine Township a parcel of approximately 120 acres of Wolf River frontage was auctioned at an estate sale. As a lover of this river, I hated to see it chopped up and residentualised. The auction was well attended and the land was sold to one Buyer, the Wisconsin Department of Resources with funds from the Stewardship Program. This year the finding was raised form $60,000,000 to $80,000,000. so the DNR will be actively seeking to preserve other sections of the Wolf River.
Here is a photo of the old lime kiln site in Shawano, not an unpleasant sight even in the dead of winter