To understand how Wisconsin's Northern Highlands Lake District (NHLD) will change in the future, researchers at the Center for Limnology, led by limnologist Stephen Carpenter, teamed up with people from the NHLD community to project various scenarios illustrating both positive and negative drivers of change.
(Click on each picture to see a full sized illustration)

In this baseline scenario, at present, the remote lakes of Wisconsinís Northern Highlands offer plenty of fish, wildlife, and quiet for enjoying nature.
In this Refugee Revolution scenario, a national crisis leads to intensive management of ecosystems by a much larger population. The Northern Highland becomes an exporter of fresh water, forest products, farm-raised fish and cranberries.

In this Walleye Commons scenario, the Lac du Flambeau economy diversifies to include ethno-tourism, offering tourists more and bigger museums and cultural experiences such as sweat lodges.
In this Anaheim North scenario, larger lakes near major towns are developed for theme parks, water parks and motorized recreation.

In this Northwoods Quilt scenario, lakes are dedicated to different types of outdoor recreation. For example, some heavily settled lakes are used for motorized sports, and more remote lakes are dedicated to silent sports and nature sounds.

Illustrations by: Bill Feeny for UW Center for Limnology, © 2003

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