Wis. First Lady Visits Northland, Met with Protest

Posted at: 06/10/2013 10:37 PM
Updated at: 06/10/2013 10:41 PM
By: Zach Hammer

Wisconsin First Lady Tonette Walker was walking in the Northland on Monday. She hiked the trails at Copper Falls State Park in Mellen to raise awareness of the state's natural beauty as well as the health benefits of walking.

"The initiative is to really get people moving, to start thinking about being active," Walker said.

Walkers first visit to the park was met with protest. Several people concerned about Gov. Scott Walker's environmental policy and support of a controversial iron ore mine were voicing their opinions.

Allie Raven, one of the protestors, says she fears the mine would ruin places like Copper Falls.

"We are very concerned because this place [Copper Falls State Park] would no longer exist if that mine were actually come to be," Raven said

In March, Gov. Walker signed a bill that would ease mining regulations, paving the way for G-Tac's iron ore mine, proposed to be built in the Penokee Range.