MADISON, Wis. (AP) -

The state Department of Natural Resources has scheduled an open house on how to best use a northern Wisconsin marsh.

The DNR is updating its master plan for the 4,800-acre Powell Marsh Wildlife Area just outside Manitowish Waters in Vilas County. The property includes a 1,800-acre wildlife refuge that's closed to hunting in the fall.

Volunteer citizen panels developed master plan alternatives for the marsh in 1999. The DNR put that effort on hold in 2000 to allow staff to focus on a plan for the Northern Highland-American Legion State Forest, which adjoins the marsh.

The agency has scheduled an open house on the marsh plan for Aug. 24 at the Manitowish Waters Community Center. The public will get a chance to discuss how the marsh should be managed.