Event: Badger Featured at “Boo U” Distinguised Lecture Series

Badger Featured at “Boo U” Distinguised Lecture Series

Healing the Sauk Prairie on the Former Badger Army Ammunition Plant- A Look Backward and a View Forward

Distinguished Lecture Series, University of Wisconsin Baraboo-Sauk County
Science Wing, Aural Umhoefer Clasroom
1006 Connie Road, Baraboo

Thursday, October 20

Presentation by Charlie Luthin
Executive Director, Sauk Prairie Conservation Alliance


Summary.  The original Sauk Prairie, a 14,000-acre grassland that covered much of the land south of the Baraboo Hills from southeast of Devils Lake to Ferry Bluff, was first inhabited by the ancestors of the Ho-Chunk people following the melting of the last glacier.  Starting in the 1840s, European settlers began claiming the Sauk Prairie as their own and converting its fertile sod to highly productive agricultural fields. By 1942, when the U.S. Army displaced 86 farm families from the Sauk Prairie to construct the largest propellant factory in the country–Badger Army Ammunition Plant– the original prairie was all but gone.  With the departure of the Army in the 2000s and demolition of the 1000+ structures at Badger, there is new hope for the land as three primary landowners begin to restore the original health of the Sauk Prairie.