DNR Releases Draft Master Plan for Recreation Area
On Tuesday, August 11, the DNR released its Draft Master Plan for the 3,300-acre Sauk Prairie Recreation Area, the largest parcel of the 7,400-acre Badger Army Ammunition Plant. DNR has worked on the Plan since 2013. The Alliance is carefully reviewing the draft plan and will post its analysis and response at a later date.
The Alliance issued a brief press release today: “Based on our brief first look, the Alliance is pleased to see that the previous inappropriate proposals for a shooting range and ATV trails are not in the current plan. The draft plan includes a strong emphasis on restoring the native prairie and savanna landscape of the area which has been the focus of the Alliance for nearly 20 years. We are concerned, however, about the proposed off-road motorcycles and rocketry which are not compatible with the restoration and low-impact recreation intent for the property” said Nurre.
The draft plan can be viewed at the DNR’s website: http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/Lands/MasterPlanning/SaukPrairie/
The public has 45 days, until September 25, to comment on the Draft Master Plan for the Sauk Prairie Recreation Area.
Other Badger lands are owned by the USDA Dairy Forage Research Center (2,105 acres), the Ho-Chunk Nation (1,553 acres) and the Bluffview Sanitary District (163 acres).