Barg family donates 80 acres in Adams County for public recreation

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  1. By Central Office December 9, 2015

    Contact(s): Doug Haag, deputy director DNR Division of Lands, 608-266-2136

    MADISON - The public will have additional land available for outdoor recreation in Adams County thanks to the donation of 80 acres [PDF] to the Department of Natural Resources that the state Natural Resources Board accepted at its December meeting in Madison.

    James T. Barg donated the 80.21-acre parcel located in the Town of Big Flats in memory of his parents, Hiram and Bessy Ellen Barg, who acquired the land in the 1960s. The Barg family enrolled the property in the state's Managed Forest Law and it includes a red pine plantation along with other species including oak, aspen and jack pine. The property also contains approximately 8 acres of wetlands.

    The parcel is surrounded on three sides by a Forest Legacy casement that the DNR purchased in December 2013 from Plum Creek Timberlands, LP that totals 7,449 acres between a northern and southern unit. It will be managed by the DNR forestry program for continued timber production and will be open for outdoor recreation activities including hunting, trapping, hiking and cross-country skiing.

    Hiram and Bessy Ellen Barg, of Wauwatosa, were educators in Wisconsin. Hiram Barg, a River Falls native, was prominent in the area of vocational education in Wisconsin and Milwaukee.

    "Our donation of the land to the State of Wisconsin has a great deal to do with my parents' love of this land and the State of Wisconsin," James Barg said of the donation.

    A plaque will be placed at the property noting the land was "Donated in memory of Hiram and Bessy Ellen Barg in the year 2015." The property is accessible off Beaver Avenue on the southern border of the property.

    Last Revised: Wednesday, December 09, 2015