DNR South Central Region - FORT ATKINSON - The public comment period for a proposed grant to Jefferson County from the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program has been extended to Jan. 11. An earlier release failed to establish ... More... FORT ATKINSON – The public comment period for a proposed grant to Jefferson County from the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program has been extended to Jan. 11. An earlier release failed to establish the correct time frame for this type of purchase. Jefferson County has applied for a 50 percent matching grant from the Stewardship urban greenspace subprogram to assist with the purchase of 120 acres of land in the Town of Jefferson, Jefferson County. The county will provide match to the grant award. The property is being acquired to expand Dorothy Carnes County Park and Rose Lake State Natural Area and would be open to the public for low-impact recreational activities including fishing, hiking, cross-county skiing, biking, snowshoeing, nature appreciation and scientific study and research. Hunting and trapping would be prohibited under a Jefferson County ordinance that regulates county parks. Written comments on the proposed acquisition can be mailed to Carrie Mickelson, director of the DNR’s division of customer and employee services, care of Mary Rothenmaier, DNR financial assistance specialist, 3911 Fish Hatchery Rd., Fitchburg, WI 53711 or sent by e-mail to [email protected]. Rothenmaier can be reached by phone at 608-275-3322 to answer any questions. Written comments will be accepted through Jan. 11. In accordance with s. NR 52.04 (2) (b), Wis. Adm. Code, objections about the prohibited activities on this property must show the proposed prohibition to be inconsistent with s. 23.0916 (2) (b), Stats., and s. NR 52.05, Wis. Adm. Code.