Draft Sauk Prairie State Recreation Area master plan will be presented for final approval...

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  1. By Central Office November 22, 2016

    Contact(s): Paul Zajackowski, DNR Parks Bureau District Supervisor, 608-275-3276

    MADISON - Following a valuable public input process spanning more than three years, the draft Sauk Prairie State Recreation Area master plan will be presented for final approval at the Dec. 14, 2016 Natural Resources Board meeting.

    This draft plan lays out the Department of Natural Resources' proposal for the management and use of the 3,385-acre property, which lies immediately south of Devil's Lake State Park between Sauk City and Baraboo. In 2002, the Natural Resources Board approved the initial project boundary and acquisition goal.

    The Sauk Prairie State Recreation Area comprises roughly one-half of the former Badger Army Ammunition Plant and came to state ownership through the National Park Service's Federal Lands to Parks program following the formal decommissioning of the property.

    Although sizeable portions of the property are currently dominated by invasive shrubs and other weedy plants, department's goal is to restore the former munitions production site to large blocks of prairie and oak savanna habitats. Of particular interest is managing vegetation, including using different types of grazing systems, to maintain populations of rare grassland birds that have declined elsewhere in the state and Midwest.

    The property has great potential to provide a diversity of recreation opportunities. Hunting is already a common activity and will likely increase in popularity with the release of pheasants in the years to come. Hiking, horseback riding and recreational and mountain biking trails are also planned, as are some structured opportunities for motorized use, dog training, and rocketry.

    To view the draft master plan, visit dnr.wi.gov, search keywords "master planning," and select "Sauk Prairie Recreation Area." The complete December board agenda is available online - search keyword "view agendas."

    Members of the public must pre-register with Laurie Ross, board liaison, to testify at a board meeting. The deadline to register to testify or submit written comments for this business meeting is Friday, Dec. 9, 2016 at 11 a.m. Registration information can be found on the DNR website.

    Each board meetings is webcast live. People can watch the meeting over the internet by going to the NRB agenda page of the DNR website and clicking on webcasts in the Related Links column on the right. Then click on this month's meeting. After each meeting, the webcast will be permanently available on demand.

    Last Revised: Tuesday, November 22, 2016