Land exchange approved by the DNR board will improve outdoor recreation access and options

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  1. By Central Office April 8, 2015

    Contact(s): Doug Haag, DNR real estate director, 608-266-2136, or Kevin Harter, DNR communications, 715-839-3715

    MADISON -- The exchange and transfer of land between private landowners and the state was approved by the Department of Natural Resources Board today.

    During its regular monthly meeting the board voted to transfer 206.39 acres of Pepin County state land located inside the boundary of Nine Mile Island State Natural Area in return for 117.38 acres of privately-owned Dunn County land located within the boundary of the Lower Chippewa River State Natural Area and $17,606.

    The land owned by Michael P. and Donna J. Hurlburt, Durand, was valued at $198,000 and the state land at $215,606.

    The state parcel, a portion of the Nine Mile Island State Natural Area, will transfer back to the Hurlburts. The land was originally purchased in 2005, but there was limited public access to the property and the land was often accessed by crossing adjoining private property, which resulted in numerous trespassing issues. The department will continue to hold a Natural Areas Conservation Easement on the property ensuring that that property continues to be managed as a state natural area but the easement will not permit public use of the land.

    The land the DNR will receive in return is located entirely within the boundaries of the

    Lower Chippewa River State Natural Area and adjacent to a parcel approved for purchase by the board at its December 2014 meeting.

    There is access to the 117.38 acre property along Fuller Road with an existing DNR

    parking lot at the end of Fuller Road, providing excellent access to all DNR land in this area.

    Located about 5 miles southwest of Eau Claire, 2 miles east of Caryville and directly south and east of the Chippewa River, the parcel includes 6,600 feet of river frontage along with dry prairie, upland brush, late-successional barrens and floodplain forest.

    Numerous special consideration birds have been sighted including grasshopper sparrows, field sparrows, vesper sparrows, lark sparrows, blue-winged warbler and the American woodcock.

    The acquired land will provide more public access and outdoor recreation options, including birding, fishing, hiking, hunting and trapping.

    Last Revised: Wednesday, April 08, 2015