Parcel recommendations submitted to Natural Resources Board for third phase of DNR land sales

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  1. By Central Office October 6, 2016

    Contact(s): Terry Bay, DNR Facilities and Lands Bureau director, 608-266-5782

    MADISON - Under direction from the 2013-15 state biennial budget, the Natural Resources Board will review Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources recommendations for the third phase of land sales at its Oct. 26 meeting in Madison.

    The Department of Natural Resources released an initial list of 128 parcels to be reviewed by staff in June 2016. During the review process, an additional 26 parcels were identified for possible sale.

    Final department recommendations include 93 parcels, totaling approximately 3,559 acres to be offered for sale:

    • 22 accessible parcels, totaling 1,331 acres, to be offered for government sale;
    • 7 landlocked parcels, totaling 307 acres, to be offered for government sale;
    • 31 parcels, totaling 791 acres, to be offered only to adjoining landowners; and
    • 33 parcels, totaling 1,130 acres, to be offered for sale through a public bidding process.

    State law directed the Natural Resources Board to offer 10,000 acres of land for sale by June 30, 2017 - proceeds from these land sales will repay outstanding public debt related to the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship program. The department currently owns approximately 1,517,454 acres in fee title ownership and 300,267 acres in easements. The sale of 10,000 acres represents less than one percent of the department's total land ownership.

    This law only affects lands located outside of official DNR project boundaries established prior to May 1, 2013. A project boundary is created through a feasibility study, master plan or other official action by the Natural Resources Board. The department currently has over 600 named projects with established project boundaries.

    Land sales under this law will help the department achieve the following objectives:

    • realign land ownership for more efficient management;
    • repurpose lands that do not serve the department's mission to more suitable use;
    • work with other organizations to meet common property and conservation goals;
    • direct limited land management funds to properties that serve the department's mission; and
    • resolve boundary and access issues.

    Specific information related to the marketing of parcels available for public bid will be made available as the marketing occurs. In addition to phase three land sale recommendations, the department recommends that 57 parcels, totaling approximately 2,457 acres, be retained by the department. Throughout the review process 4 parcels were removed from sale consideration due to restrictions on the parcels.

    Recommendations regarding each of these parcels can be found at, keywords "land sales."
    Last Revised: Thursday, October 06, 2016