NRB OK’s land buys of over $784,000

Madison – The Natural Resources Board approved the purchase of
178 acres for $784,700 in January. The board also accepted the
donation of 1,007.5 acres.

The money used for the purchases will come from state
Stewardship and federal LAWCON funds.

The land purchases are not yet final, and must be approved by
the governor for the title to be transferred to the DNR before the
land is open to the public, which can take up to two months. Check
with local DNR land managers to determine when the properties are
open.

The board purchased 78.6 acres from the Ronald Motola Estate for
$220,200 for the Ice Age Trail in Waushara County. The parcel, nine
miles west of Wautoma, abuts DNR land to the south. The land will
connect the Greenwood Wildlife Area with the Mecan Springs area to
the south and will be open for outdoor recreation. Its availability
for hunting will be determined at a later date when a revised
administrative code is prepared for the Ice Age Trail.

The board approved the purchase of 40 acres from Jack and Kelly
Dunbar in Oneida County for $200,000 for the Northern
Highland/American Legion State Forest. Located one mile west of
Lake Tomahawk, the property lies within the state forest and is the
last private 40-acre parcel in the section. The parcel, 38 acres of
upland forest and two acres of lowland forest and wetland, is close
to a sub-division and has gravel resources. The land will be open
to all recreational activities, including hunting.

Acquisition of 41.5 acres from the Pacholski Estate was approved
for $195,000. The Columbia County land will be added to the Peter
Helland Wildlife Area. Located two miles southeast of Pardeeville,
the land is bordered on three sides by DNR land and includes 25
acres of pasture and 11.5 acres of mixed woods, grasslands, and
five acres of wetland. It will be open to hunting and other
recreation.

The board approved the purchase of 18 acres from the Robert Kaye
Estate for $169,500 for the C.D. Besadny Fish and Wildlife Area in
Kewaunee County. The land, in the town of Casco, includes 620 feet
of frontage along each bank of the Kewaunee River and will provide
access for anglers, canoeists, and DNR staff.

The board also accepted donations of two parcels. The smallest
was 47.6 acres donated by the Door County Land Trust for the Big
and Little Marsh State Natural Area and Grand Traverse Island State
Park in Door County. The three separate tracts (2.6 acres, 20
acres, and 25 acres) will be open for all outdoor recreation
activities.

A donation of 959.9 acres came from The Nature Conservancy. The
parcel, in Crawford County, is known as the Hogback Prairie. It
will be added to the Natural Area program. The tract, in the
village of Steuben and towns of Eastman, Haney, and Marinette,
provides habitat for many protected plants and animals. The land
will be open for hunting, trapping, hiking, and skiing, among other
uses.

The board also approved a feasibility study to be conducted on
17,000 acres of the Lower Kickapoo River Valley. The study will
look at opportunities to work with landowners to protect
ecologically significant sites and species, establish a link with
the Lower Wisconsin State Riverway, and expand public recreation
opportunities.

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