DNR Board OKs Northern WI Land Purchase

Northern WI Land Purchase Approved

The state Department of Natural Resources’ board has approved spending nearly $2 million to acquire an easement for about 21,000 acres in northern Wisconsin.

The board voted Wednesday to spend $1.9 million in stewardship dollars and $3.8 million in federal forestry aids to purchase the easement from the Lyme St. Croix Forest Company.

The board approved buying an easement on 44,678 acres from the company for $11.3 million in 2012.

The two purchases together will form the new 65,867-acre Brule-St. Croix Legacy Forest.

DNR officials say it’s the largest recreational and forest land acquisition in state history.

Gov. Scott Walker has proposed freezing the stewardship program.

His spokeswoman didn’t immediately return a message seeking comment on the new purchase.
 

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