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Public invited to tour former Badger plant

News Release Published: August 19, 2013 by the South Central Region

Contact(s): Ryder Will, DNR property manager, 608-356-2185; John Pohlman, planner, 608-264-6263; Bob Manwell, DNR communications, 608-275-3317

FITCHBURG, Wis. - The public is invited to take a self-guided automobile tour of the former Badger Army Ammunition Plant this Saturday, Aug. 24. The property will open starting at 9 a.m., and the gates will close at 3 p.m. The property entrance is located seven miles north of Sauk City on State Highway 12.

Tour maps are available on the Department of Natural Resources website - dnr.wi.gov - by searching for "Sauk Prairie Recreation Area." Tour maps will also be available the day of the tour at the starting point.

A similar tour was offered in October 2012 and proved to be very popular with more than 1,100 vehicles passing through the gates. At the time, DNR received many contacts from persons who were interested but couldn't make the October 2012 event. Many more inquiries came in after the event from people who had been told about the tour by friends and were wondering if a second tour could be scheduled.

Master Planning Update

DNR is currently working on developing a master plan for the former Badger plant which is now designated as the Sauk Prairie Recreation Area.

All DNR properties are operated according to master plans that describe the facilities, activities, operations and resource management guidelines for a property for a period of 15 years.

On July 31, DNR planners and managers hosted a public open house in Prairie du Sac to present preliminary vision and goal statements and draft conceptual alternatives. DNR is now is asking for public comment on these documents. The comment period is open through Aug. 30. Documents are available for review under the "planning documents" tab on the Sauk Prairie Recreation Area webpage. A public comment form also is on the webpage and can be either downloaded and mailed or submitted online.

The public will have more opportunities to provide comment as the master planning process moves along. Over 260 individuals attended the July 31 open house.

"We encourage people to view the posted preliminary vision and goal statements and the draft conceptual alternatives," said Ryder Will. Will currently is the maintenance and satellite properties supervisor for Devil's Lake State Park. He will be the SPRA property manager when the gates are fully open.

"While this is a property tour and is not intended to be a part of the master planning process, we hope opening the property for a day provides people a chance to better visualize the future of the Sauk Prairie Recreation Area as they prepare any comments they'd like to share with us."

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