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The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) buys lands within the boundaries of established projects that are managed for various purposes, such as fisheries, wildlife and recreation.

The DNR purchases land within different types of proptection and project areas.

Fishery and stream bank protection

areas along streams, rivers, and lakes to protect water quality by reducing erosion and run-off, and to improve habitat and fishing opportunities

Wildlife management and habitat restoration project

areas to provide habitat for wildlife such as waterfowl, grouse, turkey, and grassland songbirds. These areas also provide places for the public to enjoy watching wildlife, hunting, and other types of recreation

Forestry project

areas to protect forested lands that provide forest products, protect watersheds, and provide outdoor recreational opportunities such as hiking and cross-country skiing. Many of the DNR's larger project areas are state forests such as the Northern Highland-American Legion State Forest, Black River State Forest, and Kettle Moraine State Forests

State parks, state trails, and recreation project

areas to protect lands that have scenic, recreational, historical, archaeological, geological and natural value. These areas provide facilities and programs for the public to enjoy. In addition, the DNR purchases linear tracts of land, such as abandoned railroad rights-of-way, to provide trail-based recreation. Parks, trails, and recreation areas provide opportunities for hiking, biking, camping, swimming, picnicking, and boating

Wild river projects and the Lower Wisconsin State Riverway project

to protect the wild and scenic nature of Wisconsin waterways. Specifically, the DNR purchases land along the Pine, Pike and Popple wild rivers, and the Lower Wisconsin State Riverway to protect their unique natural qualities. The DNR provides facilities to make them accessible for compatible recreational use such as canoeing and fishing

Natural area project

areas to preserve natural communities such as prairies, savannas and forests, and land harboring rare species. Some areas have trails and offer other compatible recreational opportunities

Legacy places

reported in the Wisconsin Land Legacy Report. The report identifies the places considered most important to meet Wisconsin's conservation and recreation needs over the next 50 years: lands and waters critical to conserve for native plants and animals and their habitats; places that will most effectively provide satisfying outdoor recreation; lands that should be protected to reach future goals; and places our children and grandchildren wish we had protected

Other project categories.

  • Statewide habitat areas
  • Public access areas
  • Fish hatcheries
  • Priority watershed project areas
Last revised: Friday August 31 2012