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  Draft master plan news release
Contact information
For information on the Sauk Prairie Recreation Area, contact:
Paul Zajackowski
Parks District Supervisor
3911 Fish Hatchery Road
Fitchburg WI 53711
608-275-3276
John Pohlman
Planner
P O Box 7921
Madison WI 53707-7921
608-264-6263
Steve Schmelzer
Property Supervisor
S5975 Park Road
Baraboo WI 53913
608-356-8301

Property Master PlansSauk Prairie Recreation Area

The Sauk Prairie Recreation Area, located in southeastern Sauk County, consists of a portion of the decommissioned Badger Army Ammunition Plant (BAAP). The property has a natural and human history that is significant on many scales. The former BAAP is, or will be, primarily owned by three parties: DNR (3,400 acres), Ho-Chunk Nation (1,600 acres) and Dairy Forage Research Center (2,100 acres), approximate acreages. Our master planning process focuses on the DNR-designated acreage.

BAAP from the Southeast

Badger Army Ammunition Plant aerial view from the Southeast. Photo courtesy of Tom Thomas, Badger History Group.

The department has developed a new Sauk Prairie Recreation Area Web page for information and news about visiting the property.

Master Planning update

The Sauk Prairie Recreation Area draft master plan and environmental impact statement is now available for public review and comment.

The draft plan includes recommendations for a variety of recreational uses on the 3,385 acre property, which comprises roughly half of the former Badger Army Ammunition Plant. The document also includes an assessment of potential outcomes if implemented.

Public comment period open August 11 — September 25, 2015

The public will have 45 days to provide comments regarding the draft master plan and environmental impact statement. Comments must be received by September 25, 2015.

Thursday, September 10
River Arts Center
105 Ninth Street
Prairie du Sac, WI
Public Open House: 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
DNR presentation: 5:00 p.m.
Public Hearing: 5:15 - 8:00 p.m.

Materials describing the proposed master plan will be available for review starting at 4:00 p.m. In addition, DNR staff will give a short overview of the proposed master plan at 5:00 p.m.

In addition, the department has developed an online public input form with a series of questions as well as a pdf version that can be printed off and mailed to the address below.

John Pohlman - LF/6
WI Department of Natural Resources
P O Box 7921
Madison WI 53707-7921

Background

Planning documents

General documents

Maps

Master Plan

Sauk Prairie Master Plan

The draft master plan and environmental impact statement is a large document. It is available to download in its entirety or in portions.

Sauk Prairie Recreation Area Master Plan and Environmental Impact Statement (draft) [PDF, 9 GB]
DNR PUB-LF-0091 2015

Cleanup


Excavating contaminated soil from the Final Creek, settling ponds and spoils disposal areas of the former Badger Army Ammunition Plant and disposing of it in an approved landfill has been determined as the best clean-up alternative for ensuring that the health of even the most sensitive human populations is protected once Sauk Prairie Recreation Area is open to the public.

The final determination includes results of a study by the state Department of Health Services that examined potential human health risks associated with consumption of wild game harvested from this area of Badger. The study found that regular consumption of wild game from the area is not expected to pose a human health hazard.

Public comments received on the proposed clean-up strategy with responses are also available.

For environmental clean-up information, contact:

Woody Myers, team leader
Department of Natural Resources
3911 Fish Hatchery Rd.
Fitchburg WI 53711
608-273-5613

Updates

August 11, 2015 Department releases draft master plan

March 17, 2015 Parcel R Final Case Closure [PDF]

Jan. 8, 2015 Parcel V1 Final Case Closure [PDF]

Dec. 18, 2014 November’s round of groundwater monitoring results [PDF]

Dec. 16, 2014 Ho-Chunk to receive acreage, Finding of Suitability to Transfer underway

Dec. 4, 2014 Residential Groundwater Test Results

Residential Groundwater Test Results Summary - October 2014 Sampling Event

Dec. 4, 2014 New BAAP groundwater overview map online [PDF]

Sept. 15, 2014 Parcel H closed

Contact

Your comments are important so please consider coming to meetings, mailing in comments or calling us. We welcome your feedback on the property management goals and master planning issues throughout the process.

For informaton or questions related to the draft master plan, contact:

Paul Zajackowski, Parks district supervisor
Department of Natural Resources
3911 Fish Hatchery Road
Fitchburg WI 53711
608-275-3276

To receive materials or provide comments on the draft master plan, contact:

John Pohlman, planner
Department of Natural Resources
P O Box 7921
Madison WI 53707-7921
608-264-6263

For property-specific information or questions, contact:

Steve Schmelzer, property supervisor
Department of Natural Resources
S5975 Park Road
Baraboo WI 53913
608-356-8301 ext. 111

For environmental clean-up information or questions, contact:

Woody Myers, team leader
Department of Natural Resources
3911 Fish Hatchery Road
Fitchburg WI 53711
608-273-5613

Last revised: Monday August 17 2015