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Completed plans
establishing goals and objectives for DNR properties.
Plan reports
monitoring goals and objectives.
Feasibility studies
studying new properties.
Public lands
parks, forests, wildlife, fisheries, natural areas, trails, wild rivers and flowages.
Contact information
For information on the Sauk Prairie State 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
Jonah Moline
Park Manager
S5975 Park Road
Baraboo WI 53913
608-356-2185

Property Master PlansSauk Prairie State Recreation Area

The Sauk Prairie State 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 State Recreation Area web page for information and news about visiting the property.

Master Planning update

The revised draft master plan and final environmental impact statement for the Sauk Prairie State Recreation Area is now available for public review. We will present this document to the Natural Resources Board at their December 14, 2016 meeting in Madison. Please visit the Natural Resources Board web page for additional information including the meeting agenda and public participation guidelines.

On December 8, 2016 the National Park Service sent a letter [PDF] to the department with its comments on the revised draft master plan.

Background

Planning documents

General documents

Maps

2016 Draft Master Plan

Sauk Prairie Master Plan

Given its size, the revised draft master plan and final environmental impact statement is available to download in its entirety or in portions.

Sauk Prairie State Recreation Area Master Plan and Environmental Impact Statement (draft) [PDF, 10 GB]
DNR PUB-LF-0091 2016

A summary of the major themes the department heard from the public on the preliminary 2015 draft master plan and environmental impact statement, and the department's responses, is found in Chapter VI (page 183).

2015 Draft Master Plan

The department released a preliminary draft master plan and environmental impact statement on August 11, 2015. A public comment period for that document ran from August 11 to September 25, 2015. In addition, we held a public open house on September 10, 2015. All comments received during the public review period are posted here in their entirely. We've prepared a document briefly summarizing the feedback received.

Summary of public input [PDF]

National Park Service (NPS) has also reviewed the preliminary 2015 master plan and environmental impact statement. Please find the NPS review and Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources planning process clarification letter.

Public input on the prelimlinary 2015 draft master plan

Preliminary 2015 draft master plan and environmental impact statement

Changes were made to the preliminary 2015 draft document based on comments received during the public comment period to create the revised 2016 draft master plan and final environmental impact statement

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:

Shawn Wenzel, team leader
Department of Natural Resources
2514 Morse Street
Janesville WI 53545
608-758-4934

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:

Jonah Moline, park manager
Department of Natural Resources
S5975 Park Road
Baraboo WI 53913
608-356-2185

For environmental clean-up information or questions, contact:

Shawn Wenzel, team leader
Department of Natural Resources
2514 Morse Street
Janesville WI 53545
608-758-4934

Last revised: Friday December 09 2016