August 11, 2015
MADISON - The Sauk Prairie Recreation Area draft master plan is now available for public review and comment.
The draft plan includes recommendations for a variety of recreational uses on the 3,300 acre property, located between Sauk City and Baraboo, which comprises roughly half of the former Badger Army Ammunition Plant.
The public will have 45 days to provide comments regarding the draft master plan and environmental impact statement. Comments must be received by Sept. 25 and can be submitted by mail to John Pohlman, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources - LF/6, PO Box 7921, Madison, WI 53707-7921, or through an online feedback form found on the department's website, dnr.wi.gov, keywords "Sauk Prairie Recreation Area."
In addition, the department will host a public hearing Sept. 10 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the River Arts Center, 105 Ninth St., in Prairie du Sac to gather input.
According to DNR regional park supervisor Paul Zajackowski, the Sauk Prairie Recreation Area will provide many unique opportunities for visitors. "This property has a complex and interesting human and natural history, which we want to roll into visitor experiences," said Zajackowski. "We look forward to working with our neighbors, the Ho-Chunk Nation and the Dairy Forage Research Center, in managing this exceptional property."
The Badger Army Ammunition Plant, built in 1942 as the nation entered World War II, was the world's largest manufacturer of propellant and rocket paste. It last operated during the Vietnam conflict and was formally decommissioned in 1997. The department began receiving title to portions of the property in 2011.
"We're excited to get the draft plan out to the public," said DNR property planner John Pohlman. "It is based on the many past planning efforts, most notably the Badger Reuse Plan, and the extensive public input received over the last three years."
The United States Army has removed nearly all of the buildings and addressed contaminated sites. The most obvious remnants of the site's former use are the many roads that intersect the property. Some of these roads are open for public use, while others will open temporarily for biking and horseback riding until trails are constructed.
"We're looking forward to working with a wide range of partners to help the property reach its potential," said Zajackowski. "We think the property has great potential to provide recreation opportunities for lots of people, especially since it is connected to Devil's Lake State Park."
For more information, search keywords "Sauk Prairie Recreation Area."
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Paul Zajackowski, DNR regional park supervisor, 608-275-3276