Contact(s): Doug Haag, DNR Facilities and Lands Bureau deputy director, 608-266-2136
February 24, 2016
MADISON - The state Natural Resources Board approved the second phase of Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources land sales at its Feb. 24 meeting in Madison.
Phase two parcels were made available for public review in August 2015 and sent to the board in early February 2016 for final review. In all, 81 parcels, totaling 5,633 acres received final approved for sale - the board removed one parcel from phase two sales and reclassified five parcels. For more information, visit dnr.wi.gov, keywords "land sales" and select the button labeled "parcels for review and sale."
State law directed the Natural Resources Board to offer 10,000 acres of land for sale by June 30, 2017 - proceeds from these land sales will repay outstanding public debt related to the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship program. The department currently owns approximately 1,517,454 acres in fee title ownership and 300,267 acres in easements. The sale of 10,000 acres represents less than one percent of the department's total land ownership.
To date, 18 of 22 phase one parcels have been marketed, resulting in 11 sales totaling 394 acres and generating approximately $637,000 in sale proceeds.