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Brown County Seeks Grant for Land Acquisition

Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Urban Green Space Grant Requested for Land Purchase in the City of Green Bay

Contact(s): Jessica Terrien, DNR Grant Specialist, 920-662-5121,

December 9, 2019 at 10:58:35 am

GREEN BAY, Wis.- Brown County has applied for a 50% matching grant from the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program to assist with the purchase of approximately four and one-half acres on the Bay of Green Bay in the city of Green Bay.

The property includes approximately 250 feet of bay frontage and a breakwater structure. The county proposes to develop a public boat launch facility and harbor of refuge on the Bay of Green Bay utilizing the existing breakwater structure.

Stewardship-purchased land cannot prohibit nature-based outdoor activities (hunting, trapping, fishing, hiking or cross-country skiing) unless the Department of Natural Resources has determined that prohibiting one or more of those activities is justified to protect public safety.

Should this property be acquired as planned, city ordinance and a county resolution will prohibit the discharge of firearms on the property, and county ordinance will prohibit trapping on the property. The department is proposing that the prohibition of gun hunting and trapping on this property because it is necessary to protect public safety. The department has examined the following factors in making this determination: the narrow width of the property and proximity to residential lots and a public roadway.

The department's initial assessment of the allowed Nature-Based Outdoor Activities [PDF] may be downloaded from the Stewardship Public Notice page on the DNR website, or you may request a hard copy by contacting the project contact listed below.

Public written comments on the proposed acquisition can be mailed to Jessica Terrien, Community Grant Specialist, Wisconsin DNR Northeast Regional Headquarters, 2984 Shawano Ave., Green Bay, WI 54313, or sent by email to Written comments will be accepted through Monday, Dec. 30. In accordance with s. NR 52.04 (2) (b), Wis. Adm. Code, objections about the prohibited activities on this property must show the proposed prohibition to be inconsistent with s. 23.0916 (2) (b), Stats., and s. NR 52.05, Wis. Adm. Code.

For more information about the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program, visit the DNR website here. To receive email notices of Stewardship Grant project news releases, please subscribe through the DNR website.

Last Revised: Monday, December 09, 2019

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