In 2014, the DNR approved land sales. Now, in another sweeping round to pay off debt, the Wisconsin DNR is hoping to sell more land.
Earlier this month, the Department of Natural Resources identified 128 properties across Wisconsin it hopes to sell, including 12 properties in Dane County.
This is the third round of DNR land sales in the past two years. In June 2014, the DNR offered the first round of 22 properties, encompassing 1,407 acres. In February of this year, 81 additional properties making up 5,633 acres were approved for sale.
In 2013, the Legislature required the DNR to sell 10,000 acres by June 2017. The DNR owns over a million acres of land.
The money will be used to pay off debt for the the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program. Established in 1990, the program provides $50 million each year to conserve and protect more than 500,000 acres of land and water across Wisconsin.
Read more from Madison.com.