Baraboo Hills: Quiet Recreation or Guns and ATVs?

good oneThe 4000 acre former Badger Army Ammunition Plant in the Baraboo Hills is getting a master plan from the Wisconsin DNR that will guide it’s future development. The choices are stark: 1) Do nothing, 2) a minimalist wildlife habitat management plan, or 3) a not-so-peaceful development that includes trails for off-road motorbikes and ATVs as well as a rifle range and visitors center.

The Badger Oversight Management Commission – made up of representatives from the Ho-Chunk nation, local governments and the Wisconsin DNR – may have a better idea than any of the other three alternatives selected by the DNR.

Rejecting the noise of ATVs and motorcycles and a rifle range, the BMOC is calling for a quieter development that would still include a visitors’ center. Their option, called “Alternative Four” would focus on recreation and low impact recreation.

We urge anyone interested in the future of this beautiful area to get involved. The DNR is accepting comments on the proposed management plan until August 30.

To see the well thought out “Alternative Four” and see talking points on the proposal, visit this page prepared by the Sauk Prairie Conservation Alliance.

To provide comments, you can use the WDNR Sauk Prairie Issue Survey provided by WDNR, or submit your own written statement via mail or email to:
Diane Brusoe, DNR Planner – LF/6
PO Box 7921
Madison, WI 53707-7921