MADISON, Wis (WSAU-Wheeler News) The state D-N-R has identified 33 properties it hopes to sell later this year. The current state budget calls for the offering of 10-thousand acres for sale by June of 2017. It's supposed to help pay down the debt for the state's Stewardship Program, in which money is borrowed to buy-and-preserve Wisconsin nature and recreational lands.
Yesterday the D-N-R spelled out 33 properties it plans to sell, coverage just over 2,500 acres in 23 counties. Some are just a few acres where there's no public access. Two of them have almost 500 acres each -- including land that was part of a 32,000 acre state acquisition from the Packaging Corporation of America in north central Wisconsin.
The new lands won't be sold until final evaluations are done, and the Natural Resources Board approves the sales. That's expected to happen in May.