Wisconsin residents will have a chance Saturday to tour the future Sauk Prairie Recreation Area. A 3,800-acre piece of land set aside from the former Badger Army Ammunition Plant this Saturday October 20th from 9am to 4pm seven miles north of Sauk City on hwy 12.
According to DNR regional director Mark Aquino ,Badger Army Ammo land has not really been open to the public so to visit the property and see what’s there will be good for citizens to help shape opinions on future use even though self guided tours are not part of DNR planning,
The DNR recently released the 388 comments it received from phase one of the master planning process for the Sauk Prairie Recreation Area which ended this past August. The comments revealed a serious disagreement over high impact “ATV” use vs low impact “hiking/horseback riding etc.” use is brewing.
Gail Lamberty, a member of the Sauk Prairie Conservation Alliance who has been involved with planning at Badger for decades, said the Alliance will serve apple cider at a information tent at Badger and hopes to educate the public during Saturday’s event.
“What’s happening now is as critical as when they located the Badger Ammunition plant here in the 1940s,” Lamberty said. “This is a fight to preserve the original Badger Reuse Plan and a agreement between the DNR and the National Park Service for low impact use only,” said Lamberty. According to Lamberty the future use of the Sauk Prairie Recreation Area is really about a resource legacy we can leave for our children, grandchildren and beyond.