WAUNAKEE – Dane County has applied for a 50 percent matching grant from the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program to assist with the purchase of 172 acres of land in the Town of Westport in Dane County. Dane County will provide match to the grant award.
The property would be purchased with money from the Urban Rivers and Urban Green Space sub-program, and is being acquired to provide green space within a rapidly developing area, protect a significant portion of Six Mile Creek from development, and create an integrated, naturalized stormwater system for minimizing runoff.
This purchase will create diverse opportunities for recreational uses, including hunting, fishing, trapping, hiking, cross-county skiing, non-motorized boat access, biking, picnics, snow-shoeing, nature study and wildlife observation.
The DNR has made a preliminary determination that the proposed acquisition will not involve significant adverse environmental impacts and neither an environmental assessment nor environmental impact statement will be required for this action.
Persons should address public comments on the proposed acquisition to Vance Rayburn, Administrator, Customer and Employee Services Division, care of Renee Sanford, Customer and Employee Services (608) 275-3213, 3911 Fish Hatchery Road, Fitchburg, WI 53711-5397 or e-mail to Renee.Sanford@Wisconsin.gov. Comments must be received by April 10, 2009.