Wisconsin DNR releases new atlas of public lands

Posted: Monday, December 23, 2013 --- 7:26 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has released a new atlas of public stewardship lands.

The Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program is the DNR's primary mechanism for purchasing public land. Republicans have long criticized the program, saying it removes land from the tax rolls, closes off too much stewardship land to hunting and fishing, has run up huge debt and few people have a good idea of what land is actually open.

The atlas contains 441 maps, two indexes, a glossary and extensive contact information for land managers. In addition to stewardship land, the atlas also shows the location of other state, county and federal land open to the public.

The atlas is available on the DNR's website.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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