If average citizens have no recourse left but litigation to avoid simply being steamrolled by our own government, we’re in trouble. This is the underlying message of lawsuit(s) brought by the Sauk Prairie Conservation Alliance against the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, The National Park Service and the U.S. General Services Administration.
When it comes to the Sauk Prairie Recreation Area (On the southern border of Devil’s Lake State Park), things are pretty clear. The DNR & the National Park Service had a signed agreement in place that had the support of practically everyone involved. So much so, that local organizations started working with the DNR to restore the land long before it was open to the general public. It took a long time and a lot of dedication to negotiate the final plan in a way that served the majority of the public and protected the land for future generations. This was not a political issue. The Badger Reuse Plan (Signed by 21 diverse stakeholders) survived both Democratic and Republican administrations. This was simply good planning for not only the environment, but for the area’s tourism economy as well. Then quite suddenly (Well, suddenly in a political sense!!), under the present “Let them eat cake” style of government, everything was once again “up for debate”. Except it wasn’t. Not really. The plan was changed by someone, somewhere with little practical justification. (There already is a dog training area just a few miles north of Baraboo, and Wisconsin is full of Motorsport Opportunities.) The agreements were dismissed and the DNR simply approved its own new plan because really, who had the power to stop them?
For the sake of our public land, our watershed, our local tourism economy and of course the wildlife that call that small remaining remnant of the Sauk Prairie home, I certainly support Sauk Prairie Conservation Alliance on this endeavor. The Sauk Prairie as an extension of Devil’s Lake State Park, is no place for guns, loose dogs and motorsports.
- Conservationists sue federal agencies over Sauk Prairie Recreation Area
- Alliance Sues DNR Over Master Plan
- Letters from Organizations Regarding Sauk Prairie Planning
For More Information you can contact: The Sauk Prairie Conservation Alliance’s attorney, Brian Potts at Perkins Coie (608-663-7493; firstname.lastname@example.org), or contact Charlie Luthin, Executive Director for the Alliance (email@example.com; 608-358-7120).
Disclaimer: And of course, my crazy opinions are my own and often caused by too many hours of isolation in the deep dark woods. My posts certainly don’t represent the opinions of the Wisconsin DNR or any other group, organization or book club.