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Wisconsin board to consider criteria for closing land

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin wildlife and environmental officials have drafted guidelines on restricting activities on land purchased with state dollars.

Land purchased with Department of Natural Resources stewardship money is presumed open to hunting, trapping, hiking, fishing and cross country skiing. Under state law, the agency can restrict those activities if they endanger the public, jeopardize plants or animals or if the activities aren’t compatible with each other.

The new guidelines would apply to lands purchased with stewardship and private dollars. If the agency opts to restrict an activity, it must provide public notice and justify the decision. Anyone could object and pursue an appeal through an administrative law judge.

The Natural Resources Board is scheduled to consider the guidelines at a Dec. 9 meeting.

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