BARABOO, Wis. (AP) — It was once the country’s largest ammunition factory. But, this week, the Army will turn over about half of the 7,300-acre site to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.
During the past five years, the Army has spent nearly $120 million to clean up the former Badger Army Ammunition Plant, which employed more than 10,000 people during World War II.
Most of the remaining land will be given to the DNR by 2014. DNR officials said public access won’t be allowed until after demolition and cleanup is finished.
According to the Journal Sentinel, much of the land in the renamed Sauk Prairie Recreation Area could be restored to native prairie and oak savannah, similar to its state before it began to be farmed in the mid 1800s by German and Swiss immigrants.
Information from: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, http://www.jsonline.com