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Natural resources officials consider future of Badger plant

TOWN OF MERRIMAC, Wis. (AP) — Twenty-six citizen groups have expressed concern about what Wisconsin natural resources officials will do with the former Badger Army Ammunition Plant near Baraboo.

WISC-TV reports the groups are urging the Natural Resources Board not to allow the Department of Natural Resources to use the hundreds of acres for noisy recreational activities, such as motorcycle riding and rocket launching.

Citizens for Safe Water director Laura Olah says environmentalists and communities have worked for 25 years to turn the former ammunition plant into a low-use recreation area for hiking and nature watching.

State parks supervisor Paul Zajackowski says motorcycles would only be used on the land six days out of the year and the fall within legal noise limitations. The Natural Resources Board will be reviewing public comments before deciding what to do with the property.

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