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DNR reviewing another 5,300 acres for possible sale

MADISON — The state Department of Natural Resources has identified more land it might sell.

DNR officials announced Friday they’re reviewing 5,300 acres across 37 counties for potential sale. The agency plans field reviews of the land and expects to bring final sale recommendations to the Natural Resources Board in late September.

The agency has to put 3,000 more acres on the market to meet a 2013-15 state budget mandate to put 10,000 acres up for sale by mid-2017 to pay down stewardship debt. Since June 2014 the board has authorized selling 7,000 acres. Doug Haag, the DNR’s facilities and land bureau’s deputy director, says the agency has sold about 440 of those acres so far, generating $965,700.

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