Despite public sentiment running nearly 3 to 1 against a firing range and an ATV park at the former Badger Army Ammunition Plant near Baraboo, Wisconsin, ATV enthusiasts are still pressuring officials in the Department of Natural Resources to include them in a final site plan.
“I will be rallying everyone I can, as well as all of my club members, to pack the next meeting,” Steve Hamilton, vice president of the Lake Wisconsin ATV Club, told The Capital Times.
A vast majority of the 2,000 public comments received by the DNR expressed support for the proposed management that emphasized low-impact, nonmotorized recreational use of the 7,400-acre property on the south side of the Baraboo Hills in Sauk County.
“It’s not that folks are against all ATVs and gun ranges but rather the overwhelming majority of commentors recognize that these activities aren’t a good fit at Badger,” Laura Olah, director of Citizens for Safe Water Around Badger, told the newspaper.
The DNR expects to take a few months to update a management plan that will again go out for public comment and review. The final draft will then go to state Natural Resources Board for a final decision.