Conservation alliance appeals wildlife area recreation ruling

Conservation alliance appeals wildlife area recreation ruling

A Wisconsin conservation alliance is appealing a federal judge’s ruling that allows off-road motorcycle racing, Army helicopter training and other high-impact activities at a state-owned wildlife property.

The Baraboo News Republic reports that Sauk Prairie Conservation Alliance will argue in court on Nov. 9 that the activities could cause irreparable harm to Sauk Prairie Recreation Area. The group hopes the court will restrict the activities until lawsuits regarding the property’s management are settled.

The group’s lawsuits were filed against the state Department of Natural Resources, the General Services Administration and the federal Department of Interior’s National Park Service. The suits accuse the agencies of violating federal law by including high-impact recreation in the property’s management plan without analyzing the environmental effects.

A DNR spokesman declined comment on the pending litigation.

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