Knowles-Nelson Steward Program_Devils Lake State Park view of the lake with a rocky shoreline and green hills in the background

Devil’s Lake State Park grows with 301-acre addition

The Nature Conservancy acquired 80 acres of forest adjacent to a 221-acre parcel recently added to Devil’s Lake State Park

Writing for Lake Geneva Regional News, Chris Hubbuch shares information about a new land acquisition near Devil’s Lake State Park, facilitated by the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program.

The Nature Conservancy purchased the property, located in the Baraboo Hills. The acquisition preserves 80 acres of forest adjacent to 221 acres previously conserved as part of Devil’s Lake State Park. The Stewardship Program provided funding for both the 221-acre and 80-acre land purchases from the Alex and Alma Steuber Family.

“We’re thrilled to finalize this rare opportunity to purchase and protect a significant expanse of intact forest and safeguard it from development,” state director of The Nature Conservancy Elizabeth Koehler said. “This acquisition will help maintain habitat for wildlife and a rare plant community that’s part of Wisconsin’s natural heritage, while also offering the opportunity to expand a beloved state park.”

The combined 301-acre addition will be open to the public and is located on the southwestern edge of Devil’s Lake State Park. People will be able to enjoy hunting, hiking, and mountain biking on the property.

Featured image by Deb Deppeler, 2017.

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