DNR Land Headed For Sale - WBAY

DNR Land Headed For Sale


The State of Wisconsin is looking to unload more than 2,500 acres of land.

Pending approval by the state Natural Resources Board, 33 parcels of land located in 23 counties will be up for sale this spring. 

Based on a new state law requiring the DNR to sell land that is not accessible to the public, more than 50 acres near the Collins Marsh in Manitowoc County is likely headed to the auction block.

Some of the properties though, may not be an easy sell. 

Chuck Wendling is not a fan of the idea.

"They got it, they don't hardly pay taxes on it so why not keep it," says Wendling who lives near the Collins Marsh.

Wendling is one of four property owners who's land connects to the state land headed for sale.

He doesn't expect many offers.

"The piece of land is landlocked they're selling and you can't get to it from anywhere, everybody that owns land is private and they deer hunt, the only time you'd probably use it is for deer hunting and they're in there, their little sections of land hunting, and they ain't gonna want you to walk through there so how would you get to it, unless you have a helicopter," says Wendling.

According to the DNR, more than 10,000 acres of state land is slated for sale over the next four years.

Tribal and county governments will have first choice, followed by adjacent landowners and then the general public. The first sale is expected to take place in June. But considering many of the parcels are inaccessible to the public, Wendling believes the land could be a hard sell. 

"I think they're hoping one of us buys it, but why should we, it's free now and we're not paying tax on it," says Wendling.

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