Pending action by the Natural Resources Board later this month, it appears most of the Langlade county spring ponds that the DNR initally offered for sale will not be on the block.
The agency has released an updated list of lands that they would like put up for sale. State law directed the Natural Resources Board to offer 10,000 acres of land for sale by June 30, 2017.
Sporting groups raised objections when the springs in Langlade county were initially listed as being on the block. The springs are the headwaters for some popular trout streams. The DNR's Doug Haag says the recommendation after review was to keep the springs under DNR control...
".....I believe all of the parcels with the good quality spring ponds on them are being recommended to the Natural Resources Board to be retained...."
About 80 acres each of the Evergreen River and Upper Wolf River fishery continue to be for sale. Some parcels in the Northern Highland-American Legion State Forest are also up for sale. Haag says when the state forest's master plan was put together, the towns of St. Germain, Boulder Junction and Manitowish Waters in Vilas county requested the boundaries be curtailed so those towns had room to grow. Haag says the state has identified some parcels that will be up for sale...
"....and in that planning effort we identified some parcels that might be made available for sale over time. We've been reviewing our land holdings in those exclusionary zones. We do have some parcels in phase one and a few more parcels in phase two that qualify for the statute and are field staff recommended for sale under the statute...."
The listing of lands either retained or for sale is on the DNR website with 'land sales' in the searchbox.