Board of Commissioners of Public Lands

Buck Vaughn / The Conservation Fund

Two Republican legislators want to see major changes within the Board of Commissioners of Public Lands. 

The organization was founded in the mid 1800s to sell millions of acres of school trust fund lands.  It now maintains a loan fund for municipal projects, with the interest going to pay for school libraries.  BCPL also owns and manages about a small amount of land, about 80-thousand acres for timber. 

Joshua Mayer

Plum Creek timber company is selling a thousand acres in Forest County to a state agency. BCPL – or Board of Commissioners for Public Lands - is buying the land for one and a quarter million dollars.  

A Crandon company is getting an extra $150,000 in loans to fund an expansion.  Hometown Trolley is increasing its manufacturing capacity.  The loan comes from the Board of Commissioners of Public Lands.  The agency uses money from timber sales to fund economic development projects.  Hometown Trolley already received a loan from BCPL earlier this summer.  But BCPL Executive Secretary Tia Nelson says the company asked for extra money when it revised its project costs. 

Natalie Jablonski

Department of Natural Resources officials are weighing public input in deciding how to manage a portion of the Van Vliet Hemlocks.  

Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

A state lending agency has given the green light to loan more than two million dollars to the city of Crandon and its schools.