Any governmental unit may apply for state aids for the acquisition and development of recreational lands and rights in lands. State aids under this subsection that are expended from the appropriation under s. 20.866 (2) (ta)
may only be used for nature-based outdoor recreation. State aids received by a municipality shall be used for the development of its park system in accordance with priorities based on comprehensive plans submitted with the application and consistent with the outdoor recreation program under s. 23.30
. An application under this subsection shall be made in the manner the department prescribes.
Except as provided in s. 23.096 (2m)
, state aid under this subsection is limited to no more than 50 percent of the acquisition costs and the development costs of recreation lands and other outdoor recreation facilities. Costs associated with operation and maintenance of parks and other outdoor recreational facilities established under this subsection are not eligible for state aid. Administrative costs of acquiring lands or land rights are not included in the acquisition costs eligible for state aid under this subsection. Title to lands or rights in lands acquired by a municipality under this subsection shall vest in the municipality, but such land shall not be converted to uses inconsistent with this subsection without prior approval of the state and proceeds from the sale or other disposal of such lands shall be used to promote the objectives of this subsection.
Except as provided in s. 23.0915 (2)
, the department may not expend from the appropriation under s. 20.866 (2) (tz)
more than $2,250,000 each fiscal year for local park aids under this subsection and for grants for this purpose under s. 23.096
The department may not award state aid under this subsection from the appropriation under s. 20.866 (2) (tz)
to the Kickapoo reserve management board.
See also ch. NR 50
, Wis. adm. code.
(20m) Grants for acquisition of development rights. 23.09(20m)(a)1.
“Governmental unit" means a city, village, town, county or the Kickapoo reserve management board.
The department shall establish a program to award grants from the appropriation under s. 20.866 (2) (ta)
to governmental units and nonprofit conservation organizations to acquire development rights in land for nature-based outdoor recreation. Except as provided in s. 23.096 (2m)
, the grants shall be limited to no more than 50 percent of the acquisition costs of the development rights.
(21) Creation of new lakes.
The department may create new lakes on lands under its supervision and control.
(21m) Environmental cleanup.
The department may engage in environmental clean-up activities on the lands under its ownership, management, supervision or control.
(22) Information to be included in geographic information systems.
The department shall include physical and chemical information about groundwater and soil in its geographic information systems.
(22m) Siting of electric transmission facilities.
The department shall implement the policy specified in s. 1.12 (6)
in making all decisions, orders, and rules affecting the siting of new electric transmission facilities.
(23) Voluntary contributions; Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin. 23.09(23)(a)
In this subsection, “approval" means any type of approval or authorization issued by the department under ch. 29
, subch. V
. of ch. 30
, or s. 23.33 (2)
, 23.335 (3)
, or 350.12
, including a license, permit, certificate, stamp, tag, registration, or vehicle admission receipt.
Any applicant for an approval may, in addition to paying any fee charged for the approval, elect to make a voluntary contribution of at least $2 to the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin to be used by the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin to establish an endowment program to support habitat management activities on land owned or managed by this state.
The department shall enter into an agreement with the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin to make payments, at least annually, from the appropriation under s. 20.370 (5) (fw)
to the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin to be used by the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin to establish an endowment program to support habitat management activities on land owned or managed by this state. The memorandum of agreement shall include a description of the types of activities that the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin will support under the endowment program, the manner in which the endowment program funds will be managed, and, if the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin will make grants under the endowment program, the methods that will be used to award the grants.
(26) Aids to counties for snowmobile purposes. 23.09(26)(a)(a)
The procedures in sub. (11) (a)
shall apply to this subsection except that the department shall consult with the snowmobile recreational council before adopting snowmobile trail construction standards, the restriction in sub. (11) (a)
as to county lands is not applicable, the restriction in sub. (11) (d)
as to encumbrance of funds is not applicable and the restriction in sub. (11) (e)
as to requests for state aids exceeding available funds is not applicable.
Counties may receive aids under this subsection distributed in accordance with s. 350.12 (4)
Purchase lands or secure easements, leases, permits or other appropriate agreements, written or oral, permitting use of private property for snowmobile trails, facilities and areas, if such easements, leases, permits or other agreements provide public access to the trail, facility or area. No lands purchased or leases, easements, permits or agreements secured under authority of this section may be acquired by the county through condemnation. Counties shall certify to the department that such lands, easements, leases, permits or other appropriate agreements have been secured. However, when bridges, culverts, toilet facilities, parking lots or shelters are to be constructed under this section and the improvements are estimated to cost in excess of $3,000, the land underlying such improvements must be purchased by the county or secured by the county by written easements or leases having a term of not less than 3 years.
Enter into agreements with the department to use for snowmobile trails, facilities or areas lands owned or leased by the department. No lands of the department to be used for snowmobiling purposes within the meaning of this subsection may be obtained through condemnation.
Develop and maintain snowmobile trails, facilities and areas on public lands designated by the county board or trails or areas under subd. 1.
Enforce laws in or on snowmobile trails, facilities or areas. As used in this subdivision, “facility" means a parking area, shelter or toilet.
Undertake major reconstruction or rehabilitation projects to improve bridges on existing approved trails.
The county board of any county, which, by resolution, indicates its desire to receive aids under this subsection shall apply to the department on forms prescribed by the department and submit required documentation as set forth by rule on or before April 15, beginning in 1978. A decision on an aid application shall be made by the department on or before July 1, beginning in 1978.
Distribution of snowmobile trail funds shall be made on the basis of a priority system according to the following priority-ranked purposes:
The acquisition of interests in land, by lease, easement, permit or other agreement if the term of the acquisition is for a period of less than 3 years.
The acquisition of interests in land by lease, easement, permit, or other agreement if the term of the acquisition is for a period of 3 years or longer.
Distribution of snowmobile trail development funds shall be limited to trails which provide a primary access route through one county and connect with another county's trails, provide access from population centers to main access trails or support a high volume of use. Counties applying for aid for snowmobile trail development shall identify the type of trail for which aid is being sought on the forms under par. (b)
Distribution of snowmobile trail development funds shall be made on the basis of a priority system according to the following priority-ranked criteria:
Trails in counties where there are no funded trails or trails are in short supply in comparison to demand.
Trails to be developed on public-owned or long-term easement land.
Trails which can be developed to provide more trail miles for less cost.
Except as provided under subd. 2.
, the maximum amount allowed for general trail development including bridge construction is $500 per mile.
The maximum amount allowed for general trail development including bridge construction may exceed $500 per mile if the amount is recommended by the snowmobile recreation council and approved by the department.
(27) Summer tribal youth program.
The department may, in partnership with any of the federally recognized American Indian tribes or bands domiciled in this state, establish a summer program that provides members of the tribe or band who are 13 to 19 years of age with an opportunity to work on projects related to the conservation of natural resources. The department may not provide funding that exceeds 50 percent of the eligible program costs. The tribe or band shall be responsible for the remainder of those costs.
See also ch. NR 50
, Wis. adm. code.
History: 1971 c. 40
; 1971 c. 125
s. 522 (1)
; 1971 c. 215
; 1973 c. 251
; 1975 c. 39
; 1975 c. 91
; 1977 c. 29
; 1979 c. 34
, 2102 (39) (a)
; 1979 c. 89
; 1981 c. 20
, 2202 (38) (c)
; 1981 c. 295
; 1981 c. 390
; 1983 a. 27
; 1985 a. 29
; 1985 a. 332
, 251 (1)
; 1987 a. 27
; 1989 a. 31
; 1991 a. 39
; 1993 a. 16
; 1995 a. 27
; 1997 a. 27
; 1999 a. 9
; 2001 a. 38
; 2003 a. 33
; 2005 a. 25
; 2007 a. 20
; 2009 a. 276
; 2011 a. 148
; 2013 a. 20
; 2013 a. 165
; 2015 a. 170
; 2017 a. 59
See also ch. NR 1
, Wis. adm. code.
A determination of necessity for condemning lands for conservation purposes is not invalidated by a showing that the board considered the question of whether the legislature might later decide to use the land for other purposes. Herro v. Natural Resources Board, 53 Wis. 2d 157
, 192 N.W.2d 104
Property acquisition by the department when there is a bona fide intent not to condemn is discussed. 68 Atty. Gen. 3.
Recreation areas. 23.091(1)(1)
The department may acquire, develop, operate and maintain state recreation areas. State lands and waters may be designated as state recreation areas that are environmentally adaptable to multiple recreational uses, or are so located to provide regional or urban recreational opportunities or for preservation.
(2) Master plan.
The department may designate a recreational area only after a master plan for use and management of the area is prepared, public hearings on the plan are held in the county where the largest portion of land in the project is located, the procedures prescribed in s. 1.11
are complied with, and the plan is approved by the natural resources board.
(3) Use zones.
The department may establish use zones within state recreation areas providing for the full range of recreational uses, including hunting and fishing. It may promulgate rules to control uses within zones and may limit the number of persons using any zone. Such use zones shall be consistent with the activities identified in the master plan formulated under sub. (2)
See also ch. NR 44
, Wis. adm. code.
Land management, maintenance, and improvement activities. 23.0912(1g)
The department may contract with nonprofit conservation organizations and other 3rd parties to perform land management, maintenance, and improvement activities on department land.
The department may receive gifts, grants, and bequests of money, materials, or services from nonprofit conservation organizations and other donors for the performance of land management, maintenance, and improvement activities on department land.
The department may acknowledge the performance of activities pursuant to contracts under sub. (1g)
and the receipt of moneys, materials, and services under sub. (1m)
by the use of signs or by bulletins, pamphlets, or other communications that are published or electronically transmitted by the department.
The department shall prepare, for the joint committee on finance, an annual report concerning any contracts into which the department enters under sub. (1g)
during each fiscal year. For each contract entered, the report shall include information concerning the cost of the contract, the activities performed under the contract, and an assessment of the cost-effectiveness of the contract. The department shall submit the report to the committee no later than November 15 for the preceding fiscal year, and shall submit the first report no later than November 15, 2008.
History: 2007 a. 20
; 2011 a. 32
Report on land acquisitions. 23.0913(2)
On or before November 15 of each odd-numbered year, the department of natural resources shall submit to the joint committee on finance and to the chief clerk of each house of the legislature for distribution to the appropriate standing committees under s. 13.172 (3)
a report regarding the total number of acres of land that the department plans to acquire for any of the purposes specified in s. 23.09 (2) (d)
History: 2011 a. 32
; 2013 a. 166
Warren Knowles-Gaylord Nelson stewardship program. 23.0915(1)(1)
The legislature intends that the department will expend the following designated amounts under the Warren Knowles-Gaylord Nelson stewardship program from the appropriation under s. 20.866 (2) (tz)
for the following purposes in each fiscal year, the expenditures beginning with fiscal year 1990-91 and ending in fiscal year 1999-2000, except as provided in sub. (2c)
General land acquisition, urban river grants and the Frank Lloyd Wright Monona terrace project, $8,600,000.
Lower Wisconsin state riverway acquisition, $2,000,000.