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Nature center seeks land in Troy

The Carpenter Nature Center has applied for a 50 percent matching grant from the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program to purchase 10 acres of land in the town of Troy in St. Croix County.

Carpenter Nature Center will provide the match to the grant award. The 10-acre parcel is an old farm completely surrounded by nature center property. Most of the property will be restored to native prairie, blending with the prairie habitat that surrounds it.

Plans are to convert the farm house into an environmental education center and a barn into a maintenance shed. Most of the outbuildings will be demolished. The land under those buildings will be restored to native prairie.

The property will be open to the public for hiking, cross country skiing and nature appreciation. Bow hunting will be allowed, except when large school groups are on the property.

The DNR has made a preliminary determination the proposed acquisition will not involve significant adverse environmental impacts and that neither an environmental assessment nor environmental impact statement will be required.

Public comments can be addressed to DNR administrator Vance Rayburn, care of Karen Blodgett at (715) 836-6574 or at The comment period ends 4:30 p.m. Nov. 5, 2009.

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