- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 5, 2015

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - The state Department of Natural Resources is considering selling 118 parcels of land to help satisfy a state budget mandate.

DNR officials say the parcels under review total 8,288 acres across 40 counties. About 5,385 acres will be reviewed for possible sale to the public. Another 2,575 acres will be reviewed to see if they could become part of county forests. The remaining 325 acres will be reviewed for potential tribal ownership.

The 2013-15 budget requires the DNR to sell 10,000 acres by mid-2017 to help pay down debt in the agency’s stewardship program, the mechanism the DNR uses to borrow money for land purchases.

The review is expected to take place over the next three months. The DNR’s final recommendations on sale will then go to the agency’s board.

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