Conservation group challenges use plan for former ammo plant

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Conservationists are challenging plans to allow rockets, motorcycles and dog training in a recreation area once home to the Badger Army Ammunition Plant.

The Department of Natural Resources’ plan for the Sauk Prairie State Recreation area calls for hiking, biking and horse trails as well as space for model rockets, allowing motorcycles on trails and a hunting dog training area. The DNR’s board is set to approve the plan Wednesday.

The Sauk Prairie Conservation Alliance wants to restore the area to native prairie. The group filed suit Thursday alleging rockets, motorcycles and dog training were never part of the DNR’s initial concepts for the property. The lawsuit asks a judge to set the plan aside as unlawful.

A DNR spokesman said the agency doesn’t comment on pending litigation.

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This story has been updated to correct that the lawsuit was filed Thursday, not Friday.