Responding to the County Line’s annual April Fools Day column, the DNR issued the following press release Friday afternoon.
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April Fools column prompts constituent calls
Madison – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources wants to assure the public that the DNR is not selling the Elroy-Sparta State Trail to Disney, as reported earlier today in an April Fools prank by The County Line newspaper in Ontario.
The article, which appeared online today and was picked up by other news media generated a number of constituent calls to the DNR and to local legislators from concerned citizens.
Land acquired by DNR for public recreation, including the famous Elroy-Sparta Trail, should not and cannot be sold without first being identified to the public as no longer needed for conservation – which is rare — and approved by the state Natural Resources Board and governor.
The County Line has a tradition of running an April Fools column. Past columns have touched upon such topics as the cancellation of school lunch, a proposal to run a high speed rail line through the Elroy-Sparta State Trail, and a story on how the DNR was planting cougars in a local park.