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    Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Secretary Cathy Stepp said Nov. 29 she would listen to a proposal to sell DNR-owned land as a way to infuse cash into the agency's budget.

    Speaking at the Dairy Business Association's Business Conference, Stepp responded affirmatively to a proposal by Emerald dairy farmer John Vrieze, who suggested that DBA members across the state should come up with a list of properties that are not environmentally sensitive that the DNR could sell and return to the tax roll.


    Vrieze said the DBA and others could help the DNR come up with a list of land it doesn't need to own.

    "(The DNR) doesn't need the underutilized assets," Vrieze said. "We could help you identify those lands to turn into cash and use on land you should be taking care of."

    "I welcome the opportunity if that's something you guys can put together," Stepp said.

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