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Marsh Land Transfer Talks

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LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW)  Potential future transportation needs in La Crosse was on the agenda at a League of Women Voters meeting, focusing on the La Crosse River Marsh.

DNR Land Program Manager Craig Thompson talked with the group about what he calls renewed interest in transportation planning in the La Crosse River Valley.

Right now, Thompson is involved in talks with the City about the transfer of City owned marsh land to the DNR.

Thompson says, "it's something that was actually stipulated to by the council in the late 90's.  So, it's been 15 years in the making.  It stalled out for a variety of reasons.  But, needless to say, the City is interested in moving this forward now.  And so, what it takes is some effort on the front end for the City to identify the parcels they want to transfer to the DNR, do the legal descriptions and so on.  And then, we'll work with them on the process of the state actually accepting those parcels."

Thompson says state ownership will ensure the highest level of protection for the marsh which provides wildlife habitat, flood mitigation and water purification.  Thompson says after the transfer is complete, he is willing to join conversations about transportation planning within the corridor.

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