From Military Facility to Green Space: The Amazing Transformation of the Badger Army Ammunition Plant

  • May 01, 2019
  • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  • Capitol Lakes Retirement Community, Grand Hall, 333 W Main St., Madison


  • Free and Open to the Public

This lecture is FREE to PLATO members and their guests.

No registration is required.

Free to PLATO members and guests.

Registration is not required.

Free parking in ramp in designated Capitol Lakes Visitor spaces.  

An Inspirational Story of Reconciliation and Restoration in our Backyard


"From Military Facility to Green Space: The Amazing Transformation of the Badger Army Ammunition Plant (Baraboo/Sauk City)

You'll find this story inspirational as  local leaders, town folk, tribal representatives and politicians worked to mesh their vision into a plan and then work with many organizations to make that plan a reality -creating the newest  Wisconsin State Recreation Area.  


Charlie Luthin will share an excellent video  documentary that tells the inspiring story of this amazing transformation of a military complex into a public green space through the voices of diverse stakeholders in the process.  The video, "Restoring the Sauk Prairie, A Story of Hope and Healing" was produced in 2018 to celebrate the Alliance's 20th anniversary.  Following the video, Charlie will give us additional information about the history, geography and plans for the full property.  The Ho Chunk Nation was given a parcel of the original land; we will hear of their long term plans for this beautiful land.  There will be ample time for questions. 


In 1997, when the U.S.Army announced the decommissioning of the 7,400 acre Badger Army Ammunition Plant located between Sauk City and Baraboo, a group of conservation-minded citizens joined forces to actively promote a "green vision" for the property. That group evolved into what is now the Sauk Prairie Conservation Alliance.

In 2001, the "Badger Reuse Plan," adopted by the 21 stakeholders outlined a conservation-oriented future for the Badger Lands.  The newest "state park," the 3,400 acre Sauk Prairie State Recreation Area managed by Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, is being developed and will provide recreational opportunities for all.  The new Great Sauk State Trail is now open to bikers and hikers through the Badger Lands.

About the Lecturer: 

Charlie Luthin has spent his entire career of 40 years working for national and international non-profit conservation organizations.  He has served as director of four Wisconsin-based groups, including the Aldo Leopold Foundation, Wisconsin Wetlands Association, Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin and the Sauk Prairie Conservation Alliance.

Lecture Location

                    Capital Lakes Auditorium

333 West Main Street

                     Madison, WI 53703



Park in ramp across the street in Capitol Lakes Visitor designated space.  Take a ticket when entering ramp and have it validated at the Front Desk following the lecture.

Lecture Questions? Contact Suzy Griffiths at: e-Mail or phone 608 233-5592.


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