The Natural Resources Board approved a land swap with a major donor to Republican Gov. Scott Walker on Wednesday after balking last fall at the outright sale of publicly owned lakefront property.
The state will give up 1.75 acres with waterfront access next to an 11-unit condominium owned by Elizabeth Uihlein on Rest Lake near Manitowish Waters in exchange for about 43 acres on Mann Lake in the town of Boulder Junction.
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George Meyer, executive director of the Wisconsin Wildlife Federation, had criticized the original plan because it meant giving up waterfront property. Meyer told the board Wednesday that if the state is going to give up waterfront it should obtain waterfront in return.
Richard Uihlein, and his wife, Elizabeth, of Lake Forest, Illinois, founded Uline Corp. and have contributed several million dollars to conservative and Republican causes, including Walker’s short-lived presidential bid, according to the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign.