The Dane County Park System contains properties of various classifications which have a variety of different land covers and land uses including agricultural cropland. Some cropland is restored to permanent cover (such as prairie) and/or developed into recreational facilities, while others stay in agriculture based on the property’s Classification, Property Plan, and/or Vegetation Management Plan.
For parkland that is in agriculture, goals and recommendations in the Dane County Land & Water Resource Management Plan and the Dane County Parks & Open Space Plan are followed. These include implementing agricultural conservation practices to reduce soil erosion, improve water infiltration, improve water quality, build soil health, increase wildlife habitat, sequester carbon, and diversify production practices.
We work with the producers on our agricultural lands and use crop leases as a tool for land management. The lease identifies conservation practices for the producer to implement as well as a schedule for implementation.
Visit our department's Agriculture webpage for information about agricultural activities for landowners or producers including Nutrient Management Plans and Conservation Funding Opportunities. In addition, if you are a producer who is interested in leasing agricultural lands from Dane County, please contact Sharene Smith at (608) 576-4485.