Town Business During COVID-19
In response to the current COVID-19 situation and in accordance with recommendations from Dane County Public Health, social distancing measures are being practiced. Our foremost priority is to protect the health and safety of the Town of Dunn’s residents and employees from coronavirus.
Town services are happening in new ways. Whenever possible, we will assist by email, phone, conference call, or online video meetings. The Town has a drop-off/pick-up window for the exchange of documents and signatures that are available by appointment. Please call ahead or contact the appropriate staff member by email: staff contact list. We appreciate your support and understanding during this time.
Burning Restrictions Lifted
The Wisconsin DNR has reduced Dane County from the “Very High” Fire Danger category to "Moderate," therefore burning restrictions for the Town of Dunn have been lifted. The Town Burning Ordinance still applies.
Dunn Heritage Park Prescribed Burning
Weather conditions permitting, Dunn Heritage Park is scheduled for a prescribed burn on Saturday, April 17th. Please plan accordingly.
Dane County Now Accepting Applications for Popular Continuous Cover Program: $1.75 million in 2021 Budget Now Available Following Overwhelming Community Interest
Dane County is now accepting applications for its Continuous Cover Program, County Executive Joe Parisi announced today. The program began in 2019 and provides landowners with an incentive to convert existing cropland acres into permanent, perennial grass. Community interest in the county’s effort continued in 2020. As a result, County Executive Parisi increased funding for the Continuous Cover Program in this year’s budget to $1.75 million to provide more landowners with the opportunity to participate in the program.
“Dane County’s Continuous Cover Program offers small family farms and rural property owners the opportunity they need to make ends meet during these challenging times and protect their lands for conservation efforts,” said Dane County Executive Joe Parisi. “This program helps farmers preserve the character of their land, make their property less vulnerable to flooding, and enhance wildlife and pollinators habitats. We look forward to welcoming even more participants to the program this year.”
The Continuous Cover Program began in 2019 with $750,000 plus funding from the Yahara CLEAN budget as a way to reduce run-off, enhance carbon sequestration, and preserve rural character in Dane County. Nearly 60 applications were received, which encompassed approximately 1,000 acres of property. County Executive Parisi doubled funds in 2020 to $1.5 million due to the program’s success. To date, Dane County has protected close to 700 acres of land in 22 townships. Converting to grasses and pollinator habitat has reduced phosphorus run-off into local waters by over 1,700 pounds each year.
Benefits of the Continuous Cover Program include reducing phosphorus and carbon emissions, protecting lands for conservation in the face of expanding development pressures, and promoting habitats good for pollinators that continue to face adversity from challenges like pesticides and climate change. The conversion of cropland to perennial grasses increases water infiltration, improves water quality, reduces soil erosion, and enhances wildlife habitat practices, all while helping farmers as they continue to face economic challenges.
The program offers landowners a tool to diversify or address marginally productive lands. The property can be converted to continuous cover through a variety of practices including prescribed grazing, pasture establishment, cool-season grass establishment, native prairie, and pollinator habitat. Those who enroll in the program commit to keeping and maintaining their land in perennial cover for at least 15 years.
Dane County’s Land & Water Resources Department is now accepting open enrollment of Continuous Cover Program applications. To apply or learn more about the Dane County Continuous Cover Program, visit https://lwrd.countyofdane.com/ccp or call (608) 224-3730.
Proposed Capital Springs Bike Trail Connection Meeting
In partnership with the Friends of Capital Springs Recreation Area (FOCSRA) and the Wisconsin DNR, Dane County Parks is in the beginning planning stages for a proposed trail connection to Capital Springs State Park. The project was a recommendation of the 2010 County/State adopted Capital Springs Recreation Area Master Plan and has also been included in Dane County Parks and Open Space Plan since 2006. Below are a few documents related to the proposal. Dane County Parks will be holding a virtual meeting regarding this topic at 6 pm on February 15th. Please check dunn.civicweb.net for an agenda and Zoom login information closer to this date.
US 51 Corridor Study
The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) are conducting the US 51 Corridor Study, from 1-39/90 to US 12/18 (Stoughton to McFarland), to evaluate alternatives that will improve safety, pavement condition, and congestion along the corridor and address the needs of bicyclists and pedestrians where feasible.
For more information, please contact Jeff Berens, WisDOT Project Manager, at (608) 245-2656 or at
2021 Dane Arts Posters
We regretfully must inform you that Dane Arts will not be producing 2021 posters or calendars. With the many unknowns and variables that COVID-19 continues to bring to all of us, it seems to be the most responsible decision to forego the beloved poster and calendar at this time.