Tuesday, September 26th

The public wants to think that government agencies try to save taxpayer money as much as possible, but hearing that a department is completely self-funded may be a shock.

One Jackson County department has done just that through a mix of tourism and commerce.

Jackson County Forestry and Parks Department manages about 120,000 acres of forestry land and the timber provides significant income. Jackson County has the eighth most county forest land in Wisconsin, according to data from the Wisconsin County Forest Association.

The department also manages recreational spots, including ATV/snowmobile trails as well as park grounds. That's not the end of the department's responsibilities, it takes care of wildlife habitats, battles invasive species, and works with groups to manage the area.