The NRCA was formed in April 2008. Neighbors and concerned citizens joined together when the proposed Stone Ridge Quarry targeted a terrain feature known locally as Brennanís Knob or Mushroom Hill. This prominence, visible for miles around, is the highest elevation of the BarabooNorthRange in the Town of Baraboo. Quarry operations potentially threatened water quality, soil operation, community health and quality of life.
NRCA goals align with the Town of Baraboo's Comprehensive Plan:
Preserve productive farmland and maintain an environment for economically viable farmland and environmentally sustainable agriculture.
Promote economic success of residents and businesses that reflect and are compatible with the rural character of the area.
Discourage development in areas that possess valuable natural resource characteristics such as flood plains, wetlands, view sheds, bluffs, and wildlife habitat.
Discourage mineral extraction in the Baraboo Bluffs, especially on bluff faces with slopes greater than 6% and visible from major roads.