Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources officials have come up with a way to give a northern lakefront parcel to one of Gov. Scott Walker's key donors that they hope will save them another round of stinging criticism.

The agency plans to give Elizabeth Uihlein the 1.75 acres along Rest Lake in Manitowish Waters she wants so her condominium complex will have lake access, DNR real estate director Doug Haag said Monday. Uihlein and her husband in return will give the agency 42.7 private acres the couple is close to buying within the Northern Highland-American Legion State Forest boundaries.

Uihlein and her husband, Richard Uihlein, donated nearly $3 million to Walker's president super PAC and Our American Revival, Walker's now-defunct nonprofit group that helped promote his presidential bid.