Conservation News

Feb 17, 2015

Scott Walker’s conservation moratorium rubs some in GOP wrong way

With his proposed 13-year moratorium on land conservation purchases, Gov. Scott Walker is charging straight into territory that Assembly Republicans staked out last October as off-limits.

» Full Article at Wisconsin State Journal

Feb 13, 2015

Proposed Freeze to Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program

"Governor Walker is looking to put a freeze on the state's Knowles-Nelson stewardship program. This means there would not be any future purchases of land until 2028 for groups like the MVC."

» Full Article at WKBT La Crosse

Feb 13, 2015

Conservancy Fears Stewardship Fund Freeze

"A proposed 13-year freeze in state land stewardship funding could cripple the Mississippi Valley Conservancy and its efforts to further protect sensitive areas in southwest Wisconsin from development, supporters of the organization said."

» Full Article at La Crosse Tribune

Feb 12, 2015

A Loss to the Outdoors

"Conservationists have decried Gov. Scott Walker’s proposal to put a moratorium on the Knowles-Nelson Steward-ship program to acquire new land, saying it will be a loss to the state’s hunting, fishing, and other outdoor enthusiasts."

» Full Article at Lodi Enterprise

Feb 11, 2015

State purchases conservation easement of Iron County forestland

Nearly 14,000 acres of northern Wisconsin forestland will be set aside for timber production and public use in a deal between the state and a nonprofit group. The Department of Natural Resources used $4.5 million from the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Fund to purchase a conservation easement on 13,732 acres in Iron County.

» Full Article at Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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