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Feb 19, 2015

Proposal To End Wisconsin Conservation Program Would Set Back St. Croix Stewardship

A Wisconsin program that has protected more than 500,000 acres of land for public use in the past 26 years – including important tracts along the St. Croix River — was inspired by and named after two state stewardship stalwarts with roots in St. Croix River Country. But the program could end this year, based on a budget proposal by Governor Scott Walker.

» Full Article at St. Croix 360

Feb 19, 2015

Draft Bill Would Cut BCPL Land Acquisition Power, Give Local Stewardship Veto

Two Republican legislators want to see major changes within the Board of Commissioners of Public Lands. The organization was founded in the mid 1800s to sell millions of acres of school trust fund lands. It now maintains a loan fund for municipal projects, with the interest going to pay for school libraries. BCPL also owns and manages about a small amount of land, about 80-thousand acres for timber.

» Full Article at WXPR

Feb 19, 2015

DNR would tighten belt under Walkers budget proposal

Gov. Scott Walker’s biennial budget proposal would include cuts to the Department of Natural Resources and structural changes that has environmental advocates concerned. The cuts would lead to 66 positions cut from the department, 18.4 of which would come from its science bureau. Walker also proposed a moratorium on public land purchases until the program has $1 or less of debt for every $8 of property it owns, which is projected to take until 2028. The Knowles-Nelson Stewardship program began in 1989 and has been the state’s largest legislative contributor of land reserved for conservation, according to the DNR’s website.

» Full Article at The Badger Herald

Feb 17, 2015

Business owners tout stewardship benefits as freeze is proposed

Conservation groups and some area communities are pushing back against a freeze proposed by Gov. Scott Walker on preserving state natural areas. Walker has proposed a freeze until 2028 of the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program, which helps local communities purchase natural areas for preservation

» Full Article at Channel 3000

Feb 17, 2015

Knight Life: Curbing state’s stewardship program would be a mistake

The Hal­lie Marsh is a small state wildlife area nes­tled near the vil­lage of Hal­lie and the city of Chippewa Falls. The site is a com­bi­na­tion of marsh and up­land ar­eas that have been planted to prairie grasses, but much of the prop­erty is com­prised of marsh. The land has been home to a fair amount of hunt­ing pres­sure dur­ing the last two years, as the state Depart­ment of Nat­u­ral Re­sources has been re­leas­ing pheas­ants there.

» Full Article at Leader-Telegram

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