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Use Your Outside Voice for Wisconsin’s Outdoors

Every day, decisions about policy and funding that affect the health of our land, the water we drink and the air we breathe are made at the local, state and national level.

Right now you can help us save the Stewardship Program by contacting your state legislators and members of the Joint Finance Committee!

There is currently a proposal in the 2015-2017 state budget to stop the Knowles Nelson Stewardship Program, Wisconsin’s premiere conservation program. If enacted, this would put important land acquisitions out of reach for more than a decade if not forever.

For 25 years, the Stewardship Program has been the backbone of a successful, collaborative effort among Wisconsin's citizens, its elected leaders, land trusts, municipalities and state government to protect Wisconsin’s lands and waters.

Our February 2015 statewide poll shows that Wisconsin voters, regardless of party, overwhelmingly agree on the need to continue dedicated state funding through the Stewardship Program for land, water and wildlife conservation. Read poll results here.

With the help of the Stewardship Program, the Conservancy has protected thousands of acres of forests, prairies, lakes and rivers in Door County, northern Wisconsin, the Baraboo Hills and other parts of the state.

Stopping the Stewardship Program puts our lands and waters and the benefits they provide at risk.These natural resources are essential to water quality, clean air, human health, working forests and the jobs they provide, tourism revenue, wildlife habitat and the trails, parks, lakes, rivers and forests where we walk, fish, hunt and enjoy the outdoors.

Wisconsin’s lands and waters are one of the reasons many companies choose to do business in Wisconsin and why talented people in all professions choose to live and work here. They provide multiple benefits today, and they are the foundation for our children's future.

Stopping the Stewardship Program will have minimal beneficial fiscal impact on this state budget or the deficit, but it will significantly affect our lands and waters, our working forests and our tourism industry today and for years to come.

You can read Wisconsin Nature Conservancy Director Mary Jean Huston’s full statement on the proposed moratorium on the Stewardship Program on our web site.

Please contact your state legislators today and ask them to keep Wisconsin’s premiere conservation program, the Knowles Nelson Stewardship Program, fully funded and working for Wisconsin. Copy the Joint Finance Committee on your email or letter; these legislators will craft the version of the state budget that the full legislature will consider.

You can call or write, whichever works best for you. Please share examples of how Wisconsin’s lands and waters matter to you and make a difference in your life.

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