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Use Your Outside Voice for Wisconsin’s Outdoors
Every day, decisions about conservation policy and funding are made at local, state and national levels that affect the health of our lands, the water we drink and the air we breathe.
If you care about Wisconsin’s lands and waters and want to help The Nature Conservancy conserve them for people and nature, we hope you will click on this link to Join our Outside Voice Network. You will join a network of people who are speaking up for nature and protecting the places they love here in Wisconsin and throughout the United States.
Follow us on Facebook to learn about updates to the Wisconsin Outside Voice page and how you can use your outside voice to protect Wisconsin’s lands and waters.
Thank you for your help with the Farm Bill:
The new Farm Bill, signed into law in February, is one of the strongest ever for conservation and forestry. Many of the Conservancy’s priorities were included in the bill thanks to people like you advocating on our behalf with your representatives.
We hope you will take a moment to thank Wisconsin Senator Baldwin and Representatives Duffy, Petri, Ribble and Ryan for voting in favor of a Farm Bill with conservation programs that will lead to cleaner water, improved soil conservation, enhanced wildlife habitat and outdoor recreation opportunities, increased flood control, stronger local communities and rural economies, and of course, affordable and healthy food.
We need your help on two more critical issues:
Land and Water Conservation Fund
The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), which is vital to the protection of our working forests in Wisconsin, was created by Congress in 1965 to direct a small portion of federal offshore oil and gas drilling receipts to protect national parks, forests, wildlife refuges and other important land and water resources. See how LWCF has helped the Conservancy and other agencies and nonprofits protect the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, Wild Rivers Legacy Forest and other important lands and waters in Wisconsin.
Up until now, however, only a fraction of the receipts authorized for LWCF have been used for their intended purpose. The Nature Conservancy supports robust and dedicated funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund, which will help ensure that all Americans reap the benefits of clean water, habitat for wildlife and outdoor recreation opportunities.
Wildfire Disaster Funding Act
Destructive megafires—fires that burn with unnatural severity and uniformity—have become much more common since 2000. Fighting these fires is not only difficult but expensive. The Wildfire Disaster Funding Act seeks to improve the way the USDA Forest Service and Department of the Interior funds the response to the explosive growth of these megafires. You can learn more about the Act and what it will accomplish here.
There is not currently enough funding in the Department of Interior’s budget for wildfire suppression, so funds are increasingly being borrowed from other conservation programs like LWCF and Great Lakes restoration. The Nature Conservancy supports the Wildfire Disaster Funding Act, which seeks to solve this problem by funding a portion of wildfire suppression costs in the same way other natural disaster emergencies are funded.
Please take a few minutes to learn more about the issues and reach out to your U.S. Senator and member of Congress to let them know you support funding for these critical conservation programs.
When you do this, we hope you will take a moment to thank those Senators and Representatives who supported the new Farm Bill, which is one of the strongest ever for conservation and forestry.