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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.

While The Nature Conservancy’s voice matters, your voice matters even more. So we’ve created this network of people in Wisconsin who will help us speak up for nature with elected officials and other decision-makers.

We need your help on two critical issues:

Right now, Congress is debating two issues that are also critical to conserving lands and waters in Wisconsin and throughout the nation.

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.

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.

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.

Support nature by Using Your Outside Voice to defend federal and state programs that will protect the outdoor places you love. 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.

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