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Use Your Outside Voice for Wisconsin’s Outdoors
Every day, decisions about 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 Sign the Pledge. 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.
At the federal government level…
Right now, Congress is debating issues that are critical to conserving lands and waters in Wisconsin and throughout the nation.
Please take a few minutes to learn more about the issues below and reach out to your U.S. Senator and member of Congress to let them know you support funding for these critical conservation programs.
The Conservancy has grave concerns about the House Interior and Environment Appropriations Bill, which is now under consideration in Congress now. If passed as proposed, the bill would result in unprecedented and unworkable cuts to, or complete elimination of, longstanding, successful and popular programs that protect habitat for and manage the nation’s fish and wildlife, conserve water resources, provide America’s families with opportunities for hunting, fishing and other recreation in the outdoors, and that support the science needed to make wise decisions about future resource protection and use.
The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), which is critical to the protection of our working forests in Wisconsin, is one of the conservation programs whose funding would be cut entirely under this bill. Instead of tax revenue, LWCF uses a small portion of offshore oil and gas drilling fees to protect 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.
Farm Bill - The Farm Bill is the nation’s largest investment supporting the voluntary and successful conservation, restoration and management of America’s private lands. The Farm Bill plays an important role in protecting and improving water quality in Wisconsin and throughout the U.S. It is also critical to a strong economy, healthy and productive rural lands and vibrant communities.
Learn about a Conservancy project in Wisconsin that has received support from Farm Bill conservation programs. Then, please reach out to your U.S. Senator and member of Congress to let them know you support a strong conservation title in the proposed Senate and House Farm Bills and specifically request that they support conservation compliance provisions in the bill, which require landowners to comply with and implement good conservation practices on their land to receive crop insurance payments.
At the state government level…
The Wisconsin Legislature is in session from early October until the first week of April. During this time, they will be considering many bills that impact Wisconsin’s environment. As always, we need your help speaking up to protect Wisconsin’s lands and waters.
Frac Sand Mining – A bill has recently been introduced that limits local governments’ ability to regulate local air and water pollution regardless of the source. If passed, not only would it be more difficult to prevent a frac mine in your neighborhood, it may also impact many commonsense local laws like those regulating the spread of invasive species and littering laws in local waterways.
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Land Sale – In the 2013-2015 State Budget, the Legislature required the DNR to sell 10,000 acres of land in state ownership. We did not support this provision and believe it set a bad precedent. That being said, it’s important that the DNR carry out this requirement in a way that minimizes the loss of natural resources. The proposed guidance can be viewed here on the DNR web site. We think DNR staff have done a good job prioritizing properties, and we will watch closely to make sure we don’t lose any properties that are critical to our threatened and endangered species.
Support nature by Using Your Outside Voice to defend federal and state programs that will protect the outdoor places you love. Sign the Pledge today!