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Deep Conservation Cuts Will Hurt Wisconsin's Lands and Waters
The President's recently released budget includes deep cuts to science and conservation programs that protect lands and waters in Wisconsin and throughout our country. We depend on these lands and waters for jobs, food, security and the health of our families. This budget puts all of that at risk.
We're acting now to protect the things we care about, and you can help by asking Congress to oppose these unprecedented cuts and instead prioritize investments in nature that are essential for clean water, a strong economy, wildlife and the quality of life we enjoy as Americans.
One of the programs you can help save is the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI), a conservation program, which has historically had bipartisan support, that helps protect and restore Lake Michigan, Lake Superior and all our Great Lakes.
The President's proposed budget would entirely cut the funding for GLRI, which has helped combat invasive species like Asian carp, clean up toxic chemicals and protect and restore wetlands and other wildlife habitat. It has also been good for the economy; according to a Brookings Institution report, every restoration dollar invested in GLRI has created approximately two dollars in economic return.
GLRI has been an invaluable partner to The Nature Conservancy and other conservation organizations in Wisconsin. Here are just a few examples of the projects it has made possible:
- We protected 228 acres and restored and enhanced 36 acres of Great Lakes coastal wetlands and wildlife habitat in Door County, including essential stop-over habitat for migrating and game birds along the forested corridor of western Lake Michigan.
- The Nature Conservancy, Ducks Unlimited and the Wisconsin DNR restored wetlands in the Green Bay West Shore Wildlife Area, an important migratory stopover site for songbirds, shorebirds and waterfowl, by rebuilding and replacing dikes and a water pump used to manage water levels in the wetlands.
- We worked with partners to build a treatment wetland on a farm field in the Lower Fox River watershed designed to capture nutrients and sediment in runoff, including tile drainage water, and improve water quality before it enters the nearby stream.
- We removed invasive species including Phragmites on 77 acres of high quality Great Lakes coastal wetlands in Door County. Most of these wetlands protect habitat for plants and animals of regional and global significance.
You can also speak up for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), which the President's budget proposes cutting by almost 85 percent. This is an unprecedented cut to a program that doesn't rely on taxpayer dollars to protect public lands nationwide including natural gems like Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, the Ice Age Trail and Devil's Lake State Park here in Wisconsin.
We all benefit from LWCF. It protects the places where we spend time in nature with family and friends. It also contributes to Wisconsin's economy. Hunting, fishing, camping and other outdoor recreation activities generate $11.9 billion annually in consumer spending in Wisconsin, directly supporting 142,000 jobs.
LWCF also protects working forests like Wild Rivers Legacy Forest and the Brule-St. Croix Legacy Forest, providing vital forestry jobs and timber products.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
Please contact your U.S. senator and representative today, and help us tell Congress to oppose the unprecedented cuts to science and conservation programs in the President's budget and to instead ensure strong funding for science and conservation programs that protect land, water and air for people and nature.
You can send an email or fax, 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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