Target: Scott Walker, Governor of Wisconsin
Goal: Protect natural land from development and ensure funding for conservation projects.
Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin has put in place a 13-year moratorium on the state’s land conservation program, known as Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program. The suspension endangers natural resources, the economy, and the progress of conservation efforts already put in motion. The time is now to demand the Governor of Wisconsin to protect the state’s natural land. Wildlife habitat, outdoor recreation, and nature’s integrity are all at risk because of this massive budget cut.
The program has protected 500,000 acres in the state since its creation in 1989. Governor Walker thinks the state is borrowing too much money for conservation purposes. However, he just recently proposed a multi-million dollar stadium project to improve the Milwaukee Bucks’ stadium. This project should be seen as frivolous spending, not the investment in native Wisconsin land.
The Brule-St. Croix River Legacy Forest project might not be completed because of the moratorium. It’s the largest forestry conservation project in the state’s history–a land easement of 67,000 acres that includes 80 lakes and ponds and 14 miles of streams. The first phase of the project is completed but the second phase is pending on the purchase of 22,668 acres. The moratorium will not allocate funds for the second phase. Without the completion of the project, the land could be dissected and developed and Northern Wisconsin’s economy could suffer.
Governor Walker should realize that the stewardship program more than pays for itself simply from the improved water quality and increased amount of outdoor tourism in the state. The majority of Wisconsin residents support the funding of the stewardship program. Land conservation is in the best interest of the community and wildlife. By signing this petition, you are urging the Governor of Wisconsin to ensure the continuous funding for land conservation.
Dear Governor Walker,
Wisconsin’s wildlife habitat and natural resources are at stake because of your proposed state budget. The Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program is a vital program for the environment. Since its birth in 1989, the program has protected 500,000 acres of land in Wisconsin, including crucial wildlife habitat and coveted outdoor recreation spots. The program pays for itself through the improvement of our waterways and it ensures that native Wisconsin land can be cherished and enjoyed for generations.
You are putting natural and treasured land at risk of development. What would have been the largest forestry conservation effort in state history is now in the realm of pending doom. If the Brule-St. Croix River project is not carried out by the six million dollar purchase of approximately 22,000 acres, this land could be dissected and developed, ruining this tract of land forever.
Wisconsin’s wild should be protected. The majority of Wisconsin residents support funding for land conservation. Please adjust the state’s budget to once again include funding to conserve the state’s natural land.
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