Applaud Purchase for Land Conservation

Wisconsin land purchase for conservation

Target: Laurie J. Ross, Board Liaison for Wisconsin’s Natural Resources Board

Goal: Support the decision to purchase thousands of acres for land conservation.

A large purchase has been approved to conserve land for wildlife habitat, the health of our natural resources, public recreation, and economic prosperity. Our natural landscapes are diminishing because of the increase of commercial and residential development. Wildlife and the quality of natural resources suffer when development invades native lands. Applaud the Natural Resources Board for their decision to approve Wisconsin’s largest land conservation acquisition in history.

Known as the Brule-St. Croix Legacy Forest, the nearly 66,000-acre forest contains 80 ponds and 14 miles of streams. The multi-million dollar purchase now protects the land from development as well as creates a natural corridor for wildlife by connecting nearly one million acres of conserved landscape. A variety of wildlife inhabit the area including the black bear, white-tailed deer, sharp-tailed grouse, woodcock, wolf, and numerous migratory songbirds.

Conservation of this type benefits nature and the community. It will improve the water quality by maintaining a healthy watershed. Thousands of people rely on the forest’s watershed for drinking water and the purchase will protect the quality of this precious natural resource.

The area will also be open for outdoor recreational use with access to miles of hiking, biking, skiing, snowmobile, and ATV trails. Surrounding communities will be able to enjoy the state’s natural wonders forever. The purchase will also help the local economy through sustainable commercial logging practices. A logging operation might seem counter-productive, but sustainable practices can keep the forest in equilibrium.

By signing this petition, you are thanking Wisconsin’s Natural Resources Board for approving this monumental land conservation purchase.


Dear Ms. Ross,

The Natural Resources Board has approved a monumental purchase for Wisconsin’s wildlife. The largest land conservation acquisition in the state’s history will provide crucial wildlife habitat, encourage outdoor recreation, maintain a healthy watershed, and promote the local economy. I applaud you for saving this precious land from development. I hope other states follow your lead on land conservation. I just ask you maintain this forest responsibly by enforcing only sustainable logging practices.

The nearly 66,000-acre forest connects about one million acres of natural landscape, creating a corridor for wildlife such as white-tailed deer, black beer, grouse, and migratory birds. Nature and the local community can thrive together because of this purchase. I want to thank you for this progressive decision.


[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Jereme Rauckman via Flickr

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