Mar 03, 2011
March 2011: Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program Update
On March 1st, Governor Walker released his state budget proposal. In his budget, Governor Walker did not propose any cuts to Stewardship Program funding. Under the proposal, Stewardship would remain at $86 million annually through 2020. As a result, Gathering Waters Conservancy released a statement commending the governor for his support of the program.
While Governor Walker's budget maintains current levels of funding, there are several policy changes included in the proposal that may have an impact on the efficiency and the effectiveness of Stewardship. A summary of the policy changes can be found here (beginning on page 15). We are currently assessing what potential effects these changes may have on the program, and will keep you updated as we learn more.
We are also continuing to prepare for the state budget process in the Legislature. We are hopeful that Governor Walker's support for the Stewardship Program will help to set the direction for support in the Legislature, but we must remain vigilant through the entire process. We will continue to work with our Board, our Policy Committee, the land trust community, and many others to ensure that the Legislature is well informed about the Stewardship Program, understands its importance, and recognizes its broad base of support.
We will continue to keep you updated as the situation evolves. If you have any questions, please contact Mike Strigel: 608-251-9131 ext. 14.
For additional information on the Stewardship Program, click here.