Conservation News

Feb 24, 2015

Budget Freeze Leaves Ice Age Trail in Cold

The Ice Age National Scenic Trail and the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program

» Full Article at The Sun

Feb 19, 2015

Budget cuts could affect Wisconsin’s Ice Age Trail

he 1,200-mile trail is the state's only designated scenic trail and one of 11 national scenic trails, the only one completely in Wisconsin. The footpath follows the southern edge of the last glacier that plowed through the state, a route that travels from Door County south toward the Illinois border, west past Madison, north through the center of the state and west again to the Minnesota border at Interstate State Park in St. Croix Falls. No matter where you are in Wisconsin and no matter the season, you're never too far from a hike on the Ice Age Trail.

» Full Article at Journal Sentinel

Feb 19, 2015

Proposal To End Wisconsin Conservation Program Would Set Back St. Croix Stewardship

A Wisconsin program that has protected more than 500,000 acres of land for public use in the past 26 years – including important tracts along the St. Croix River — was inspired by and named after two state stewardship stalwarts with roots in St. Croix River Country. But the program could end this year, based on a budget proposal by Governor Scott Walker.

» Full Article at St. Croix 360

Feb 19, 2015

Draft Bill Would Cut BCPL Land Acquisition Power, Give Local Stewardship Veto

Two Republican legislators want to see major changes within the Board of Commissioners of Public Lands. The organization was founded in the mid 1800s to sell millions of acres of school trust fund lands. It now maintains a loan fund for municipal projects, with the interest going to pay for school libraries. BCPL also owns and manages about a small amount of land, about 80-thousand acres for timber.

» Full Article at WXPR

Feb 19, 2015

DNR would tighten belt under Walkers budget proposal

Gov. Scott Walker’s biennial budget proposal would include cuts to the Department of Natural Resources and structural changes that has environmental advocates concerned. The cuts would lead to 66 positions cut from the department, 18.4 of which would come from its science bureau. Walker also proposed a moratorium on public land purchases until the program has $1 or less of debt for every $8 of property it owns, which is projected to take until 2028. The Knowles-Nelson Stewardship program began in 1989 and has been the state’s largest legislative contributor of land reserved for conservation, according to the DNR’s website.

» Full Article at The Badger Herald

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