Dismayed by Proposal to Cut Stewardship Funding

Photo by Dave Caliebe

The Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program is at risk.  It is the number one source of funding for land purchases that protect and expand the Ice Age Trail.  Funding from this program, in 2016, extended the Trail in the Northern Kettle Moraine State Forest in Sheboygan County, as well as, in the Straight Lake State Park in Polk County.

Please call your representatives TODAY. Assembly Bill 338 (AB338) has been introduced and it could be voted on any day now.  Please urge your Assembly representative not to vote for AB338.

Talking Points for Your Call:

  • I am very disappointed to learn AB338 will cut $7M from the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program for DNR and County land acquisition and another $3M from Stewardship grants to non-profits like the Ice Age Trail Alliance.
  • The Ice Age Trail relies heavily on these funds to purchase land and easements for the Trail. You know the Stewardship fund has received strong bipartisan support over the years and is an important part of our tourism economy.
  • 90% of Wisconsin residents support investing in Stewardship to protect our land, water, and wildlife habitat and recognize that the program should not be pitted against other programs.
  • Please do not sign on as co-sponsors to bill (LRB-1803/1). Please vote against the (LRB-1803/1) bill if it comes up for a vote.

Finer Points for Trail Supporters to Know:

This program is essential.  It contributes to the high quality of life that makes Wisconsin a desirable place to live, work and play.

PROTECTS more than 500,000 acres of Wisconsin’s most beautiful and diverse lands and waters since 1990.

INVESTS in clean water and natural resources, which support jobs and provide wild places for all of us to fish, hunt, and explore close to home.

DIRECTLY SUPPORTS Wisconsin’s $20 billion forestry industry–through working forest conservation easements and land purchases–and $12 billion outdoor recreation industry (for example, trails for hiking, running, and skiing), and includes our $4 billion hunting and fishing industries.

COSTS LESS than 0.3% of the total state budget. That means that the Stewardship Program costs each Wisconsin resident less than a fishing license or state park sticker each year.

That’s why close to 90% of Wisconsin residents support investing in Stewardship to protect our land, water, and wildlife habitat and recognize that the program should not be pitted against other programs.