You probably heard the recent news regarding the proposed Wisconsin state budget and freeze on the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program. Land protection and state funding for the Trail could be at a standstill. The future of the Ice Age Trail is threatened.
Read links for background information:
- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article on proposed budget
- Proposed Wisconsin state budget
- Wisconsin DNR Stewardship mapping tool (may take a minute to load after activating Silverlight; site is not mobile-friendly)
The Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program makes significant land protection possible on the Ice Age Trail. Since 1991, the Ice Age Trail Alliance has used the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program 55 times to protect more than 3,300 acres for the Ice Age Trail. Each one of these Stewardship purchases was leveraged with private, county or other funds. Also, the DNR has acquired Ice Age Trail rights on more than 100 properties using Stewardship funds. The importance of the Stewardship Program to the Ice Age Trail cannot be overstated.The Stewardship program contributes to the 650 miles of Trail open for your use. With approximately 500 miles of future Ice Age Trail left to protect, the Trail needs you today.
Please contact your state legislators. Share with them why the Ice Age Trail is important to you and that the Stewardship Program is important for the Trail.
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The Ice Age Trail Alliance continues to examine the details of the proposed budget. Working with conservation partners around the state, we will strategize over the next few weeks how to best mitigate this threat to the future of the Ice Age Trail. You will hear from us!