Wisconsin State Journal, Dec. 22nd, 2016
A sweeping plan drawn up in Wisconsin’s Republican- controlled Legislature would scatter Department of Natural Resources parks, forestry, environmental, hunting and fishing programs among three existing agencies and two new ones.
The proposal’s sponsor provided scant specific reasons for seeking the change except to say he wants to help business operators and outdoors enthusiasts who have told him the DNR “is just not working in its current form.”
But the director of the state’s largest federation of outdoors groups said breaking up the DNR would endanger outdoor recreation, escalate costs to taxpayers, and further weaken the state’s faltering protections for air and water quality.
It wasn’t clear Wednesday if the plan would find support in the Legislative session that starts next year, but a spokesman for Gov. Scott Walker said Walker sees it as worth considering.
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The 6th Annual Red Cedar Watershed Conference is taking place on March 9th, 2017 at the Memorial Student Center, University of Wisconsin-Stout, Menomonie, WI.
2017 Planned Keynote Speakers
Healthy Soils, Clean Water
Jimmy Bramblett, State Conservationist
Wisconsin Natural Resources Conservation Service
I Dreamed the Earth was Healed and Whole Again
Kathleen Dean Moore, Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, Emerita
Oregon State University
Why the Red Cedar Watershed Will Not Fail: Practical Lessons from the LAKES Project
Nels Paulson, Associate Professor, Sociology
Tina Lee, Associate Professor, Anthropology
Chris Ferguson, Associate Professor, Economics
University of Wisconsin-Stout
Learn more at: http://www.uwstout.edu/profed/redcedar/
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