Endangered Resources now Bureau of Natural Heritage Conservation!

by Free Speech on July 9, 2013

Lodi, WI~

Lodi Valley News serving Lodi, WI & the Lake Wisconsin area with local information since Earth Day 2008.

 

Last year we celebrated together 40 years of successes together in preserving and restoring our natural heritage….returning bald eagles, osprey and trumpeter swans to our skies, counting, cataloging and safeguarding hundreds of native plants and animals, and securing pristine remnant prairies, savannas, forests and wetlands for our children and grandchildren to enjoy.

This year, after many months of discussions and study with my Endangered Resources staff, key organizations and other partners, our blueprint for the next 40 years is taking shape.

We are renewing our commitment to our mission and to provide even better service to our customers and nature — Wisconsin’s thousands of nongame animals and native plants, and our special places.

Starting July 1, the Bureau of Endangered Resources becomes the Bureau of Natural Heritage Conservation. Our name is changing to better reflect the work we do with you. Our mission remains the same. Together we will:

  • Track, assess and manage nongame species;
  • Provide regulatory protection to endangered and threatened species;
  • Manage State Natural Areas to preserve the best remnants of our original landscapes; and
  • Consult with other DNR partners and private landowners to help them manage their land to help maintain Wisconsin’s natural heritage – our unique plants and animals and special places.

We are making other changes as well. After an extensive budget review, we are changing how we manage our budget as well to put more DNR staff in the field. By doing so, we are freeing up money to fill vacant staff positions long left open.

Our partners told us loud and clear that they wanted more people in their communities, and we are very pleased to respond to their needs.

By the end of the year, we will be fully staffed for the first time in more than a decade. We will be able to respond more quickly to provide timely reviews and advice to partners and landowners to help them manage their lands to safeguard nongame species. We can better manage our state natural areas to control invasive species and maintain habitat for rare species, and we can engage more citizens and landowners in things they can do to conserve nongame species. Our goal is to keep plants and animals off the endangered and threatened species list in the first place.

We are committed to working with you and other citizens, governments, organizations and landowners to continue to conserve our natural heritage. We thank you for all you have done to keep Wisconsin, Wisconsin and look forward to working together on this important mission.

 

Erin Crain

Director, Bureau of Natural Heritage Conservation

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