Walker Administration Wants No Part Of Wisconsin’s Wild Lands and Habitat Future!!!????

by Free Speech on May 16, 2013

Lodi, WI~

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The Wisconsin State Treasurer Kurt Schuller is calling on State legislators to put a hold on the Department of Natural Resources “Stewardship Program.” Schuller wants lawmakers to take some time to examine the program’s spending patterns.
“I would like to see our State pay down some debt before taking on even more in terms of purchasing and acquiring additional public lands,” Treasurer Kurt Schuller said. “It makes sense to spend money where money is needed in areas of transportation and healthcare, but how much land does Wisconsin need to own?”
In this current budget, the Warren Knowles-Gaylord Nelson Stewardship Program would receive $64 Million over the next two years to purchase public land for the state. According to “Media Trackers” online publication, The land purchases will be funded solely with bonds. If one factors in the future interest paid on those bonds, that $64 Million budget looks more like some $84 Million.
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“I take public land management seriously as Commissioner on the Board of Commissioners for Public Lands, but I don’t want to see exponential growth in this area if it creates a burden to the taxpayer or takes away from other much needed programs,” Schuller said. “My position is not necessarily that of my fellow Commissioners on BCPL, but I feel strongly about this.”
The Wisconsin Legislature created the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program in 1989 to preserve valuable natural areas and wildlife habitat, protect water quality and fisheries, and expand opportunities for outdoor recreation. The conservation and recreation goals of the Stewardship Program are achieved through the acquisition of land and easements, development of recreational facilities, and restoration of wildlife habitat.
Wisconsin’s Joint Finance Committee is slated to take up the matter this week.

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