Wisconsin Outdoor Heritage Under Attack!!

by Free Speech on January 19, 2012

Lodi, WI~

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

Madison – Today, SB 368, a bill that impairs habitat prized by Wisconsin’s outdoorsmen, passed the Senate Natural Resources Committee. Senators Kedzie, Wanggaard, Galloway, and Moulton voted to uphold the measure.  They also voted against a series of amendments offered by other members of the committee to maintain environmental protections.

Wetlands provide critical habitat for some of Wisconsin’s best game species. SB 368 threatens hunting and fishing traditions, as well as Wisconsin’s tourism economy by:

  • No longer requiring a developer to always first look at alternate sites to build before filling in a wetland.
  • Removing protections for our most sensitive and important wetlands.
  • Allowing developers who want to build in a wetland to do mitigation in a location that is not connected to the watershed.

Seventy-five percent of Wisconsin’s wildlife species depend on wetlands for some portion of their life cycle, including important game species such as deer, bear, ducks, geese, woodcock, pheasant, grouse, walleye, and northern pike.

“No one knows better than a Wisconsin sportsman that our wetlands are not meant to be used as partisan political pawns. The Senators who voted today to jeopardize those recreational lands are going to have a hard time explaining their actions to hunters and fishermen,” said Anne Sayers, Program Director for Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters.

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