DU, PF, QF and NWTF bring conservation message to Wisconsin
Four national conservation groups (Ducks Unlimited, Pheasants Forever, Quail Forever and the National Wild Turkey Federation) announced that they have signed a memo of understanding to jointly work together to support wildlife habitat and sporting traditions.
The NWTF executive director noted that the nation is losing 6,000 acres of habitat daily and less than 10 percent of the American population hunts.
As conservation funding sources shrink, these organizations realize the conservation battle is one they all share, and it is bigger than any one organization.
That effort was on display in the State Capitol in Madison in March when those groups held an informational meeting with legislators.
They objected to Gov. Scott Walker’s proposed cuts in the DNR 2015-17 state budget.
Walker proposes to:
· Suspend public land purchases from the Knowles/Nelson Stewardship program;
· Remove 18 positions in the DNR Bureau of Science Services;
· Strip regulatory authority from the citizen Natural Resources Board.
Comments worth remembering included a DU national board member saying that everyone who buys a house to raise their family probably pays lots of dollars in interest for their mortgage. But that is necessary to have the house and provide a good situation to raise a family.
So too, paying the interest from bond sales to finance Stewardship land purchases is just something that needs to be done to provide public land for today’s and tomorrow’s citizens.
It’s good to see that these forward-looking organizations don’t regard each other as “competitors,” but rather as compatriots out for the same goals of good conservation efforts.
A total of 15 state sportsmen’s groups followed the lead of the four national groups. Good for them.
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