With all the commotion in Madison these days and the justified concern that Governor Walker is trying to cut or even eliminate many programs that many of us value highly, including public education and environmental regulations, it may be instructive to note something positive:
Gathering Waters Conservancy, an organization of Land Trusts devoted to protecting Wisconsin's natural heritage, reports that Walker's administration has changed course on one issue vital to their interest - and mine, and I hope yours: the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program. A few weeks ago I wrote a post about Walker's plans to cut this program, which provides state funding for land protection. (See previous post.) If you responded by contacting Madison, thank you! It seems to have worked.
Considering Walkers intransigence on the budget/collective bargaining battle it may be heartening - we can hope - that he backed off on his plans to cut Knowles-Nelson. Public input is vital. Let's keep up the pressure.
Here is a link to the Gathering Water's statement.