Two people paddling in a red canoe on the misty Wisconsin River, with a background of pine trees. The Wisconsin River has benefitted from the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program.

Calls Amplify for Wisconsin to Renew Outdoors Stewardship Funding

Conservation groups and local governments say to keep public lands viable, a key program needs to be renewed.

Writing for the Public News Service, Mike Moen reports that public land use is way up in Wisconsin during the pandemic, and conservation advocates are pointing to this surge as one reason to renew the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program.

Many leaders of local government have joined this call, including the former mayor of Wisconsin Rapids. He explained that his city utilized “more than $2 million in grants from the program for shoreline stabilization and recreational trail work along the Wisconsin River,” and that the investments have benefitted residents during COVID-19.

Polling has shown that a vast majority of Wisconsin residents are in favor of renewing the program, and its supporters note that Knowles-Nelson also helps “protect water quality, mitigate flood risks, and protect a variety of species.”

Read the full story on the Public News Service.

Featured image by Bob Wick of the Bureau of Land Management, 2017.

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