Debra Fitzgerald with the Door County Pulse reports that “the Door County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a resolution that ‘strongly supports’ reauthorizing the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program for another decade.”
Door County has received over $30 million for 260 Knowles-Nelson projects in the past 30 years, ranging from improvements to outdoor infrastructure like trails and marinas to the conservation of rare wildlife habitat.
Door County Land Trust has used Knowles-Nelson grants to create public nature preserves, and its executive director, Tom Clay, says use of these lands has “exploded” during the pandemic, highlighting the benefits Stewardship projects provide to local communities.
The county resolution comes as the state legislature is considering whether or not to renew Knowles-Nelson for another 10 years, and what level of funding it should receive. To speak up in support of Knowles-Nelson, send a message on our action page here.
Featured image by Joshua Mayer, 2013.