“Without question, the Stewardship Program has accomplished great things, but more work must be done. The program has helped protect many places where we are now connecting with nature during this pandemic. But too many people in Wisconsin, especially those without a car, still can’t get to a natural area, park or trail.”
The Wisconsin State Director of the Nature Conservancy, Elizabeth Koehler, wrote a guest column in the Wisconsin State Journal calling for the re-authorization of the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program and for increased funding for the program.
In her column, Koehler cites a recent report by “Headwaters Economics, an independent and nonpartisan research firm,” showing that “from 2012 to 2017, the state’s $7.8 billion outdoor recreation and manufacturing economy grew by 12% compared with 7% growth by the state’s overall economy.”
Read Koehler’s column in its entirety at the Wisconsin State Journal.
Featured image by Jim Schumaker, courtesy of the Nature Conservancy.