The Wisconsin State Capital building. Legislators will debate the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program in the upcoming budget session.

Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program can renew bipartisan commitment to conservation

Public surveys have found that 93% of Wisconsin voters want to see Stewardship reauthorized.

In a column for the Capital Times, former Wisconsin state legislator Spencer Black urges lawmakers to come together in support of the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Fund.

“More than 30 years ago… I helped create the Stewardship Fund to protect the best of what’s left of outdoor Wisconsin,” Black says. “I did so because I believe that current and future generations deserve the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful places and recreational opportunities that make Wisconsin special…. The success of the Stewardship Fund has exceeded my wildest dreams.”

Black points out that Knowles-Nelson has protected some of Wisconsin’s most iconic landscapes, such as northern forests and sections of the Wisconsin Dells, and notes that polling has indicated more than 9 in 10 Wisconsinites are in favor of renewing the program.

“The Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Fund exemplifies what was, at least in the not too distant past, our historic legacy of a bipartisan commitment to conservation,” Black concludes. “Perhaps it can be again.”

Read the full column at the Capital Times.

Featured image by Jimmy Emerson, 2011.

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