A monarch butterfly, one of many species whose habitat has been conserved thanks to the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program.

Opinion: Reader supports reauthorizing state’s conservation program

Funding for natural areas is crucial to supporting quality of life.

In an opinion letter for the Wausau Pilot & Review, Kathy Kascewicz of Fifield, Wisconsin urges fellow readers to contact their legislators in support of renewing the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program.

The letter explains Knowles-Nelson’s long history of helping “conserve the best of outdoor Wisconsin,” and describes how the program has “expanded parks and public nature preserves, purchased land and easements and added infrastructure… in every one of Wisconsin’s 72 counties.”

Kascewicz goes on to note that Wisconsin’s parks and recreation spending is extremely low compared to other states, especially since our state has a $22-billion tourism industry that heavily relies on the outdoors.

“Nature is vital to our physical and mental health and well-being,” Kascewicz writes. “The Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program provides access to outdoor recreation activities and a place for life to thrive.”

To contact your legislators on behalf of Knowles-Nelson, visit our portal here, and check out our Take Action page for more ideas.

Featured image by Isaac Staunton, 2013.

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