Sunset at Horicon Marsh, a natural area like those the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program can help protect.

Spencer Black: Evers’ budget is full of strong environmental proposals

The governor’s initiatives show particular commitment to land protection, climate and water quality.

Writing for the Capital Times, former Wisconsin state legislator Spencer Black offers praise for Governor Tony Evers’ budget recommendations around Wisconsin’s pressing environmental issues.

As “a dedicated conservationist who started his career as a science teacher,” Governor Evers is seeking to support carbon-free electricity, clean transportation, and improved water quality through a number of budget proposals.

In addition, the land conservation community is excited that “Evers’ budget calls for reauthorization of the [Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program] and a restoration of its funding.” As Spencer Black noted in a previous article, he helped create Knowles-Nelson during his time in the legislature more than 30 years ago “to protect the best of what’s left of outdoor Wisconsin.”

“In the years since, the fund has protected more than 600,000 acres by expanding state parks and forests and preserving unique natural areas and wildlife habitat,” Black writes. “More than ever, we need opportunities to enjoy our state’s scenic beauty and outdoor recreation.”

“Protection of the environment has long been a popular cause with Wisconsin voters regardless of party,” Black concludes. “Now is the time to let legislators know that you support these bold initiatives.”

Featured image by Amy Bayer, 2018.

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