Monday, August 22, 2016

NEWS Updates


PRO-RESOURCE ALERT        
March  2017, Volume 7, Issue 1
Pro-Resource Alert tracks regional issues that affect parks, greenspace, wildlife and trails. Pro-Resource Alert connects people with hot button issues at the grassroots and legislative levels. Contact your legislators and make a difference!  Visit us at  http://www.facebook.com/ProResourceAlert

Effort to Resume Parks Funding Gaining Momentum
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Good news! Rep Ron Tusler (R-Appleton) had agreed to be the legislative champion for resumption of GPR revenue for state park funding. Rep Tusler will circulate a letter looking for co-sponsors in the next several days. The Tusler family has a legacy in promoting and protecting parks.
It is time to connect with your legislator to support Rep Tusler’s efforts and ensure a healthy future for Wisconsin parks and trails.  Many of you already have a relationship with your legislators. Please ask your legislator if they have interest in supporting Rep Tusler’s efforts to resume GPR revenue for Parks.  Contact me if affirmative so I can help coordinate support for this measure. Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters (WLCV) and Friends of Wisconsin State Parks (FWSP) are organizing this process.
Talking Points
Funding for Parks- Recent budget changes have been a wakeup call as all state tax funding (GRP revenue) was stripped out of State Parks, leaving WI as one of the only states in the nation to self-fund its state park system. That coupled with educator cuts and core infrastructure deterioration could mean a tough road ahead for WI Parks. FWSP asks that tax-payer support of state parks is resumed to previous levels.  Ask your legislator to co-sign Rep Tusler’s letter.
Stewardship-The Wisconsin Legislature created the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program in 1989 to preserve valuable natural areas and wildlife habitat, protect water quality and fisheries, and expand opportunities for outdoor recreation. The conservation and recreation goals of the Stewardship Program are achieved through the acquisition of land and easements, development of recreational facilities, and restoration of wildlife habitat.  FWSP supports continued state funding for the Knowles/Nelson Stewardship program including the segregated monies for “Friends” groups.
Local friends groups provide thousands of volunteer hours and have delivered approximately $100M dollars to help support the mission and activities of the Wisconsin state parks, forests, trails, and recreation areas.  FWSP believes there is an opportunity to have a blended funding solution that ensures the future of our state parks and doesn’t price out families or low income wage earners by continuing to emphasize fee increases.
Parks and trails have a long term heritage of connecting youth and families to Wisconsin’s natural resources. Restoring GPR revenue is the cornerstone of park funding.
The citizens of Wisconsin have a significant investment in State Parks. It is very poor logic to set aside park funding which will result in the gradual deterioration in infrastructure and operations. As owners of this important resource, we are obligated to maintain and invest in parks for current and future generations.
According to the Statewide Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP) 50% of WI residents use state parks and trails http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/Lands/scorp/SCORP2011.html

According to WI Gateway Study, parks and trails have a $1B annual impact on the communities that are nearby parks http://fyi.uwex.edu/news/2014/02/19/study-wisconsin-state-park-system-provides-key-economic-cultural-benefits/
Health benefits of using parks and trails are well documented. Getting youth outdoors has positive impacts on physical and mental health https://www.cdc.gov/healthyplaces/parks_trails/parks-and-trails-health-impact-toolkit.pdf
VOTE! Conservation Congress Spring Hearings April 10
DNR spring wildlife & fisheries proposed rules hearing and annual Conservation Congress county meeting
On Monday, April 10, there will be 72 public hearings, one in each county starting at 7:00 p.m. where individuals interested in natural resources management have an opportunity to provide their input by non-binding vote and testimony to the Department of Natural Resources on proposed rule changes and advisory questions relating to fish and wildlife management in Wisconsin. County residents have the option to run for a seat on the Conservation Congress and to elect delegates from their county to represent their county views regarding natural resources. Also, individuals have the opportunity to bring forth new conservation issues of a statewide nature to the attention of the Conservation Congress through the citizen resolution process. See questionnaire here.  http://dnr.wi.gov/About/WCC/Documents/spring_hearing/2017/2017SpringQuestionnaire.pdf
HEARING LOCATIONS:
Sheboygan: Plymouth High School Auditorium, 125 Highland Avenue, Plymouth, WI 53073
Ozaukee: Webster Middle School Commons, W75 N624 Wauwatosa Road, Cedarburg, WI 53012
Milwaukee: Greenfield High School, Performing Arts Center, 4800 S 60th Street, Greenfield, WI
Manitowoc: UW-Manitowoc Theatre, 705 Viebahn Street, Manitowoc, WI 54220
Fond du Lac:  Theisen Middle School, 525 E Pioneer Road, Fond du Lac, WI 54935


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New Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan in the Works
WI DNR staff have started the process to write a new Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP). Every five years, Wisconsin publishes a SCORP plan as required by the Federal Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). At its core, the document is used to help allocate federal funds equitably among local communities, and user groups but the document also transcends many levels of outdoor recreation discussion and policy.

The new SCORP will cover years 2017-2022 and have a big impact on how public funds are allocated amongst various recreations. Please fill out the attached survey and forward to fellow skiers and silent sports enthusiasts. THIS IS REALLY IMPORTANT!
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VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Good Morning Amazing Volunteers!
We sure could use some extra hands and help with the following programs.  Let me know if you are willing and able to help out with which ones.

August 27, (Saturday), 1:00-4:00 pm
        Outdoor Basics Drop In at the Beach at Mauthe Lake
August 28 (Sunday), 12:00 -3:00 pm
        Outdoor Basics Drop In at the Beach at Long Lake
September 3 (Saturday), 10:00-11:00 am
        Extreme Saturday Morning at Long Lake or Mauthe Lake
Thank you so much for your time and consideration!  You are the very best!!!!