Saturday, June 17, 2017

NEWS Updates

PRO-RESOURCE ALERT        
October 2017, Volume 7, Issue 3
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

Recreational Opportunities Analysis-The Kettle Moraine is Next!
 The DNR is working on the Recreation Opportunities Analysis (ROA), which reviews existing outdoor-based recreation opportunities and future recreation needs. Two key goals of the ROA are to examine recreation on all state lands including parks, wildlife areas, and natural areas. And to provide opportunities for motorized access within department properties. The ROA will help determine which roads, fire lanes, logging roads, etc, are appropriate for motorized vehicle access including pick-up trucks, ATVs, UTVs, and/or off-road motorcycles. This includes the Kettle Moraine!

The ROA process takes place region by region with the Kettle Moraine State Forest residing in the Lake Winnebago Waters Region (and perhaps another region as the Kettles is in two regions).Provide your thoughts and experiences pertaining to outdoor recreation at the below links, deadline Friday, November 17. Be a champ and take all three questionnaires.

For more ROA information including DNR Open House style meetings click here: https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/WIDNR/subscriber/new?topic_id=WIDNR_805 The ROA will have long lasting implications on the future of state lands recreation. 

Park’s Revitalization Act Introduced in House and Senate
Most of us are aware that tax payer support of WI state parks ended in 2015 leaving Wisconsin as one of the only states in the nation to rely on a fee driven funding scheme. That combined with deteriorating infrastructure paints a bleak future for state parks. However, some legislators have stepped up to support state parks. Friends of WI State Parks (FWSP) are urging support of HB537, SB 421 which funds   $4.5 million   for upgrading water systems and sewers in State Parks through the Stewardship Program.  Many of these systems were installed in the 1930's and 1940's and are in need of repair or replacement.  Please let your legislators know they should support these bills.   
Find your legislator here: https://maps.legis.wisconsin.gov/

Representative Tusler  Awarded Legislator of the Year Award
The Friends of Wisconsin State Parks (FWSP) has awarded the Legislator of the Year Award to Representative Ron Tusler (R- Harrison).  Rep Tusler was the legislative champion to restore general purpose revenue (GRP) in the last budget cycle. GPR wasn’t restored in this budget cycle, but Rep Tusler’s work made possible a much needed $2M infusion for parks infrastructure. Much of WI parks infrastructure was built in the 1930s by the Wisconsin Conservation Corp and is in need of repair and replacement.

Rep Tusler is also a key sponsor for funding critical health and safety-related water infrastructure projects in state parks under the Knowles-Gaylord Nelson stewardship program. 

The Legislator of the Year Award is given annually to a Wisconsin legislator and staff who best champion the advancement of WI Parks and related natural resource issues

Have a resource issue in your area? To share content or for more information on Pro-Resource Alert - Contact  Michael McFadzen @ mcfadzen@msn. com 
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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!!!!