The Wisconsin legislature is in the process of putting together the 2019-21 state budget and we need you to be a voice for birds. Contact your legislators and tell them to reauthorize the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program, which has been critical to protecting the places that birds need to thrive and survive.
For 30 years, the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship program has provided millions of dollars in funding to protect Wisconsin’s most treasured natural resources. The program helps ensure the preservation of valuable natural areas and wildlife habitat, the protection of water quality and fisheries, and the expansion of outdoor recreation opportunities. Knowles-Nelson grants have benefitted every single county in Wisconsin. The Goose Pond Sanctuary’s restored prairies and wetlands provide a needed haven for many different birds such as Wood Ducks and Sandhill Cranes, but also birds considered species of “Special Concern” in Wisconsin such as Northern Harriers.
If the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program is not renewed Wisconsin will lose its best source of funding for land and water conservation. We need you to contact your representatives and tell them to support a ten-year reauthorization of this important stewardship program, and maintain funding at $33 million per year, consistent with past funding levels.Tell your representatives that you care about protecting your state’s natural spaces and the birds, wildlife, and people that depend on them.