Speak Out

Your voice is needed to fund land and water conservation in the Driftless Area.

The future of the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program is at stake! It's the biggest issue facing land and water protection in Wisconsin. We all need our elected officials to renew and strengthen the Stewardship Program in 2019 state budget, and you can help.

The Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program is what makes land and water conservation in Wisconsin possible. But most people have never heard of it. Knowles-Nelson works behind the scenes to make it possible for Mississippi Valley Conservancy and other conservation organizations and the DNR to purchase land, to build trails, to maintain parks and boating facilities, and to take care of our shorelines and wildlife habitats.

Now is the time to act.

The governor and state legislature must act to renew and strengthen the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program in their 2019 budget or it will soon expire. They can ensure that we have the tools to care for Wisconsin's land, water, wildlife, and way of life by renewing and strengthening the program.

You can support the effort by letting your representatives know that renewing and strengthening the program with a TEN YEAR COMMITMENT is essential for Wisconsin. We've made it easy for you with the letter-writing tools at the link below. Click to send your first letter now, and we'll provide you with timely messages to send as the budget discussion heats up.

For more information about the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program, we've provided information and links below.

Knowles-Nelson is for Wisconsin's water, wildlife, and our way of life.

Knowles-Nelson provides funds for cities, counties, non-profit groups, and the state to purchase land for conservation. It funds essential upkeep and maintenance of our waterways, parks, forests, and trail systems. Dozens of Conservancy projects, including the La Crosse Blufflands, Kickapoo Caverns, and New Amsterdam Grasslands, to name just a few, would not be possible without the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program. The Ice Age Trail across Wisconsin, snowmobile and ATV trails up north, and boat launches on our lakes and rivers all benefit from Knowles-Nelson funding. County forests remain working forests open to recreation because of Knowles-Nelson grants. Local governments and citizen conservation organizations also receive funds to purchase land for conservation. Knowles-Nelson has funded projects in every single county in Wisconsin. If there's a natural place in Wisconsin that is special to you, chances are Knowles-Nelson has made it better.

Knowles-Nelson is bi-partisanship at its best.

Clean water, habitat for wildlife, and the land to support Wisconsin's way of life is something we can all agree on.

Named after two former Wisconsin governors--Warren Knowles, a Republican, and Gaylord Nelson, a Democrat--the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program honors Wisconsin's historic commitment to land and water protection.

Since its inception in 1989, Republicans and Democrats across the state have championed the program because our land, water, and wildlife don't have political affiliations. We all want Wisconsin to be a healthy, thriving place to live, work, and play. We believe that strengthening the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program is an opportunity for citizens and lawmakers across the state to work together.

Click to send your first letter now.