Friday, March 20, 2015

Cheeseheads Finally Agree on Something

A recent poll in Wisconsin showed we overwhelmingly agree on at least one issue -- we value public land.  This principle, supported by about 90% of those polled, cut across class and political boundaries.

The poll, commissioned by the Nature Conservancy and conducted by Public Opinion Strategies (, came in response to Governor Walker's latest budget proposal that defunds the evidently popular Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program.  For the last 25 years through this fund, the Wisconsin DNR has bought land or easements on more than 627,600 acres in the state. 

Walker's budget would shut down state land deals until possibly 2028 and order the state to sell off 10,000 acres.  That's a step in the wrong direction.

Last season, I hunted exclusively on public ground -- for ruffed grouse, woodcock and deer.  But that's not all I do on public land.  I fish, mountain bike, cross country ski, snowshoe, hike, canoe, camp, bird watch, pick berries, scavenge for ramps (wild leeks) and cut firewood.  No doubt I missed a few other activities.

I'm not suggesting we gather in the capitol rotunda and belt out Woody Guthrie's This Land is Your Land, but if we value public land we should speak loudly about this issue to our representatives and be heard by them.
See for the full press release of this opinion poll.

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