Speak Out

Your voice is needed to extend funding for land and water conservation in the Driftless Area.

Last summer, you helped us raise a strong, unified voice to support funding for Knowles-Nelson in the state budget. Your efforts helped us secure a two-year extension of the Stewardship program. Now, we can work to renew Stewardship through 2030. Let's speak up together and let our elected officials know that land and water conservation are crucial for Wisconsin's future. 

On January 15, 2020, Wisconsin Representatives Amy Loudenbeck from Clinton, and Joel Kitchens from Sturgeon Bay, proposed a bill to reauthorize the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program. The bill would extend funding for land and water conservation in Wisconsin for eight years, ensuring funding for land and water conservation until 2030. Below, read our full press release on the bill.

Please write your legislators and the governor to voice your support for the Stewardship Reauthorization Plan.

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.

Let  your voice be heard.

We are asking the full legislature and Governor Evers to support this bill to fund Stewardship for ten years.Please join our effort and send a message of support to your legislators and the governor. It will only take a moment. 

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.

Send a letter of support today.