Six sportsmen’s groups in Wisconsin have announced their opposition to a proposal seeking to remove protections for one million acres of wetlands (LRB-4115/1 & LRB 4410/1).
In a joint statement, Ducks Unlimited, Pheasants Forever, Wisconsin Conservation Congress, Wisconsin Trappers Association, Wisconsin Waterfowl Association, and Wisconsin Wildlife Federation wrote:
“The proposed bill is extremely damaging to the hunting, fishing and trapping community and the above sportsmen’s organizations call on the Legislature to engage sportsmen and women, other stakeholders and the Department of Natural Resources prior to developing legislation affecting Wisconsin’s valuable wetlands.”
Wisconsin Wetlands Associations shares their interest in protecting these high-quality wetlands that provide valuable fish and wildlife habitat. Non-federal wetlands are home to game species such as waterfowl, furbearers, and pheasants. They form the headwaters of streams and prize trout waters. And they keep our lakes and rivers healthy by filtering out pollutants and sediments.
You, too, can stand up for wetlands by contacting your legislators and urging them to maintain state protections for non-federal and “isolated” wetlands. You can continue to stay active and engaged in this effort with us by following us on Facebook and Twitter and by subscribing to our Wetland Alerts. Check back here, on our blog, as we continue sharing information to help you with messages and talking points for your advocacy.