Advocacy for State Parks Pays Off!

State Parks took a big hit in the 2015-16 state budget when general purpose revenue (GPR) support for State Parks operations was cut. That raised the ire of park and trails supporters who rallied to work towards a more sustainable funding model. FWSP Board members, as well as some Friends Group leaders, were very busy during and after the budget session. Over 80 legislators were contacted on park funding issues, driving home the importance of affordable state lands recreation.
FWSP is happy to announce several victories for Park funding. During the budget process, the Joint Finance Committee (FC) voted to restore $2M from the Parks Segregated Fund. It's hard to believe that Parks cannot spend their own monies unless it's approved by the legislative. In April the JFC approved another $2.2M for Parks. These monies will go towards needed parks infrastructure, electricity for campsites, bathroom facilities, signage upgrades, fire rings and other projects.
Another victory for Parks supporters was the passage of The Parks Revitalization Act. The bill was that was sponsored by Senator Robert Cowles (R-Green Bay) and Representative Ron Tusler (R-Harrison) utilizes $4.5 Min unspent Knowles-Nelson Stewardship to fund water infrastructure projects. These parks include Devil's Lake, High Cliff, Kohler-Andrae, Peninsula and Willow River State Parks. The projects were identified by the DNR as critical for health and safety including drinking water and septic facilities.
WI Parks have many friends in the legislature including Natural Chairman Robb Cowls (R-Green Bay), Luther Olson (R-Madison), Howard Marklein (R-Spring Green) and 2017 FWSP Legislator of the Year Rep Ron Tusler (R-Harrison). FWSP gives credit to these and other legislators who work on behalf of State Parks. Ask your legislator to support these and other FWSP initiatives. Credit also goes to the many individuals who made phone calls and met with legislators and the Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters (WLCV). Having partners like WLCV widen the circle of influence that State Parks have. Min
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Mailing address:
FWSP P.O. Box 2271 Madison, WI 53701-2271
Phone: 608-294-0810
Source: Between Friends Newsletter Summer 2018