Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Overwhelming Public Support for DNR Secretary Appointment Bill: 270 Conservation Groups Endorse Veto Override

Madison: On the day of the Wisconsin Assembly vote to override the Governor’
s veto of Assembly Bill 138, the bill that will restore the Natural Resources Board appointment of the DNR Secretary, Conservation Congress Chairman Ed Harvey (Waldo) and Wildlife Federation President Jack Nissen (Dousman) point out that thousands of individuals in each Assembly District represented by over 270 conservation and other organizations are asking their representatives to honor their request and vote to override the veto on Tuesday.

“The Wisconsin Conservation Congress is comprised of five elected individuals from each county in the state. The issue of the Board Appointment of the DNR Secretary has been voted on several times at our Annual Spring hearings over the last fifteen years. Each time, the votes of sportsmen and women has been resoundingly in favor by a ratio of nine to one in favor. It should not be a surprise that hundreds of conservation organizations have indicated their strong support for AB 138, stated Ed Harvey, (Waldo), Chair of the Wisconsin Conservation Congress.

“Having 168 hunting, fishing, trapping and forestry-related groups belonging to the Wisconsin Wildlife Federation, we have a good pulse on how important this issue is to Wisconsin’s hunters, anglers and trappers.” A scientifically valid poll that the Federation did in 2004 showed that 79% of Wisconsin sportsmen and women wanted the authority to appoint the DNR Secretary returned to the Natural Resources Board. The numbers of conservation organizations supporting AB 138 reflects this sentiment,” indicated Jack Nissen, (Dousman) , President of the Wisconsin Wildlife Federation.

Organizations Supporting Bill at Assembly Hearing: Wisconsin Conservation Congress, Wisconsin Wildlife Federation, Northeastern Wisconsin Great Lakes Sport Fishermen, Wisconsin Woodland Owners, Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters, Wisconsin Federation of Great Lakes Sportfishing Clubs, Sheboygan County Conservation Association, Tri-County Sportswomen, Johnsonville Rod and Gun Club, Eau Claire County Rod and Gun Club, Aldo Leopold Foundation, The Wildlife Society—Wisconsin Chapter, Wisconsin Science Professionals, Friends of the Lower Wisconsin River, Association of Retired Conservationists, WSEU—Local 1215 (Conservation Wardens), North American Lake Management Society, Midwest Environmental Advocates, Chippewa Valley Outdoor Resource Alliance, Wisconsin Association of Field Trial Clubs, RAWSEP, Sierra Club, Green Bay Area Great Lakes Sports Fishermen, Sauk County Sportsmens Alliance, Manitowoc County Fish and Game Pecatonica River Coonhunters, American Federation of Teachers---Wisconsin Taylor County Sportsmens Club, Madison Audubon Society, Clean Wisconsin Wisconsin Wetlands Association , Wisconsin Hunters Education Instructors Association Wisconsin Trappers Association. Kendall Lake Association, Citizen Utility Board River Alliance of Wisconsin, AFSCME Council 24, Argyle Rod and Gun Club Sugar River Pheasants Forever, Rock River Coalition, Triangle Sportsmens Club Pewaukee Lake Sportsmen, Twin City Rod and Gun Club, Milwaukee Casting Club Wisconsin Association of Sporting Dog Clubs, Wisconsin Interfaith Climate and Energy Campaign, Sierra Club---John Muir Chapter, Fox Valley Sierra Club, League of Women Voters, Friends of Dane County Parks, Polk County Sportsmen, Wisconsin Sporting Dogs Association, Watertown Conservation Club, Wisconsin Muzzleloading Association, Rock River Buckskinners, Ft. Atkinson Wisconservation Club, Sheboygan Sport Fishermen, Crawford Stewardship, Badger Creek Watershed, Wisconsin Council of Sport Fishing Organizations, Wisconsin Waterfowl Association, Wisconsin Sharptailed Grouse Society, Wisconsin Bow Hunters, Wisconsin Federation of Whitetail Unlimited, West Waubesa Preservation Coalition, Trout Unlimited, Wisconsin Deerhunters Inc., Johnsonville Rod and Gun Club, Waukesha County Conservation Alliance, Izaak Walton League, Wings Over Wisconsin. Outagamie Conservation Club, Dodge County Sporting Alliance, Fountain City Rod and Gun Club, Buffalo County Sportsmen’s Alliance Dane County Conservation League, American Turkey Hunting with Dogs Association.

Organizations Supporting Bill at Senate Hearing: Musky Clubs Alliance of Wisconsin, La Crosse County Conservation Alliance, Walleyes For Tomorrow, Wisconsin Wildlife Federation, North American Lake Management Society, Wisconsin Association of Field Trial Clubs, WSEU-Local 1215, Wisconsin Chapter of the Wildlife Society, Wisconsin Sharp-Tailed Grouse Society, Chippewa Valley Outdoor Resource Alliance, Wisconsin Conservation Congress, Dane County Conservation League, Izaak Walton League, Western Dane County Coalition for Smart Growth and Environment, Shadows on the Wolf, Waukesha County Conservation Alliance, Wisconsin Waterfowl Association, Manitowoc County Fish and Game, Madison Audubon Society, Sierra Club, Wisconsin Association of Lakes, Wisconsin Audubon Council, Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters, Wisconsin Wetlands Association, Wisconsin Interfaith Climate and Energy Campaign, Western Dane Coalition, Wisconsin Association of Sporting Dog Clubs, Clean Wisconsin, Rock River Coalition, Town and Country RC and D, Wisconsin Science Professionals, Wisconsin Woodland Owners, River Alliance of Wisconsin, Winnebago Conservation Club, Citizens Utility Board, Friends of the Black River, Kimball Lake Association, Wisconsin Council of Sport Fishing Clubs, AFT-Wisconsin, Midwest Environmental Advocates, Wisconsin Trappers Association, Sierra Club, Dodge County Sporting and Conservation Alliance, Winnebagoland Conservation Alliance, Coulee Region Trout Unlimited, Wisconsin Muzzleloading Association, Triangle Sportsman Club, Wisconsin Waterfowl Association, Outagamie Conservation Club, Association of Retired Conservationists, Trout Unlimited.

Affiliate Clubs of Wisconsin Wildlife Federation Supporting Bill: Abbotsford Sportsmen’s Club, Almond Rod and Gun Club, American Wild Turkey Hunting Dog Association, Ashland Bayfield County Sportsmen, Association of Conservation Clubs, of Trempealeau, Augusta Area Sportsmans Club, Badger Dachshund Club Inc., Badger Fishermen’s League, Bangor Rod and Gun Club, Beaver Dam Conservationists Inc., Big 4+ Sportman Club, Boscobel Sportsmens Club, Brice Prairie Conservation Association, Brown County Conservation Alliance, Brule River Sportsmens Club, Butte Des Morts Conservation Club, Carter Creek Sportsmen’s Club, Central Wisconsin Gun Collectors Association, Inc., Central Wisconsin Sportsmen’s Club, Central Wisconsin Shoot to Retrieve, Challenge the Outdoors Inc., Chippewa Valley Outdoor Resource Alliance, Columbia County Sporting Alliance, Columbus Sportsman’s Association Inc., Crystal Lake Sportsmens Club Inc, Dane County Conservation League, Daniel Boone Conservation League Inc., De Pere Sportsman’s Club, Dodge County Sporting and Conservation Alliance, Door County Rod and Gun Club Inc., Dousman Gun Club, Dunn County Fish and Game, Eau Claire Rod and Gun Club, Farmers and Sportsmen’s Club, Field and Stream Sportsmens Club, Fin and Feather Sportsmans Club, Forest County Association of Lakes Inc., Fort Atkinson Wisconservation Club, Friends of MacKenzie Environmental Education Center, Friends of the Brule River and Forest, Green Bay Area Great Lakes Sport Fishermen, Globe Conservation Club, Great Lakes Sport Fishermen—Ozaukee Chapter, Green Bay Duck Hunters Association, Grellton Conservation Club, Hayward Rod and Gun Club, Jefferson Sportsmen’s Club, Koenig’s Conservation Club, Lake Poygan Sportsmen’s Club, Lakeshore Fishing Club, Lakeview Rod and Gun Club, Lincoln County Sports Club, Little Wolf River Houndsmens Club, Manitowoc County Fish and Game Protective Association, Manitowoc County Coon Hunters, Milwaukee Police Officers Conservation and Sportsman Club, Milwaukee Casting Club, Mosinee Sportsmens Alliance, Nekoosa Conservation League, Northeastern Wisconsin Great Lakes Sport Fishermen, Oakland Conservation Club, Oconomowoc Sportsman’s Club, Oconto County Sportsman’s Alliance, Osseo Rod and Gun Club, Outagamie Conservation Club, Pewaukee Lake Sportsman’s Club, Polk County Sportsmens Club, Prairie Du Chien Rod and Gun Club, Racine County Line Rifle Club Inc., Rio Conservation Club, River Valley Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation, South Milwaukee 1400 Fishing and Hunting Club, Sauk Trail Conservation Club, Shadows on the Wolf Inc., Sheboygan County Conservation Association, Shoto Conservation Club, Slinger Sportsman Club, Smerke’s Sportsmen’s Club, Southern Clark County Sportsman’s Club, Sparta Rod and Gun Club, Stan Plis Sportsmans League, Star Prairie Fish and Game Association, Sturgeon for Tomorrow North Chapter, Sugar River Coon Hunters, Suscha-Fale Sportsmen’s Club, Trempealeau Sportsman’s Club, Tri-County Sportswomen’s Club, Triangle Sportsmens Club, Trout Unlimited-Aldo Leopold Chapter, Trout Unlimited Green Bay Chapter, Twin City Rod and Gun Club, Walleyes for Tomorrow Inc., Watertown Archery Club, Watertown, Watertown Conservation Club, Waukesha County Conservation Alliance, Wisconsin Association of Field Trial Clubs, Wisconsin Association of Beagle Clubs, Wisconsin Bow Hunters Association, Wisconsin Bowfishing Association, Wisconsin Chapter of the American Fisheries Society, Wisconsin Coon Hunters Association, Wisconsin Council of Sportfishing Organizations, Wisconsin Deer Hunters Association, Wisconsin Federation of Great Lake Sport Fishing Clubs, Wisconsin House Outdoorsmen Club, Wisconsin Hunter Education Instructors Association, Wisconsin Muzzleloading Association, Wisconsin Sharp-Tailed Grouse Society, Wisconsin Taxidermist Association, Wisconsin Trappers Association, Wisconsin Trapshooters Association, Wisconsin Woodland Owners Association, Wild Ones Natural Landscapers LTD, Wilderness Sportsmen’s Club, Wildlife Society Student Chapter-UWSP, Wildlife Society Wisconsin Chapter, Willow Aces, Wilton Rod and Gun Club, Wings Over Wisconsin, Winnebago Conservation Club, Winnebagoland Conservation Alliance, Wisconsin Waterfowl Association.

Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters Priority List Organizations Supporting the Bill: The Aldo Leopold Foundation, Alliance for Sustainability, Artha Sustainable Living Center LLC, Apollo Alliance of Wisconsin, Wisconsin Association of Retired Conservationists, Baird Creek Preservation Foundation, Bayfield Regional Conservancy, Bluebird Restoration Association, Brown County Chapter of the Izaak Walton League, Brown County Conservation Alliance, Centerville Cares, Citizen Action of Wisconsin, Citizens for Safe Water Around Badger, Citizens for a Scenic Wisconsin, Citizens Utility Board, Clean Water Action Council of NE Wisconsin Inc, Columbia County Land and Water Conservation Department, Concerned Citizens of Newport, Crawford Stewardship Project, Dane County Conservation League, Door County Environmental Council, ECOS Fox Valley, Friends of the Mead/McMillan Association Inc., Friends of Lincoln-Osceola-Garfield Conservancy, Friends of the Mukwonago River, Friends of Tomorrow/Waupaca River, Grassroots of Waukesha County, Greendale Environmental Group, Highway J Citizens Group UA, Hoy Audubon Society, Lakeshore Natural Resource Partnership Inc,. League of Women Voters of Wisconsin, Madison Audubon Society, Wisconsin Audubon Council, Midwest Environmental Advocates Inc., Milwaukee County Conservation Coalition, Milwaukee Riverkeeper, Northeast Land Trust Inc., Park Watch of Fond Du Lac, Phantom Lakes Management District, Physicians for Social Responsibility-Wisconsin, Preserve Our Parks, Price County Waterways Association, Racine Dominican Ec0-Justice Center, RENEW Wisconsin, Rock River Coalition, Sauk County Land Conservation Department, Sheboygan Area Great Lakes Sport Fishermen, Sheboygan County Conservation Association, Sierra Club John-Muir Chapter, Sixteenth Street Community Health Center, Southeast Wisconsin Trout Unlimited, Sustain Central Wisconsin, Sustainable Eau Claire, the Kenosha/Racine land Trust Inc., The Park People of Milwaukee County, the Wildlife Society-Wisconsin Chapter, Town and Country Resource Conservation and Development, Trout Unlimited-Wisconsin State Council, Valley Stewardship Network, Waukesha County Environmental Action League, Wild Ones Natural Landscapers Ltd., Wisconsin Association of Lakes, Wisconsin Association of Land Conservation Employees, Wisconsin Council of Sportfishing Organizations, Wisconsin Deer Hunters Association, Wisconsin Environment, Wisconsin Farmers Union, Wisconsin Interfaith Climate and Energy Campaign, Wisconsin Land and Water Conservation Association, Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters Institute, Wisconsin Network for Peace and Justice, Wisconsin Trappers Association Inc., Wisconsin Wetlands Association, Wisconsin Wildlife Federation

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