Government Affairs

SB 999/AB 1039 – Managed Forest Law bills dead for now

Mar 25, 2024

As the Wisconsin legislative session comes to a close SB 999/AB 1039 did not move out of the Senate Committee on Financial Institutions and Sporting Heritage. WWOA believes, as do many others, that this bill or something similar will resurface in a future legislative session.  As your legislators and future legislators are in their districts this summer and fall before the fall election, this is the perfect time to meet with them.

SB 999 Companion Bill is AB 1093

Feb 19, 2024

On February 16, 2024, the companion bill to Senate Bill 999 (Motorized vehicles on Open MFL lands), Assembly Bill 1093, was read for the first time and referred to the Assembly Committee on Forestry, Parks and Outdoor Recreation. This Committee is chaired by long-time forestry advocate, Representative Mursau from Crivitz.

WWOA Testimony at SB 999 Public Hearing

Feb 15, 2024

* Please note that information following SB999/AB1093 will be posted under News, Government Affairs going forward. President Don Hoffman is holding WWOA’s testimony and executive director, Nancy Bozek, is holding the letters of more than 50 members that were sent to their legislators, the bill’s authors, and/or Senate Committee members. WWOA’s testimony and a copy of your letters were presented to the Senate Committee members.

Public Hearing Announced for SB 999 – MFL & Motorized Vehicles

Feb 9, 2024

Your Voice is Needed! Public Hearing Scheduled for Wed, February 14 at 1 pm on Open Managed Forest Law Lands & Motorized Vehicles Yesterday, February 8, 2024, WWOA sent you a message about WI Senate Bill 999 with proposed changes to the Managed Forest Law program to require access for motorized vehicles on Open MFL lands.

Proposed Change to the Managed Forest Law Program

Feb 8, 2024

Your Voice is Needed – Open Managed Forest Law Lands & Motorized Vehicles Yesterday, February 7, 2024, Wisconsin Senate Bill 999, was read into the record for the first time and referred to the Committee on Financial Institutions and Sporting Heritage.

Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program sign up

Feb 4, 2024

USDA Authorizes Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program Signup FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 2, 2024Contact: Dan Richter, Public Information Officer, (608) 419-5352, MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection’s (DATCP) is reminding agricultural producers and private landowners to apply for the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP). Enrollment opened January 12 and applications will be accepted on a first come, first served basis until July 31, 2024, or until the acreage cap is met.

USDA expands Partnerships with New Programs

Jun 27, 2023

USDA Announces Historic Investment in Wildlife Conservation, Expands Partnership to Include Additional Programs $500 Million from Farm Bill Is Part of Broader Commitment from FSA and NRCS to Working Lands Conservation that Benefits Wildlife and Supports Agriculture and Rural Communities  BOULDER, Colo., June 27, 2023 – Today, the U.S.

DNR Retiring Hunt Wild Wisconsin Mobile App

Jun 20, 2023

App Users Encouraged To Use Online Hunting Resources   MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) today announced that as of June 29, 2023 the Hunt Wild mobile application will be retired. Instead, hunting and regulation resources can be found on the DNR’s Hunting webpage. The Hunt Wild mobile application was launched in 2018 to provide mobile access to hunting information.

USDA Seeks Donations Of Infested Ash Trees

May 22, 2023

Posted on May 5, 2023 By Kyle Loughlin, Field Team Lead, USDA-APHIS kyle.m.loughlin@usda.govor 734-732-0025 USDA staff cut a ‘bark window’ in green ash to uncover signs of emerald ash borer. Photo: US Department of Agriculture The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is asking Wisconsin landowners for help in the battle against emerald ash borer (EAB). EAB is an invasive insect from Asia that was first introduced into the United States in 2002.

Apply by May 19, 2023 to Receive Funding to Help Protect Natural Resources

Apr 18, 2023

Joint Chiefs’ Partnership Supports Forestry and Wildlife Conservation in Northeastern Wisconsin The Northeast Wisconsin Forestry and Wildlife Partnership project has been developed through the Joint Chiefs’ Landscape Restoration Partnership (JCLRP) to address wildfire threats, water quality, and wildlife habitat. The JCLRP enables the U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and the U.S. Forest Service to collaborate with agricultural producers and forest landowners focused on conservation and restoration efforts.