Monday, January 23, 2017

Narcissist Trump spews fresh lies again; thank you, GOP

When you see that President Trump tonight told Congressional leaders tonight that Hillary Clinton won the popular vote because of illegal immigrant voting, and you realize that this pathologically unprepared and self-absorbed man is now the Commander in Chief and has all the Executive powers of the United States, it's important to remember that Paul Ryan - -
A portrait shot of Paul Ryan, looking straight ahead. He has short brown hair, and is wearing a dark navy blazer with a red and blue striped tie over a light blue collared shirt. In the background is the American flag.
- - and Scott Walker and the collective leadership of the Republican Party fell into line behind Trump and told us he was the best person for the job.

The best person to represent us and lead us here and abroad.

And don't forget to remind this band of reckless Republicans of their mistake every time you interact with them.

Walker already campaigning on state time, and on backs of poor

In a taxpayer-paid pre-2018 re-election statewide tour Monday aimed at inflaming base voter resentments, right-wing Wisconsin GOP Governor and accomplished food thief-from-the-poor-Scott Walker is pushing yet another way to drive low-income state residents from our-already low-wage, stalled-economy state to more morally-centered and humane settings elsewhere:
Wisconsin would expand work requirements for food stamp recipients to parents of school-age children, under a welfare proposal with many planks but few details Gov. Scott Walker issued Monday.
Walker said his plan to require Food Share recipients to work a job or receive state job training would begin as a pilot program and not affect the children's benefits, but the measure would affect able-bodied adults receiving housing assistance. The announcement contained few other details, from where the pilot would start and when to how many people would be affected, with the governor saying he would detail the costs and savings from the plan in his budget bill.
Things to note in what masquerades as compassion but is just round two of an intentionally punitive program:

*  The proposal is thin on details and legality, but no matter to Walker because he's only interested in using the poor for political and electoral purposes.

*  He's touting his previous work-for-food plan as a success, but as the newspaper story linked to above indicates, for every person who found a job to keep their food aid, three did not.
Using for an undisclosed number of parents with children between the ages of 6 and 18 the same Food Share work requirements he put forward in 2013 for able-bodied adults without children. 
That proposal required beneficiaries to either work 80 hours a month or receive some basic job training...and have led to 21,200 able-bodied Food Share participants in the state finding work and also led to 64,200 state residents losing their federally funded benefits.
Where are those 64,200 people now? Are they starving? 

The state does not tell us because their value to the state never mattered and has expired, except as raw numbers to fill out Walker's next campaign's ads and talking points, or as dinner conversation when meals have been served from the state-provided kitchens in the state-provided mansion Walker enjoys along with a $12,000-monthly salary and unlimited time off for state-paid travel and other excursions.

*  The program does not include his lifting the state's rock-bottom minimum wage above $7.25 per hour where he has stubbornly kept it frozen despite its poverty-reinforcing consequence.

*  Disgraceful that former GOP Gov. Tommy Thompson tagged along on this Walker publicity stunt.

As their new party leader Donald Trump would say, 'sad.'
   

Climate change acknowledged, despite WI DNR scrubs

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources led by developer Cathy Stepp whom rightwing GOP Gov. Scott Walker installed as agency Secretary to guarantee that "a chamber of commerce mentality" runs official policy there got caught last month again deleting climate change information, science and links to additional materials:
Climate change censors driven by science denial and obeisance to polluters these days at the GOP-managed, Scott Walker-redefined "chamber of commerce mentality" Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources are at it again. 
Not content with having already stripped content and links from an agency webpage about climate change - - deletions I documented some years ago and which I have frequently referenced - - the ideologues intent on scrubbing science off these pages and sowing doubt and confusion about the consensus view of experts worldwide about climate change have edited, deleted and otherwise compressed to whitewash long-standing concepts and facts off a climate change page about the Great Lakes - - the same way, I will add, that Walker edited and watered-down the Wisconsin Idea, which has for decades had been the University system's historic mission statement.
But there is plenty of additional evidence, despite Stepp and Walker's alternative facts, that human activity is contributing to this warming climate and presents Wisconsin with acknowledged disaster risks

that endanger the state and regional economy - - not to mention the latest big-picture view that is beyond ominous.

*  The Great Lakes Echo blog, via Urban Milwaukee, lays out those broad implications:

The stakes are high. The Great Lakes forestry industry is worth several billion dollars, and forests are staple ecosystems in the region. Many wildlife and plant species depend on forest stability. Plus, forests are a part of the regional culture.
*  I'd noted in a recent post, and then again in a follow-up post, that the Minnesota DNR - - and note the obvious, that Minnesota and Wisconsin are adjoining states - - is taking a far more assertive and comprehensive approach to the issues than is Walker's DNR: 
The need for action is clear: Minnesota is already feeling the impacts of climate change. We have experienced four 1,000-year rainfalls since 2002. We have watched our spruce, aspen, and birch forests retreat northward. And air pollution related to greenhouse gas emissions annually cost us more than $800 million in increased health care costs. 
Addressing climate change also has the potential to grow our economy. By aggressively investing, Minnesota could add 25,000 new jobs and generate more than $2 billion in additional wages during the next 15 years. To achieve these results, Minnesota needs clean energy policies that have an immediate impact on reducing emissions from our homes, buildings, and industries. We also need long-term strategies to transform our communities and their transportation systems to reduce our use of gasoline.  
We also must protect and increase the carbon stored in our wetlands, forests, and agricultural lands. These actions will not only help us address climate change, but will also support habitat and water quality, benefiting public health and wildlife. Working together, we can take steps that protect the environment, improve our health, and grow our economy.
 *  Which is why I am continuing to monitor a remaining Wisconsin DNR page that, through oversight or genuine belief, still calls attention to the implications of climate change in Wisconsin and its relationship to human behavior.

A key paragraph right at the top:
Global climate change poses serious threats to public health, to the economies of the United States and Wisconsin and to the natural environment. We now have a clearer understanding of the role waste and materials management plays in global climate change and, most importantly, the opportunities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions within the waste and materials management sphere.
I checked today as I do everyday, and the content on that webpage is still there, so here it is - - in its entirety:

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Waste and materials management - the climate change connection

Global climate change poses serious threats to public health, to the economies of the United States and Wisconsin and to the natural environment. We now have a clearer understanding of the role waste and materials management plays in global climate change and, most importantly, the opportunities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions within the waste and materials management sphere.
Landfills produce large amounts of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas created by decomposing organic materials. Methane has a global warming potential at least 20 times greater than carbon dioxide, a less potent greenhouse gas. In the United States, landfills produce 23 percent of all methane generated by human-related sources.
Before a product even reaches the landfill, it has already created a considerable amount of greenhouse gases. Extracting raw materials, manufacturing and distribution of products all use energy and produce greenhouse gas emissions. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates 42 percent of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions result from provision of goods and food.
The easiest way to cut down on these emissions? Reduce the number of products you purchase and use, reuse things that are still in good condition and recycle what is no longer usable. Did you know that Wisconsinites currently throw away more than $100 million worth of recyclables in a typical year? Imagine the economic benefit to our state if we recycled everything we could!


There are many ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from our landfills. But before a product or material even makes it to the trash can, it has already produced substantial greenhouse gas emissions. Consider an aluminum can. To make that can, aluminum ore was mined, shipped, refined, smelted, rolled and formed. The finished can then traveled to a beverage maker, where it was filled, sealed and labeled; and eventually made its way to a distributor, then retailer, then into our homes.
Each step of this life cycle required energy—in the case of aluminum production, very substantial amounts of energy—and produced greenhouse gas emissions. The same pattern holds true for every other product and material we use. Manufacturing, distribution and consumption all use energy and create greenhouse gas emissions.
The energy required to create a new product can either be partially saved through recycling or reuse or wasted through disposal. If the aluminum can in the above example is thrown away, the energy used in every step of its creation is lost. A new can, requiring new energy expenditures, will need to be made from scratch. Conversely, if the can is recycled, a new can may be made with recycled materials, thereby cutting out much of the production and energy needed to make a new can from virgin materials. For aluminum, that energy savings adds up to about 95 percent of the initial energy requirement, meaning that creating a new can from recycled materials only takes 5 percent of the energy required to make a new can from virgin materials.
Although aluminum has particularly large energy savings compared to other materials, recycling saves energy, no matter what the material. The EPA chart below shows energy savings from recycling for a variety of materials.
Graph showing energy savings per ton recycled
Energy Savings Per Ton Recycled* (Million Btu)

Reduce, reuse, recycle

Recycling materials not only saves energy, it also cuts down on the amount of greenhouse gases produced. The EPA has developed a calculator [exit DNR] to determine what amount of greenhouse gas emissions are prevented from recycling a given product.
Besides energy requirements, the EPA calculator also considers landfill gas emissions and "carbon sequestration" by trees. If trees are left standing rather than being cut down, those trees remove and "sequester," or withhold, carbon dioxide from the air, thereby reducing the amount of carbon dioxide that enters the atmosphere. In other words, reducing paper use and recycling used paper not only saves much of the energy required to harvest, transport, digest and convert wood to paper, it also helps preserves the carbon sequestration capacity of the forest.
Besides energy requirements, the EPA calculator also considers landfill gas emissions and "carbon sequestration" by trees. If trees are left standing rather than being cut down, those trees remove and "sequester," or withhold, carbon dioxide from the air, thereby reducing the amount of carbon dioxide that enters the atmosphere. In other words, reducing paper use and recycling used paper not only saves much of the energy required to harvest, transport, digest and convert wood to paper, it also helps preserves the carbon sequestration capacity of the forest.
Even more greenhouse gas emissions can be prevented through reuse of products. Wisconsin's new electronics recycling law is boosting recovery of used electronics for recycling, refurbishing and reuse. The EPA estimates that recycling a personal computer saves more than double its weight in greenhouse gas emissions, while reusing the same computer, which avoids the production of a new computer, saves more than 50 times its weight in emissions.
The bottom line: reducing the amount of materials and products we use, reusing products that are still functional and recycling materials instead of landfilling them saves tremendous amounts of energy and dramatically reduces greenhouse gas emissions.

Not a news flash: on Tillerson, Rubio wimps out

Already beaten-down and still-presidential wannabee Marco Rubio says he will vote to confirm Exxon/Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson as US Secretary of State.
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Anybody who thought Marco Rubio would do otherwise and take on Trump and Republican donors was hoping beyond hope. 

Sunday, January 22, 2017

In alt. Trump world, "tax release" means "permanently withheld"

Kellyanne Conway, Donald Trump's designated bulls*it spreader - - 
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is having quite a first week in her White House senior counselor job, having first put "alternative facts" into the vocabulary and now disclosing that Donald Trump will break his campaign promise to release his tax returns after an IRS audit has ended.

Twice in 24 hours, keeping America ignorant again.

When Scott Walker made up his own 'alternative facts'

There's been a media storm over Donald Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway's ridiculous and Orwellian assertion that there are "alternative facts" that disprove the hard evidence of Trump's relatively-small inaugural attendance.

This is reminding me of the way right-wing GOP Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and his team chose to word-play and stonewall the truth instead of admitting what was obvious about the taxes in his first budget - - the verifiable and measurable tax increases, not surprisingly on the poor - - that broke Walker's signature no-tax-increase pledge. 

It's a little complicated, but...

PolitiFact looked at the numbers and interviewed experts who agreed that Walker's budget would increase tax collections from low earners by more than $49 million by cutting the availability of some tax credits.

As PolitiFact said at the time about Walker's 2011-'13 budget:
It included some tax cuts, but also tax increases.
That's according to the nonpartisan state Legislative Fiscal Bureau, which both parties have long cited as a neutral scorekeeper on budget matters.
The bureau determined that Walker included three tax increases in the budget totaling $49.4 million over the two-year period.

But because Walker had signed a no-new-taxes pledge and consistently said (and still says) he would never raise any taxes, he and his people had to come up with alternative words to create an alternative reality about the impact of the changes to prove their case.

So as we might say today, they Conwayed by beginning with a switcheroo:
Walker has disputed the characterization of the tax-credit change as a tax increase, with spokesman Cullen Werwie telling us: "Decreasing a tax credit is reducing spending, not increasing taxes.”
So the Walker spokesman changed the subject from taxation to spending, and because the budget Walker was proposing did reduce spending, Walker was claiming that no taxes went up:
Werwie also argues that there is a net tax decrease in the budget, so the change to the earned income credit should not be considered as an increase that violates the pledge.
Except that Walker's no-new-taxes pledge was condition-free and absolute - -  "to oppose and veto any and all efforts to increases taxes" - -and Walker's alternative reality included a salt-in-the-wounds kicker that also relied on the extra tax revenue collected from the poor, as PolitiFact noted:
But in balancing his budget to tackle the deficit, Walker in effect used the income tax-credit reductions as revenue raisers to partially offset the deficit-enlarging cost of his tax cuts.
Scott Walker presaged Kellyanne Conway and Trump's manipulation of numbers to get around the truth.

And that's a fact.  

   



If Team Trump's "alternative facts" lying takes hold...

Feel free to try out Kellyanne Conway's white-is-black construct - -  
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- - if you go to court and contest a speeding ticket.
'Your honor, the radar gun said I was going 85, but let me present some alternative facts. My dog Kenny was sitting right next to me and he said I never hit 60. I don't think you can prove those numbers one way or the other.' 

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Grassroots marches are sending a message

Trump and his people will be dismissive of the marches today
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but the professional Republican politicians know damn well that this movement is aimed at them. '18 looms, and they know it.

Trump brings "A" game to CIA

We're safer now that the agency knows how many more times he's
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been on the Time magazine cover than Tom Brady.

Lost in inauguration coverage, WI Doe documents coming

Thanks to the Chicago Tribune for this rather newsy happening:
Wisconsin Supreme Court orders John Doe documents in Gov. Walker case released
The Wisconsin Supreme Court on Friday ordered the release of documents from John Doe investigations of Gov. Scott Walker and his associates relating to Walker's time as Milwaukee county executive and then governor. 
I see the same story on some state TV station websites, including Channel 15, WMTV, Madison, and WBAY, Channel 2 in Green Bay, but my cursory Google searches show nothing yet by 2 p.m. today in Milwaukee. Apologies if I've missed them.

The most-recent document release took place via The Guardian, through a leak, and was widely-distributed.
A new batch of leaked documents provides the most complete record yet of how Gov. Scott Walker raised millions of dollars for a supposedly independent, tax-exempt group during the 2011 and 2012 recalls — activity that prompted a now-halted John Doe investigation into whether Walker's recall campaign circumvented state campaign finance law. 
The newly revealed donations to the Wisconsin Club for Growth included six-figure sums from a lead producer who later stood to benefit from changes slipped into the 2013-15 state budget. 
The more than 1,300 pages of documents were posted online Wednesday by Guardian US, an arm of the British-based newspaper The Guardian. It's unclear how the newspaper obtained the documents, which had previously been held under seal.
The Wisconsin Attorney General intends to investigate that leak

   

Trump's 'Buy American/hire American' is doubled-down double-standard

Trump's 'Buy American/Hire American' Inauguration slogan...
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...was a doubled-down double standard, and here's the complete list of #DonaldTrump hypocrisy - - as long as one of his extra-long ties made in China.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Trump's truth carnage

If anyone's interested, the fact death toll in Trump's "this American carnage stops right here and stops right now" speech was Yuge, say the fact checkers, bless their dedicated but unappreciated hearts:

Some examples:
• Trump portrayed the U.S. as crime-ridden and promised to stop the “American carnage.” But the U.S. violent crime rate in 2015 was less than half what it was at its peak in 1991.
• Trump promised to “bring back our jobs.” Manufacturing jobs have been on the decline for decades, but Trump inherits an overall economy that has gained jobs for a record 75 straight months and has an unemployment rate well below the historical norm.
• He said he would “get our people off of welfare and back to work.” But the welfare rolls have declined under President Obama, and they have dropped precipitously since President Clinton signed legislation in 1996 instituting work requirements and time limits.
• Trump promised to “bring back our borders,” blaming past politicians for “refusing to defend our” border. But the U.S. Border Patrol budget has tripled since 2001, and the number of border patrol agents has doubled. Southwest border apprehensions have dropped 75% from the peak in fiscal 2000.
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#Trump censorship, from climate change to crowd size

First the Trump people deleted climate change information, and then, thanks to the Washington Post's Philip Bump, we learned that the National Park Service's Twitter accounts got shut down by the Tweetmeister for disclosing Inaugural crowd size data the Tweetmeister found embarrassing. (Some coding problem blocking the graphic. Click on Philip Bump's Twitter handle, below.)
  1. The Park Service isn't allowed to tweet from its accounts because one retweeted something embarrassing to Trump.

Where we're headed, America - in one sentence from WI

How bad is it going to get, now that Trump has been sworn in?
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Pick your issue, join an organization, get our collective shoulders to the wheel - - because we in Wisconsin remember what rightwing Milwaukee AM talk radio host Mark Belling had to say when Scott Walker and his rightist Legislative allies swept into office here six years ago:

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2010

Wisconsin Political Thought Of The Day

"They can do whatever they want."

Mark Belling, Nov. 3rd, on his WISN-AM 1130 talk show, describing Republicans' history-making sweep of the Governor's office and both houses of the state legislature.


Trump's White House, a la Wisconsin, deletes climate change items

Within minutes of his swearing in, Donald Trump's White House has scrubbed climate change from official websites.
The original White House page dedicated to the problem of climate change and former President Barack Obama's policies to address it is now a broken link: "The requested page '/energy/climate-change' could not be found."
Instead, the White House website features Trump's energy talking points from the campaign. The page—titled, "An America First Energy Plan"—makes no mention of climate change, other than to say, "President Trump is committed to eliminating harmful and unnecessary policies such as the Climate Action Plan and the Waters of the US rule. Lifting these restrictions will greatly help American workers, increasing wages by more than $30 billion over the next 7 years."
Predictable if the incoming Secretary of State is the sitting CEO of Exxon/Mobil and the soon-to-be Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency is the Oklahoma Attorney General who came to the President's attention as a cabinet pick through a blizzard of industry-friendly lawsuits aimed to weaken the impact of the EPA which Trump has pledged to break into "tidbits".
Smoke stacks from a factory. 
The White House website deletions follow the intentional scrubbing by Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker's "chamber of commerce mentality" Department of Natural Resources of climate science webpages, along with similar web censoring by Wisconsin Public Service Commission he controls in the state that gave the world Aldo Leopold, John Muir, Gaylord Nelson and Earth Day.

This as warming Antarctic glaciers are cracking by the multiple mile, the earth's temperatures are hitting a record high three years running, south Florida is undergoing sunny day flooding as the ocean level rises and the Midwest's 100-year inundations are happening a lot more frequently while special-interest behold leaders like Scott Walker deal with the problem by deleting the very information that real policy-makers need if there are to be actual solutions.


They say we are in a fact-free world where even words don't matter anymore.


And in that spirit, the ruling party is targeting science, too - - right where words and facts can make or break the planet.


All at our collective peril.






And the populism will be led by billionaires

Our new billionaire President in his inaugural address, and with his signature egotism and predictable absence of any unifying humility - - 
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- - called for an America-first populism directed by him from the top down.

It will implemented by right-wing GOP legislators in complete thrall to the special-interest right-wing billionaire donor class and activated by his fellow hand-picked right-wing Goldman Sachs/ExxonMobil/other corporate millionaires and billionaires in his Cabinet.

Top down, one-party populism proclaimed and managed by billionaires and their legislative lieutenants is a complete contradiction, a cause for concern at the broader, 50-state grassroots and a failure waiting to unfold.




WI GOP establishment helped give us Trump the Irrational

[Updated from 1/14 for Inauguration Day]

Just a reminder that when Donald Trump embarrasses you, frightens you, lies to you and otherwise mocks American Democracy, Wisconsin's Republican leadership stood with him and told you he was the best choice to be President. And when these Republican leaders come to your town or business or school - - or try to rewrite the record and slip away from the mess or the circus or the nightmare that Trump is already creating - - don't let them forget or deny that Trump belongs to them.

[Updated from 1/13 with news of Donald Trump's dishonest and disrespectful Twitter attack on US civil rights icon and Congressman John Lewis.] 

Watched Trump's crazy news conference. And I remembered that one of the factors which helped to win Wisconsin - - and the Presidency - - was the backing of all sorts of experienced pols who told us Trump was supportable and Presidential:


Scott Walker. Paul Ryan. Ron Johnson. Sean Duffy. David Clarke. Cathy Stepp. Most of conservative talk radio.


Some of them saw Trump as a means to an end. A route to more power, or a job, or keeping special interests happy, or the cool proximity to a billionaire/TV personality.


We can argue from now to Doomsday - - and experts say Trump's cavalier embrace of a new nuclear arms race makes that no laughing matter - - about the impact on the outcome of flaws in Hillary Clinton's campaign and the very real interference by the FBI, the Russians and Wikileaks.


I don't downplay any of that.


But let's remember the Wisconsinites who organized the state for Trump and helped put him where he is right now, and thereby also helped put the rest of us and programs we need - -  Obamacare, Medicaid, Medicare, Planned Parenthood, clean air and water guarantees - - in danger.


  



Thursday, January 19, 2017

Sheriff Clarke spotted at Trump DC Hotel bar, but...

For the love of God, don't hassle the man 
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should you see him where The New York Times spotted him
David A. Clarke Jr., the Milwaukee County sheriff, a Fox News regular and a Trump supporter, was camped in the bar sipping Stoli Cranberi vodka. Among the other guests were Hary Tanoesoedibjo, a billionaire businessman and politician from Indonesia who is Mr. Trump’s business partner in two hotel projects there, and former Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani of New York.
Of course, The Times notes the bigger story: 
It was a telling destination for those visits Wednesday night and Thursday afternoon. Perhaps more than any other location in Mr. Trump’s far-flung real estate empire, this 263-room hotel epitomizes the convergence of Donald Trump the global businessman and Donald Trump the president-elect.
Conflicts that for months have been theoretical are now about to become real — most immediately a possible challenge by the federal government. It owns the building that houses Mr. Trump’s hotel and has granted him a 60-year lease. From the moment he is sworn in as president at noon Friday, Mr. Trump may be in violation of that lease, given a provision that appears to prohibit federal elected officials from renting the Old Post Office building, the Pennsylvania Avenue landmark that houses the hotel, from the government.

Heads up - - WI DNR delaying, 'streamlining' Stewardship Fund process

You hear delay, new criteria and 'streamlining' from this iteration of the DNR, and you remember that Walker tried to suspend the popular, bi-partisan Stewardship Fund for a generation - - and more cuts to the program have been signaled - -  and you can't be optimistic about this email the DNR just released:


Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Grant Program Announcements

Upcoming application deadlines:

The application due date for Fiscal Year 2018 Nonprofit Conservation Organization (NCO) grants will be sometime in March or April 2017.  The typical February 1 application deadline has been changed due to application material revisions.   When an application deadline has been established, we will announce the date via email and post application information and material on the Stewardship NCO Grant web pageLocal Assistance grant programs anticipate the typical May 1 application deadline for Fiscal Year 2018. 

Project ranking criteria revisions:

DNR is in the process of reviewing and updating grant project ranking criteria for all Local Assistance and NCO grant subprograms.   Those criteria have not been reviewed or revised since 2011.  The goals of this review are to:
  • Streamline the ranking process for both applicants and grant staff
  • Revise confusing and/or subjective ranking questions
  • Add to evaluation of land acquisition projects a consideration of agricultural resources on potential grant lands
Proposed revisions will be posted on the DNR’s program guidance page for public inputbefore they are finalized.  The Department anticipates posting revisions for comment late this month. 

 Soliciting nominations for Advisory Council members:

The Stewardship Advisory Council, a group created to advise the Secretary on grant program issues, has vacant seats.   The Council meets approximately three times/year. DNR is seeking nominations from: 
  • An organization representing interests of local governments or parks programs statewide
  • A local land trust representing a service area outside of southeastern WI
  • A sporting organization
Nominations are due to the DNR by the end of January. More information about the council and nomination information can be found on the Advisory Council web page.