MADISON - Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Secretary Cathy Stepp said Nov. 29 she would listen to a proposal to sell DNR-owned land as a way to infuse cash into the agency's budget.Remember this precisely why Walker said he chose Stepp to run the agency she had been bashing.
Speaking at the Dairy Business Association's Business Conference, Stepp responded affirmatively to a proposal by Emerald dairy farmer John Vrieze, who suggested that DBA members across the state should come up with a list of properties that are not environmentally sensitive that the DNR could sell and return to the tax roll....
"We have land we can't manage now and we're buying more," Stepp said. "That would be like saying to my husband, ‘We have a house with a really leaky roof, but let's go buy a vacation home.' It's about ... making sure we take care of what we've got and then being very discriminate about looking at other unique opportunities. But let's really work on getting our house in order....""The Stewardship Program isn't a big pot of gold to go out and buy a whole bunch of land with," Stepp said. "It's a Visa card. Just because we're entrusted with this card doesn't mean we should go out and run it up. We should wait for those very precious, special purchase opportunities that come along."
And why three of the top people now running the DNR come from business and building associations.
And why the DNR will be used as a tool to put mines over clean water.